A Preview of the Stars Behind Ballroom Extravaganza

Posted by: pia on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 12:00:00 am

Coming to Westchester Broadway Theatre soon is Ballroom Extravaganza with their show "We Are The Champions". Here's a preview of the all-star cast!


New to the cast are Italy’s champions Emanuele Pappacena and Francesca Lazzari who were second only to the Germans at the World Classical Showdance competition held in Berlin. They are elegant,  exciting and original in their presentations and enthrall audiences wherever they perform. Their home in Italy is Rome.


In recent performances Austin Joson and Nino Dzneladze “brought down the house” They are the world’s 21-and under Latin champions and swept all five of their dances for the world title held in Paris. There are few dancers over age 21 who can defeat them. They have appeared on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars” and PBS’s American Ballroom Challenge. 


 Diego Blanco and Ana Pardon without question are one of the most exciting couples in the world of Argentine Tango today. They are known for their innovative, captivating and joyful style and to watch them dance with their energetic elegance, superb technique and keen sense of musicality is to witness the rich history of the Argentine Tango. As performers, choreographers and teachers they have danced in tango festivals throughout Europe, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Americas.

 Returning to the cast is the sensational young Latin team of Tagir Mansurov and Alexandra Kondrashova following European and Asian success where they were Grand  finalists in the United Kingdom, Dutch and Asian Opens. In their first event in the U.S. they won the Disney Cup in Orlando, leading up to the U.S. Open where they took the bronze medal. Returning to Europe, they captured the Rising Star Open in Paris.


Making their debut in the cast are stars from Russia Ilia Zakharav with Anna Trukhan, the 2015 United States Showdance champions. Before coming to the U.S. Zakharav, who competed in Europe in all the European title events taught standard and Latin dancing at the Belarusian State University in Minsk. With the elegant Trukhan they are guest entertainers and teachers for Holland America, Princess Cruises and Celebrity  Cruise Companies. They also are regulars at Casino Resorts World in Manila.


 Rounding out the cast are Ricardo Sopin with Iraida Volodina, the world’s Rising Star American Rhythm champions and also World Mambo finalists. In 2015 they, too, won at the American Star Ball and Constitution State Challenge. The couple appeared on ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” in awareness to the devastation from the earthquake that hit Haiti and injured Sopin’s family. Ricardo and Iraida are co-owners of the Arthur Murray Studio in Greenwich, CT.

Ballroom Extravaganza is at 8 o'clock on June 7




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