Category Archives: DANCING

Ballroom Dancing National Champs!

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 Intern…

Ballroom dancers excel in Raleigh

RALEIGH — John and Penny DeFino of Pamlico County are known locally as National Ballroom champions, but now a number of their students are making the news. Thirteen dancers recently competed at the Triangle Open Dancesport Championships in Raleigh – the 17th annual episode of this ballroom competition at NC State! All of the group placed in a great number of events that included American Style and International Style dancing in Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing and Quickstep. Proving that it is never too late to start, the students range in age from 20s to those well over…

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, fro…

Couple brings home the Gold

CHARLOTTE: John and Penny DeFino, perhaps best known locally as the ‘Ballroom Dance Couple,’ came away from a regional competition earlier this month with high honors. Over a three-day period in the Carolina Fall Classic Ballroom Competition – a National Qualifying event – the DeFinos danced some 55 times and won their divisions in American Style Smooth and International Style events, taking First Place in Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Viennese Waltz. Their outstanding performances make them eligible for the USA Dance National Ballroom competition in March of 2014, th…