A Romanian Dance Tale

Marilyn Fordney danced competitively in ballroom competitions both International and American styles and worked up to a silver level in her dancesport career.  In 2002, she founded the Fordney Foundation, taking her love of dance to new levels.  The Fordney Foundation is a platform for ballroom/dancesport amateur youths ages 6 to 25. Thanks to Marilyn Fordney, the Fordney Foundation was established to give more young people the opportunity to have futures in dance.

Being the creative and dynamic person, Marilyn Fordney has always been, she decided to bring some young, competitive dancers to California from Romania in 2004, for one month.  She thought it would be a great experience for not only these high level young dancers but for the Fordney Foundation, as well.  Both Marilyn and her husband Alex Havasi, opened up their home to these young talented dancers. Alex cooked the dancers European type meals and drove them to rehearsals and competitions.  These young dancers usually won first and second place awards in competitions.

Photo Source: allevents.in

One of these talented dancers was Sergiu

Rusu, who has since become a professional dancer. Originally from Moldova, Sergiu comes from a dancing family.  Both of his parents and his brother are all professional dancers. When he was 13 years old, his family moved to Romania, where he met his first partner.  At a very young age he was already proclaimed the champion of Moldova and later as a Junior and Youth, he became the champion of Romania.  When he was 18, he decided to move to Poland where he met his wonderful partner, Dorota Makar, who is now Dorota Rusu, and who he claims is, “the best partner in the world.”  Needless to say, the rest of this tale is history, as both of these talented dancers would not stop until they became professional dancers.

In 2015, Sergiu and Dorota won the Amateur Ballroom at Blackpool.  In that same year, they also won the UK Open becoming Polish champions.  Currently, they are Blackpool Professional Ballroom finalists and in 2019 performed at the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships (February 14 – 17). 

I would like to encourage you to read this wonderful interview with Sergiu and Dorota done by dancesportinfo:  http://dancesportinfo.net/Article8196.  I also want to give credit to PPeter Suba for some of the great photos he took of the couple in the article.

**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado.  We call these memorial contributions.  Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner.  Make a donation and give us their name.  We will soon put on our website a yellow brick road to add their name to a brick as a memorial to that person.  This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion  –   Martha Graham



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/