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Islanders DanceSport Challenge

By Rose-Ann Lynch
Managing Editor
Photos courtesy of Islanders
March 2 in Newark, NJ - Last chance to qualify for 2024 Nationals!

You’ve been practicing like crazy.  Nationals, March 22-24, is less than one month away and so much needs to be done.  

Now you are asking yourself…How does our new choreography look on the floor?  Will I get invigilated?  How does my new dress look?  Is my new tail suit too long?  Should I go with the vest or the smooth jacket?  How should I wear my hair?  Will my floats flop over my head when a I roll out?  Where can I try on a new pair of shoes?  You wish you had one more chance to put it all on the floor and see how it shakes out.  

Or…Heaven forbid, you didn’t qualify through the 75% rule.  Now what?  What can you do?  

Or…Perhaps you are feeling pretty good but would like a little more input or coaching.  But how?  Where?

The Dance Godfathers have heard you and are making it possible.  Ilya Barmotin and Vladimir Karpov have joined forces to bring USA Dance one more Dance Challenge, and it is called Islanders DanceSport Challenge.  

Ilya Barmotin and Vladimir Karpov

Islanders DanceSport Challenge will be held on March 2, 2024, in Newark, New Jersey.  That’s right…three weeks before Nationals!  The Venue is the DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel — 128 Frontage Road, Newark, New Jersey 07114.

This is a great opportunity, and it is not the only offering.  There’s a Gala that evening (March 2) with performances by the United States Professional Rhythm Finalists Dimitry & Olena Nikishkin, 5-time United States Amateur Rhythm Champions Max Firestein & Nicole Mtched, World DanceSport Federation World Latin Showdance Bronze Medalists Kairat Algadaev & Julia Seleznyov, and MORE!!!

Registration for Islanders is currently open and the organizers will keep it open as long as possible.  They promise a strong cadre of judges, including Arto Tsaturyan (California),Vano Kandelaki (Republic of Georgia), Inna Brayer (New York), Igor Golovach (New Jersey), Anna Praschur (New York), Oleg Kulyba (Massachusetts), Yelena Vesnovskaya (New York), Natalya Peshkova (Florida), Viktoriya Drubetskaya (New York), Patti Panebianco (Vermont), and Chair of Judges Renata Shvarts (New York).

Plus, they are holding a USA Dance National Training Camp.

What does this mean?  It means your wishes have come true!  Now you need to sign up, book your hotel and make your hair appointment.

Still have questions?  Contact the Dance Godfathers (Organizers).  But…Don’t miss out!!!!

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