First it was a rumour, today it is reality:
The triple Standard World Champions Benedetto Ferruggia und Claudia Köhler are ending their incredibly successful career as amateurs and turn to the DTV Professional Division. They will continue their international carreer as professional dancers. They will still dance for the TSC Astoria STuttgart in the Professional Division as they did as amateurs.
Benedetto Ferruggia and Claudia started their joint dance sport career in 2004 in the German dance sport federation DTV in the Standard section. Both began their career as athletes in competetive dancing in their youth. Together they celebrated national and international success. During the German Championships on November 3rd 2012 they were decorated with the DTV Ehrenplakette (badge of honour) by the DTV president Franz Allert. This is the highest decoration in German dance sport.
They were decorated with the „Silbernes Lorbeerblatt“ (silver laurel leaf), the highest national decoration for sportive excellence on June 12th 2012 by the German Federal President Joachim Gauck. In addition to many titles as German, European and World Champions the second place at the World Games 2009 in Kaoshiung (Chinese Taipei) counts as the outstanding milestone in their athletic career.
The executive committee of the DTV thanks „Bene“ and „Claudi“ for the many beautiful and shared years. They appeared at their best not only in competitions but they also knew that they are a role model and always baheved like it
TSC Astoria Stuttgart is pleased by the confidence of Benedetto and Claudia so that they will still represent Astoria Stuttgart nationally and internationally.
The board of the DTV PD welcomes Benedetto Ferruggia/Claudia Köhler warmly and wishes the new professionals all the best and success. At the same time the whole Professional Division and Tanzsport Deutschland are happy to now have a top world couple at the professionals in Standard section also.
We are looking forward to welcome both furthermore as our representatives at the big international events abroad and especially in Germany. The DTV PD welcomes Claudia and Benedetto and wishes them all the best and good luck also as professionals.
Claudia and Benedetto are thanking all responsible persons in the DTV very much, especially the executive committee and Michael Eichert for the big support during their time as amateurs. And they appreciate being able to execute their sport as professionals in the DTV-family furthermore.
World Games 2009 (Kaoshiung, Chinese Taipei):
Silver medalist Standard, therewith best amateur couple
World Championships 2009, 2010, 2012:
triple World Champions amateurs Standard
European Championships 2009 to 2012:
four times European Champions amateurs Standard
German Championships 2007 to 2012:
six times German Champions amateurs Standard
Foto: © Rob Ronda