ACES – DANCING WITH THE STARS AT THE ADMIRALS COVE
MEMBER DANCERS SWING TO ACES “DANCING WITH THE STARS” WORTHY BEAT
BY KARLA CARREIRO
Within Admirals Cove are ten dancers gearing up for their March 18th debut with Palm Beach professional dancers. The talented team will turn to a Tango, push to the Paso Doble, step to a Swing, Salsa, Medley and Hustle, or revel in a Rumba or Bachata. Although one dancer will take home the title trophy, the real stars are the Admirals Cove Employee Scholarship (ACES) recipient winners who move to the beat of a scholarship to a college, university or certificate program of choice. This is the first, “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser for the ACES non-profit, a grant recipient under the Admirals Cove Foundation.
Jackeline Bermudez gladly speaks to the value that ACES brings to the table.
As a scholarship winner, she’s been given the gift of financial aid to pursue a degree in skilled nursing. For the other 13 recipients selected in 2018, it’s a dream come true, made possible by ACES and The George Snow Foundation. The scholarships for our beloved employees and their families are funded by family donations, sponsorships and ticket sales from the annual fundraiser.
Our ten resident dancers, educational winners and the Palm Beach Dancing studio – with a collective group of dancing professionals – all move to a common cause. They rally together to raise funds, and for some, take home a notable prize. So, get ready, partner up and purchase a ticket for $150 per person. You’ll get to sashay down the Harbourview ballroom floor and join in the celebrity mix. Mark your calendars for Monday, March 18th at 6:30 p.m. sharp – what will be a bright, sparkling night with our Admirals Cove family and friends.
Master of Ceremonies, Bruce Zanca,
announces an all-new resident cast
of dancers. Go ahead and pick your
fancy in this sure-fire lineup of talent.
MARCELLA SCHERER WITH PRO RAMPHIS KUMAR –
“ THE TANGO ” This strikingly, handsome couple, Marcella and her partner, Ramphis Kumar, just might steal the show dancing the sultry moves of the Tango. Rumor has it, she struck a Joffrey School of Ballet pose years back, later moving to the beat of the Flamingo. She possesses just enough sass to step us down the cultural path of a dance once celebrated in brothels. The fiery duo lets the music flow from within – their hot, passionate embrace locked in step with sharp, curvy moves.
MARTY ROMM WITH PRO TRISH BERLANGA – “ THE SWING ” This fun, moving target of a man remembers well the Lindy Hop, Jive, Jitterbug and Boogie-Woogie with its hip and cool, breakaway pattern. Our ACES man of social is gearing up for his spirited moves in what was once called the big “Swing era.” We hope to see all smiles from Marty when he lifts, spins and flips his partner, Trish, in a social dance he’s perfected a long time ago. Dancing East or West Coast Swing, the jury’s still out, on Marty’s competitive advantage. So, work those quarter steps.
JENNY BRILLANTI WITH PRO AUSTIN CRAWFORD –
“THE SWING” Move over Marty with Jenny’s version of the swing – a female’s rendition with fancy steps and quarter turns once started in Harlem. Watch out for Jenny, and partner Austin Crawford, with their “cuddle and roll out” and some groovy hand slides in a six and eight beat pattern. Will the female Swing resident take the dancing prize? Or will Marty’s moves win over the crowd? Jenny, with her timely rock step, triple step, and more will show this lovely lady has what it takes to conquer all!
KARLA CARREIRO WITH PALM BEACH DANCING OWNER / PRO WEBERT BENOIT – “ THE PASO DOBLE ” It only seems fitting that Karla would role play the dance of the Paso Doble having donned a Spanish senorita costume in 6th grade. Whether she’ll step to the story as a torero, Picador, banderillero, bull or Spanish dancer, her partner, Webert, leads the way in this Latin dance. Their sharp, staccato moves and striking body poses – with flamenco style footing – will shake down the house to the drama of a bullfight. Will Karla swing to the moves of her flowing cape while her matador steps to the bullfighter’s victory?
