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Highlights of Ohio Star Ball 2020

In this particularly complicated year where our beloved Ohio Star Ball was not able to go on as scheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions, this did not stop two wonderful young dancers, Nathan Zaytsev and Annika Mugin from reaching their goals. These two dancers proved to excel at their craft time and time again. Due to overwhelming wins throughout the year at various competitions in both Latin and Standard dance categories, they came out on top of the leaderboard. This announcement came from the Ohio Star Ball final year-end results.

It is with great pleasure that the Fordney Foundation proudly congratulates Nathan Zaytsev and Annika Mugin for winning both the Fordney Foundation Latin and Standard Scholarship awards for 2020.

These two fine dancers are also associated with Sukachov Dance Academy. Dima and Olga Sukachov coach Nathan and Annika. We would like to give a big shout out to Dima and Olga Sukachov for doing such a fantastic job in coaching Nathan and Annika to go on and continually win dance honors. We also congratulate Sukachov Dance Academy for winning the Top Studio award for the year. Here is the name of all three studios that won Top 3 Studios for the year, we congratulate you all.

Top Studios:

1st - Sukachov Dance Academy (West)

2nd - Brilliant Dancesport Studio (East)

3rd - Center for Ballroom and Dance (Central)

Here are all the Top 10 winners in both Standard and Latin categories as announced by the Ohio Star Ball 2020. The Fordney Foundation recognizes your hard work and congratulates each and every one of you for your outstanding abilities.

Standard - Top 10:

  1. Zaytsev, Nathan & Mugin, Annika

  2. Mingioni, Max & Estrina, Zoe

  3. Zakirzyanov, Kirill & Snitko, Valerie

  4. Bleykhman, Nickolas & Joly, Alissa

  5. Berenshteyn, Maksim & Petrenko, Katerina

  6. Radionov, Sam & Kouznetsov, Sophia

  7. Zhukov, Yegor & Cherkas, Adyson

  8. Novikov, Daniel & Vishnevskiy, Mishella

  9. Moldavsky, Zorik & Bankova, Alice

  10. Ford, Parley & Thompson, Elisabeth

Latin - Top 10:

  1. Zaytsev, Nathan & Mugin, Annika

  2. Zakirzyanov, Kirill & Snitko, Valerie

  3. Mingioni, Max & Estrina, Zoe

  4. Bleykhman, Nickolas & Joly, Alissa

  5. Novikov, Daniel & Vishnevskiy, Mishella

  6. Ginko, Sean & Armstrong, Scarlet

  7. Zhukov, Yegor & Cherkas, Adyson

  8. Brinkerhoff, Crew & Taylor, Ruby

  9. Pidhoretskyy, Vadym & Srulevich, Abigail

  10. Valiev, Timur & Itkin, Michelle

Please look for my upcoming blog where I interview both Nathan and Annika. I believe you will be interested in Nathan and Annika’s input in coping with this year’s challenges as well as what it takes to become all out winners/recipients of this year’s Fordney Foundation’s Latin and Standard Scholarship awards, as recognized by the Ohio Star Ball.

Photo Provided by Sukachov Dance Academy

***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 Of The Week:

"We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body." - Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

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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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