"DWTS" Judge at USA Dance Nationals!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 3:26PM


The USA Dance Nationals were held in Baltimore, MD, on March 30th and 31st and April 1st at the Rennaisance Harborplace Hotel. On Friday the competitions ran from 8am to Midnight and on Saturday and Sunday from 7am to Midnight. USA Dance National Championships were awarded in International Ballroom and Latin as well as American Smooth and Rhythm categories in ages Pre-teen through Senior and some of the couples qualified to possibly represent the United States in the World Championships as well. Celebrity Judge, Carrie Ann Inaba from "Dancing With The Stars" bestowed some special " Star Quality Awards". Kim Smith was asked to judge and did so for the weekend, leaving Steve Hadley to keep notes on the dancers that we coach and helping them out wherever possible.

     The dancers that I was keeping tabs on did very well and made Dr. Dance very proud. Here are some results. George and Karan Barton:Senior II Bronze Smooth-5th Place, Senior II Bronze Rhythm-4th Place,Senior III Bronze Smooth-5th Place and Senior III Bronze Rhythm-3rd Place. Carmine Rucco and Maria Bolyard:Senior I Gold and Novice Rhythm Champions, Senior I Gold Smooth-5th Place and Senior I Silver Ballroom-6th Place. Richard Stewart and Melanie Tichenor:Senior I Gold Ballroom-6th Place, Senior I Novice BallroomII-4th Place, Senior II Gold Ballroom-6th Place and Senior II Novice Smooth-6th Place. Bob and Debbie Pratico:Senior III Gold Smooth-3rd Place, Senior III Novice Ballroom-2nd Place and Senior III Novice Smooth-5th Place. Jim Crowell and Sterling Sightler:Senior III Bronze Ballroom-6th Place and Senior III Silver Smooth-6th Place. Jerry and Irina Donahue:Adult Bronze Smooth-7th Place, Senior I Bronze Smooth-4th Place and Senior I Silver Smooth-6th Place. 1 couple was from Birmingham, AL, 2 couples from Huntsville, AL, 2 couples from Baton Rouge, LA and 1 couple from New Orleans, LA.

     Carrie Ann Inaba was very visible throughout the weekend. She was generous with her time, taking pictures with anyone who wanted including Bobbie Hawk and Mark Orr, also Carmine Rucco and chatting with people. Carrie Ann is also the Official National Celebrity Ambassador for USA Dance beginning this year.




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