Sideline ballroom dancing added to October Polo Championship

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

For the first time, ballroom dancing is taking the field at The 5th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower on Oct. 24 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios will waltz, tango, foxtrot and swing on a real wood dance floor installed exclusively for this year’s Polo Party, according to a press release.

In addition, dancers will interact with the Polo crowd and give how-to demonstrations and short lessons to attendees.

“We are thrilled to be performing at such an amazing event,” stated Antoinette Benevento, co-owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios International and studio director of the Scottsdale location, in the release. “This may be the first time ballroom dancing has ever been performed field-side at a polo match.”

The floor will be a general admission spectating area along the sideline, offering great views of both the matches and choreography, according to the release.

Field-side Ballroom Dancing is not the only exhibit at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. The event will also feature a live Larsen Art Auction, Fashion Show by Phoenix Fashion Week, Canine Couture runway, a Phoenix Symphony Quartet and preview of the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, the release stated.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a premier dance studio with locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, Paradise Valley, Arrowhead/Glendale and Tucson, according to the release.

A franchise of the original location on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire Dance Studios was founded by its famous namesake in 1947. Today, Fred Astaire Dance Studios has locations throughout North America and internationally, and upholds the highest standards of excellence through the National Dance Board. For more information and locations, visit

For more information on the exhibits at the upcoming Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower, visit

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