Locals earn honors at dance competition


Dancers enjoyed a fabulous weekend of competition and camaraderie at the 25th annual First Coast Classic and World Masters competition, hosted at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Augustine. Students from locally-based Dance Alday competed and came home with many accolades.

Janet Collins earned the Top Female Newcomer Student as well as recognition as a runner up in her Dancers Cup Circuit Newcomer Scholarships. JoAnn DesMarais was recognized for making it to finals in both her Smooth and Rhythm Scholarships. Jovy Pagaoa was recognized among the top 20 students at the competition. Edward James earned first placement in all of his dances. Sally Sizemore, who returned to the dance floor after missing time from foot surgery, earned first place in all dances.Michiko Black won both her Dancers Cup Scholarships in Latin and Ballroom, as well as World Masters Standard and 10-Dance. Rounding up the group from Dance Alday was Allan Alday, who placed fourth in the Top Teacher category.

Dance Alday is a ballroom and Latin dance studio in Ponte Vedra beach offering more than 45 years of combined teaching experience. For more information about the studio and its team, visit www.dancealday.com.