Local Fred Astaire Dance Studio Competes in Cross Country Dance Championships
April 27, 2021
DOYLESTOWN, PA – During the third week of April 2021, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown traveled to the Big Easy, New Orleans, Louisiana to compete in the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Cross Country Dance Championships.
Eleven of Fred Astaire Doylestown’s students participated in the event with their instructors. Their hard work and dedication paid off as the Doylestown studio was granted first place for the second year in a row, taking home the Top Studio Award out of 85 studios nationwide.
The Doylestown instructors earned many titles. Roman Doroshenko won first place in the Fred Astaire Dance Studios World Cup Series 2020. He also claimed first in the following categories: Top Overall Teacher, Smooth Teacher, and Rhythm Teacher. He placed second for Top Latin Teacher and third for Top Standard Teacher. He competed with his students Samantha Ferris, Diane Clemons, LeeAnn Reed, and Denise Sandy. Amateur couples Derek and Christine Sheaffer and Marc and Ademi Walker also competed as students of Roman. Another Doylestown instructor, Val Golubev, earned fifth place in the Fred Astaire Dance Studios World Cup Series 2020, second place for Top Overall Teacher, and fifth place for both Smooth and Rhythm Teachers. He competed with his students Nancy Stone, Debbie Powell, and Debra Lajeunesse.
Samantha Ferris placed first in the International Latin B Level, second in the International Latin A Level, first in the Rhythm Silver Championship A Level, and second in the Rhythm Silver Championship B Level. She placed fifth in the following Divisions: Open Rhythm Championship B Level, and both Open Rhythm Scholarships A Level. Samantha placed first in both 9-Dance Championships Levels A and B, Silver Smooth Championships Levels A and B, and Silver Smooth Scholarship Level A. She placed second in the Silver Smooth Scholarship Level B, fourth in the Open Smooth Championship and first in Open Smooth.
Diane Clemons earned many placements as well. In the International Divisions, Diane placed second in the International Standard C Level, and first in the following: International Latin C Level, International Latin C Level Scholarship, and International Latin Senior Level. She placed second in the Rhythm Championship C Level, seventh in the Rhythm Scholarship B Level and Open Rhythm Scholarship, third in the Smooth Scholarship C Level, and sixth in Open Smooth.
LeeAnn Reed placed first in both International Standard and Latin Senior Level Divisions. She placed third in the Rhythm Championship Senior Level, sixth in the Rhythm Scholarship C Level, third in the Smooth Championship C Level and second in the Smooth Scholarship Senior Level.
Denise Sandy proudly earned the title of Top Bronze Student. She placed first in both International Standard Senior Bronze and C Level Divisions. She placed sixth in the Rhythm Scholarship, first in the Smooth Scholarship Senior Level and third in the Smooth Championship B Level.
Amateur couple Derek and Christine Sheaffer earned first in all four Smooth Divisions they competed in, including Amateur Smooth Championships A and B, and Amateur Smooth Scholarships A and B.
Marc and Ademi Walker, another amateur couple, joined the Doylestown competition dance team, dancing with excellence. They are looking forward to the next competition.
Nancy Stone gracefully earned first place in the Smooth Scholarship C Level. She placed third in both the International Standard C Level and the Rhythm Scholarship C Level Divisions while placing fourth in the Rhythm Championship C Level and Smooth Championship C Level.
Debbie Powell, with all her hard work and dedication, proudly earned second place in the following categories: Rhythm Championship Senior Level, Rhythm Scholarship Senior Level, and Smooth Championship Senior Level. She placed third in the Smooth Scholarship Senior Level.
For the first time dancing in this division, Debra Lajeunesse earned herself second place in International Standard B Level. She placed fourth in the Rhythm Scholarship B Level and sixth in the Smooth Scholarship B Level.
Doylestown studio owner and professional instructor, Igori Bogatiriov, expressed his joy of the results saying, “We are so honored to receive Top Studio at CCDC 2021. It was an unforgettable time.” Bogatiriov thanked the students, professionals and organizers of the event along with the guest studio coaches saying, “Without you, we cannot get so far, thank you.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to start today!