Local Fred Astaire Dance Studio Competes in United States Dance Championships

DOYLESTOWN, PA – During the second week of September 2021, local ballroom dance studio, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in the 50th United States Dance Championships (USDC), one of the largest Ballroom and Latin Dance Competitions in the country since 1971.

Eight of Fred Astaire Doylestown’s students participated in the event with their instructors: Samantha Ferris, Natalie Haritonow, Judith Holloway, Debra Lajeunesse, Debbie Powell, LeeAnn Reed, Denise Sandy, Nancy Stone. Their hard work and dedication paid off earning them well-deserved, amazing results.

Samantha Ferris earned herself sixth place in the following out of 12 competitors: US Open to the World Rising Star A Silver, US Open to the World Rising Star B Silver and US Open to the World Silver Scholarship. She won first place in multiple divisions including: Silver A Level Rhythm New Champion, Silver B Level Rhythm New Champion out of 10 competitors, 9-Dance Championship Smooth New Champion and Top Silver Female Student.

Natalie Haritonow danced beautifully and took home first place out of 12 competitors in the Bronze B Level Smooth Division.

For her first national competition, Judith Holloway placed third in both Senior 2 Bronze Level Championships and Scholarships.

Debra Lajeunesse placed third in following categories and divisions: 9-Dance Championship C Level, International Latin New Champion C Level, and Top Overall Student.

Debbie Powell earned first place for Top American Style.

Out of 29 of her many single dances, LeeAnn Reed placed first 4 times, second 9 times, and third 16 times.

Returning to the national floor, Denise Sandy placed fourth out of 24 competitors in the C Level Smooth Championship and sixth out of 12 competitors in International Standard.

Nancy Stone placed fifth in the 9-Dance Rhythm Championship A Level, second in the International Standard 10-Dance Championship, first place in the Senior 1 International Latin New Championship division and claimed second place for Top Overall Student.

Doylestown professionals Val Golubev and Roman Doroshenko earned big recognition titles as well. Golubev placed second and Doroshenko placed third for Top Overall Teachers.

Igori Bogatiriov and Yuliya Jung, owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown,  were not expecting to receive first place for Top Large Studio. It was a big surprise, and they could not be happier. They thanked all the studio’s amazing students along with the coaches and Fred Astaire Dance Studios® personnel who helped make this achievement possible.

Students of Fred Astaire Doylestown cannot wait to continue their dancing journeys, whether it be practicing for the next showcase, competition or coming for a fun date night! As they say at the studio, “Life is Better When You Dance!” Call the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown at 215-254-5494 or email doylestown@fredastaire.com to start today!

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