You could make your way to Ridgefield to see the trophy that attests to the talent dancers Morten Schnedler and Anna Trukhan possess, or you could travel to Bridgeport this weekend and see with your own eyes what makes this duo the professional ballroom champions of Denmark.
The pair will perform at his latest production, which takes place on Saturday, July 28, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Bridgeport. It will be a salute to film and stage star Fred Astaire. All 14 Fred Astaire ballroom dance studios in the state are participating in the event.
Schnedler and Trukhan are teachers at the Ridgefield studio. The others participating include Brookfield, Canton, Glastonbury, Hamden, Middletown, Mystic, Norwalk, Old Saybrook, Orange, Southbury, South Windsor, Trumbull and West Hartford.
"It's a blessing to get up every morning and all you have to do is dance," said Schnedler, who also manages the Ridgefield studio. He came to the United States from Denmark in 2010.
Still, there's dancing, and then there's dancing.
Schnedler and Trukhan, who specialize in standard (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz and quickstep), were named Denmark's champs late last year. In November, they expect to compete in the world championship in England.
The pair said they will bring their award-winning technique to the floor Saturday night, but they are equally concerned about providing a good show and picking the right music. "People want to be entertained," Schnedler said, adding that they have been working on some special routines. "It is going to be exciting to watch."
Schnedler, 29, and Trukhan, 25, who is originally from Moscow, have only been dancing together for about a year-and-a-half. "We have the same goals and the same desire and that is really the most important thing," Schnedler said.
Friends and colleagues, the two say they balance out one another, with Trukhan's emotional approach tempered by Schnedler's reserve. "We are extreme opposites," Schnedler said.
But they share a love of their craft. "We both love dancing and the lifestyle," Trukhan said.
It is a lifestyle that can take an accomplished pair around the world or minutes from home. They both live in Bridgeport.
Beslove hopes dancers of all abilities (singles and couples are welcome) come out Saturday night. The pair's performance, which kicks off at 9:30 p.m., follows open dancing and a dance lesson at 8 p.m. The evening ends with more open dancing.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m., $17. Reserve by calling 203-374-7308.
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