Crestview dance studio wins 89 gold medals at regional competition

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM.

“Our instructors also placed well in the professional competition,” Colón said.

Stowell and Kania brought home a third-place medal in the mixed novice category while dancing the tango and mambo, Colón said. 

“Hannah also brought home a third place in the closed smooth category,” which includes waltz and foxtrot, he said. Colón was her dance partner for this category.

 Under the scrutiny of United States International Style Standard champions Brian and Susan Puttock and United States Amateur Latin champion Marylynn Benitez, who judged the competitions, students competed at the beginner, foundation and bronze levels. They performed several dances, including the cha cha, swing, mambo, waltz, foxtrot and Argentine tango.

“All the students have been working on solos,” Kania said. “The student picks the song they want to dance to and they get it choreographed by their instructors.”

During solo competition, a couple gets the dance floor to themselves to perform their routine, she said. In the group dances, couples share the ballroom as they perform a specific dance, gliding elegantly in a counter-clockwise circuit around the floor.

Dance studios, including the Crestview Fred Astaire franchise, routinely enter their students in regional, state, national and sometimes international competitions, Colón said.

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