Sabrina Donebus, Daniel Arnold and Jason White claim titles as Foxtrot Dance Studio shines at Australian Dancesport Championships | The Daily Advertiser

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Wagga dancers celebrate after a phenomenal performance at the 75th Australian Dancesport Championships in Bendigo. Sabrina Donebus (two championships), Daniel Arnold and Jason White all came home victorious, giving Wagga’s Foxtrot Dance Studio four championship titles at the sport’s most prestigious event. Additionally, the Wagga dancers won a combined total of five seconds, two-thirds, two-quarters, two-fifths, and two-sixths. Donebus, 16, was nothing short of brilliant winning Standard and Latin in the Under 21 Recreational Lady and finishing second to New Vogue. “Certainly very satisfied. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get the win, but I was hoping,” Donebus said. “You certainly have an idea if you performed well, but it’s hard to tell because you don’t look at others.” Her dad noticed she couldn’t stop smiling all weekend and Donebus, who has loved dancing for as long as she can remember, said it was a dream come true. The teenager was associated with Arnold (some events are judged for individuals). The talented Arnold, 20, has been playing the sport for 15 years. Her own reward came with a championship title in Adult B Grade New Vogue with her partner Paula Thompson of Wodonga. The duo train regularly in Melbourne and their victory confirms that they are ready to challenge the best in Australia. “We were absolutely thrilled because there was a lot of hard work,” Arnold said. “We meet in Melbourne for lessons and we train with our coaches there (two or three times a month) so there’s a lot of commitment, a lot of time and a lot of money going into it.” By contrast, White, a former boxer, entered the ballroom less than three years ago. His victory in the Adult Recreational Man Latin (along with seconds in Standard and New Vogue) was a huge thrill. “I was happy to get the win. Most of the time I fell short, so I was happy to finally get the deal done, especially in a competition like this,” White said, adoring his appearance in the ‘highlight’. “I thought I would be lucky to rank most of the time. It was my first time bringing out the big smile, because the big lights and the stage brought out the performer in me.” Latin, he rated his least likely event, but attributed the outcome to being more relaxed. Grace Rogers, 24 and partner, also performed well in adult recreational couples with second in New Vogue and Latin and third in Standard. The Wagga Champions were all trained by Wagga’s Kerry Maunder. “It’s pretty rare for a studio to walk away with so many titles, let alone a regional studio,” Arnold confirmed. Over 700 dancers were at the highly anticipated 75th Australian Dancesport Championships. The event was canceled in 2020 and then postponed last December due to COVID. “For anyone who even makes it to the finals, it’s usually pretty good. To have so many people come in first and come out on top, it’s a tribute to the dedication of those guys who really put in the work,” said studio co-owner Darren Conway. He and his wife Sue finished third in the Masters B Grade New Vogue meaning an Australian Championship continues to elude them, but the Foxtrot pair were delighted with the results of their Wagga dancers. Adding to the successful weekend, Rogers earned commendable 4th, 5th and 6th place finishes in her adult recreational competitions while Ayannah Harvey finished 4th in Junior C Grade Girl New Vogue and Isabelle Hernan finished 5th in that discipline and 6th in Latin. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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