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The Hustling Attorney http://www.thehustlingattorney.com Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:54:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Disco America 2013 was a blast! http://www.thehustlingattorney.com/disco-america-2013-was-a-blast/ http://www.thehustlingattorney.com/disco-america-2013-was-a-blast/#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:51:34 +0000 Disco America 2013 was a blast!

June 7-9, 2013

Pro-Ams (Top Female Teacher)

Erica Smith & her pro-am students

Disco America 2013 Pro-Am Students

Once again my amazing students dominated the pro-am dance floor and walked away with overwhelming success in the pro-am division!  My eight pro-am students included:

  • Hal Greenwald
  • Kathi Breen
  • Linda Suralie
  • Winston Colon-Moran
  • Essie Wright
  • Wendall McClellan
  • Raymond Wong
  • Alvitta LeFall

My pro-am students had more than 35 pro-am entries (yes that means I danced in 35 pro-am heats, don’t worry though, my legs didn’t actually fall off tee hee hee).  Each and every pro-am student walked away with at least 1 pro-am 1st – 3rd placement and collectively more than 20 1st-3rd placements (see individual successes below)!  Because of their hard work and dedication, I received the Top Female Teacher Award for Disco America 2013.

Hal Greenwald

Erica Smith & Hal Greenwald

Erica Smith & Hal Greenwald

  • 1st Place Pro-Am Salsa Leaders Novice
  • 2nd Place Pro-Am Salsa Silver Leaders (see video)
  • 2nd Place Pro-Am West Coast Swing Silver Leaders (see video)

Kathi Breen

Kathi Breen & Erica Smith

Kathi Breen & Erica Smith

  • 2nd Place Pro-Am Hustle Intermediate Leaders (see video)
  • 3rd Place Pro-Am Hustle Pre-Intermediate Leaders (see video)

Linda Suralie

Linda Suralie & Erica Smith

Linda Suralie & Erica Smith

  • 3rd Place Pro-Am Hustle Silver Followers Newcomer-Novice (see video)

Winston Colon-Moran

Winston Colon-Moran & Erica Smith

Winston Colon-Moran & Erica Smith

  • 1st Place Pro-Am Salsa Leaders Intermediate (see video)
  • 1st Place Pro-Am 3 Dance Comp Leaders Newcomer-Novice (salsa, wcs, hustle)
  • 3rd Place Pro-Am West Coast Swing Leaders Novice (see video)
  • 3rd Place Pro-Am Jack & Jill Hustle Leaders Novice

Essie Wright

Essie Wright & Erica Smith

Essie Wright & Erica Smith

  • 2nd Place Pro-Am 3 Dance Comp Followers Newcomer-Novice (salsa, wcs, hustle)
  • 3rd Place Pro-Am Hustle Novice Followers (see video)

Wendall McClellan

Wendall McClellan & Erica Smith

Wendall McClellan & Erica Smith

  • 1st Place Pro-Am Salsa Silver Leaders (see video)
  • 1st Place Pro-Am West Coast Swing Leaders Novice (see video)
  • 1st Place Pro-Am West Coast Swing Silver Leaders (see video)
  • 1st Place Pro-Am Hustle Silver Leaders Newcomer-Novice (see video)
  • 2nd Place Pro-Am Salsa Leaders Intermediate (see video)
  • 2nd Place Pro-Am 3 Dance Comp Leaders Newcomer-Novice (salsa, wcs, hustle)
  • 3rd Place Pro-Am Hustle Novice Leaders

Raymond Wong

Raymond Wong & Erica Smith

Raymond Wong & Erica Smith

  • 3rd Place Pro-Am Hustle Intermediate Leaders (see video)

Alvitta LeFall

Alvitta LeFall & Erica Smith

Alvitta LeFall & Erica Smith

  • 2nd Place Pro-Am Hustle Pre-Novice Followers (see video)

To view Erica and all of her pro-ams students at Disco America 2013 please click here.  Big thanks to my mommy, Judy Smith, for taping all of my pro-ams!!

"The Mommy" & Erica Smith

“The Mommy” & Erica Smith

Amateur Just Hustle, Salsa, and West Coast Swing

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This year, my wonderful students also dominated the amateur just hustle, salsa and west coast swing contests.  With 12 just hustle, salsa and west coast swing entries, my amateur couples walked away with 9 1st – 3rd wins!

Hal Greenwald & Linda Marcus

  • 1st Place Just Salsa Silver
  • 2nd Place Just West Coast Swing Silver
  • 3rd Place Just West Coast Swing Novice

Winston Colon-Moran & Linda Suralie

  • 1st Place Just Salsa Novice
  • 2nd Place Just Hustle Novice

Wendall McClellan & Linda Suralie

  • 2nd Place Just Salsa Silver
  • 3rd Place Just West Coast Swing Silver

Wendall McClellan & Essie Wright

  • 2nd Place Just Salsa Novice

Raymond Wong & Adela Vicenty

  • 3rd Place Just Hustle Intermediate

Erica’s Professional Division Contests

Erica Smith & Frank Paredes

Erica Smith & Frank Paredes

After a very long day of dancing full out in 42 pro-am heats and 5 and ½ hours of teaching, I had my own professional contests to compete in: Pro Just Hustle with Jaime Serna and J&J Invitational.  I mustered up some energy and had a great time dancing with Jaime Serna in the Pro Just Hustle (song # 1, song # 2).  Later that evening I drew my former dance partner, Jameson Kilburn, in the J&J Invitational prelims.  It was so great to dance with Jameson again (song # 1, song # 2, song # 3), he is so amazing!  I also had a great time dancing with Frank Paredes in the finals of the Invitational J&J.  Since me and Frank have never danced together before, this was the true definition of a J&J (spotlight video, all skate)!

On Saturday evening I competed in the Pro 3 Dance Comp with Billy Fajardo.  The competition was fierce! Couples included Billy & Veronica, Jameson & Christy, Erik & Anna, Raul & Yesenia, and Hazel & Tybaldt.  Billy & I walked away with 2nd Place (salsa, wcs, hustle)!

Beginner WCS Workshop

On Saturday, I taught a Beginner WCS Workshop.  I had a great group of students.  We focused on the basics but added some stylization to the moves.  A recap of the workshop can be found on the Workshop Video Notebook or the 2013 Weekend Event 4 DVD Set (click here).

2012 IHDA Top Female Teacher Awarded

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Last but not least, the awards ceremony for the 2012 IHDA Points Awards took place after the Dinner Show at Disco America 2013.  I was honored to have received the 2012 Top Female Teacher Award.

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