My studio recently competed in the only 50+ ballroom dance competition in the US, in Columbus, Ohio - the Arnold Sports Festival 50+ Dancesport competition. I found the event to be quite welcoming, and enjoyable to participate in. It is not a particularly expensive event, but interestingly it was also not "over attended" as many ballroom dance competitions can be. The organizers, Terry Cavanaugh and Mike Lorz were great hosts. The judges were relatively local but highly competent and knowledgeable, and joys to get to know.

In attendance with me this year were: Dr. Carmen Hansford, Ms. Debbie Olson, and Mrs. Linda McLoughlin; along with her husband, Bill, and my wife and daughter. We went primarily for the floor time - which benefited the girls enormously. They were also able to get some feedback from the various persons who judged them and in some cases, even work with a couple of the judges the following day. The comp started with my qualification for winning to 1st place Top Teacher pot challenged by a few competitors, however, I am blessed to have the students I do. The girls rallied and got me the points necessary to win 1st place!! (Tough girls who never let me down.) In all, a very enjoyable event and worth attending next year.


It is really hard to believe it has been over a year since I updated anything in our news section. So much growth has happened in the last 12 months, it is hard to put all together in highlights. Regardless, I will give it a shot...

February 2016 - we launched our inaugural event, the Peace, Love and Party Ball. It was our first showcase event where many local studios, including ourselves, demonstrated our best and enjoyed a day of fun and dance, ending with a great professional show by a pair of Dancing with the Stars Peru dancers. We had over 100 in attendance and we are looking forward to a more exciting 2017!!! You can check it out at or our event's Facebook Page.

March 2016 - We danced at the Indiana Challenge. This was a breakout comp for several of our students, who began to achieve top 3 results in their respective dance events. We were blown away by their progress and completely impressed with their new skills. I (Angel) ended up taking a 4th place Top Teacher award, which was pretty good considering how much competition we were up against. It was a great comp.

Read more: 2016 Review so far

It has been a great 1st year for Rhythm & Grace Ballroom Dance Studio!! At the beginning of the year, owner and Instructor, Angel Criado, through the excellent efforts of his students, took 7th place Top Teacher out of over 150 teachers in Michigan, Top Teacher of the West Cleveland Team Match competition, 1st Place Top Teacher at the 2015 Northcoast Dancesport Championships, and now... 1st Place Top Teacher at the 6th Annual Pittsburgh Dancesport Challenge!!

This time around, Rhtyhm & Grace's 1st amateur couple, Ron Muhic and Debbie Olson, made their debut at their first officially sanctioned event, while Mary Wank got on the comp floor for the 1st time. Bobbie Douglass also joined Debbie, Carmen Hansford and Gail DeFrance for this great event. In all, their total 1st places resulted in Angel's Top Teacher win!

(Click Here for our YouTube Playlist of all students dancing.)

(Click Here for our Facebook Photo Album of the event.)

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Upcoming Events

March 31st - April 1st, 17 - Coaching with Ray Rivers

April 22nd, 17 - Dayton Gem City Challenge

June 22nd - June 25th, 17 - Northcoast Ballroom Championships

Sept. 21st-23rd, 17 - Cleveland Dancesport Challenge


See our dancing on YouTube

Photo Albums

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