Ben De La Vega’s Annual Black and White Ball:



Professional Performers of the "24TH ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE BALL", OCTOBER 8TH, 2016

Travis & Jamiee Tuft

Travis and Jaimee have gained international success performing and teaching across the United States as well as Italy, England, Switzerland, Spain, France, Hong Kong, mainland China, Ecuador and Peru. They were also invited as guest performers on the luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises; as well as repeatedly performing live with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently they were featured performers in the PBS special "America’s Ballroom Challenge."

Travis is originally from Boise, Idaho where he began dancing in a once-a-week social ballroom dance class at the age of 14. He went on to attend Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Ballroom Dance. While attending school he traveled the world as a member of their formation ballroom dance team. With the Latin team Travis placed 1st at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England and is a four time U.S. Latin Formation team champion. He is also a two time U.S. Amateur Theatre Arts runner up and has trained and competed in International style Ballroom and Latin, and American style Rhythm and Smooth.

Jaimee is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho where she began training in classical ballet at the age of 5. She trained exclusively with former principle dancers from the NYC ballet and Ballet West for 15 years. While in high school she began training and competing in International style Ballroom and Latin, and American style Rhythm and Smooth. She later attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Ballroom Dance. She was a member of their acclaimed formation ballroom dance team and placed 1st at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England in 2010.

After their marriage in 2008, Travis and Jaimee teamed up to become the undefeated two time US Amateur American Smooth Champions. Since turning professional in February 2011 they have become the U.S. Professional Rising Star American Smooth Champions, U.S. Theatrical Arts Champions, U.S. Cabaret Vice-Champions, U.S. and World Professional American Smooth Finalists and have represented the U.S. twice in the Theatrical Arts Invitational and once in the American Smooth at the Blackpool Dance Festival.

Accomplishments:


  • 2015 Blackpool Professional Smooth Invitationalist
  • 2014 United States Professional American Smooth Finalists
  • 2014 & 2013 World Professional American Smooth Finalists
  • 2013 United States Professional Theatrical Arts Champions
  • 2013 Ohio Star Ball Professional American Smooth Showdance Champions
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 United States Professional Cabaret Finalists
  • 2012 United States Professional Rising Star Smooth Champions
  • 2012 Blackpool Professional Theatrical Arts Invitationalists
  • 2011 Ohio Star Ball Professional Theatrical Arts Champions
  • 2011 Ohio Star Ball Professional Rising Star American Smooth Champions
  • 2009 & 2010 United States Amateur American Smooth Champions

Ryan Lewis & Tessa Marie

Carlos Mario Urrego Gaviria & Maureen Antonia Muñoz


Professional Performers of the "23RD ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE BALL", OCTOBER 24TH, 2015

Travis & Jamiee Tuft

Travis and Jaimee have gained international success performing and teaching across the United States as well as Italy, England, Switzerland, Spain, France, Hong Kong, mainland China, Ecuador and Peru. They were also invited as guest performers on the luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises; as well as repeatedly performing live with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently they were featured performers in the PBS special "America’s Ballroom Challenge."

Travis is originally from Boise, Idaho where he began dancing in a once-a-week social ballroom dance class at the age of 14. He went on to attend Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Ballroom Dance. While attending school he traveled the world as a member of their formation ballroom dance team. With the Latin team Travis placed 1st at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England and is a four time U.S. Latin Formation team champion. He is also a two time U.S. Amateur Theatre Arts runner up and has trained and competed in International style Ballroom and Latin, and American style Rhythm and Smooth.

Jaimee is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho where she began training in classical ballet at the age of 5. She trained exclusively with former principle dancers from the NYC ballet and Ballet West for 15 years. While in high school she began training and competing in International style Ballroom and Latin, and American style Rhythm and Smooth. She later attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Ballroom Dance. She was a member of their acclaimed formation ballroom dance team and placed 1st at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England in 2010.

After their marriage in 2008, Travis and Jaimee teamed up to become the undefeated two time US Amateur American Smooth Champions. Since turning professional in February 2011 they have become the U.S. Professional Rising Star American Smooth Champions, U.S. Theatrical Arts Champions, U.S. Cabaret Vice-Champions, U.S. and World Professional American Smooth Finalists and have represented the U.S. twice in the Theatrical Arts Invitational and once in the American Smooth at the Blackpool Dance Festival.

Accomplishments:


  • 2015 Blackpool Professional Smooth Invitationalist
  • 2014 United States Professional American Smooth Finalists
  • 2014 & 2013 World Professional American Smooth Finalists
  • 2013 United States Professional Theatrical Arts Champions
  • 2013 Ohio Star Ball Professional American Smooth Showdance Champions
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 United States Professional Cabaret Finalists
  • 2012 United States Professional Rising Star Smooth Champions
  • 2012 Blackpool Professional Theatrical Arts Invitationalists
  • 2011 Ohio Star Ball Professional Theatrical Arts Champions
  • 2011 Ohio Star Ball Professional Rising Star American Smooth Champions
  • 2009 & 2010 United States Amateur American Smooth Champions

Giorgi Khmiadashvili & Christina DuPuy

Giorgi Khmiadashvili is from Georgia. He has been a competitive Latin dancer since 2003. He competed and performed in Eastern Europe before moving to United States to continue his dance career. Prior to Latin he spent 9 years touring internationally as a soloist in the Georgian Dance Company Orbi. Christina DuPuy is from Sacramento California. She has danced and taught American Smooth and Rhythm for over 15 years, and is featured in instructional videos on Salsa and Lindy Hop as well as in the book ‘Swing Style’ by Maureen Reilly. She began competing in International Latin in 2011 and holds a National Showdance Title. Giorgi and Christina are a brand new partnership which began in November 2014, together they have made finals in all of their competitions.

