Arnold Dancesport Youth Classic – You Had To Be There Moments!

Arnold Hi 5’s for young dancers, Photo by Alex Havasi

If you were lucky enough to participate or even view this dancing extravaganza held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio, on March 5 and 6, then you were treated to one of the best dance competitions around. There was so much excitement and so much to see everywhere you turned. The costumes this year were outstanding and so many more college students participated then ever before.

We would like to give a big shout out to all of you college students and tell you, that you were spectacular!  Big congrats to the two universities coming in First and and Second place.  First place winners Michigan University won the grand prize of $1500 and they had the largest number of people to participate with 102 participants!  Second place winners were Ohio State University.  Here is a list of all the universities and the order of their placements:

6305    University of Michigan 2039    The Ohio State University 1862    Carnegie Mellon University 1401     University of Chicago 1376     Purdue University 839       Indiana University 620       Georgia Tech 456       Badger Ballroom Dance Team, UW-Madison 283       University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 268       Michigan State University 227       The University of Akron 160       Northwestern University 100       Valparaiso University 77          Art & Style Dance Studio 75          Case Western Reserve University 42          Unaffiliated 35          University of Toledo 34          The University of Cincinnati 23          University of Texas

University Contestants, Photo by Alex Havasi

As for the Fordney Foundation, it was our absolute pleasure to be there, now representing our Junior and Youth contestants in association with The Arnold and the continuing dance series that goes on all year round!  We are proud and thankful for this opportunity and always thank Sam Sodano and Bill Sparks for their guidance and support

Here are few fleeting moments of dance grandeur on all levels. This was a happy occasion for everyone involved with many memorable dance moments, not to be forgotten by anyone too soon!

Winners of 2015 Fordney Foundation Youth Scholarship w/Marilyn Fordney, Naomi Spektor, Yusif Amsatr, Photo by Alex Haavasi

Marilyn Fordney speaking at event, Photo by Alex Havasi

Foundation Youth Winners, Photo by Alex Havasi

Bill Sparks with Fordney Foundation winners of Youth Dance Series and Marilyn Fordney, Photo by Alex Havasi

Marilyn Fordney awarding medals to youth participants, Photo by Alex Havasi

Arnold at Event taking a photo of outstanding showcase participants, Photo by Alex Havasi

Chantal Khodorkovsky and Daniel Nudelman, showcase performers with Arnold, Naomi Spektor and Yusef Amsatr 2015 Fordney Foundation winners and Marilyn Fordney, Photo by Alex Havasi

Thought Of The Week:

“To dance is to give oneself up to the rhythms of all life”    –  Dr. Maya V. Patel, b. 1943



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