“We had the time of our lives,” said Patrick Flynn of Riverset Credit Union, speaking on behalf of the six couples who competed in Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, a first-time fundraiser for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.
Before the final results were announced, Flynn recognized teaching artists Terry and Rozana Sweeney for training them to ballroom dance in just eight lessons. Like the children who take part in Mercy Behavioral Health‘s in-school program, the adults learned to Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, and Swing.
Tonight, they showed off their moves in front of an enthusiastic audience of nearly 200 coworkers, friends, family, strangers, and Dancing Classrooms Founding Director Pierre Dulaine.
But it was our panel of judges they were trying to impress.
Judging the competition were Ian Rosenberger, director of emerging media and business development for Strategic Images and contestant on CBS Survivor: Palau; Tall Cathy, radio personality for 96.1 KISS; and, graciously stepping in at the last minute, Miss Pennsylvania 2010 Gina Cerilli.
After the last dance, here’s where each team placed.
The orange team, Marcus Poindexter and Kathy Dozzi, representing Tobacco Free Allegheny made an impressive showing and captured the first Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh trophy.
First runners-up were Jeff and Julia Igims, the green team, representing Pittsburgh Public Schools.
The yellow team, Patrick Flynn and Lisa Florian, representing Riverset Credit Union. were second runners-up.
It should be noted that Steve and Melissa Goda, the blue team, representing Lamar Advertising and the red team, Anthony Venturino and Elizabeth Graham, representing Community Care Behavioral Health/UPMC Health Plan, were in fine form.
Congratulations to all our dancers for their ballroom debut in support of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.