Carlos Mario Urrego & Cindy Milena Lopez

Carlos and Cindy have been dancing together since 2011. Their knowledge of competitive capabilities and high-level dance have acquired in different schools, dance companies and professional dancers.

Colombia

Medellin: Neotango Company, the National Ballet Firulete, Che Tango, Company A Puro Tango, Milonga flavor, Unitango.

Argentina

Buenos Aires: Argentina's Tango School, Mariposita, Tango Brujo. Martin Ojeda, Guillermo Salvat, Silvia Grints, Fabian Peralta, Fernando Gracia, Sol Cerquides, Ernesto Balmaceda, Estella Baez, among others.

USA

Dallas-Texas: Pj's Dancetique, Evolution Tango.
New York: Triangle Tango, Dance Sport, Steping Out.
New Orleans LA: Club Silhouette.

Carlos and Cindy have led to numerous awards and distinctions in well established national and international competitions, including:

  • 1st place in the 2015 Tango Festival in Florida.
  • Champions in Medellin in the Salon Tango (traditional) Groups Category in 2013.
  • Second in the National Championship in Manizales, Colombia in 2013 and 2014.
  • Finalists at the World Tango Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2014.

Carlos and Cindy acted as a partner with great musicians and orchestras of world renown, such as: Ariel Ardit and Nelson Sextet Mayor Alberti, Raul Jaurena.

As masters of this dance, the couple are also directors of the dance company Neotango in Medellin Colombia and were principal dancers of the opera Maria de Buenos Aires, along with the University of Antioquia in Medellin - Colombia. In 2013, the couple traveled to Ecuador to participate in the American Dance Festival and the United States were the couple was invited to participate in the Festival of Tango Fandango in Dallas Texas. In 2014 artists were invited in NOLA Tango Festival in New Orleans.

Due to his impressive resume and extraordinary ability to perform the dance, in 2015 he was invited to the couple to be guests of the show Tango senses at the Thalia Theater Spanish in New York and perform over a group of experienced and recognized colleagues.

Cindy Milena Lopez

Dancer since 2007 in Medellin- Colombia, she began studying Tango with dancer and choreographer Sergio Lopez; through different schools as the balcony of Artists, Jazz Dance, Dance AS, Chetango and Neotango. She was an instructor at Luna deTango More, houses of culture in Medellin; conducted workshops in different cities of Colombia as Pereira, Cali, Bogota and Manizales ; participated in several important dance championships in the city of Medellin; and he has been training for several consecutive years in Buenos Aires Argentina where she was also participation in the World Championship of Tango. Participated in the shows

  • Tango in the theater founders Manizales 2011
  • El Patio del Tango Theatre University of Medellin 2012 and 2013
  • El Patio del Tango theater Pereira Santiago Londoño in 2013

Carlos Mario Urrego

Dancer since 1999 in Medellin- Colombia, began his studies at the Tango in Arrabal Flashes company; through different schools and the magic of your Bailes, Air de Tango, A puro Tango, Tango Vos, Boedo Tango, Dance AS, Chetango, El Firulete and Neotango. From 2006-2010 he created the dance school El Ultimo Cafe. Conducted workshops and events in different cities of Colombia: as Medellin, Pereira, Cali, Manizales, Bucaramanga and Bogota; participated in the shows:

  • Tango Magic at the Metropolitan Theatre of Medellin in 2004.
  • National tour with the company A Puro Tango in 2006 and 2007.
  • Air de Tango at Teatro Universidad de Medellin in 2008.
  • Chiru in the Theatre Porfirio Barba Jacob in 2009
  • National tour with Neotango and Milonguero Sextet in 2010.

From 2011 to 2014 degree in dance studies at the University of Antioquia Participate in dance competitions and festivals in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and USA


Professional Performers of the "22TH ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE BALL", AUGUST 23RD, 2014

Artem Plakhotnyi & Inna Berlizyeva

Artem – is originally from Ukraine and began dancing at the age of 6. Through the years, he became a 3-time Ukrainian National Champion in 10-Dance, Latin and Standard. Before moving to the United States in 2005, he represented Ukraine in the World and European Championships and was the Gold Medalist at the IDU World Under 21, 10-Dance Championships.

Inna – is originally from Ukraine and began dancing at the age of 9. With years of competitive dance experience, she became a 3 time Ukrainian National Champion and was runner up in the Eastern European 10-Dance Championships. Inna represented Ukraine at the World and European Championships before moving to Slovenia, where she became a National Team Representative and Slovenian National Champion for 3 years. She moved to the United States in 2005, where she continued to succeed both Nationally and Internationally.

Artem and Inna began their professional partnership in May of 2009 for USA, and have since achieved numerous National and International titles together, including: 2013 Ohio Star Ball Professional Standard Champions (Ohio, USA); 2012 Blackpool Rising Stars Professional Standard Vice-Champions (Blackpool, England)

Artem and Inna currently call Scottsdale, AZ their home and are the proud owners of Imperial Ballroom Dance Center. Not only does this couple lead one of the most successful competitive studios on the West Coast, but Artem and Inna are very proud to have coached dancers around the world, helping many of their students win both National and International titles.

