Our Dancers Make News

Monet and Loren, Photo Alex Havasi

Going into the New Year, it is good to note our achievements and look forward to even doing bigger and better things in the year ahead.   And since I like to inspire you to do the best you possibly can, especially in the New Year, I would like to come back to my favorite dancers, Monet and Loren. They are two young people, who work very hard, have been doing incredibly well and really take their ballroom dancing seriously and to the next level.

We would like to share with you some fantastic news we just found out about. Our fabulous 2014 (first year) Fordney Foundation Latin Dance Series at the Ohio Star Ball winners Loren Silverman and Monet Pinkett are making news once again. They recently competed in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Holiday Dance Classic in December. This competition is organized by Sam Sodano, Wendy Johnson and Mary Murphy. And the Fordney Foundation is part of it, representing our Junior and Youth Dance divisions. In Latin Loren and Monet made the finals. In Standard, they placed second in both Novice and Pre-champ categories. Good going Loren and Monet!

These two young dancers constantly perfect their craft. They work at dancing a lot and I learned even more about them than I already knew. Monet was recently interviewed by Malibutimes magazine- the Winter Issue – and it was quite comprehensive.  Here is a little recap on that article and the interesting life of an up and coming professional ballroom dancer. Monet started learning to ballroom dance at the age of seven. She actually has been dancing competitively for six years now. She attributes a lot of her success to her dance partner, Loren Silverman. She met Loren when she

was in the fifth grade and they have been partners for the last two years. She is now an eighth grader. Monet feels very grateful to have Loren as a partner. She understands the value of a good partnership and knows that Loren is not only a talented dancer but a kind and caring person too. It is so great that Monet, as young as she is, can appreciate the fact that Loren is a kind person. Maybe the key to a good partnership is finding people we not only relate to, but also, who care about us as people.  They have a lot of fun traveling together and are great friends.

It is very impressive that these two young people have racked up so many accomplishments already. Not only our 2014 Fordney Foundation Latin winners at the Ohio Star Ball and also making the finals at the 2015 Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas, they were also winners at the 2013 Autumn Dance Classic, 2013 Hollywood Dancesport, 2013 California Star Ball, 2014 San Francisco Open Dancesport Championship, 2014 Emerald Ball, 2014 Desert Classic, 2014 Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix in Calgary, 2015 Seattle Star Ball and the 2015 Orange County Dancespot Challenge. They were finalists in the 2015 USA National Dancesport Championships in Provo, Utah and in the 2015 USA Dance Nationals in Baltimore, Maryland. They also traveled to Blackpool, England, to participate in one of the largest dance competitions in the world.

Monet and Loren, Photo Alex Havasi

In case you wanted to know how much preparation is necessary to compete in dancesport, Monet and Loren practice together four to five days per week for two to three hours per session. Monet says the main challenge is managing the time between practicing

and doing homework. She says, it can be challenging at times, but she wouldn’t change a thing. In addition to ballroom dancing, Monet has studied ballet, contemporary, gymnastics, aerial and International Latin (which is her favorite style of dance. Monet likes the freedom in the choreography of these dances.

Monet and Loren, Photo Alex Havasi

We would like to let you know that Monet and Loren have coaches in both Latin and Standard. Meagen Mendoza and Pavel Balykin are their Latin coaches. They are a husband and wife team. They are also active, professional dancers and finalists in just about all the competitions they enter. They recently placed First at the Nevada Star Ball. Loren and Monet’s Standard coaches are Max Sinitsa and his partner, Tatiana Silverstova. They are also active, professional dancers. They competed at the Holiday Dance Classic and made the Finals and placed Third in

Monet and Loren, Photo Alex Havasi

Smooth. We mention these coaches to you because Loren, Monet and their families are so pleased and very grateful to have such great support and encouragement from such kind and caring people. Again, maybe an excellent quality to look for when selecting a coach.

When Monet is not studying or dancing, she writes in her own blog that she has started: monetpintothewild.blogspot.com.

Although it is clear, Monet can be a professional dancer and is going in that direction, she also enjoys photography and architecture. She has previously competed in equestrian events too.

Monet and Loren, Photo Alex Havasi

We are so happy for Loren and Monet and their continued success. Pick up the Malibutimes   – the Winter Issue – to find out more about Monet Pinkett. And we hope that you enjoyed this bird’s eye view of what it is like and what it takes to prepare to be a dancesport champion!

Thought Of The Week:

“I love to dance because it allows me to express myself in a way that I can’t do through words.”       –    Monet Pinkett



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 https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/