It's rare for us to travel by bus, but this time out studio family had an entire bus to ourselves, departing from the new bus station in DC, which was a throwback to earlier times
It was fun to have the whole gang on board, as a group of 16 traveling up this year.
Attending the event:
Miss Alice Williams
........ And Mr. Bill
After checking in, we went for an ealry dinner at Angelo's, which is our new annual tradition in Atlantic City.
This year the staff showed us all the Angelo's family pictures on the walls, and many of the people in the pictures were working on shift in the restaurant!
The Thursday night reception was an opportunity for the dancers to do some celebrity sighting, as many members of the world famous judging panel made appearances, including Edward Simon and Esther Don.
The following morning our team danced a packed rhythm day with dancers from all across the country. Every member of of team placed in their rhythm freestyles and multi dance championships. For Judith Albarelli, it was her first time getting called back in contested semi- finals. She placed first in several of he freestyles and 3rd in her rhythm multi dance championship round.
The ever so lovely Miss Garrett placed in all of her freestyles and multi dance divisions, donning her new custom dresses and dazzling fur wrap.
Here we see Miss Alice, who placed 1st both of the Silver Rhythm Multi dances in the Ladies C Division.
Our smooth day was equally successful. This was the first pairing of the DC Ballroom team with the newest member of our family, Rebecca Gentry, who partnered all the gentlemen in the Pro/Am divisions. Rebecca is the owner and founder of City Ballroom in Lancaster Pennsylvania, and has very lovingly filled the role of leading lady professional at our studio helm.
Here we see Rebecca and Dave in the Silver Smooth Division.
Adding to the fun, we got to share the dance floor with Illya Resin and his team of beautiful ladies. Sophia had a great time catching up with her friends Rene Kuwahara and Holly Squires.
Sophia D'Angelo placed first in nearly all her closed silver rhythm and smooth freestyles, and then went on to place in the Rhythm & Smooth Dancesport Series and Open to All Scholarships.
After two fun filled days of dancing, we all dressed in our finest for the Saturday Night Formal Banquet and evening gala. The New Jersey State Open offers some of the finest dining and entertainment options within our industry, with live music, entertainment, and a packed general dance floor.
Michael and Judith Albarelli.
Following dinner we attended the evening session, which featured several live Atlantic City Entertainment Acts and packed professional dance events.
Michael Albarelli received
Top Newcommer Award
Sophia D'Angelo received
Top Silver Award
Judith Albarelli placed in the Top 20 Dancesport Series Line up
Sophia D'Angelo placed in the Top 20
Dancesport Series lineup
Lauren Garrett placed in the Top 20
Before departing Altantic City, Luca Madi and I discovered THE WORLD'S LARGEST GOLDEN NUGGETT!!!! It is on display in the casino lobby. It is the largest of its kind in display in the WORLD, which adds to the kitch of the hotel.