All year long, Charlotte magazine's staff of editors and writers scour the city for the best of the best—from dining to nightlife to culture to shopping, from pampering to pets to parks. We also ask you to vote for your favorites—which you do by the tens of thousands. Then, each May, we present the BOB Awards, recognizing Charlotte's Best of the Best. Every winner since 2011—Editor's Picks and Voters' Choice—is listed in this database, which is easily searchable. Consider this your ultimate guide to Charlotte's Best of the Best.

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BOB Awards Winner's Guide

Janean Benton

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By day, Janean Benton is a manager at IBM, but on Saturday mornings, you’ll find her in front of a Zumba class. Wearing a baseball cap and Adidas high-tops, she burns through dances with crisp calls and contagious joy. She squeezes in three classes a week, on top of being a mom, wife, and fund-raiser for charitable causes, including Dance Out Hunger, an event she co-chairs each holiday season to fund local food banks. The 41-year-old also teaches wellness seminars and hosts Fashionably Fit, a charity event that ties fashion to fitness.


Best Zumba Instructor - 2016

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Year Won: 2016
Pick: Editor's Pick
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