Jersey Showdown Competition Results

The competition results are in!

In case you haven’t already heard, this past weekend’s Jersey Shore Showdown competition was a total success for Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Morristown!

Jersey Showdown competition dancers Morristown

In her first competition ever, our student Rika Yamaguchi danced fabulously and won many awards & ribbons! Her awards included the Top Female Newcomer & Top Overall Student awards.  Rika has been dancing for less than a year and these are amazing results!

Keep up the great work, Rika!

Jersey Showdown Competition Top Teacher Top Student Awards

Our competition instructors, Joe Miller & Svet Stoynov were also winners!  Each walked away with a Top Teacher award!

Our veteran competitor, Joanne Johnson, also did an amazing job!  By dancing her heart out she won the hearts of the judging panel!  Joanne won multiple ribbons & medals, along with the Top Bronze Female Student award.  Joanne’s show-stopping show routine, a medley of Michael Jackson’s top pop hits, won a high score of 98 points! Her performance was the highest scoring show in all of New Jersey!  Her achievement won her the coveted Dr. Alan Bernstein award.  Be sure to check out her sizable trophy the next time you visit the studio.  It’s so large it’s very difficult to miss!

Jersey Showdown Competition Awards

Congratulations, Joanne!


After the competition NJ’s professional staff members participated in a fun Jack & Jill competition.  Pros were paired with surprise partners announced on the spot.  Together they danced closed Bronze patterns as well as one fun, interpretive entry.  We proudly congratulate our very own Tsvetomir Stoynov, paired with Tara Barakov from Princeton, for being the first place winner of the Professional Jack & Jill!

Jersey Showdown Svet

As tradition carries, the competition was followed by an elegant banquet.  The evening featured dinner, drinks, a professional dance show & lots of social dancing!  The Red, White & Blue theme made for beautiful surroundings throughout the evening.  Thank you to our competitors, students & friends who joined us for this special event. Joanne Johnson, Rika Yamaguchi, Barbara Reed, Tammy & Phil Siana, Amy Gaitane & Katharina Hellner-Apelt all made this evening an amazing experience we’ll never forget!

Competition Banquet

Thank you to all who participated in this exciting event!  We hope to see you back on the competition dance floor again in August when we’ll be hitting the dance floor at the New York/New Jersey DanceSport Challenge in Jersey City!