GREEN BROOK – Arthur Murray Dance Centers Central New Jersey was recently honored with a Top Studio Award at the 15th Annual Caribbean Dancesport Classic in Carolina, Puerto Rico, given for the combined rankings of the studios’ amateur students and professional competitors’ performances.
“Most people walk into our studios knowing nothing about American Ballroom dancing except maybe what they’ve seen on TV,” remarked Emilio Garced, studios director of Arthur Murray Central New Jersey. “And now look at our amazing students! They have dared to dance out onto the world stage and compete at a tough international event. To have them come away with top honors just ‘puts the cherry on the sundae!’ We’re tremendously proud of all of them.”
The Arthur Murray amateur and professional dancers competed in a field of approximately 6,000 entries. Highlights of their placements include:
- Joe Benett (Basking Ridge): First Place – Waltz Solo Showcase
- Yohanan Bier (Warren): First Place – Rhythm Championship Associate Bronze
- Silvia & Richard Commisso (Bridgewater): First Place – Bolero Solo Showcase
- Nancy & Paul Dango (Cranford): Top Overall Amateur Couple Associate Silver
- Ileana Flintoff (Bridgewater): Third Place – Rhythm Championship Associate Silver
- Charmaine Kroon (Bridgewater): First Place – Rumba Solo Showcase
- Professionals Leo Mora & Christina Garced (Bayonne): Fourth Place — Rising Star Smooth
- Professional Jazmin Novoa (Union): Tenth Place — Top Teacher
- Arthur Murray Central New Jersey (Green Brook & Highland Park): Top Studio – Medium-Size Category
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