Ballroom instructors groom competitors
Special to the County Compass
RALEIGH — Several months ago, National Ballroom Champions John and Penny DeFino of Oriental, began weekly training for aspiring ballroom competitors. On the weekend of Feb. 8th, the couple took 12 of their students to compete at the Triangle Open Ballroom Championships in Raleigh. Nine competed for the very first time. The DeFino’s expressed great pride in the outstanding results the students achieved during two days of competitive dancing. They have results, photos, and videos posted on the website: www.DeFinoBallroom.com
Seen in the photo, from left, are: Lynette Pearsall, Dan Barber, Scott Tanseer, Candace Grove, Joy Carawan, Paul Hager, Gayle Watson, Calvin & Ruth Long, Kandy & Mark Caccio, Margaret Ryan, Bernie Mallon, Ania Leroy. Reclining in front are their coaches, seasoned competitors John & Penny DeFino.