Andrei Kazlouski & Asta Sigvaldadottir

Andrei – was born on October 8, 1989 in Minsk, Belarus. He started dancing at the age of 3 and eventually became one of top junior dancers in Belarus where he continued to compete until moving to Germany at the age of 15.

Titles include: German Youth Champion and World Finalist in 2006; World Youth Vice-Champion; German Open Vice-Champion and Austrian Open Champion. Andrei moved to the United States in 2008. He danced as an amateur on the American dance circuit, reaching the top 3 at the US National Amateur Championship. In February 2012, Andrei decided to turn pro with Asta and became Blackpool Rising Star and USDC finalists.

Asta – was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she started dancing at the age of 4. At 13 years of age, she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and as Danish representative she became 6 times national champion in the junior and youth categories as well as finalist at Blackpool, Copenhagen Open, North European Championships and Italian Open.

In 2005, she moved to England and with her partner became finalists of all major Open (Under 21) competitions like Blackpool, International Championships, Embassy Ball and Dutch Open.

In 2009, she decided to turn professional with her previous partner and together they reached semifinals at both World and European Championships; finalists at German Open Championships and WDC Disney Cup.

Their partnership began in February, 2012 – together they became British Open Rising Star finalists; Semi finalists at UK Open and British Open; Blackpool Rising Star and USDC finalists; Ohio Star Ball Champions in 2013.

Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdes

Carlos – was born on May 26th, 1982 in Santa Cruz, Argentina. He began dancing tango at the age of 12. He was invited to perform with Ricardo “Chiqui” Pereyra, Enrique Dumas, Raul Lavie, Maria Grana, Guillermo Fernandez and Mariano Mores.

In April, 2005 he won the championship of the Patagonia Tango Festival in San Carlos Bariloche.

Carlos was a part of many Tango shows such as, “Tango Emotion”, “Tango HistoriaBreves”,“SaboraTango”,“TangoOdisea”and“Tangorama”. He traveled throughout England, Italy, Russia, Chile, Turkey, Israel, Uruguay, Canada, United States and Mexico.

He began performing with Mayte Valdes in Buenos Aires in January 2007 in prestigious Tango houses such as “El Viejo Almacen”, “El Café Tortoni” and “Chiquin Tango”. In December 2007, he formed part of the cast of “Forever Tango” which was performed at the Teatro Coliseo Podesta in La Plata, Argentina.

Mayte – began dancing at the age of 6. At an early age she performed with the company “Miami City ballet”.

She is highly trained in diverse dance techniques such as classical ballet, modern jazz and tango. She has performed in many tango shows such as “Chiquilin Tango”, “Tango en el Maipo”, “Tango Historias Breves”, and “Tanguera”. In 2004 she toured with the company “Tango Passion” throughout Spain, Sweden, Russian and Germany.

In January 2007, she began performing with Carlos Barrionuevo in prestigious Tango houses such as “El Viejo Almacin”, El Café Tortoni, and “Chiquin”.

In September 2009, she joined the company “Tangueros Del Sur” Romper el Piso performing at the New York City Center, Vail International dance festival, Jacobs Pillow dance festival and Israel dance festival. In September 2013, she joined the company “Tango Essence” at the New York City Center on Broadway.

Carlos and Mayte are the lead characters in “Nina Del Tango” a short film directed by Jason Eberly that premiered in Los Angeles and New York in 2013 which received a best short film nomination. They both received a ‘best actor and best actress’ nomination as well as the river rhythm award at the Silent River film festival. They are currently part of the best and most prestigious Tango festivals around the world and are working on the pre-production of their first feature film “Eliana”.


Professional Performers of the "21TH ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE BALL", AUGUST 17TH, 2013


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Professional Performers of the "20TH ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE BALL", AUGUST 18TH, 2012


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Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk


Professional Performers of the "20th Annual Black & White Ball", August 18th, 2012

They began their dance career in 1999, in Moscow, Russia. As Professional Standard Couple they are registered in USA.

  • Professional Rising Star Standard Champions (Blackpool Dance Festival) – May 30, 2011
  • 3rd At the Manhattan Dancesport Championships (New York, NY) – July 2, 2011
  • 2nd At the Florida State Championships (Sarasota, FL) – August 5, 2011
  • 1st At the Can-Am Dancesport Gala (Toronto, Canada) – August 12, 2011
  • 1st At the Empire Dancesport Championships (New York, NY) – August 13, 2011
  • 5th At the Embassy Ball (Irvine, CA) – September 3, 2011
  • 5th At the USDC (Orlando, FL) – September 10, 2011
  • 1st At the Constitution State Challenge Dancesport Championships (Stamford, CT) – October 1, 2011
  • Top 9 At the International Championships (London, England) – October 12, 2011
  • 6th At the London Ball (London, England) – October 15, 2011
  • 6th At the Dutch Open (Assen, Netherlands) – November 13, 2011
  • 2nd At the Ohio Star Ball (Columbus, OH)– November 18, 2011
  • 1st At The Star Championships (Gatwick, England) – January 11, 2012
  • Top 9 At the UK Open (Bournemouth, England) – January 18, 2012
  • 1st At the La Classique Du Quebec (Montreal, Canada) – February 9, 2012
  • Top 9 At the Asian Open (Tokyo, Japan) – February 26, 2012
  • Top 8 At the Taiwan Open (WDC Asian Tour) (Taipei, Taiwan) – February 28, 2012
  • 2nd At the San Francisco Open Dancesport Championships (San Francisco, CA) – March 23, 2012


Nikolai Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina


Professional Performers of the "20th Annual Black & White Ball", August 18th, 2012

Started dancing together in October, 2000. As Professional Latin Couple they are registered in USA.

