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Jacksonville, St. Augustine Dancers To Appear On 'America's Ballroom Challenge'

Arthur Murray Dance Center of St. Augustine via Facebook

Ballroom dancers from the Jacksonville area will be appearing in the PBS competition show “America’s Ballroom Challenge,” premiering at 9 p.m. Friday on WJCT public television.

Jacksonville dancer Misha Vlasov and his partner will appear on the first episode. So will Peter and Alexandra Perzhu. The couple owns Arthur Murray Dance Studio in St. Augustine. Alexandra says, although they have won international accolades before, being on the TV show was exciting in a different way.  

“It’s always been our dream to be at that show on TV because when we came to the states we would watch that show and we were really amazed and taken by that show, and we were very inspired, and we thought, ‘Maybe one day we could be on that show,’” she says. 

The three-part television series “America’s Ballroom Challenge” brings together competitors in the standard and Latin styles to compete for the title “America’s Best” dancers. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP