Small Talk: Local dancers sweep competition in D.C.
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
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As 2012 waltzed into history, owners of the Premiere Ballroom of Anniston, Sabrina and Diandra Baeza, invited several of their dancers to participate in the Yuletide Ballroom competition and New Year’s Eve gala in Washington, D.C.

Lucky — and extremely talented — dancers Igor and Tatiana Bidikov, Jan Hurd, Susan LeCoq and Edith Couch accepted the invitation (and the challenge) and packed their bags and dancing shoes.

Tagging along were Edith’s husband, Bill Couch; Jan’s husband, Glen Hurd; and Susan’s son, Matthew (who was kind enough to spend his Christmas vacation watching his mother dance.) Bill and Glen, according to the ladies, were perfect “dance husbands,” offering support and encouragement, and having a good time hanging out with Matthew while the dancers competed.

Also tagging along from Alabama was Edith and Bill’s son, Wes Couch, plus Julie McGathy. Their other son, Will Couch, who lives in D.C., was also able to break away to watch the competition.

On New Year’s Day, Wes asked Julie to marry him. Of course, Edith and Bill already knew about the proposal (as did the rest of the group, who joined the happy young couple after she said yes), as they’d traveled with the ring the day before …

As for the competition, Hector Baeza and Edith had two re-calls, placing in the top six in the smooth championships, and Edith won the rhythm championship for her level. Jan and Susan had re-calls as well in their championships, placing in the top six. Overall, Premiere dancers were in 120 dance heats, placing first in 78 of those heats. Quite impressive for a small studio from the South, no?

New Year’s Eve also gave the dancers a chance to sit back and watch the professional ballroom dancers performing at a spectacular gala.

When they weren’t dancing, the group filled the minutes of their whirlwind trip exploring the city, including a tour of the Capitol (courtesy of Rep. Mike Rogers), where a retiring senator from Pennsylvania took them on a private tour with his family. Interesting to see where former Sens. Clinton and Obama signed their names on their Senate desks!

What a marvelous way, according to Edith, to ring in the New Year.

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