2014 has started off with lots of excitement. A few weeks ago Travis and Jaimee were asked to be part of a special performance in Haiti by World Rhythm Champion, Emanuel Pierre-Antoine. The Show was in honor of Emanuel and all his success as a dancer from Haiti, and to raise support for the arts. The people of Haiti were treated to a spectacular show from three of the world’s best showdance couples; Emanuel and his partner, Liana Churilova, Maxim Kozhevnikov and Anastasia Grigoreva, and last but not least Travis and Jaimee Tuft! Haiti and it’s people are beautiful, and the show was received with standing ovation after standing ovation. Travis and Jaimee could not have been more thrilled to be part of such an amazing show with such amazing people.
The Nevada Star Ball was another successful weekend for Travis and Jaimee, winning both the Rising Star Smooth and the Showdance divisions, and placing in the Open Pro Smooth. However, the most exciting part of the weekend was receiving an invitation to compete their Theatre Arts number in Blackpool at the British Championships by Mr. Len Armstrong. This is a high honor considering it is still the first year of this couples professional career, and the Theatre Arts division at Blackpool is by invitation only; in contrast to the Ballroom and Latin events that are open categories to any and all who enter.
Manhattan Dancesport Championships have come and gone and was the largest event to date that Travis and Jaimee have attended. For their first Manhattan, it went very well for them. They were the winners of the Rising Star American Smooth and they placed third in the Showdance division with their new Cabaret. Probably the most exciting accomplishment of the weekend was making the final of the Open Professional American Smooth, placing along side five U.S. Smooth finalists.