May 27, 2020
Bob Powers: The group is called Rhythm Champions and our mission is to promote American Style Rhythm dancing worldwide. The American Smooth has had great success lately and we have discovered that the reason the Rhythm has lagged behind is the fact that there’s a belief that there are too many differences in the techniques. So one of the goals of the group is to come to a consensus on each dance. We are in the process of developing a technique book, not a syllabus but strictly body, hip, leg and foot action description. So if you can imagine 15 former US Champions coming together to agree on a specific technique and how it should be expressed verbally.
Bob Powers: Every US Champion since the inception of the Pro Rhythm division. I can list them if you want.
1984 Charles & Jean Penatello
1985-1987 Joe Lozano & Jan Mattingly
1988-1992 Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
1991-2003 Bob Powers & Julia Gorchakova
2004 Tony Dovolani & Inna Ivanenko
2011-2013 Decho Kraev & Bree Watson
2016-2018 Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova
2019 Andre Paramonov & Natalie Paramonov
Bob Powers: We are all equally involved and contribute to the technique as well as promotion and online classes to promote it.
Bob Powers: During the Coronavirus stay at home order one of the guys came up with the idea and asked who would be interested. We all responded.
Bob Powers: Definitely developmental. It's taken us 9 weeks to do the Rumba Box. But the great thing is it just keeps getting better. We have such an amazing group of great dancers, teachers and musically gifted individuals that it can’t help but be a success.