  • Professional Rising Star Latin Champions (Blackpool Dance Festival) – May 27, 2011
  • 2nd At the Millenium Dancesport (Tampa, FL) – June 24, 2011
  • 3rd At the Manhattan Dancesport Championships (New York, NY) – July 1, 2011
  • 4th At the Embassy Ball (Irvine, CA) – September 4, 2011
  • 4th At the USDC (Orlando, FL) – September 9, 2011
  • Top 9 At the International Championships (London, England) – October 11, 2011
  • 3rd At the Ohio Star Ball (Columbus, OH) – November 19, 2011
  • 6th At the WDC World Masters (Innsbruck, Austria) – November 26, 2011
  • 6th At the WDC Disney Resort (Paris, France) – December 4, 2011
  • Top 16 At the UK Open (Bournemouth, England) – January 19, 2012
  • 2nd At the City Lights Ball (San Jose, CA) – January 28, 2012
  • Top 10 At the Asian Open (Tokyo, Japan) – February 26, 2012
  • Top 12 At the Taiwan Open (WDC Asian Tour) (Taipei, Taiwan) – February 28, 2012




Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine & Liana Churilova


Professional Performers of the "20th Annual Black & White Ball", August 18th, 2012

Their partnership started in September, 2008. They currently compete in the Professional American Rhythm division and ranked 2nd in the United States.

Since they began dancing together, Emmanuel and Liana have won the Open Professional Rhythm Championships at Arthur Murray Dance-O-Rama (November, 2008), Arthur Murray World Dance-O-Rama (March, 2009).

They also won the “World Salsa Championship” (November, 2009) as well as many first and second place wins at other competitions in 2009 and 2010.

They are a strong force on the dance floor, winning 1st place in many national and international competitions.

Their numerous accomplishments include:

  • 2nd At the Ohio Star Ball Championships (Columbus, OH) – November, 2011
  • 1st At the Grand National Dancesport Championships (Key Biscayne, FL) – November, 2011
  • 1st At the Hotlanta Dance Challenge (Atlanta, GA) – October, 2011
  • 2nd At the United States Dancesport Championships (Lake Buena Vista, FL) – September, 2011
  • 1st At the Empire State Dancesport Championships (New York, NY) – August, 2011
  • 1st At the Desert Classic Dancesport Championships (Palm Springs, CA) – July, 2011
  • 1st At the Manhattan Dancesport Championships (Brooklyn, NY) – June, 2011
  • 1st At the Heritage Classic Dancesport Championships (Asheville, NC) – March, 2011
  • 1st At the La Classique Du Quebec (Montreal, Canada) – February, 2011


Rangel Spirov and Veronika Chernyavska


Professional Performers of the "20th Annual Black & White Ball", August 18th, 2012

Started dancing together in November, 2011. They will be competing in the International Latin- American style.

Rangel Spirov – A professional competitor and choreographer on “Dancing With The Stars” (Bulgaria), a performer and choreographer on “VIP Dance” (the Bulgarian version of “So You Think You Can Dance”), he also has danced on “Ivan and Andrey’s Show, “Slavi’s Show” and “Eurovision”.

Highlights of his competitive ballroom career:

  • 10-Dance National Champion – Bulgaria (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Latin Vice-Champion (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • International Standard Vice Champion (2008)
  • IDSF Rank List – Top 50 in the World (2008)
  • Semi-Finalist, European Championship – Kishinev, Moldova (2007)
  • 3rd Place, South European Cup – Alassio, Italia (2007)
  • Finalist in many international competitions in: South Korea – 1st; Italia – 3rd; Macedonia – 3rd; Serbia – 6th; Ukraine – 6th; Austria – 7th; Moldova – 7th; Romania – 7th 1st Place, Ruse Open (2007)
  • Represented Bulgaria in 5 World Championships in Japan, Austria, Moldova, Germany and Russia.
  • Represented Bulgaria in 5 European Championships in Czech Republic, Moldova, Ukraine, Hungary and Spain


Veronika Chernyavska – throughout her career, she had the privilege of being coached by numerous world-renowned coaches including Louis Van Amstel, Colin James, Richard Porter and Allan Tornsberg. At the age of 13, Veronika entered major US national competitions with her then partner Alexander Thomas. Together, they won numerous competitions, including a dance contest in Ohio in 2001, “Dance Hysteria”, obtaining the title of the most talented dancers in the state in all styles of dance including modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and others.

In 2007, Veronika trained with a fellow competitor, Ryan Lewis, and they were finalists at the California Open, Emerald Dance Championships, Dessert Classic Championships and many others. In March 2008, Veronika and Ryan obtained the championship title at the Texas State Challenge. She turned professional with her next partner, Tony Pututau, with whom she performed in Louis Van Amstel’s traveling theater show “Ballroom With A Twist”. In 2011, she was a guest entertainer for Holland America Cruise Lines. Partnering with Rangel Spirov, they will also take part of “Ballroom With A Twist”.

Mikhail Avdeev & Olga Blinova


Professional Performers of the "19th Annual Black & White Ball", August 20th, 2011

Their new partnership started in March, 2010. As Professional Standard Couple they are registered in USA.

