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Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Atlanta Open May 2012

The Atlanta Open
In May, Sophia and I flew south to attend the Atlanta Open.
Sophia and I made another attempt at the Best of the Best Challenge, this time placing second in the Bronze B Rhythm division. The event was covered by Dance Beat, and we're looking forward to reading all the coverage from the event.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

April 2012 The Wisconsin State Dancesport Championships

The Wisconsin State Dancesport Championships

In April we were joined by Sophia D' Angelo and Bill Zeisel to attend the Wisconsin State Dancesport Championships. The Event was held at the historic Pfister Hotel and was hosted by Dan and Rebecca Messenger. Over the years we have heard a lot about the Wisconsin State, but for all of us, this was our first time attending.

There are many reasons why this event stands out from all the rest, the first of them being its' location in the historic Pfister Hotel.
The Pfister Hotel was built in 1893 and is known for its luxurious accomodations. When this hotel claims to have round the clock, personal service, it's true. In the evening, you can set your shoes outside your door, and then wake up to discover them shined in the morning. The hotel is filled with many old fashioned touches.

The Pfister is also know for it's collection of Victorian Artwork. Some of the paintings looked as if you could jump right into them, as if taking a page from C.S. Lewis and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Upon arriving at the Pfsiter we were joined by Kirill Gorjatsev and Daria Zotova, the four of us had a wonderful time exploring the hotel and its maze of stairways and artwork.

The first night of the Wisconsin State began with a session for novelty dances, which included West Coast Swing, Merengue, Jitterbug,Night Club Two Step, Samba, and Polka. I'm not ashamed to admit that the polka is one of my favorite dances. It reminds me of my childhood when learning to dance at the German Hall in Pawtucket. It also brings back many happy memories of watching Bobby and Cissy dance on the Lawrence Welk Show.

Later in the week we danced smooth and rhythm:

This competition was very large, with severl  quarter final and smei-final heats. I think this was for Sophia, her first dive into the shark tank with heaving hitting competition. She danced splendidly and we all had a wonderful time.

Chimi Choo"s Birthday

In March we celebrated Chimi Choo's 9th birthday with treats and a doggie birthday cake.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

More on Vernon and Irene Castle

Images of Vernon and Irene are rare are hard to find.

March 2012 St. Pats Party at Dance Factory

ST. Pats Dance 2012

In March, Chimi and I hosted the St.Patrick's Day Dance at the Studio.We had a good time decorating, turning the entire studio into a shade of green.
Daria, Kirill, and Chimi Choo all joined in the fun with matching Bowler Hats.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ron Bennett

Recently I've seen a number of dancers collecting vintage images of Dance celebrities. A sought after item has been a late 1950's edition of the Washington Post. Inside there is an advertisement for Arthur Murray, depicting their fleet of dance instructors. If one looks carefully, this article includes a vintage photograph of
Ron Bennett.
There are not many detailed biographies on Ron Bennett that are available. It's fair to estimate that this photo was taken between 1958 and 1962. Recently Chris Thompson wrote an article on dance legends, featuring a bio for Ron. Information in Chris's article and vintage print ads from Arthur Murray both date Ron Bennett there during this time period.

A simlar photo of Ron appears in print ad that may be from the same time period. This photograph is undated, and is in the hands of a private collector.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

February 2012, The New York Dance Festival

February 2012,
New York Dance Festival

In February we traveled to New York for the 2012 New York Dance Festival. The event was held at the Roosevelt Hotel and this was our 4th year attending.

With Sophia D'Angelo in the Roosevelt's Grand Ballroom

With Danielle Roeber in her first Dancesport Series Championship Round.