Every September, for over half a century, the US Dance Championships (USDC), America’s premier ballroom dance competition, has been held. As a matter of fact, in 2021 it was headquartered at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. It certainly was an exciting week of amateur and professional ballroom dancing. Especially thrilling were the events that led to the crowning of the US National Professional Ballroom Champions. Therefore, here, for your viewing pleasure, are some winners from 2021.
To begin with, enjoy these recent performances by the current (2021) US National Professional Ballroom Champions.
US National Professional International Ballroom
Iaroslav Bieliei & Liliia Bieliei (California)
US National Professional International Latin
Troels Bager & Ina Jeliazkova (New York)
US National Professional American Smooth
Roman Malkhasyan & Galina Detkina (Florida)
Prior to 1984, the American style combined both Smooth and Rhythm dances. Thereafter, Smooth and Rhythm were split into two separate divisions. To illustrate how the American style has evolved, here you’ll see the 1984 Smooth champions, Charles and Jean Penatello, dancing an American style Foxtrot.
Also, for more on the International style and American style Foxtrot, here’s a Dance Safari post, “Foxtrot Styles Explained…American vs. International“.
US National Professional Rhythm
Andre Paramonov & Natalie Paramonov (Florida)
And, in addition…
Although there are other styles being performed by outstanding competitors at the USDC, one of my personal favorites is the Mambo Championship. For that reason, I’ve included this spicy performance by the current US National Professional Mambo Champions.
US National Professional Mambo Championship
Kevin Ubillus and Milagros Lareto (Florida)
It’s such a treat to watch all of these outstanding competitors perform.
Not only that, it’s hard to believe that they started out just like you and me. Accordingly, congratulations are in order for those who have achieved their dreams of becoming National Champions!