Local Fred Astaire Dance Studio Competes in Virtual Competition
February 4, 2021
DOYLESTOWN, PA – During the final week of January 2021, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown competed in the first ever Fred Astaire Virtual International Championships.
In collaboration with the online communication platform Zoom, each studio was able to successfully compete in a side-by-side viewing from their own studio location.
With more than 75 Fred Astaire dance studios across the globe competing and more than 7,000 entries, the Fred Astaire Doylestown Studio won first place for Top Studio.
Both Doylestown instructors earned highly esteemed placements. Between 100 instructors, Roman Doroshenko earned first place with the title of Top Male Teacher. Val Golubev claimed second place for Top Male Teacher.
Together with Golubev, returning students Debbie Powell, Debra Lajeunesse, and Nancy Stone earned many high placements. Powell claimed the title of Top Bronze Student. She also placed third in the American Smooth Bronze Championship and fourth in the Senior Level Rhythm Bronze championship. Lajeunesse earned fourth place in the B Level Bronze Rhythm Championship and second in the American Smooth Bronze Championship. Nancy Stone earned third place in the American Smooth Bronze Championship and fourth in the C Level Bronze Rhythm Championship.
After not competing for more than 2 years, Grace Rosanova returned to the competition floor and proudly earned second place in the American Smooth Bronze Championship with instructor Doroshenko. With the same instructor, students Samantha Ferris, LeeAnn Reed, Diane Clemons, Denise Sandy, and Derek and Christine Sheaffer claimed high placements as well.
Ferris earned first place in the Open Smooth B Division 9-Dance Championship, American Smooth Silver Championship, and the Silver Rhythm B Division Championship. She placed second in the Open Rhythm B Division Championship. Reed placed fifth in the Senior Level Rhythm Bronze Championship and second in the American Smooth Bronze Championship. Sandy earned first place in both C Level Bronze Rhythm Championship and the American Smooth Bronze Championship.
Clemons earned first place in both the Open Smooth C Division 9-Dance Championship and the International Latin Bronze Championship. She placed fourth in the Open Rhythm C Division Championship and fifth in the Open Smooth Senior Level Championship. As an amateur couple, Derek and Christine Sheaffer claimed first place in both American Smooth Bronze Championship A and B Divisions.
The Doylestown Team has proved consistently that the power of dance is strong and the legacy of Fred Astaire lives on in the passion of these beautiful dancers home and abroad. If you would like to become part of this legacy and wonderful dance family, call 215-254-5494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up! #OneTeamOneDream #LifeIsBetterWhenYouDance