Team Match Results are in — Team Jungle wins!
Team Match results are in, and they are GREAT! The 2019 event was a total success. And while the event is over we are still thrilled about all of the excitement and achievements of the weekend! We are so proud of our student dancers who participated in both showcase division and in the Rhythm and Smooth categories of the Jungle vs Ocean Team Match! We would like to congratulate every single person on our winning team! Student participants were Joanne Johnson, Victoria Sebastian, Nicole Drasin, Deb Paff, Mark Paff, Denise Addis, Kelly Backus, Tammy Siana, Pia Cardillo, Mollie Lawrence, Lori Dahlberg, Steven Hansen, Nate Adamson & Dani Green!
Among the many of the accomplishments of the weekend were:
Joanne Johnson — Winner of Bronze Rhythm Championship
Mark Paff — 2nd Place Bronze Rhythm Championship
Mollie Lawrence — 3rd Place Silver Smooth Championship
Deb Paff — Rhythm Championship Finalist
Thursday night’s showcase division was also a thrill! Many of our Fred Astaire Morristown students performed their routines and earned great results! Check out a few pictures from the showcase awards ceremony below, as well as many more in our Team Match album on our Facebook page.
We are also thrilled to announce one of our favorite Team Match results: One of our showcase performers, Lori Dahlberg, was the recipient of the Dr Alan D Bernstein award! This is a special trophy awarded to the student performer who displays particular excellence in the showcase division. Lori, a true performer at heart, totally amazed the judges with her high-energy, ultra-expressive showcase routine, “Rise & Shine.” It’s a real show-stopper! Visit the studio to check out the sizeable award — that is, if you haven’t already seen it. The award has had a home here at Fred Astaire Morristown twice before — awarded to Joanne Johnson in 2016 & Nicole Drasin in 2018. Thank you, Lori, for doing such an incredible job that the award gets to stay here for 2019!!
Did you know that your Fred Astaire staff members were also award winners during Team Match weekend!?A great big congratulations goes to Fred Astaire Morristown instructor, Tsvetomir Stoynov, who won 5th place Top Teacher for the Team Match 2019 competition! Svet was also the winner of the Top Guest-Getter award for all of 2018! (Be sure to send some friends to our Guest Party next week so he can keep up the great work!). Natalie Duke won Top Female instructor for Lessons Taught in 2018! And Cristina was the winner of the Top Office Administrator award! Way to go, Team Morristown!
Last but not least, we would like to thank all of our Team Jungle supporters! These super duper spectators brought their team spirit and showed up to shake their maracas, cheer from the sidelines & provide strength in numbers during our Team Match dance-off!
Thank you all for another amazing competition experience! We hope to see you all again in Long Branch for the upcoming Metropolitan DanceSport Championships in March or the NY/NJ DanceSport Challenge in Jersey City this June!