  • Top 8 At the Macau Open, March 6, 2011
  • Top 8 At the Indonesian Open Dancesport(Jakarta, Indonesia), March 3, 2011
  • Top 7 At the Taipei Open Championships (Taipei, Taiwan), March 1, 2011
  • Top 8 At the Nagoya Open Championships (Nagoya, Japan), Feb. 23, 2011
  • Top 15 At the WDC Asian Open (Tokyo, Japan), Feb. 20, 2011
  • 1st At the City Lights Ball (San Jose, CA) Jan. 30th, 2011
  • Top 14 At the UK Open (Bournemouth, England), Jan. 19, 2011
  • 1st At the Universal Championships (Frimley Green, England), Jan.16, 2011
  • 4th At the BDF Star Championships (Gatwick, England), Jan. 12, 2011
  • 3rd At the Holiday Dance Classic (Las Vegas, Nevada), Dec. 8, 2010
  • 2nd At the California Star Ball (Los Angeles, CA), Nov. 27, 2010
  • 5th At the Ohio Star Ball (Columbus, OH), Nov. 19, 2010
  • 2nd At the Hollywood Dancesport Championships (Woodland Hills, CA), Nov. 5, 2010
  • 4th At the London Ball (London, England), Oct. 23, 2010
  • Top 13 At the International Championships (Brentwood, England), Oct. 20, 2010
  • 3rd At the Imperial Championships (Frimley Green, England), Oct. 17, 2010
  • Top 7 At the United States Dance Championships (Orlando, FL), Sept. 9, 2010
  • Top 10 At the German Open (Stuttgart, Germany), August 17, 2010
  • 1st At the International Grand Ball (Burlingame, CA), July 30, 2010
  • 2nd At the Dessert Classic (Palm Dessert, CA), July 11, 2010
  • Top 12 At the Blackpool Dance Festival (Blackpool, England), June 4, 2010
  • 5th At the Imperial Ballroom Championships (Frimley Green, England), May 22, 2010
  • 4th At the Emerald Ball (Los Angeles, CA), May 2, 2010

Roman Kutskyy & Anna Kovalova


Professional Performers of the "19th Annual Black & White Ball", August 20th, 2011

Their partnership started in June, 2008. As Professional Int’l./Latin Couple they are registered in USA.

  • Top 7 At the Indonesian Open Dancesport (Jakarta, Indonesia), March 3, 2011
  • Top 6 At the Taipei Open Championships (Taipei, Taiwan), March 1, 2011
  • 1st At the California Open (Irvine, CA). Feb. 17, 2011
  • Top 26 At the UK Open (Bournemouth, England), Jan. 20, 2011
  • 4th At the Universal Championships (Frimley Green, England), Jan. 16, 2011
  • 1st At the Ohio Star Ball (Columbus, OH), Nov. 20, 2010
  • 1st At the Sunshine State Dancesport (Miami Beach, FL), Sept. 25, 2010
  • 2nd At the United States Dance Championships (Orlando, FL), Sept. 10, 2010
  • 3rd At the Embassy Ball Dancesport (Irvine, CA), Sept. 5, 2010
  • 1st At the Capital Dancesport Championships (Alexandria, VA), August 27, 2010
  • Top 24 At the Blackpool Dance Festival (Blackpool, England), June 2, 2010
  • Top 9 At the Imperial Ballroom Championships (Frimley Green, England), May 22, 2010
  • 2nd At the Emerald Ball (Los Angeles, CA), May 1, 2010
  • 1st At the Vegas Showdown (Las Vegas, NV), March 7, 2010
  • 1st At the Florida Superstars (Tampa, FL) Feb. 20, 2010
  • 1st At the California Open (Irvine, CA), Feb. 10, 2010
  • 1st At the City Lights Ball (San Jose, CA), Jan. 29, 2010
  • 1st At the Holiday Dance Classic (Las Vegas, NV), Dec. 13, 2009
  • 1st At the California Star Ball (Los Angeles, CA), Nov. 27, 2009
  • 1st At the Ohio Star Ball (Columbus, OH), Nov. 21, 2009

George & Jairelbhi Furlong


Professional Performers of the "19th Annual Black & White Ball", August 20th, 2011

George and Jairelbhi began dancing Argentine Tango in 2001. They have performed and taught in cities throughout Texas, where they reside, and have expanded to other cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Maui, San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, Savanah and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

They also toured with Hugo Patyn’s "Emporio Tango Dance Company" based in Buenos Aires.

They have performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Opus Cuatro and with "bandeonistas" Horocio Romo and Daniel Binelli.

Today, they are part of "Tango and Fire" Dance Company. Have worked with Artistic Director, Hugo Patyn and Musical Director Lisandro Androver best known for his arrangements in the broadway hit "Forever Tango".

In 2005, they created "Evolution Tango", a dance company based in Dallas, Texas. They have produced, directed and choreographed three tango productions: "Tango: Now and Then"; "Spirit of Tango"; and "Evolution tango".

Rati Gachechiladze & Lauren Savage


Guest performers of the "Nineteenth Annual Black & White Ball" August 20th, 2011

Rati is a European Union Standard Champion and Georgian 10 Dance Champion.

Lauren is an SMU dance team coach and leading dance instructor at Gocha and Shorena Center of Dance.




Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva

Professional Performers of the "18th Annual Black & White Ball", August 21st, 2010

Their new partnership started in November, 2009
3rd Place Finalists at the January, 2010 United Kingdom Open
Professional Standard Championships (Bournemouth, England)

Victor Fung:
World, UK, Blackpool and International Championships Finalist
2nd at the 2009 World Championships
2nd at the 2009 International Championships
2007 British Open Professional Standard Finalist
2005 World Standard Champion
2004 United Kingdom and British Open Professional Rising Star Standard Champion
3 times World Standard Finalist

Anastasia Muravyeva
2009 IBG Open Professional International Standard Championships
–Finalist
2009 US Professional Finalist
2009 America’s Ballroom Challenge Finalist –Standard
2008 Blackpool Professional Rising Star Champion
2007 British Rising Star
Ukraine Professional 10 Dance & Salsa Champion
Semifinalist of World 10 Dance Championships
Finalist of Professional Open Championships of Russia, France, Holland, Finland, Italy and Eastern Europe

Delyan Terziev and Boriana Deltcheva

Professional Performers of the "18th Annual Black & White Ball", August 21st, 2010

Top 12 at the 2010 Professional Latin Asian Open –Tokyo, Japan
1st at the 2010 Northeastern Open Dancesport Invitational (Stamford, CT)
1st at the 2010 US Eastern Dancesport Championships (Boston, MA)
Top 13 at the 2010 UK Open (Bournemouth, England)
Top 7 at the 2009 World Masters (Innsbruck)
2nd at the 2009 Ohio Star Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Top 10 at the 2009 Blackpool Dance Festival
2nd at the 2009 Emerald Ball (Los Angeles, CA)
1st at the 2009 Heritage Classic (Asheville, NC)
1st at the 2009 Chicago Crystal Ball
1st at the 2009 Tri-State Challenge Dancesport Championships (New York)
1st at the 2009 Vegas Showdown Open Challenge (Las Vegas)
1st at the 2009 Maryland Dancesport Championships


George and Jairelbhi Furlong

Professional Performers of the "18th Annual Black & White Ball", August 21st, 2010

Together George and Jairelbhi began dancing Argentine Tango in 2001. They have performed and taught in cities throughout Texas, where they reside, and have expanded nationally to New York City, Los Angeles, Maui, San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, Savannah. Internationally they have performed in Canada, Mexico and Argentina.

Recently George and Jairelbhi toured with Hugo Patyn’s (Emporio Tango Dance Company, based in Buenos Aires) and Lisandro Androver quintet, best known for his arrangements for the broadway hit "Forever Tango".

In 2005, they created "Evolution Tango", a dance company based in Dallas, Texas. They have produced, directed and choreographed three tango productions: "Tango: Now and Then", "Spirit of Tango", and "Evolution Tango".


For the past nineteen years, Ben De La Vega has given the dance community a dance extravaganza unequaled by any other. As the “Tri-State Social Event Of the Year,” Mr. De La Vega’s annual Black and White Ball, generally held in August, features a complete evening of entertainment including big-band dance music and exhibitions by world-class ballroom dancers from not only the USA, but from as far away as England, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia. Former Balls have featured exhibitions by International Dance Champions Julia Gorchakova and Bob Powers:


and James and Janna Kunitz:

Tomas Mielnicki & Jennifer "JT" Thomas

Professional Performers of the "17th Annual Black & White Ball", August 15th, 2009
Featured performers on Dancing with the Stars (ABC October 2, 2007)
Featured dancers in Enchanted (Disney November 2007 release)
Featured dancers America’s Ballroom Challenge (PBS 2006 and 2007)
2007 People’s Choice Smooth Champions
2007 North American Smooth Champions
2007 Embassy Ball Smooth Champions and Holiday Dance Classic Champions
2008 Emerald Ball Smooth Champions
2008 People’s Choice Smooth Champions
2008 Millenium Smooth Champions
2008 Hotlanta Smooth Champions
2008 Holiday Dance Classic Champions
2008 Heritage Classic, Mexico Dancesport (Cancun, Mexico City), Heart of America, City of Roses, WP Spring Fling

Eugene Katsevman & Maria Manusova

Professional Performers of the "17th Annual Black & White Ball", August 15th, 2009
1995 U.S. National Youth Champions
1997 2ND at the Youth World Championships
1997 2ND at the British Open Under 21 Championship
11 Times U.S. Amateur National Champions
British Open Professional Lation Finalists
Finalists in all Major Championships: Including World, Blackpool, UK and International
IDSF Grand Slam Series and ARD Masters Gala Series Champions
2005 Gold Medalist at the World Games in Germany

After winning 11th U.S. National Title, they decided to conclude their career as amateurs and turn professional.


Hassan Parsa and Nasrin Barmaki

Professional Performers of the “17th Annual Black & White Ball”, August 15th, 2009
Nasrin and Hassan, Argentine Tango dancers and instructors, have both studied in the United States and Buenos Aires, Argentina with a multitude of great masters. Already tango dancers, they partnered in 2004 and since then their passion and obsession for tango has taken them throughout most cities in Europe and South America to dance, teach and learn more. Nasrin has a multifaceted and eclectic dance, music, yoga and martial arts background. She was teaching and performing Middle Eastern dances long before she was lured to tango. Currently as a couple they are dedicating most of their time to dancing and teaching this beautiful art form, "Argentine Tango".


