Mamma Maria wins Awards!!!
Thank you to Linedancer Magazine and to all who voted Mamma Maria as the "Absolute Beginner Line Dance Of The Year for 2010 and 2011" at the "Crystal Boot Awards" ceremony in Blackpool, England . I am sincerely overwhelmed and deeply honored to receive this prestigious award for the second time. I look forward to attending the Crystal Boots Awards in 2012. The Crystal Boot Awards are sponsored by Linedancer Magazine. View my Crystal Boot Award acceptances speech here. Video Mamma Maria also received the "Dancers Choice Award" for "Beginner Line Dance of 2010" at the Las Vegas Dance Explosion in Las Vegas.
My Line Dance, "ADAPTABLE”, won two first place awards at the 2007 JG2 Line Dance Marathon. On June 3, 2007 at the JG2 Marathon in Raleigh, NC, I entered my choreographed line dance, Adaptable, in the “new” line dance competition and was shocked to win in two categories. Best new NOVICE “COUNTRY” LINE DANCE and best new NOVICE “NON-COUNTRY” LINE DANCE. I entered the dance in both categories because it is very “adaptable” to many types of music. The songs where “Trust Yourself” by Carlene Carter (country) and “Come On Over” by Christine Aguilera (pop). Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my dances.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Frank had dreams of becoming a commercial artist and designer. After graduating from high school Frank was hired as the first store manager with the Camelot Music chain. Planning on working to save money to go on to art college, Frank proved to be a valuable employee for Camelot and was promoted to District Supervisor and then was brought into Corporate Headquarters in the Purchasing Department. Needless to say Frank enjoyed his job and never did attended art college. Instead he made a successful career in the music industry.
Early retirement brought Frank to the start of his second career and his involvement with Line Dancing. Always a "music enthusiast" and an avid dancer, Frank had a small DJ business hosting weddings, parties and social affairs. His introduction to Line Dancing began as he attended area Country Western Dance Clubs. His fast capacity to pick up dance steps along with his ability to teach and work with people, opened the door to his full involvement in Line Dancing.
Frank teaches 6 Line Dance Classes a week and hosts a monthly Line Dance Party at the Richville Community Park Hall in Massillon, Ohio and a monthly Line Dance Party at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in North Canton, Ohio. During the summer months Frank conducts Line Dance Classes at the Lake Cable Club House in Canton.
Frank began choreographing line dances after much prompting from his students. His first choreographed dance, "Adaptable", took first place at the JG Marathon in 2007. He followed that up with a series of popular dances including "Happy Radio", Duck Soup", "Sag, Drag & Fall", "Brazil", "Makin' It", "Get Real" and others. He recently won the "Dancers Choice Award" (in Las Vegas) and the "Crystal Boot Award" (in Blackpool, England) for his international hit dance "Mamma Maria".
Frank also hosts what has become Ohio's Largest Line Dance Party, every summer, as part of the Stark County Italian American Festival. Frank enjoys attending workshops as both an instructor and participant. He's instructed at such popular events as the JG Marathon, Windy City, Hoosier Fest, Rebels & Rogues and will instruct this year at the Tampa Bay Classic.
Frank tells us that Line Dancing has become his hobby, his vocation and his major "stress buster". He is quick to point out that one of the major perks of his involvement in the Line Dance World has been the many wonderful and warm friends that have come into his life.