Ballroom Dancing National Champs!

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ORIENTAL — Local residents John & Penny DeFino have once again been crowned National Ballroom Champions!

The award-winning couple recently returned from the USA Dance Senior IV National Ballroom competition held this year in Bethesda, Maryland. Hundreds of competitors from across the country gathered for this three-day, prestigious dance contest.

Participants must first qualify to dance at the National Competition by placing in the top 65 percent of a National Qualifying event during the previous year.

The DeFinos snared four National titles for their division in International Style Standard dances to include: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot & Quickstep, as well as International Style Latin Dances including Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba and Jive. This is the sixth time the couple has danced in a National Dance competition and the second time they have been recognized as National Ballroom Champions.

John & Penny live in Oriental and teach ballroom dancing at several area locations. Visit their website:

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