The Story Of Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine

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Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine may have retired at the Millenium DanceSport Championships last year, but he remains an inspiration to both dancers from around the world and his home country.

nullBorn and raised in Haiti -- one of the poorest nations in the world -- Pierre-Antoine was a successful entrepreneur with a background in economics and journalism before pursuing his dance career in the United States.

Unlike many ballroom champions, Pierre-Antoine didn't start dancing until he was an adult. But by the time he finished his career, Pierre-Antoine was a three-time world and United States champion in the American Rhythm category with his partner Liana Churilova.

However, Pierre-Antoine's story goes far beyond that of your average dancer. His firstborn son passed away in the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, which claimed tens of thousands of lives along with nearly $10 billion dollars in damage.

Despite his heartbreaking loss, Pierre-Antoine continued to persevere and strive for his dreams while at the same time remaining humble and giving back to those around him. His country is still recovering from the natural disaster, and times remain hard for many Haitians who are faced with difficult odds.



Recognizing national heroes like Pierre-Antoine gives the Haitian people something to be proud about and provides them with hope and encouragement in the face of ever-persistent challenges. However, the country's unsupportive government doesn't do the best job at supporting and honoring successful Haitian individuals such as Pierre-Antoine, who first began dancing back in Haiti with his instructor Harry Policard, a former Fred Astaire champion.

Despite everything that could have set him back or derailed him from his path, Pierre-Antoine became the first black man to win both the United States and world titles.

Watch this humbling video of adjudicator Rufus Dustin congratulating Pierre-Antoine after winning his first USDC championship in 2014.

How To Watch The 2017 Ohio Star Ball

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University Of Michigan Dancers On The Road To Ohio Star Ball

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Steve and Susan McFerran have been preparing their University of Michigan dance couples for the Ohio Star Ball for some months now, and their excitement is overflowing as competition officially gets underway this week in Columbus, Ohio.

Collegiate Dancers Represent At Ohio Star Ball

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Who's Dancing At The 40th Ohio Star Ball

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By Sharon Savoy - World Exhibition Dance Champion and published author of “Ballroom!

Ohio Star Ball Founder Reflects On Competition's 40th Anniversary

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By Sharon Savoy -  World Exhibition Dance Champion and published author of “Ballroom!

Preview: Kaunas Open Introduces Senior Divisions For 1st Time

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The 2017 Kaunas Open is a World DanceSport Federation event in the heart of Lithuania. This esteemed competition specializes in youth divisions, attracting the best young dancesport athletes from across Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.

Top 5 Moves From This Year's Hollywood DanceSport

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The Hollywood DanceSport Championships delivered in every way possible this past weekend at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA. The dancing was fierce, the performances were impeccable, the costumes were impressive, and the energy was unbeatable. 

Friday Night Recap Of Hollywood DanceSport

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What an incredible evening we had Friday at the Hollywood DanceSport Festival at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA. We saw some incredible dancing from both the amateurs and professionals and were treated to a Hollywood-inspired production number that exceeded everyone's expectations and received a well-deserved standing ovation.

How To Watch The Hollywood DanceSport Championships

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The Hollywood DanceSport Championships is marking its ninth anniversary in style at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles from Tuesday, Oct. 31, to Sunday, Nov. 5.

Dawn From Doré Talks Success In A Changing Industry

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Dawn Smart is the owner and designer of Doré Designs, the most well-known dancesport dressmaking business in America.