Young ballroom dancers place first in nationally sanctioned competition

Five dancers from 8 to 17 earned a total of 32 first place awards
Dance Champions: From left: Dayana Paez, Larkin Fox, Soren Jones- Carlson, Maddie DeFrancisci, Corey Reyes. Photo courtesy of Chance to Dance.

Young dancers – age 8 to 17 from the Adam in Chatham Chance to Dance program – attended the nationally sanctioned Boston Dancesport Cup in Framingham, MA on January 21, 2017. The youths danced competitively both with their teacher, Adam Spencer, and in amateur partnerships in Rumba,Cha Cha and East Coast Swing to receive 32 first place medals.

The Boston Dancesport Cup is one of the largest youth competitions in New England; competitive dancers from all over the region attend to compete for the title of best dancer within their division. The Boston Dancesport Cup kicked off the competitive season for the Adam in Chatham school and the youths represented the school and our town incredibly well.

Youth competitors included Soren Jones-Carlson, age 9, a fourth grader at Eddy Elementary School, Madeline DeFrancisci, age 9, a fourth grader at Barnstable United Elementary, Larkin Fox, 10, a fourth grader at Orleans Elementary, Dayana Paez, 17 and Cory Reyes, 12 both of Chatham. In total, these students earned 32 first place awards in the American styles of Rhythm dance.

The youth scholarship program, Chance to Dance, funded through the non-profit 501(c)3 Studio 878 Trust, is made possible by our many donors and grants from the Chatham Merchants Association and the Chatham Cultural Council. Founded just one year ago, this program is now training approximately 15 young dancers who study privately with international ballroom and Latin champion, Adam Spencer.

The program pays all expenses for these young dancers – including competition fees, dance shoes, regulation dance wear and transportation.

The students and their families are thrilled to be part of this expressive, enlightening and successful community in its early stages. If you would like to learn more about the studio and its programs please contact Adam Spencer at [email protected] or visit welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on