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Captiva dancer competes in world championship event

By Staff | Aug 5, 2010

Susan Scott just returned from the world dancing competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is preparing for an upcoming event in West Palm Beach.

Susan Scott did not expect to become a star dancer over night, no less win awards and travel the country and abroad to compete with the best of the best.

But in a matter of six months, Scott, a bubbly, Captiva resident and artist did just that.

In what can be described as a whirlwind of dancing, practice, competitions and travel Scott became an award winning dancer.

She just arrived back from San Juan, Puerto Rico where she competed in the World Championships with dance partner and instructor Steve Wilkie. Wilkie is the owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fort Myers.

There she danced among the best dancers and Wilkie won top instructor and top school. And as an extra bonus she said she got a chance to dance with “Dancing with the Stars” performers Tony Dovolani and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

“It was fabulous,” she said during an interview from upstate N.Y. “The competition was much higher.”

Though Scott said she is disappointed in not winning top dancer, she said is reflecting on her whirlwind of dancing fever that began in January when she hit the floor at the Sanibel Community House and participated in the island’s version of Dancing with the Stars. The dance competition was a fundraiser for the Community House.

Her dancing skills impressed Wilkie to the point that he asked her to join him for the dance championships in Las Vegas this past April. There Scott won winning Top Female Bronze.

During the recent world competition Scott performed 11 rhythm and five smooth style dances. At this competition she said she was on the dance floor over 250 times. Scott won the Top Female Bronze award in the Fred Astaire Cross Country Dance Sport Competitions. She competed in Las Vegas with Wilkie, who likened the competition to the popular television show “Dancing with the Stars”.

Now Scott is relaxing and gathering her thoughts at The Chautauqua Institution in upstate N.Y. The center is a place of higher learning and culture. There she is practicing in a mirrored dance studio getting ready for an upcoming competition in West Palm Beach.

And though she was told that she probably wouldn’t win the world award this year, Scott said she couldn’t get the idea of winning out of her head.

“I was bummed,” she said. “I had higher expectations.”

But you can’t keep a good dancer down.

“I am a competitor,” Scott said. “I know I want to be competing. I will go to the world’s next year.”