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Champions at Dance Illusions make Goa proud

Champions at Dance Illusions make Goa proud

It was a proud day for the founder and Chief Trainer of ‘Dance Illusions’, Dr Martin D’Costa, as his students created a new record of winning 19 medals at the debut edition of India Open Latin and Ballroom DanceSport Championship 2016 recently held at NCPA in Mumbai. The students of this exclusive ballroom school represented
the state at this championship. Organised by Indian DanceSport Council which is recognised by the World Dance Council, the event tested the participants for their skills in Samba, Jive, Salsa,Bachata, Cha Cha and Rumba.

The event saw the reigning national Latin champions, Seby Gauncar and Ivanna Gomes, give some splendid performances at the event. The duo won gold medals in Samba, Jive, Cha Cha and Rumba. Ivanna says that winning this championship
was like a dream come true for her. “I was waiting for this moment for the last two years. I am so happy that our hours of practice and hard work have finally paid off. Hats off to my partner Seby for all his efforts; it wouldn’t have been possible without him,” she expresses. Seby feels that working hard towards your goal is the only way you can become successful. “There were many obstacles, mistakes and people who doubted me along the way. But I never gave up. Working hard is fun. I get satisfaction by pushing myself to the limit. I prefer to work hard silently because it’s the success that makes all the noise in the end,” he maintains. Both Seby and Ivanna add that they owe their success to their mentors, Dr Martin and his wife Flossy who have always helped them perform better.

Dr Martin’s team won 7 gold medals, 3 silver, 5 bronze, and two each for 4th and 5th place. The rest of the winners who made their mark in the championship are: Senior category – Neha Malhotra and Deodatta Gajbhiye – Gold (Salsa) and 5th place (Jive), Nelson Menezes and Anna Kaarina J Costa – Silver (Jive), Bronze (Cha Cha) and 4th place (Samba); Adult – Nelson Menezes and Viosha Cruz – 5th place (Jive), Cinidia Dias and Rahul Singh Bronze (Jive), Agnelo D’souza and Julia D’costa – Gold (Waltz), Milroy Quadros and Dr Linoshka D’silva – Gold (Cha Cha); Junior Category – Cyder and Cinidia Dias – Gold (Salsa), Gold (Jive), Bronze (Cha Cha), Bronze (Samba) and 4th place (Bachata), Muskan Prabhugaonker and Mikayla Fernandes – Gold (Cha Cha), Silver (Samba), Silver (Salsa) and Bronze (Jive).

This was the first ballroom dance championship for Dr Linoshka D’silva; she describes her experience as a “truly amazing one.” She says, “Being a newcomer, I was very nervous and apprehensive. However, my dance partner, Milroy Quadros, was very encouraging and helped me calm my nerves. I realised how important the practice sessions were, for when you’re on that stage, even though your mind might forget steps out of nervousness, your legs remember them, owing to the long hours of hard work and dedication.”

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