August 2004's Ball featured Igor and Polina Pilipenchuk, originally from Belarus (now domiciled in Baltimore, MD) who have won over 100 US Open and Professional Championships in Ballroom and Latin Divisions:


Victor Fung & Anna Mikhed

Professional Performers of the "16th Annual Black & White Ball", August 16th, 2008
Professional Performers of the "15th Annual Black & White Ball", August 18th, 2007
Professional Performers of the "14th Annual Black & White Ball", August 19th, 2006
3 times World Standard Finalists
2004 United Kingdom and British Open Professional Rising Stars
Standard Champions
2005 World Standard Champions
2007 British Open Professional Standard Finalists




Jose DeCamps & Joanna Zacharewicz

Professional Performers of the “16th Annual Black & White Ball”, August 16th, 2008
World Master Champions 2007
United States Rhythm Champions (as seen on PBS television)
2007 United States Mambo Champions
2007 World Mambo Champions Jose was also featured as a lead dancer in “Burn the Floor” - The US tour
Joanna won the World Salsa Championship in 2005



In other years, we have featured other world-class ballroom dancers Corkey and Shirley Ballas; Barbara and Tim Heller; Pita Siddal and Marilyn Benitez; Gocha and Shorena; Stephan Champagne and Monon Hurteau; Pierre Allaire and Mireille Veilleux; Gary and Diana McDonald; Jean-Marc Genereux & France Mousseau; Victor Fung and Anna Mikhed; Felipe and Carolina Telona; and Delyan Terziev and Boriana Deltcheva.

Live Music has been provided by Vicho Vicencios Moondance Orchestra; Phares Corders Band, Mike Drake, The High Society, Nobles of Notes, Linda Petty, Paul Solos, Pina Colada, Henry Munoz and Paul Elizondos’ eighteen-piece Big band. Many of the professional performers in the Black and White Balls have been seen on PBS, A&E and 'Dancing With the Stars'.

Non-dancers and dancers alike come to Dallas from not only Texas, but from Arizona, Louisianna, New Mexico, New York and Oklahoma, and as far away as Canada, France, Italy and Mexico, to attend this premier ballroom event.


Testimonials from Last Black and White Ball:

Hi PJ, I hope all is well with you and Ben today.  I just wanted to thank you again for including me in the 19th Annual Black & White Ball this past Saturday.  It was a pleasure serving as a dance host at this wonderful event. Kindest regards and have a great day! Johnny Tan (August 24, 2011)

Dear PJ & Ben, Thank you for putting on a splendid party last night.  In talking to each one in our group of eight - all had a great time.  All really liked the performances, especially Jairelbhi and George; partly because Al, Kathy, August and Diane took a lesson from them yesterday afternoon; and they stopped past and chatted for a few minutes as we were waiting to enter the dining room. And we want to thank you for putting Al and Kathy at table #5.  That made it much more enjoyable for them and for August and Diane. It sounds like all will return next year! Best Wishes, Tom Apple, (August 21, 2011)

Hi Ben & PJ, Last night was fabulous - you did a great job - the room looked so pretty, the food was delicious, the dancers exciting and the general dancing was definitely enjoyed by all.  We had a very pleasant table and enjoyed it immensely.  You should be proud of yourselves for making so many people happy. Keep up the good work! Maureen Anderson, (August 21, 2011)

Hi PJ and Ben, David and I wanted to thank you both for a wonderful evening at the B & W Ball.  We had a great time as did all of our group from Images of Dance.  Our table was terrific, in my opinion the best one in the house.  Thank you so much for acknowledging Amy West and her studio.  Last year we had 8 people, this year we had 12 dancers, and hopefully more next year.  Everyone has already asked me to put them down for same time next year.  So thank you for your thoughtfulness and a wonderful event. Faye Scoville, (August 26, 2011)


A Night to Remember from a Bygone Age – The Ben De La Vega’s 17th Annual Black & White Ball
By George R. Seward

This was not to be a typical night of dancing at a dance studio or a nightclub, but in fact a yearly event, founded and hosted by Ben De La Vega (held every third Saturday of the month of August). This year’s ball was held at the beautiful Westin Hotel Galleria, Dallas, Texas on Saturday, August 15th, 2009.

Because it was a Black & White Ball all attending guests were dressed to “The Nines” – ladies in formal evening dresses and gentlemen in their very best tuxedos. In an age of cell phones, ipods, etc. this event was in all reality “A Night from a Bygone Age” when men and women dressed for special occasions in order to look and feel their best.

As you entered the lobby of the ballroom, the Mariachis were playing soft and romantic rumbas and boleros.

There were first time attendees as well as people who had been to this premier event over the years. Many of the guests were taking photographs of each other and meeting new and old friends from across the United States.

The guests were waiting with excitement for the ballroom doors to open…………....

The Mariachis lined up at the entrance of the doors to the ballroom and played their final song “Perfidia”. Upon entering the ballroom “Vicho Vicencio & His Moondance Orchestra” continued with their rendition of “Perfidia”.

Within a very short period of time a sumptuous dinner was served by the attentive staff (personally supervised by: Eric Hinnant – Sales and Catering Manager); Menu by: Chef Stuart Race: Rocket Leaf and Pear Salad (with Shaved Parmesan Cheese and with Balsamic Dressing), the Main Entrée – Ras-El-Hanout Breast of Chicken (with Almond and Apricot Couscous, Sauteed Broccolini, Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots and Date Jus, and last but not the least a to die for “Chocolate Bomb” dessert (with Marinated Cherries on Hazelnut Bottom served with Wild Berry Compote, New York Baked Mango Cheesecake (served with Whipped Cream & Chocolate Sauce).

During the meal everyone in the room enjoyed the music of “Vicho Vicencio” and for the next half an hour the orchestra treated the guests to a wide selection of dance music ranging from the Tango to the Rumba.

At the close of the final number Mr. Ben De La Vega strode out onto the 4,000 sq. ft. dance floor and announced the upcoming evening’s festivities – a wide selection of dances performed by Professional Champion/Dancers.

