It was all smiles from our small but powerful team who attended the Northstar Dance-O-Rama in Chicago. A huge congratulations to students, Fran Duntz and Susan Laufersweiler King, and their instructor, Craig Johnston, for their success representing Team Dayton.
Susan – 1st Place Newcomer All Round and Top Newcomer Female
Fran – 1st Place Associate Silver All Round and Top Assoc. Silver Female
1st Place Top Studio
So, what’s next for our competitive team? We’re headed to the sunshine state for the Flamingo-Rama Dance-O-Rama, September 15 – 17 in Bonita Springs, Florida. Wishing our traveling team the best of luck:
What’s it like to participate in a dance competition? The best way we can describe it is a Dance Vacation! We go to some of the best destinations. We stay in fabulous hotels. We eat incredible meals. We laugh and have more fun than should be allowed. We build relationships that last a lifetime. Click here to learn more about Dancesport, competitive dancing for ballroom, rhythm, country and western, and Latin dancing that takes the enjoyment of social dancing to another level.
About Craig Johnston: An award-winning dance professional, Craig was born and raised in Scotland, U.K., where he started his dance training at the young age of 7. As a teenager, he was offered a scholarship to London Studio Centre, a top theatre college in London, where he studied for 2 years. His passion for dance then led him to travel extensively around the world, from stage shows to Dance Captain onboard Celebrity Cruises. In 2012, Craig moved to Nashville, TN to continue his dance career based in the USA.
Since relocating to the Dayton Area in 2018, Craig has received many top teacher designations and was most recently named to the Arthur Murray International Winner’s Circle in both 2021 and 2022, recognizing him as one of the top three instructors in the Arthur Murray organization worldwide.
As the studio Supervisor, Craig was responsible for developing a competitive Dance Team that won numerous Top Studio Awards at Arthur Murray Dance Competitions globally in 2022, while many of the Dayton Students earned the Top Student Award in their respective divisions. Craig was also instrumental in leading the Dayton team of Instructors to win the 2022 International Dance Festival and Grand Championship.
About Arthur Murray Dance Center of Dayton: Recipients of the 2021 and 2022 Best Arthur Murray Studio Award, Barbara Haller and her husband Tim are four-time United States Professional Ballroom Theatrical Arts Champions, with an impressive competitive and performance career. Despite their many awards, Barbara Haller states their greatest pleasure is in seeing how the dance experience at Arthur Murray alters people’s lives in such a positive way. While the Arthur Murray Dance Studios have been operating for 100 years, Tim and Barbara Haller and Co- Franchisee, Craig Johnston, are pleased to note that the Dayton Franchise has been operating continuously since 1946.
Fun and fitness go hand in hand with ballroom dancing in Dayton. If you are interested in the benefits of adult dance lessons in Dayton or competitive amateur dancing, contact us today!