Dancers from Colorado gathered in Orem Utah for the 2109 USA Dance Nationals Competition. To qualify, each of these dancers had to dance at a nationals qualifying event prior to nationals. Colorado was represented by several quality couples.
It was hosted at the Utah Valley University in their stadium. Dancers could be watched from stadium seating. I watched several Colorado couples dance the first day. Here are the results for those I watched and filmed.
Representing Adventures in Dance were William Hooker and Robyn Collins in the adult category. They danced three styles and two levels. International Standard Ballroom was full of great dancers. William and Robyn were thrilled to get callback marks dancing Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep.
Novice International Latin was a seven-couple final round. It included three Latin dances, the Samba, Cha-cha, and the Rumba. It was a thrilling round to watch. They had marks all over the board but took the 5th place ribbon overall.
Novice Smooth Ballroom was a large category. The preliminary round had ten couples. They recalled 6 couples to the final round. Once recalled to the final round, William and Robyn placed 5th overall.
Gold syllabus smooth ballroom was also a large category dancing waltz, tango, foxtrot, and Viennese waltz. It had an 8-couple semi-final and six couples were recalled to the final round. Placing 2nd in the nation were William and Robyn.
Dancers Devin & Cho cho
Other friendly faces graced the ballroom floor Friday afternoon. In the adult category from Colorado Springs were Devin Raymond & Cho Cho DeSantis. They danced closed bronze and silver smooth and rhythm. They took second in smooth bronze and silver, and first in bronze and silver rhythm.
In the Bronze Senior lll & lV Edward Nockunas & Beth Schuette danced Smooth and Rhythm. They took 3rd in sr lll smooth, 1st in Sr lll Ryhthm. Then in Sr. lV smooth and Rhythm they took first.
Dancers Britt and Margaret
Britt and Margaret Nokes danced their Senior ll & lll Smooth and Rhythm dances. In Senior ll silver smooth 4th place, Senior lll silver smooth 5th place. Senior ll Gold smooth 3rd place, Senior lll gold smooth 3rd place. Sr. Silver ll Rhythm 4th place, Sr lll Silver Rhythm 2nd. Sr. ll Gold Rhythm 3rd place Sr lll Gold rhythm 2nd place.
Two couples from Denver duked it out in the senior ll pre-championship smooth. David Tippett & Michelle Russell were up against Stephen Takata & Joanna Mielnick. Dancing Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz, each couple gave it their best. David and Michelle took first, and Steven with Joanna took third out of seven couples. Steven Takata and Joanna went on to take second in the Sr ll Rhythm. What a great showing for Colorado.
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