Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Astaire Awards Championships 2009

From freep.com (Detroit, MI)
6 Detroit-area dancers to train with 'Dancing With the Stars' celebs


Six Detroit-area dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills will get tips this week from personalities from the hit show “Dancing With the Stars.”

The six metro Detroiters — ranging in age from 15 to late 60s — leave Wednesday to compete in Chicago in the Astaire Awards Competition, where they’ll have a chance to meet some of the prime-time dance show’s participants.

Professional dancer Tony Dovolani — who was paired last season with third-place finisher Melissa Rycroft on the ABC show — will choreograph the Astaire competitors for a special dance number.

The competitors will be “doing all the different ballroom dances — a waltz, tango, and a fox trot, cha-cha, a rhumba, and swing,” said Evan Meachum, who owns the Bloomfield Hills studio with his wife.

About 3,000 participants are to compete in the Astaire Awards Competition, which will also features judges such as Fabian Sanchez and Corky Ballas, who appeared on the TV show.

Competing for the local Fred Astaire studio are Emily Dobrota, 67, who lives outside Windsor, Ontario; Bobbie Fitzpatrick, 52, a small business owner from Metamora; George Zahul, 53, an accountant from Bloomfield Hills; Amanda Demery, 15, a high school student from Bloomfield Hills; Victoria Zahul, 20, of Bloomfield Hills; and Nancy Smith, 49, a nurse, from Bloomfield Hills.

Contact PATRICIA MONTEMURRI: 313-223-4538 or pmontemurri@freepress.com.

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