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Fordney Foundation finishes 2021 with The Best of the Best Awards at the 2021 Ohio Star Ball

And we're back...we returned to Columbus, Ohio for the 2021 Ohio Star Ball. This meant the return of the Fordney Foundation sponsored Best of the Best. After qualifying at numerous competitions throughout 2021, our Junior and Youth dancers bring their show to the Ohio Star Ball. All the glam, costumes, and uniquely choreographed routines were on full display during the Friday evening show at the Ohio Star Ball.

In the end, these 3 outstanding couples were crowned the winners of the 2021 Fordney Foundation Best of the Best. If you weren't lucky enough to see it live, here's your chance to watch these amazing performances. Enjoy!


Daniel Novikov & Mishella Vishnevskiy, 1st Place Junior/Best of Best


Bryan Rizun & Capri Johnson, 1st Place Pre-Teen/Best of Best


Timor Valiev & Michelle Itken, 1st Place Youth/Best of Best – OSB 2021


Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Fordney Scholarships

International Ballroom Winners:

Pictured above:

1-Nickolas Bleykhman & Alissa Joly

2-Leo Kolmykov & Katya Storchevaya

3-Brian Khelmer & Emma Sherman

4-Max Mingioni & Zoe Estrina

5-Daniel Novikov & Mishella Vishnevskiy

6-Nathan Zaytsev & Alisa Bankova

7-Kirill Zakirzyanov & Valerie Snitko

8-(Not Pictured) - Michael Novikov & Angelina Novikova

9-Liran Lander & Julia Shvartsman

10-Yegor Zhukov & Adyson Cherkas

International Latin Winners:

Pictured above:

1-Ethan Hayutt (not pictured & Anna Jgenti)

2-Leo Kolmykov & Katya Storchevaya

3-Nickolas Bleykhman & Alissa Joly

4-Daniel Novikov & Mishella Vishnevskiy

5-Max Mingioni & Zoe Estrina

6-Nathan Zaytsev & Alisa Bankova

7-(Not Pictured) - Sean Ginko & Kaila Gonzalez

8-(Not Pictured) - Michael Novikov & Angelina Novikova

9-Brian Khelmer & Emma Sherman

10-Kirill Zakirzyanov & Valerie Snitko

The Fordney Foundation is proud to be offering double points in 2022.

In addition, our American Smooth & Rhythm events will now be up for cash awards. See our website for more details.

**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 have 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 For The Week:

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

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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

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