“The United States Dance Championships are the ballroom equivalent of the National Championships. Located on the east coast, this competition is renowned for its large, competitive heats. After winning the World Championships, Ariel boarded a plane, flew across the country, and competed at this event the very next day, winning the National title. This tremendous accomplishment solidified Ariel as one of the most well-rounded and dynamic young competitors in the dance circuit.
As her coach, it is deeply gratifying to see Ariel achieve her goals but what is even more rewarding is to witness the way she handles herself off of the dance floor. She is kind, genuine, cheerful, and, despite her many successes, never boastful. She shows a maturity beyond her years and goes out of her way to support her teammates and competitors. A pleasure to teach, Ariel handles herself with impeccable integrity at all times.”
Photography by Charles Ryder and Melanie Eve Barocas