Local Fred Astaire Dance Studio Competes in National Competition
November 19, 2020
In accordance with CDC guidelines and regulations for the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, the ballroom in which the competition was held was thoroughly cleaned. The air was filtered with the ActivePure® Technology, the highest quality purifier for air and surface protection, allowing the attendees to feel comfortable and safe while sharing an environment with others.
For the past three years, the Doylestown studio has participated in the annual national competition. Each year more and more students compete, this year including the most so far at 10 people. The week-long event was a huge success and the Doylestown Team hopes to add more team members next year.
Returning to the competition floor, Samantha Ferris and her professional instructor Roman Doroshenko competed in a multitude of divisions. She won first place in the Bronze A and B Levels of the International Standard and Latin style dances. She took first place for both Bronze A Level Rhythm Championship and the Bronze B Level Rhythm Scholarship, second place in the B Level Bronze Rhythm Championship, first place in the A Level Silver Rhythm Championship and second place in the Silver Level B Rhythm Championship. In the Open Rhythm Championship divisions, Samantha placed third in the A Level and fourth in the B Level. In the Smooth divisions, she took first place in both the Bronze A Level Smooth and Silver A Level Smooth Championships. She earned first place in the Silver B Level Smooth Championship and second in the Bronze B Level Smooth Scholarship. She also placed first in the A Level Open Smooth Championship and fourth in the B Level Open Smooth Championship.
Diane Clemons, another returning student with her instructor Roman, earned many titles. She placed second in both the International Standard C and Senior Levels, and first place in both the International Latin Bronze SR Levels including one Scholarship. She placed third in the Senior Bronze Rhythm Championship, second in the C Level Bronze Rhythm Scholarship, and fourth in both Senior Open Rhythm Championships and Scholarships. She earned third place in the Senior Open Smooth Championship, and fifth in the Senior Open Smooth Scholarship.
LeeAnn Reed returned with her instructor Roman, earned titles in numerous divisions as well. She placed second in both the Bronze Senior Level of International Standard and the Bronze C Level in International Latin. She placed fifth in the Senior Rhythm Championship, and third in both The C Level Bronze Smooth Championship and Senior Bronze Smooth Scholarship.
For her second competition, Nancy Stone showed just how incredible a dancer she is. With her instructor Val Golubev, Nancy placed second in the Bronze C Level Rhythm Championship, third in the Bronze C Level Rhythm Scholarship, first in the Bronze C Level Smooth Championship, and fourth in the Bronze C Level Smooth Scholarship.
First time at a national competition, Natalie Haritonow with her instructor Roman danced beautifully in the Smooth divisions and won first place in both the Bronze B Level Smooth Championship and Scholarship.
Denise Sandy, another returning student to the national dance floor, competes with her instructor Roman. Denise earned third place in the Bronze Senior Level Smooth Championship and first place in the Bronze C Level Smooth Scholarship. In the Fred Astaire Dance Studio World Cup Series of 2019, she won seventh place out of the Top 20 Amateur category.
Students of Roman, amateur couple Derek & Christine also competed for the first time on a national level. Together they earned second place in the in the Amateur Scholarship and Rhythm Scholarship. In the following divisions they won first place: Amateur Bronze Rhythm Championship, Amateur Championship, Rhythm Championship, Amateur Bronze Rhythm Scholarship, Bronze B Level Smooth Championship, Bronze A Level Smooth Championship, Bronze B Level Smooth Scholarship and Bronze A Level Smooth Scholarship.
Although they did not compete in Championship or Scholarship divisions, returning competitors Debra Lajeunesse and Debbie Powell danced beautifully with their instructor Val. Debra was charming and elegant in her Rhythm dances, joyful to watch while Debbie mesmerized the audience with her distinguished Argentine Tango and Smooth dances.
Val and his wife Rita Golubeva, another professional instructor at the Doylestown studio, took part in the professional portion of the competition as well. Together they placed second in the Professional Showdance Division and we named Semi-Finalists of the Rhythm Division. In the FADS World Cup Series of 2019, Val placed fifteenth in the Top 20 Teachers category.
Roman earned many titles. In the FADS World Cup Series of 2019, Roman won third place in the Top 20 Teachers category. At NDC, he won first place as the Top Overall Teacher, Top International Latin Teacher, Top Rhythm Teacher, Top Smooth Teacher, and third place as the International Standard Teacher category.
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown won first place for Top Studio out of 61 Fred Astaire Studios nationwide. The owner of the studio, Igori Bogatiriov, expressed his joy saying, “Thank you to our amazing students for making our goals and dreams come true. You are the BEST!” If you would like to become part of this wonderful dance family, call 215-254-5494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up! #OneTeamOneDream #LifeIsBetterWhenYouDance