I was done with all my events by the late afternoon. Quick shower and back to the ballroom to teach a quick lesson to a American Smooth couple I teach from Utah. After the lesson, I ran to the room to change for the evening session, black tuxedo it is.
I was not the only Professional Ballroom Dancer from Aria Ballroom who competed with students. Simeon and Lukas (in the back making a funny face) also had quite a few students. A cool fact- Lukas had the most entries of us all and won the Top Teacher 3rd place award. Here is a picture of Simeon with lovely Claudia after her Smooth Scholarship.
In the evening session, there were quite a few exciting events, including Open American Smooth Scholarships, Pro events, and the highly anticipated Top Awards. That turned out to be quite a success for our studio! We won the Top Studio Award! My pro-am student Sue also won the Top Bronze student award. That was amazing, we were all very pleased. They say hard work pays off, it is true!
Ballroom dance competitions are not just what it sounds. Not just a bunch of beautiful people, all dressed up, dancing and competing against each other. It is about much more than that. Meeting cool people, build and strengthen friendships.
This was one eventful Saturday that we would forever remember and cherish. I loved sharing the beautiful floor overlooking the lake with all my pro-am students, and winning the Top Studio just topped up the whole experience.
Aria Ballroom is about our students! Thank you, guys, you are the best!
Sunday- The Kids Day
A lot of ballroom dance studios in the country focus specifically on either the social aspect of dancing or the competitive. At Aria, we focus mostly on the competitive, but what's special is that we have as many adult competitors as we do kids.
We try our hardest to produce more competitive ballroom couples; sadly we have a shortage of boys and a surplus of girls. Thankfully, there is an excellent opportunity for our solo girls to go out on the dance floor to perform and compete with their teacher.
In this picture, I danced pro-am with Lea. This was her first competition. It is natural to be nervous but not her, she was a real champ, did way better than I expected.
Competitors on the floor, Friends off the floor.
Among many other things, Seattle Star Ball was also the first competition for Amanh, who just started dancing a few months ago and already a winner! He had a blast on the floor, and I’m so proud of him.
All of our kids ended up winning a medal. But the true achievement for all of them and us was Aria receiving the TOP YOUTH STUDIO award. If I recall correctly that is the 3rd time.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.