The Best of Pasadena Awards

Even though we were not officially in the City of Pasadena, The Pasadena Weekly included locations that were frequented by Pasadena residents. Though it took a few years, once we were better known we began to win more and more categories. We were beating some of their bigger advertisers so they changed the rules and we no longer could be nominated even though we still were winning with write in votes. Some of the categories that we won for several consecutive years: Best Place to Dance, Best Live Music,Best Place to Hear Salsa, Best Spanish Tapas Food, and Best DJ. 

The Feather Awards

The Movies have the Oscar, Broadway Has the Tony, Music has the Grammy. Unfortunately there was no award for Ballroom Dancing until Cay Cannon, publisher of Dance Action and Jitterbug Magazines came along. Using a format much like the People’s Choice Awards, Cay Invited a broad panel of Dance Professionals to nominate dancers from around the world in several categories. Robert, His partner Melanie Roberts (Best Swing Classic Couple) , our students Dale Emerman & Judy Kjos (Best Amateur Rhythm Couple), Lance Shermoen and LDLA student Michelle French (Best Swing Showcase Couple)and Enio (Best Teacher) were nominated the 2nd year of the awards.. The Event held annually at the Beverly Hilton Hotel had celebrity presenters such as Hollywood legends Cyd Charise, Donald O’Connor, Ben Vereen, Jane Powell and many other stars. The black tie affair became a must see event until Cay Cannon’s death. Over the next few years Enio was nominated in both the Most Exciting Ballroom Mambo and the Best Street Solo Mambo categories and won the next two years- beating out Eddie Torres in the Best Single category. Robert  also won again, LDLA teachers Eddie Vedolla & Blair Johnson, as well as our mentors Joe Cassini, Ron Montez and Bob Medeiros. In 1992 he joined Best Mambo Dancer winner Bob Medeiros in a number that they choreographed between the LAX airport and the Hotel. In 1993 Enio was a presenter at the awards and in 93 and 1994, he and Terryl Jones were asked to perform impromptu by the presenter Dennis Cole.

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World Swing Dance Hall of Fame California Swing Dance Hall of Fame

In 1993 Robert Cordoba was honored with the Rising Star Award at the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. In 2000 he won the Shining Star Award. In 2009 Robert was inducted to The WORLD SWING DANCE COUNCIL HALL OF FAME honors Swing Dance Enthusiasts whose long-time contributions and accomplishments have contributed to the growth and prestige of Swing dancing.

Lifetime Achievement
World Salsa Federation

In 2004 Enio and Terryl were at the West Coast Salsa Congress and received the 2004 award for “Lifetime Contribution to the World of Latin Music and Dance

Studio Awards

Winner- My Fox LA

Best of Latino LA

Individual Awards

At the end of his competitive career in the Latin field, Enio won the 1987 United States Rising Star Latin Championship with Karen Lee and retired- or so he thought. Focusing on building a new studio quickly extinguished any thoughts of coming back even though he had many offers. Within two years he built a formation team of some of LA’s best Amateur Latin dancers and that team went to Miami and took home the gold medal at USBC. The following year one of the girls on that team Janet Kvasnak teamed with Enio to win the US Ladies Pro-Am Championship at USBC.

That year was quite wonderful for Let’s Dance as Janet won several other events including the Southwestern Regional and the Florida State Championships, as well as several Ballroom events as well. Later that year at the California Star Ball, Enio took home the Top Teacher Award, the Top Studio, and his students Michelle Brakebill-French the top Silver Award, Judy Kjos the Pro-Am Rhythm and Janet Kvasnak the Pro-Am Latin.  

 The following year both Enio’s new pro-am Sandy Chase, and Robert Cordoba with his pro am Debby Dandurand, were finalists in the Ladies A at USBC. 

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