Congratulations to our student competitors, Halina Kolano, Stacy Limone, Karl Pettersen, Stephen Tavares & Victoria Sebastian! They made us so proud with showing their beautiful skills on the dance floor at the NY/NJ Dance Competition! Fred Astaire students from across New York and New Jersey came together for this annual event which took place Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City.
Our smooth dancing students danced incredibly — they moved to dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango & Viennese Waltz with total grace! Congratulations to Halina Kolano, who made the final out of a strong 13-couple semi-final in the Bronze Smooth Championship. Stacy Limone exhibited amazing dancing in a strong final for the Silver Smooth Championship. Our gentleman competitors, Karl Pettersen, was the winner of the Bronze Smooth Championship, Scholarship and Open Division. Karl placed first in ALL dances, and his efforts won him the Top Runner-Up Male Bronze Student Award!
On the Rhythm floor Stephen Tavares showed off his skills with confidence. Victoria Dianco Sebastian also did an amazing job shining on the dance floor! Both dancers placed first in most of their single dances and all Rhythm dancers performed competitively in their championship rounds. Rhythm dances include Swing, Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Bolero, Mambo and Hustle.
We also want to congratulate our professional staff, who also did an amazing job on the dance floor! Tsvetomir Stoynov and Ashley Mokris placed third in Bronze Smooth Closed Division after only practicing a few times together! Our newest member, Gabby Giannetta, placed 2nd in Mixed Novice after only 2 weeks of preparation! Our staff firecracker Natalie Honkonen and her partner Joe Hasson did a great job in the Rhythm division, placing 4th out of a strong semi-final! Our Chelsea Allison and her partner Ty were the top winners of the Cabaret Division with their fantastic Aladdin show routine! We are so proud of our talented staff of hard-working instructors!
We thank all of our student competitors for their hard work & dedication! It was an amazing experience involving fun and laughter between heats on the dance floor! We can’t wait to see you back on the dance floor at the next local competition, the Northeast DanceSport Challenge! This event is held in November & is held just down the road at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany!
Click here to view more pictures of our competitors on our studio Facebook page!