This is the second year in a row that Fordney Foundation was honored to present the Best of the Best competition. The Fordney Best of the Best DanceSport Challenge is a competition between some of the top young amateur couples in the country who are winners at the PT 1-2, JR 1-2, and YA ages of dance. The Challenge has now expanded to 41 qualifying events and counting, held throughout the calendar year, culminating with the Grand Finale events at the Ohio Star Ball.
Each qualifying event hosts a Best of the Best Challenge. Entering in your selected age division at a participating event is the first step to qualifying. Couples became eligible to compete in the Best of the Best competition by winning dance-offs at many Fordney competitions. At each competition, the PT1 winner danced off against the PT2 winner in Latin and then again in Standard. Also, the JR1 winner danced off against the JR2 winner in Latin and then again in Standard. For the Youth, the winners of Latin and Standard automatically get invitation letters to compete in the Best of the Best show dance competitions at the Ohio Star Ball. Here are the couples that competed and their placements at the conclusion of the judging for Best of the Best.
Top 7 couples in the Pre-Teen Best of the Best Competition
1st – Daniel Novikov & Mishella Vishnevskiy of Edelweiss Premiere Ballroom
2nd – Alex Zheng & Alexa Sosna of Dance Evolution
3rd – Volodymyr Kuyek & Emma Rainyte of Center for Ballroom and Dance
4th – Justin Lujan & Julia Zilman of FADS-Scottsdale
5th – Kirill Zakirzyanov & Valerie Snitko of Brilliant DanceSport
Tie 6th – Joseph Robusto & Alissa Joly of Metropolitan Ballroom
Tie 6th – Nathan Zaytsev & Annika Mugin of Sukachov Dance Academy
The Overall winner from each participating competition is asked to prepare a solo presentation in the dance of their choice at the Grand Finale Challenge in Ohio. At the Grand Finale, the overall winners from each competition present their solo and compete for the coveted Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge title at the PT1-2, JR1-2, and YA ages.
This year, the Best of the Best dancing was extraordinary! We congratulate all of the Best of the Best dancers and their accomplishments. Please enjoy these videos of the Best of the Best DanceSport Challenge.
Thought Of The Week:
Happiness is finding the perfect dance partner