Region is Proud of its Dance Champions Back Home From National Competition With Honors

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Local studio and students wow the Fred Astaire industry at nationals with multiple wins

At the Fred Astaire National Dance Championships 2015 held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort (Orlando, FL), a panel of internationally recognized judges awarded FADS Delaware students top honors in several categories. This achievement of FADS Delaware students made it clear that this studio and its coaches, with a long history of success in competition and performance, continues to develop some of the best dancers in the world of Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
Award-winning Students:

Ms. Stephanie Marxen
Top Showcase Female Award
Top Showcase Female Performance Award
Song: “In Tango” by In-Grid
Tango Choreographed by: Mr. Omar Hammad

Top Solo Female Award
Top Solo Female Performance Award
Song: “Still Loving You” by Scorpions
Bolero Choreographed by: Mr. Omar Hammad

Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Karen Pruett
Top Overall Amateur Couple Award
Top Showcase Amateur Couple Award
Top Showcase Amateur Couple Performance Award
Song: “When I Say I Do” by Clint Black
Waltz Choreographed by: Mr. Omar Hammad and Ms. Pam Baragona

About FADS Delaware

Fred Astaire Delaware Dance Studio established in September 2006 by Mr. Jose Rivera, who has successfully operated franchises within the Fred Astaire organization for over 25 years. FADS Delaware provides the highest quality dance education in dance styles, including ballroom, social, jazz, hip hop and ballet to students of all ages. Mr. Rivera is winner of Ohio Region Studio Top Executive for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014). In only a few years, FADS Delaware has grown into the coveted achievement of being a million-dollar school, the top in the entire region, and one of the top ten studios in FADS Nation-wide. Studio is current holder of FADS Ohio Region Top Studio Award (also in 2012). The staff members of the studio Mr. Omar Hammad and Ms. Gina Snyder are currently recognized as the Top Male and Top Female Teachers of the year in FADS Ohio Region. Through their leadership, the studio has helped students to achieve the great quality of dancing which was recognized at many regional and national events organized by FADS and independent organizers.

About FADS Delaware Students

With no previous experience in dancing, Ms. Stephanie Marxen has enjoyed phenomenal competition and artistic success dancing for FADS Delaware. This is due to her dedication to dancing, with credit to her coach, Mr. Hammad, who has led her to become the one of the top students in the nation. In a similar accomplishment, an amateur couple Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Karen Pruett joined Fred Astaire family only a couple of years ago. Dancing with their instructors Mr. Hammad and Ms. Baragona as well as with each other, they also were able to impress international panel of judges with their performance artistry, making their studio family proud. Mr. Walt Abel who is a student at FADS Delaware for less than a year, is also recognized as the Top Overall Male Performer of FADS Ohio region. Mr. Charles Kubelik (87 years old) and Ms. Davie Esau (86 years old), are undisputed leaders in their age category at Showcases Division in the State of Ohio.

For more information about FADS Delaware achievements, contact FADS Ohio Regional Office.

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