My competitive clients and I attended the 2017 Riverfront Dancesport Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, this past weekend. It was a one-day affair, the 7th of January.
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.)
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 peaceloveparty.net 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 all about our experience at the Northcoast Ballroom Championships!