David Werdal is a living example of what it means to have a passion for ballroom dancing. We are absolutely thrilled to partner with him as a Platinum sponsor for the second time.
David is a familiar face at US competitions. It seems as if he’s attending an event almost every week! He is the leading Pro/Am gentleman in the USA Pro/Am Scholarship Circuit in both International style genres. And everywhere he goes, his natural warmth and caring nature builds friendships in the dance community.
We first met David last year at Delta Cup. His quiet, humble personality, combined with a genuine desire to be on the dance floor, really stood out. It seemed that he was in almost every heat on the floor! Little did we know then that this was his first dance competition. In a similar way, he was struck by the warm, welcoming environment of Delta Cup, sponsoring us during the event and he continues to be an important part of our event with another generous sponsorship this year that made it possible for us to bring world-class professional showcase couples to the event.
David first started dancing as a college student in Minnesota. Even though he wasn’t experienced, he went on to teach as a junior instructor at a Fred Astaire dance studio in Minneapolis. The experience of teaching helped him to overcome a natural shyness and he became a successful sales person which led him into the business world. He grew to become a very successful business owner.
After selling the business, he was free to devote his time to persuing his endless passion for dancing and has done so with a real commitment to develop his skills and grow in technique and capability.
With homes in three locations, he works with numerous teachers, but his base studio is Aria Ballroom in Seattle. David has high praise for Simeon Stoynov and Kora Stoynova and all the instructors at Aria. He grew tremendously through his work with Eva Tibenska who taught there until recently. He is a religious man who likes to support others in their faith and is currently striving to become a chaplain.
Although he began, as do most Americans, by dancing American Smooth and Rhythm, he discovered International Style with its unique look and technical challenges and went on to learn International Latin and Ballroom.
Sponsorships like these are vital in helping us cover the many costs involved in running a quality competition, and are always deeply appreciated.