The first pair of dancers were Hassan Parsa and Nasrin Barmaki (guest performer from Dallas, Texas) who performed a passionate, sensual and romantic “Argentine Tango”.

The next performers were Tomas Mielnicki and JT Thomas from New York. In 2008, they became the “American Smooth Champions” in the Americas Ballroom Challenge. To the delight of the guests they performed a number of their smooth dance selections ranging from the Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and a Peabody. As the guests watched the pair everyone could indeed understand why this couple was selected to perform on the highly popular television show “Dancing with the Stars” in October, 2007.

Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova from New York gave the guests a definite change of pace from their Latin dances ranging from the Paso Doble, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Samba and Jive. One of the first dances that this couple performed was the Paso Doble-the dance of the bullfighter. Eugene’s high matador stance would have made the great Spanish bullfighter Manolete proud as Maria performed the dance in tandem to the clapping of the audience. As the couple performed the upcoming Latin dances their feet moved at a speed that was unbelievable to all who attended.

After watching these performers it was time again for the guests to enjoy general dancing. ………………………………………………………………………………

It was nearly midnight but it seemed like it was only minutes since this wonderful event started. The total ambiance of the evening made it seem like only moments had passed. It’s time to re-enter the world of reality away from this night of fantasy or should one say “A Night to Remember from a Bygone Age”.

Looking forward to this fabulous event next year! “The Ben De La Vega’s 18th Annual Black & White Ball on August 21st, 2010 !!!


Testimonials from Previous Black and White Balls:

PJ, It was a blast! Glad to see such great turnout! I know this Ball will pick up from now on! I got people calling me, thanking me to let them know about this Ball, cause they thought the professionals were awesome! Thank you and Ben from the bottom of our hearts for your hospitality and giving us a chance to perform there! By the way, you looked beautiful in your gown that night, didn’t have a chance to tell you that night! Was caught up in all that excitement! Love you guys, Betsy Lee (August 22, 2007)

Hi PJ and Ben, What a wonderful time! Your Black and White Ball was absolutely fabulous this year. From the music, to the food, to the dance floor and pro show, I loved it all. Thanks for putting together such a memorable night. And PJ, thanks for your patience while we were getting our table organized! See you on a dance floor soon, Diane Montgomery (August 18, 2009)

WOW, WHAT A TERRIFIC "BALL". I know that I really enjoyed it; as did Cecil and August. Everyone said they will return for next year’s ball. Thank you. Best Wishes, Tom Apple (August 23, 2010)

"It was our pleasure to support you and Ben. Thank you for taking the time to host the most prestigious ballroom gala in Dallas. You contribute greatly to the dance community and it is truly appreciated by many." Michelle Hafle (Studio 22)(August 24, 2010)

I had a blast! I will definitely check out the photos tomorrow! Thank you for putting together such a fabulous event – all Studio 22 guests were thrilled!! Thanks, Gracie (August 27, 2010)

Dear PJ and Ben, Just want to send you a note to THANK YOU for such a successful 18th Annual Black & White Ball. We not only enjoyed every bit of it, we also admired your organizational abilities. Here’s wishing you another triumphant year ahead toward your 19th Annual Black & White Ball. Milly and Gene (August 23, 2010)

PJ, The GOOD NEWS is You did a super job last night. Want to tell both you and Ben that I enjoyed it very much. And I also want to thank you for putting me with Vivien and the very nice other people at the table and also for putting me near Milly and Gene McClain table. It took some special doing on your part and it was much appreciated. Travis (August 22, 2010)

Hi Ben, PJ: I hear that the Black and White Ball was FABULOUS this year – I think they said the best one so far and the food was great. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you – you always do everything with such great style! Sorry I missed out – but hope to see you soon. Your Friend and Great Admirer, Maureen Anderson (August 28, 2010)

What a great Black & White Ball. I heard so many good compliments. Really good dinner. So many beautiful people. Outstanding dancers, both performers and guests. Thank you for providing such a memorable and fun evening. Best Wishes, Tom Apple, Dallas, Texas (August 17, 2008)

Dear Ben and PJ: Michael and I had a fabulous time at the Ball. As always, you did a wonderful job organizing this event. We are already looking forward to next year! All the Best, Michael and Carol Lehman, Arlington, Texas (August 18, 2008)

Dear Ben and PJ: Thank you for putting in all the time and hard work to bring this dancing opportunity to all of us “wanna be” dancers. My non-dancing guests were as blown away by the Professional Showcases as I was. I put my lessons with Victor Fung and Anna Mikhed to practice and though small, have made improvements. Now, I have to practice, practice, practice. It was a pleasure to have a lesson with each of them. They are so young and nice as well as talented. Karen Cox, Dallas, Texas (August 20, 2008).

Dear Ben and PJ: I hope all is well with you guys. Congratulations on the success of the 16th Annual Black & White Ball. It was a pleasure to be included in this great and wonderful event. Kindest regards and have a nice day, Johnny Tan, Dallas, Texas (August 21, 2008).

Hello! First, I would like to say that my husband and I attended our first Black & White Ball on Saturday and we had a marvelous time. Thank you so much for hosting such an enjoyable evening. We look forward to attending next year and hopefully bring some of our friends along with us. Ann Briggs-Cutaia, Plano, Texas (August 19, 2008).

We thought this year’s event was terrific. Everything went so smoothly and professionally. Thanks for including us in the program this year. We enjoyed it very much. BRAVO to both of you for all your hard work to produce such a fabulous ball !!! Jeramy Bede, Wylie, Texas (August 19, 2008).

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