Crestview attorney earns top prizes at Sarasota dance championship

muncelle mitchell dance championship

Muncelle Mitchell and her Fred Astaire studio instructor Chris Schultz dance the rumba late August during the Central Dance Championships.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Entering a January dance competition just to be a good sport has turned a local attorney into an avid dancer who has earned multiple first-place prizes following her first regional competition.

Muncelle Mitchell, of the Chesser and Barr law firm's Crestview office, competed in the Aug. 23-24 Central Dance Championships in Sarasota.

Dancing in the student category with her Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructor Chris Schultz, Mitchell competed in the waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, rumba and cha-cha, netting 34 first-place and six second-place awards.

"It was a little scary at first," Mitchell said of her first big competition. "But Chris was wonderful. He's an amazing teacher and kept me calm."

Mitchell first tried ballroom dancing when friends encouraged her to participate in January's Dance for Life fundraiser at Crestview High School. She never imagined she'd still be dancing, let alone in a large regional competition.

"It quickly became an addiction and a love," she said. "I didn't think I'd ever be competing, but I'm certainly glad that I did. It was an unforgettable experience."

"She is already a strong regional contender," studio co-owner David Colón said.

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