Maria Afanador was born and raised in New York City, NY. She started ballroom dancing in 1983 but was a single mom raising two lovely daughters so dancing went on hold.  An auto accident in 2008 put her out of commission for five years with multiple fractures and spinal issues but she is back now with a vengeance. Here are some of her accomplishments:

Swing Fling 2019 Finished in 6th place Leader Jack & Jill

June 2004- Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Beginners Qualification Award

November 2004 - Fred Astaire Northeast Dance Sport Championships

2- 1st Place Awards for Salsa and Rumba

4 - 2nd Place Awards for East Coast Swing and Hustle

4- 3rd Place Awards for Foxtrot, Waltz, Hustle and East Coast Swing

September 2014- NYC Dance Experience Hustle Congress

1st Place Rumba, Cha Cha, Pro Am Jack and Jill Hustle and Salsa

Silver Hustle, Foxtrot and East Coast Swing

June 2015 - Disco America

1st place Pro Am Hustle, Pro Am Jack and Jill and Hustle New Comer

2nd Place Pro Am Hustle Novice

3rd Place Pro Am West Coast Swing Silver Hustle

August 2015 - Dance Jam Swing Fling

1st Place Pro Am Hustle

2nd Place Strictly Hustle

Silver Pro Am Hustle

November 2015- DC Swing eXperience

Gold Pro Am West Coast Swing

Silver Pro Am West Coast Swing Novice

November 2015 Gold Coast Showcase Event

Open Silver Performance Dancing Award.

2016 West Coast SwingCertification

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