2017 California Gold Rush Dancesport Series Winners

2017 California Gold Rush Dancesport Series Winners

California Gold Rush Dancesport Series Team

The 2016-2017 California Gold Rush Dancesport Series Winners were announced Saturday, May 6th at the Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships. Congratulations to all the winners!

Top Pro/Am Bronze Female - Natalia HoweTop Pro/Am Bronze Gentleman - Allen Brown
Top Pro/Am Silver Female - Esperanza ChavezTop Pro/Am Silver Gentleman - Scott Magnesen
Top Pro/Am Gold Female - Diane MeehanTop Pro/Am Gold Gentleman - Sal Rodriguez
Top Pro/Am Overall Female - Natalia HoweTop Pro/Am Overall Gentleman - Allen Brown
Top Scholarship Latin Female - Careen FriedlandTop Scholarship Latin Gentleman - Dan Browning (not pictured)
Top Scholarship Rhythm Female- Roseann WherryTop Scholarship Rhythm Gentleman - Sal Rodriguez
Top Scholarship Smooth Female- Catherine GalloTop Scholarship Smooth Gentleman - Lance Smith (not pictured)
Top Scholarship Ballroom Female - Emily EberleTop Scholarship Ballroom Gentleman - Lance Smith (not pictured)
Top Amateur Student/Student Bronze Couple - Less Antman & Colleen Lee
Top Amateur Student/Student Silver Couple - Bill Mower & Suzanne Raab
Top Amateur Student/Student Gold Couple - Less Nikolai Tarasov & Yupei Ma (not pictured)
Top Amateur Student/Student Overall Couple - Less Antman & Colleen Lee

Top Pro/Am Winners:

Top Scholarship Winners:


Top (Amateur) Student/Students:


Top Teachers:

1. Michael Petr - Michael Petr is an Internationaly renowned Ballroom dance teacher and former dance champion. At the age of 12 he was inspired by American actor and dancer "Patrick Swayze" in the hit "Dirty Dancing". Soon after he began his Ballroom Dancing career. At the age of 13, he went to his first World Ballroom Dancing Championship and placed in the Semi-Finals. As a dancer he was a Czech National Champion, Top 5 in the European 10 Dance, Latin Showdance, and World Mambo Championships. In 2010, he retired as a professional and started teaching. In 2016 He was Top 4 Pro/Am Dance Teacher in the WORLD Dancesport Series.

2. Daniel Vasco (not pictured)

3. Louis Bar - "Ironman Bar", the King of Pro/Am, the Nicest Man in the Business, Best Dressed, or the 'man of a thousand hats'....however you know Louis Bar, you know that his talent is endless but his genuine soul is what keeps us hooked. At the age of 30, he moved to the USA to open up a ballroom dance studio which he successfully ran for 15 years and raised his 2 kids around dance. During that time he competed with his now wife, Laura Cantu, professionally and together they became one of the top Argentine Tango couples in the world. Today he travels almost every weekend, winning Top Instructor, in National competitions and sharing his passion and love of dance with everyone he meets. This Renaissance entertainer truly has the whole package: dancer, singer, comedian and life coach.

4. Pavlo Barsuk - Pavlo Barsuk originally started dancing at the age of 10 in the Ukraine. He was placed high in numerous regional and international competitions in Europe, before moving to the U.S. in 2005. With his former partner Anna Trebunskaya they were U.S. National Open Professional Latin Bronze medalists, UK OPEN Pro RS Latin Silver Medalists, Ohio Star Ball Open Pro Latin Bronze medalists, BRITISH OPEN Pro Rising Star Latin 4th place finalists, & winners and finalists in many other top competitions. As a teacher and coach, he has guided many dancesport champions and finalists. Several of his students have been Pro-Am Open to The World Championship finalists and US National Champions. He also coaches successful amateur and professional duos.

5. David Alvarez - David Alvarez grew up in Texas with nine siblings and dance was always a major part of their lives. He entered the world of ballroom dancing at age 18 and moved through both the Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray dance franchises. While living in Honolulu, Hawaii, he became the Top Teacher in the world via the Arthur Murray franchise. In 1995, he opened "A Fascinating Rhythm" (now Santa Barbara Dance Center, Inc.,) which has become one of Santa Barbara's most respected dance studios. David's success in his career can be attributed to his vivacious personality, love for dancing, and his joy in sharing dance. David's love of teaching was the same in the early days as it is now… his students are continually inspired, have a great time in their lessons, and find that their lives are enriched… sometimes transformed beyond measure.

6. Alexander Novikov - Alexander Novikov was born and raised in Russia where at the age of 10, he began dancing ballroom with a classmate and, a love affair with dance was born. In 2004 Alex was the recipient of a very prestigious scholarship which allowed him to come study in the United States and he became an MBA graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona. Alex continues to teach and compete Pro/Am with his students and has won many Top Teacher and Top Studio awards at various competitions across the US including the Emerald Ball, the Embassy Ball, CA Star Ball, City Lights Ball, California Open, San Francisco Open, Hollywood Dancesport, and Golden State Challenge amongst others. Most of his students continue to rank 1st in Bronze, Silver and Open levels at some of the biggest competitions across America.


Top Studio - Edelweiss Premier Ballroom

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