Brian Yaptinchay, Donna Crowley and Jay Peacher, students at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Charleston and Mount Pleasant, recently competed at the Southern Paradise Ball in Charlotte.

Yaptinchay, dancing with his instructor, Jackie Hammes, was a top scorer in Charlotte at his first competition. He made honors in all of his single dance heats and placed first in all of his championship dances.

Dancing under the watchful eye of their instructor, Lena Ivanchenko, Peacher and Crowley were named the Top Amateur Couple overall at the competition.

Peacher, dancing with Ivanchenko in the Pro/Am divisions, won the Gold Medal in the Smooth Scholarship division and the Silver Medal in the Rhythm Scholarship.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer all types of dance instruction through private, group and practice lessons in all the ballroom and Latin dance categories. Visit studios in West Ashley and Mount Pleasant, or online at