The week before Dancing with the Stars started up again, the US Dancesport Championships were held in Miami. Tony Dovolani and his partner Elena Grinenko (both on this season of DWTS... well, she was anyway. She was Tucker Carlson's partner and he got the boot Wednesday night.)
Nashville's own Jeremy Gatlin and Anna Harwood placed 2nd in the Rising Star-American Rhythm competition. (Rising Star is for new professionals on the competitive circuit). They have consistently placed in the top 3 this entire year.
They also made the semi-final in the open division. Let me tell ya, that is an amazing feat. There are so many good dancers in that category.
Ben and Shalene Ermis won the American Smooth competition. This is their second time to win that title. AND they also won the 9-dance competition. That means they did the 5 dances in the American Rhythm style (cha-cha, rumba, swing, bolero, and mambo) and the 4 American Smooth (waltz, foxtrot, tango, and viennese waltz). They won 6 of the 9 dances.
Way to go!
Just think - you can't get talent teaching you like this at certain other studios, even in town. *cough NDC cough* And they are right there at Dance World along with a couple-dozen other very talented and capable instructors.