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Fred Astaire South Windsor Wins World Top Studio In Las Vegas & Takes Home Seven Championships

The Fred Astaire South Windsor team, which included six students and three teachers, won Championships in seven categories along with numerous top placements, an exceptional achievement for a single studio.


Date added to ADN: Wednesday, Nov 08 2017
Originally Published: Wednesday, Nov 08 2017
By Paulo Jorge

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Fred Astaire South Windsor has really proven itself to be a world class studio in the truest sense. They took the 2017 Fred Astaire World Championships at the Bellagio Resorts and Casino, Las Vegas by storm, outperforming every other Fred Astaire studio in the world to win World Top Studio. No other New England studio in history has ever achieved this honor.

The Fred Astaire South Windsor team, which included six students and three teachers, won Championships in seven categories along with numerous top placements, an exceptional achievement for a single studio.

Fred Astaire South Windsor co-owners Christian Lange and Paulo Jorge have their own magic formula for inspiring their students and teachers to be winners. Before competition even began, they all enjoyed limousine service to and from the airport with champagne toasts, first class spa treatments at The Bellagio Spa, pool-front cabanas, first class dinners and a scavenger hunt through Las Vegas. "When you get to experience what it is like to be a top-notch success," says Jorge, " you are much more likely to want to do whatever it takes to stay in that upper echelon of achievement."

Championships and Top Placements

Dr. Rose Yu Chin:
World International Latin Champion
3rd Place World Bronze International Ballroom Championship
Finalist World International Ballroom Championship
2nd Place World International Latin Open Senior Championship

Shirley Jakobowski:
• World Open Hustle Champion
• Full Silver Rhythm Single Dance Finalist
• 5th Place Silver World Rhythm Championship
• Open Rhythm Championship Finalist
• American Smooth Silver World Championship Finalist


Vera Maltsev:
• World Open American Smooth Single Dance Champion
• World Silver International Ballroom Champion
• 2nd Place World Silver International Ballroom Scholarship
• Open International Ballroom Finalist

Kevin McCann:
• World Open American Rhythm Single Dance Champion
• World Open American Smooth Single Dance Champion
• World Bronze Rhythm Single Dance Finalist
• 1st Place Pro/Am World Showdance

Monika Szenk:
Social Bronze Rhythm World Single Dance Champion
Social Bronze Smooth World Single Dance Champion

Susan Holms:
Smooth Advanced Bronze Single Dance Finalist
Rhythm Advanced Bronze Single Dance Finalist

Fred Astaire Studio Awards

Fred Astaire South Windsor, CT - World Top Studio
Dr. Rose Yu Chin - World Top Bronze Female Student
Kevin McCann World Top Bronze male student
Christian Lange - 2017 Top Teacher overall.
Top Teacher International Ballroom
2nd Place Top Teacher International Latin
3rd Place Top Teacher American Smooth

"Winning these championships, The Top World Studio other leading placements in Las Vegas is like winning at the Oscars," says Lange. "We are extremely proud of our students who gave their all to achieve these incredible successes for Fred Astaire South Windsor and win us such an important place in Fred Astaire Dance Studio history."


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