Hard times

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This week, January 2021 we lost two of the Greats of our dance world. Doreen Freeman was one of the Icons of ballroom dancing. She danced her first British Open Professional Championship in 1947 with Victor Barrett, finishing second. She also placed first in one of the early World Championships that same year. She later partnered with Bob Burgess. In 1962 they came second in the World Championship in Australia behind Bill and Bobbie, opened a studio, (the Starlight, later owned by Bill and Bobbie) and led the typical life of professional dancers.

Ron Montez was the United States Latin American Champion with his beautiful partner Liz Curtis. Later he went on to be a world renowned dance teacher and coach, known for his gracious way with people and his enthusiasm for helping people dance well.

Download a Dancebeat article about Ron here: https://www.dancebeat.com/m-db-articles-en/item/1903-ronmontez

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