Trumbull dancers clean-up at competition

Amateur ballroom dancers from the Trumbull Fred Astaire Studio captured eight top awards at the recent Fred Astaire Colonial Classic competition held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich. Altogether 22 studios from New England and New York entered over 300 dancers to compete in the three-day event.

Trumbull residents Elizabeth and Olivia Cuevas retained their trophies won last year. The sisters scored victories in the International and American-style divisions with Elizabeth winning the Silver Latin event with her teacher, Marko Paunovic, and Olvia the American Silver Smooth category with teacher, Marko Urosevic. Elizabeth, too, was victorious in the American rhythm event. The young ladies competed as juveniles and juniors.

Don and Judy Schmidt of Trumbull were crowned both champions of the bronze American smooth and advanced American smooth divisions that included the waltz, tango and foxtrot in each. They competed as an all amateur couple.

William Fabri of Trumbull, the most senior dancer in the competition was crowned champion of the closed American Smooth social bronze division “C” with his teacher Kim Haidinger.

Other winners for the Trumbull studio included Zosia Kocab of Monroe who danced the International silver Latin Juvenile events with teacher Marko Urosevic and Michelle Qujigley of Westport who won the Advanced American rhythm bronze division with Urosevic. Rounding out the Trumbull winners was Jean Oristano of Milford in the American rhythm “B” event and the Closed American rhythm Advanced division in the “A” division dancing cha cha, rumba and swing with Paunovic.