In my last post I briefly mentioned a close friend was going to be competing in her first ever ballroom competition: The Snow Ball Dance Dancesport Competition 2016.
Prior to the competition I was able to get her in the studio to take a few photos to celebrate this accomplishment.
Greta Anderson strikes a pose in the studio wearing her smooth style dress. Greta Anderson striking a pose in the studio wearing her smooth dance style dress. Greta Anderson wearing her rhythm dance dress. Greta striking her best cha cha pose in the studio. Greta taking another latin pose during her photo shoot. Greta channels her best Bruno Mars impersonation. Greta loves showing of how the dress moves while dancing the cha cha.
Finally the weekend of the competition arrived and we were off to a very early start.
The newcomers dancing with a professional instructor usually go first so it meant a very early morning for Greta starting with hair and make up in the wee hours of the morning. Saturday was for rhythm dances (cha cha, rumba, swing, etc.) and she absolutely rocked it.
Snow Ball 2016 Newcomer Bronze: Cha ChaSaturday morning of Snow Ball 2016. Newcomer Bronze rhythm. Greta Anderson (right) dancing with Gordon Bratt (left) of Mill City Ballroom during the cha cha. Saturday of Snow Ball 2016: Newcomer Bronze - SwingGreta Anderson (right) strikes a pose with Gordon Bratt (left) while dancing the swing during the first heat of the Saturday portion of the Snow Ball 2015 Dancesport Competition. Snow Ball 2016: Saturday Newcomer Bronze - RumbaGreta Anders (right) prepares to begin the rumba with her partner and teacher, Gordon Bratt (left). Snow Ball 2016: Saturday Newcomer BronzeGreta Anderson (right) wraps up one of her dances with Gordon Bratt (left) during the morning heats of the Snow Ball 2016 Danceport Competition. Snow Ball 2016: Saturday Newcomer BronzeGreta Anderson (right) concentrating while performing the swing with her partner and teacher, Gordon Bratt (left). Waiting for the results. (Left to right) Gene Bersten and Amy Chan of Dance With Us America; and Greta Anderson and Gordon Bratt of Mill City Ballroom.
Greta placed in first or second for all of her dances and ultimately took home third place in the Newcomer Bronze division!
Snow Ball 2016: Newcomer Bronze Rhythm 3rd PlaceGreta Anderson taking a cue from Olympic medalists after placing 3rd in the Newcomer Bronze Rhythm division of the Snow Ball 2016 Dancesport Competition. Greta and GordonGreta Anderson (left) poses with her teacher and partner, Gordon Bratt (right) after placing 3rd in the Newcomer Bronze Rhythm division of the Snow Ball 2016 Dancesport Competition.
Sunday was for smooth (waltz, fox trot, tango, Viennese waltz) and once again, Greta was in tip-top form.
American TangoGreta Anderson (left) with Gordon Bratt (right) during the Sunday portion of Snow Ball 2016. American Tango: FanGreta Anderson (left) swirls into a pose with Gordon Bratt (left) during the Sunday portion of the Snow Ball 2016 Dancesport Competition. All Smiles for Fox TrotGreta Anderson (right) is all smiles while dancing the fox trot during the Sunday heats of the Newcomer Bronze Smooth division.
All that hard work paid off and once again, Greta placed in either first or second for all of her dances and ultimately took home second place in the Newcomer Bronze Smooth division.
Congratulations, Greta! You worked hard for this achievement! Also a big congratulations to all the other finalists at the competition! Time to start preparing for this year's Twin Cities Open and hope to see some familiar faces there!
Additional highlights from the competition.
Snow Ball 2016 Newcomer Bronze RhythmAmy Chan (left) dancing with Gene Bersten (right) of Dance With Us America. Snow Ball 2016 Sunday: Open SilverGene Gersten (left) dances with Shannon Yee (right) during the Open Silver division of the Snow Ball 2016 Dancesport Competition. Snow Ball 2016 - ProfessionalsSarah Ford (left) strikes an elegant pose with Nick Haklin (right). Both from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Buffalo Grove, IL. Snow Ball 2016 - Professional International LatinTatyana Lutsenko (left) and Dymytrii Goncharov (right) during the Open Professional International Latin heat of the Snow Ball 2016 Dancesport Competition. Snow Ball 2016 SaturdayDarren Franco (left) dances with Kim Herrig during one of the Saturday heats of the Snow Ball 2016 Dancesport Competition.
Photos from the official photographer can be found here courtesy of Ryan Kenner Photography.
Special thanks to Sarah Fuller of Fuller Life Photography for allowing me to use her studio space.
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