HMS Student Crowned U.S. National Amateur Dance Champion

Nathaniel Chen (right) is an 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School. His partner is Liza Shlimovich.

Nathaniel Chen, a 13-year-old 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School, and his partner, Liza Shlimovich, a 9th-grader at Mirman School in Los Angeles, were once again crowned as Junior 2 American Smooth Champions at the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, recently.
After intensive and competitive rounds from quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, Chen and Shlimovich won first place in all four dances in the Junior 2 (age 14-15) age category and were crowned as the U.S. Junior 2 American Smooth Champions. The American Smooth style consists of four dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz.
Chen and Shlimovich began their dance partnership in June 2015. Since then, they have won first place in both the Junior 1 (age 12-13) and Junior 2 (age 14-15) age categories in numerous dance competitions sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America. Last year, they won first place in both Junior 1 and Junior 2 American Smooth at the 2016 U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships. They currently train under Yegor Novikov at Westmor Dance Studio in Koreatown.
Both Chen and Shlimovich have not only excelled academically at school, but also possess unique talents in addition to their passion for ballroom dance. Chen is an accomplished competitive juvenile figure skater, and a dedicated musician playing piano, violin and oboe. Shlimovich is a talented actress and singer, as well as a master taekwondo black belt athlete.
The U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships, which is sponsored by the NDCA, is the largest amateur dance competition in the United States, where ballroom dancers of all ages compete for amateur national titles.
Nathaniel Chen is the son of Frank Chen and Chun-Yen Chen of San Marino.

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