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World champion ballroom dancers floor dinner guests with hot moves at gala kickoff

World champion ballroom dancers floor dinner guests with hot moves

News, Symphony Underwriter dinner, April 2015, Ricardo Cocchi, Hulia Zagoruychenko
World Champion Latin dance competitors Riccardo Cocchi and  Yulia Zagoruychenko. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, runas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova; Lester & Sue Smith; Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi;
Arunas Bizokas, from left, Katusha Demidova, Lester and Sue Smith, Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas
World Champion ballroom dancers Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas perform at Houston Symphony Ball underwriter dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Mark and Christina Hanson, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy
Mark and Christina Hanson, left, with Jana and Scotty Arnoldy. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Symphony Underwriter dinner, April 2015, Jim and Sherry Smith, Lisa and Jerry Simon
Houston Symphony Ball chairs Jim and Sherry Smith, left, and Lisa and Jerry Simon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas
Kathush Demidova and Arunas Bizokas.  Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout
Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Colter and Elizabeth Lewis; Beth Madison and Ralph Burc
Colter and Elizabeth Lewis, left, with Beth Madison and Ralph Burch. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Chrissy and Mike Doherty
Chirssy and Mike Doherty. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Susanne Dawley Byram, Diane Lokey Farb
Susanne Dawley Byram, left, and Diane Lokey.  Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Rochelle and Max Levit
Rochelle and Max Levit. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Viviana and David Denechaud
Viviana and David Denechaud. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Rey Ocanas and Orlando Manzo-Ocanas
Orlando Manzo-Ocanas, left, and Rey Ocanas. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Harry and Cora Sue Mach, Joella and Steve Mach
Harry and Cora Sue Mach, left, with Joella and Steve Mach. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, runas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova; Lester & Sue Smith; Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi;
Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi
Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi.  Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Symphony Underwriter dinner, April 2015, Ricardo Cocchi, Hulia Zagoruychenko
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, runas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova; Lester & Sue Smith; Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi;
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Mark and Christina Hanson, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy
News, Symphony Underwriter dinner, April 2015, Jim and Sherry Smith, Lisa and Jerry Simon
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Colter and Elizabeth Lewis; Beth Madison and Ralph Burc
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Chrissy and Mike Doherty
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Susanne Dawley Byram, Diane Lokey Farb
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Rochelle and Max Levit
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Viviana and David Denechaud
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Rey Ocanas and Orlando Manzo-Ocanas
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Harry and Cora Sue Mach, Joella and Steve Mach
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, runas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova; Lester & Sue Smith; Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi;
News, Shelby, Symphony underwriter dinner, April 2015, Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi

For months, oilman Lester Smith had been promising a spectacular surprise for guests attending the Houston Symphony Ball underwriter dinner. He and his wife, Sue Smith, were hosting the gala evening in their lavish Memorial area home and the playful Lester was stirring anticipation.

When the curtain finally went up on the dinner entertainment, the 80 guests were perhaps not so surprised as they were thrilled by the performances of two couples recognized by the World DanceSport Federation as world champions. From New York, the Smiths had flown in Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas, two-time World Champions in Ballroom International Standard, and Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi, five-time World Champions in Latin Dance. Both couples are currently reigning in their categories.

The Smiths, former World Champion Latin dancers as well, are known for bringing in top dance talent for their special evenings. But to have the creme de la creme proved to indeed be spectacular. The ballroom dancers seemed to float in the air as they swirled across the Smiths' second-floor ballroom where the dinner was held. The Latin couple heated up the scene with enough hot moves to send any number of the gents running for their Viagra.

Headlining the evening were chairs of the May 2 ball, Sherry and Jim Smith and Lisa and Jerry Simon and ball honorees Cora Sue and Harry Mach and Betty and Jesse Tutor (he traveling solo). Big news of the night, announced by Houston Symphony CEO Mark Hanson, was that the ball has already raised more $1.3 million. (What oil slump?) He also announced that Jana and Scotty Arnoldy had signed on as chairs for the 2016 Symphony Ball.

Among those sitting down the remarkable multi-course dinner by Culinaire were underwriting chair Dr. Robert Sloan, Courtney and Bill Toomey, Beth Madison and Ralph Burch, Vera and Andy Baker, Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Joni Baird and Jackie and Rey Connelly.

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