Months of hard work and preparation culminated this past weekend for our student ballroom dancers. Halina Kolano, Rika Yamaguchi & Harold Pfitzner all did an amazing job at the NY/NJ DanceSport Challenge.
Dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios across New York and New Jersey gathered at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City to present their skills on the competion dance floor. The competition was chock-full of dancing! More than 4500 entries in various dance events took place, including Standard, American Smooth & Rhythm, International Latin, Showcases, and Professional Divisions. The event ran from Friday, June 9th through Saturday, June 10th. The weekend completed Saturday evening with a very special banquet event. Participants enjoyed delicious dinner, professional dance show & LOTS of fun with a giant crowd of instructors, students & dance friends.
NY/NJ DanceSport Challenge 2017
We are very proud of the accomplishments of our student dancers! Harold Pfitzner has been dancing for years with his first dance teacher (and our studio friend) Christina Penatello. While Christina is out on Maternity leave he has recently taken up his weekly instruction with our studio’s Natalie Honkonen. Harold will be turning 95 this year and we think he looks sharp as ever on the dance floor! Check out our photo gallery to see pictures of Harold. He’s the gentleman grinning ear-to-ear as he confidently demonstrates dances such as Tango, Swing & more! Go Harold!
Halina Kolano also did an amazing job on the dance floor at the NY/NJ DanceSport Challenge. This is Halina’s third competition of the year. She is gearing up to perform on a grander scale this July at the Fred Astaire World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada! Halina smiled & gracefully danced through several rounds of Smooth dances such as Waltz, Tango & Foxtrot. Her efforts on the dance floor landed her in 2nd place in the Closed Smooth Championship! Nice work, Halina!
It was two exciting days of dancing for our student competitor, Rika Yamaguchi. Rika danced in both the Smooth & Rhythm divisions of the NY/NJ DanceSport Challenge. She also danced not one, but two show routines in this competition! Rika placed 4th in her Closed Smooth Championship and won 1st place in both of her shows. If you missed Rika’s award-winning performance skills at this event, don’t worry! Simply plan to join us this September as she’ll be performing once again on stage — this time in NJ’s Showcase of Stars! Keep up the great work, Rika!
We thank all our student competitors for their dedication and for being wonderful members of our Fred Astaire family! We look forward to seeing you all back on the dance floor again very soon!
Looking to participate in a competition or upcoming dance event? Call 973-993-9222 for more info, and be sure to keep an eye on our studio calendar so you can join us too!