Local Fred Astaire Dance Studio Competes in National Competition
October 12, 2020
DOYLESTOWN, PA – During the first week of September 2020, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Fred Astaire Cross Country Dance Championships.
Earlier this year in April, the Fred Astaire Cross Country Dance Championships was supposed to be held. Due to the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, the competition was rescheduled for September 2020 to allow the country to adjust to new life during the pandemic. This gave competition organizers the opportunity to place proper safety measures in order to make the attendees feel comfortable attending.
Six of Fred Astaire Doylestown’s students participated in the event with their instructors. With all the hard work and dedication the students’ put into their dancing, the Doylestown studio was granted first place, taking home the Top Studio Award out of 55 studios.
Roman Doroshenko, one of Doylestown’s instructors, earned first place in the following categories: Top Overall Teacher, Top International Standard Teacher, Top International Latin Teacher, Top Smooth Teacher, and Top Rhythm Teacher.
Val Golubev, another Doylestown instructor, took second place for Overall Top Teacher, Top Smooth Teacher and Top Rhythm Teacher. Together with his wife Rita Golubeva, also an instructor at the Doylestown studio, they placed second in the Professional Showcase and sixth in the Professional Rhythm Championship.
Returning students Samantha Ferris, LeeAnn Reed, and Denise Sandy showed their dancing skills with their instructor Roman. For the first time, Samantha danced in the Open Smooth and Rhythm Divisions, a higher level of dance style. She gracefully placed second in the A Level Open Smooth division, third in the A Level Open Championship, fifth place in Open Smooth, third place in the Open Rhythm Championship, and fifth place in the Open Rhythm dances. In the 9-Dance Championship, she earned second place and third place in the A Level Smooth Championship. Samantha also earned first place in the following divisions: A Level Championship International Standard, A Level Championship International Latin, A Level Championship Rhythm Dances, A Level Silver Championship and A Level Silver Scholarship.
LeeAnn Reed placed first in the International Standard Senior Level Championship, third place in the International Standard C Level Scholarship, and first place in the International Latin Senior Level Championship. In the Rhythm Division, she placed third in the Senior Level Scholarship, fourth in the C Level Championship, and sixth in the B Level Championship. In the Smooth Divisions, LeeAnn earned third place for both the B Level Smooth Scholarship and Senior Level Smooth Scholarship, and fifth place in the C Level Smooth Championship.
Denise Sandy earned first place in both the C Level International Standard Championship and Senior Level International Standard Scholarship, and second place in the B Level International Standard Championship. In the Rhythm divisions, Denise placed third for both the C Level Rhythm Scholarship and the Senior Level Rhythm Championship. In the Smooth Divisions, she placed first in both the C Level Smooth Scholarship and the Senior Level Smooth Championship, and third place in the B Level Smooth Championship.
Also returning students, Debra Lajeunesse and Debbie Powell, along with first time competitor Nancy Stone, danced their hearts out with their instructor Val, together coming home with amazing results. Debra Lajeunesse earned fourth place in the B Level Rhythm Dance Scholarship and sixth place in the B Level Rhythm Dance Championships. In the Smooth Divisions, she placed second in the B Level Smooth Scholarship and sixth in the B Level Smooth Championship.
For her first competition, Nancy Stone shined as she earned second place in both C Level Rhythm Championship and Smooth Scholarship.
In the Rhythm Divisions, Debbie Powell earned first place in the C Level Rhythm Scholarship, second place in the Senior Level Rhythm Championship and second place in the Senior Level Rhythm Scholarship. In the Smooth Divisions, she placed second in the Senior Level Smooth Scholarship, fourth in the C Level Smooth Championship and fourth in the Senior Level Smooth Championship.
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 today at 215-254-5494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start today!