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Fordney Foundation Presents The Best of the Best Awards at Ohio Star Ball 2019

Ohio Star Ball 2019 – Best of Best, Photo Source: Alex Havasi

Many of the competitions in the Fordney Foundation Junior and Youth Dance Series offer Best of the Best heats. This generated a final count of 28 couples that would vie for three Best of the Best awards at the Ohio Star Ball. This type of ballroom dancing requires special costumes, professional coaches, development of routines, and a lot of dance practice. Usually at an annual event held at the Ohio Star Ball there might be 10 or 12 couples. We are happy to say, this was way beyond that number to perform and judge!

Ohio Star Ball 2019 – Best of Best, Photo Source: Alex Havasi

Congratulations to all the winners! Here are the Best of the Best results:

Daniel Novikov & Mishella Vishnevskiy, 1st Place Pre-Teen/Best of Best – OSB 2019 Photo Source: Alex Havasi

Pre-Teen Results:

Alexander Sarkissian & Chantal Khodarkovsky, 1st Place Junior/Best of Best – OSB 2019, Photo Source:

Junior Results:

Michael May & Pallany English, 1st Place Youth/Best of Best – OSB 2019, Photo Source:

Youth Results:

Ohio Star Ball 2019 – Best of Best, Photo Source: Alex Havasi

During the evening show, professional ballroom dancers also featured Best of the Best show dances in special costumes and routines. Our 2007-2008 Brigham Young University scholarship winner Travis Tuft and his wife, Jaimee, came out on the dance floor to standing ovation with lots of clapping and laughs. Then came the performance shown here in this video and at the end there was standing ovation as they left the dance floor. But everyone wanted them to come back for a final curtain call so again they came out to standing ovation with thunderous applause and many showing thumbs up. Of course, they won the first place award this year at the Ohio Star Ball.

Travis & Jaimee Tuft, Performing at Best of Best-OSB 2019, Photo Source: Alex Havasi

**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 engrave 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:

Your best teacher is the person offering you your greatest challenge – Cheryl Richardson

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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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