DEBBIE CARTON WITH PRO RUBEN SANCHEZ –
“ THE TANGO ” Debbie does a terrific Tango dancing to the distinctive beat of African, Native American and European rhythms. Look for Debbie in fine fettle with partner, Ruben Sanchez, celebrating Spanish settlers, who introduced this “partner dance” to the New World. Sensual, spirited moves will surprise all with a win-all, stellar performance. Dramatic steps with postured turns mirror the moves from “Scent of a Woman” with Debbie’s on-stage talent – a real tour de force.
ALLAN MEYERSON WITH PRO TRISH BERLANGA – “THE RUMBA” Allan may fool you with his Havana Rumba, we’re told now-turned-ballroom Rumba! Who knew this tall, confident man would shift his daily renaissance stance to a set of secular beats from American Big Band and Afro-Cuban sounds? We have high hopes for Allan with partner, Trish Berlanga and their close-bodied turns. But lean in, the show’s not quite over until you see the delayed foot work and intriguing hip movements. We think Ellen, Allan’s wife, just might grab back her hip-shaking man!
FRANK RENNA WITH
PRO TRISH BERLANGA –
“ THE BACHATA ” Whoa, the Bachata? Frank and partner, Trish Berlanga will show their colorful moves and syncopated foot work in a dance influenced by the Cuban bolero, the Dominican Republic Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia mix. We’re in for a real treat with his free-style moves alternating between a closed and open pattern. We long to see Frank’s suave, romantic style dancing the Latino story of love and heartbreak. He brings to the ballroom floor a fiery passion for the rhythmic beat of the Bachata.
SHANNON AND BRAD BALL COACHED BY PALM BEACH DANCING OWNER / PRO WEBERT BENOIT – “ THE HUSTLE ” This dynamic duo has captured the hearts of minds of many hustling throughout Admirals Cove. It’s only natural they’d tap into a seasoned pro, to play out a modern-day Hustle. This fast-paced dance, a sister to the Swing, moves to a disco beat and modern-day pop. Both Shannon and Brad bring a fresh look to the twirls, turns and dips. We think their smooth movements and seriously-good steps, will shake your booty to the likes of “Disco Inferno!” No skinny jeans, Shannon. Bell bottoms and disco shirts a must!
BECKY STERN WITH PRO ANDREI ABRASHIN –
“ THE MEDLEY ” The word’s out on Becky’s “Yes, You Can Dance!” non-profit program for adults with special needs from her collective 10 years of dancing. Joined in lively step with partner, Andrei Abrashin – owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio – she’s ready to Foxtrot and West Coast swing to a medley of moves. We hope to tune into some groovy R&B, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Blues for Becky’s – funky, jazzy or swinging – tell-all style. Look for styled patterns with super lead follow connection. Experience speaks for itself!
MAY FORTUN WITH PRO BRIAN NELSON – “ THE SALSA ” Get ready to Salsa to the fusion beat of May Fortun and her partner, Brian Nelson. Their “Copacabana” moves will stir up the crowd to a set of time-travelled moves from Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York and the bright lights of Miami. May’s hot Salsa mix with her partner’s strong leads and swivel steps put a spotlight on this lively dance duo. Listen for the eight beats of music that loop them back to a new sequence of steps. Who knew May had moves like that? You go girl. Our vote’s now on you!
WEBERT AND NATALIA BENOIT ,
P A L M B E A C H D A N C I N G ;
1 0 8 0 0 NORTH MILITARY TRAIL , SUITE 201 , PALM BEACH GARDENS This dynamic couple, Webert and Natalia Benoit – with a collaborative dance team – stay hot on the professional trail having won a host of trophies and accolades. Webert, an NDCA adjudicator in professional dance, is a Latin Champion and three-time US ambassador to the World Latin
Championship honors in Spain, Belgium and Finland. This former Taekwondo Fourth-Degree Black Belt and Master moves to the passionate grace of all styles of dance. Natalia holds her own bevy of trophies as a former Russian National Latin Champion. Collectively, the dancing pros post over 200+ hours on the professional ballroom floor.