Rufus has been certified as an adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), the World Dance Council (WDC), and Fred Astaire Dance Studios Inc. in International Style Standard, International Style Latin, American Smooth, American Rhythm, and Theater Arts.
As a Professional dancer, Rufus competed nationally and internationally, attaining titles in International Latin, American Rhythm and Theater Arts. He has performed all over the world, including special presentations at the Blackpool Dance Festival.Ballroom Dance studio. Never did he imagine this summer fling would soon become the love of his life. Dustin went from dancing ballet in Boston to winning the first American Style DanceSport Championship in 1974 in just a few short years.
It was said that the best thing to do was to put Dustin into some kind of program that would keep him physically active, so that he would grow more tired at a proper time. As a result, the young man's parents put him in dance school because he just loved to dance. That later progressed into going to ballet classes and then that progressed into wanting to be a ballet dancer. However, his parents didn't want him to do that.
When asked what took him away from ballet, Dustin revealed he was drawn to the magic of Ballroom Dancing. While ballet is self-focused, Ballroom Dancing requires its partners to move as one body with four legs. Dustin shared that some couples come to him to learn how to dance for their wedding and simply never leave because they fall in love with the romance of it all.
For a very short time, about six months to a year, Dustin competed with Rebecca Francoeur. However, this partnership didn't work out very well. Dustin didn't feel it was the right tone that he wanted to set. She was a lovely girl, he says, but he thought it was a rush for him to get back to competing when he stopped dancing with Donna.
Afterwards, Dustin danced with Marianne Nicole, who was actually his student at first. She came to a guest party with her mother, who was already a student at the studio where Dustin was teaching. Marianne was put on his schedule almost immediately because she had dance experience from jazz, ballet and tap, and she was very young and beautiful.
Before retirement, Dustin won two World Championships in the Exhibition/Cabaret category along with a slew of other championship titles. Becoming tired of injuries, Dustin decided it was time to stop competing at the age of 42, but his involvement in the sport remained just as large as ever.
Moving from New Jersey to Miami Beach, FL, where he currently resides, Dustin now coaches Professional competing couples and occasionally high-end Amateur and Pro-Am couples. Adjudicating all over the world, Dustin travels on average around twice a month and is sometimes required to judge three different competitions in just two days.
- 2-time World Exhibition/Cabaret Champion
- 2-time United States National Professional American Style Champion (Rhythm and Smooth) (1974 - 1975)
- North American Latin Champion
- North American 10-Dance Champion
- United States Champion
- Blackpool Dance Festival Champion
- Multi-time Lecturer at the World Ballroom Dancing Congress in Blackpool, England
- Championship Licensed Adjudicator and National Judge for the National Dance Council of America specializing in:
- International Style Standard (Championship Certified) - Terpsichore Teachers of Dancing
- International Style Latin (Championship Certified) - Terpsichore Teachers of Dancing
- American Smooth (Championship Certified) - Terpsichore Teachers of Dancing
- American Rhythm (Championship Certified) - Terpsichore Teachers of Dancing
- Theatrical Style (Championship Certified) - Terpsichore Teachers of Dancing
- World Dance Council Adjudicator