Instructors

Bob Powers & Julia Gorchakova
Highlights & Accolades
  • 12 Times United States Rhythm Champions.[1]
  • 3 Times World Professional Mambo Champions[2]
  • Finalists, World Latin-American Showdance *Championships

Bob Powers & Julia Gorchakova

Bob Powers along with his wife Julia Gorchakova are 12 time, undefeated US Rhythm Champions as well 3 time World Mambo Champions. In 1998 they were finalist in the World Showdance Championships in Holland. Bob and Julia were also recipients of the 2012 DanceSport Hall of Fame Award.

Bruno Collins
Highlights & Accolades
  • 7 time US Theatrical Champion
  • 2-time World Cabaret Champion
  • 3-time Blackpool Cabaret Champion
  • US American Rhythm Finalist
  • 5- time Fred Astaire Rhythm Champion

Bruno Collins

As a long time member and supporter of Fred Astaire Studios, Bruno has performed around the world, in competitions and shows, as both a star performer and champion. Currently Bruno can be seen judging competitions across the country. He also sits on the Board of Directors of American Ballroom Company, the organizers of the United States Dance Champions.

Charlotte Jorgensen
Highlights & Accolades
  • 1999 US Open Champion
  • 1998 Japanese Open International Ballroom Champion
  • 1999 US open Champion
  • 1997 2nd at the United Kingdom, British, World and European Championships
  • 1994 Amateur World Champion
  • 1994 Professional Rising Star champion at Blackpool

Charlotte Jorgensen

By the age of 22, Jorgensen was already the World Amateur Champion. Since her retirement, she has become a ballroom trainer, and travels worldwide for coaching.Jorgensen participated in the first season (Summer 2005) of the American television series Dancing with the Stars, partnering with actor John O?Hurley. They were the runners up, but subsequently won a ?rematch? sponsored by ABC.

Corky Ballas
Highlights & Accolades
  • 10 time undefeated United States International Champion
  • 2 time Open to the World British International Latin Champion
  • Star, International, European & United Kingdom Champion
  • 3 time British National Champion
  • World International Latin Champion
  • Partnered with Oscar winner Cloris Leachman and America's Mother, Florence Henderson of the Brady Bunch, on ABC's smash reality show Dancing With The Stars
  • Super Bowl Diet Pepsi commercial with Sofia Vergara

Corky Ballas

Corky Ballas has been dancing literally since he was a baby His mother was a great and talented Flamenco dancer who together with Mr. Ballas owned and operated the largest dance studio in the United States. In 2008, Corky made a huge splash on the ABC hit television show Dancing With The Stars along with his Oscar winner partner Cloris Leachman.

Donald Johnson & Kasia Kozak
Highlights & Accolades
  • U.S. Pro Rising Star Closed National Latin Dance Champions
  • U.S. Pro Rising Star Open National Latin Dance Champions
  • British Open Professional Latin Rising Stars Champions
  • U.S. Professional Latin Dance Championships

Donald Johnson & Kasia Kozak

American born Donald Johnson, and Kasia Kozak hailing from Poland started their dance careers very early in life. At 13 years old, Kasia responded to a local newspaper advertisement, and Donald started to teach at his mother’s studio in Paducah Kentucky at 17.

Together, Donald and Kasia were simply sensational; with his experience and her charisma they were definitely a couple to watch out for. They quickly become US Pro Rising Star closed as well as open National Latin Dance Champions. They were one of the first American couples to win the Blackpool Rising Star Latin. They have become 3rd in the country in the Professional Latin Division. They have also danced in the movie “Dance with Me” with Chayanne and Vanessa Williams.

At the moment they are both national coaches and judges.

Edward Simon
Highlights & Accolades
  • United States American Ballroom Champion
  • World Classic Showdance Finalist
  • United States Theatrical Finalist
  • 1999 North American Dance Award for ?Favorite Couple of the Year?
  • Co Organizer of New York Dance Festival

Edward Simon

Eddie Simon is a former United States ballroom champion, world showdance and U.S. theatrical finalist. Simon received a North American Dance Award for the "Favorite Couple of the Year". He also returns to his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, several times a year to coach and offer workshops at Dance New York's Iowa studio, as well as officiate at the annual Iowa Dancesport Challenge.

Felipe Telona & Carolina Orlovsky-Telona
Highlights & Accolades
  • 3-time United States Bronze Medalists
  • World Mambo Medalist
  • World Salsa Champions
  • United States Silver Medalists

Felipe Telona & Carolina Orlovsky-Telona

It was not until Carolina met Felipe in the basement of a Dance Studio in New Jersey did she realize her true calling, the World of Dance Sport. Shortly after their introduction two things began to blossom, both her love for him and her love of Competitive Dance Sport.
Felipe still dances Pro/Am with his students while Carolina teaches, coaches, judges and of course raises their beautiful daughter Lea.

Igor & Irina Suvorov
Highlights & Accolades
  • Former U.S.S.R. Amateur Champions
  • U.S.B.C. Rising Star International Champions in 1992
  • International Standard U.S. Finalists since 1992
  • Ohio Star Ball Finalists since 1992

Igor & Irina Suvorov

Igor Suvorov started dancing at the tender age of 9 in St. Petersburg. At 14, he had won all major competitions and was the Champion of the Baltic Republics. By the time he reached 17, he was Champion of Northern Russia. At age 23, together with Irina, he became the 10 Dance Champion of the former Soviet Union and they danced in competitions all over the world. Igor & Irina also organize the Desert Classic Dancesport Championships.

Izabela & Tomasz Lewandowski

Izabela & Tomasz Lewandowski

Tomasz and Izabela started dancing together 13 years ago,and decided to continue their training only in International Latin Style. Shortly after they moved to the USA, they began their professional career. Tomasz and Izabela have traveled the world, competing, performing shows and teaching. In 2011 they decided to retire from competitive and are now focusing on teaching, performing and judging.

Jonathan Wilkins
Highlights & Accolades
  • 10 times Professional Ballroom Champion 1997-2007
  • 2004 World Classic Showdance Champion
  • WDC Open Professional Ballroom Champion
  • European Profession Ballroom Champion
  • British Professional Ballroom Champions

Jonathan Wilkins

Jonathan had a partnership with Katusha Demidova which lasted eleven years, and brought considerable success. Following that he partnered with Hazel Newberry where the two placed 2nd in the Professional World Ballroom Dance Championships. After this championship the two partners retired from competitive dancing. Jonathan is currently teaching students in the US and abroad.

JT Thomas
Highlights & Accolades
  • 2007-2011 Performed in numerous shows including: Millennium Dancesport, Heritage Classic and Holiday Classic
  • 2012 Produced ?Tribute to Whitney? Capital Dancesport Show
  • 2005 U.S. Representative Blackpool Invitational Exhibition
  • 3rd place, US Rising Star Smooth Champion
  • US Theatrical runner-up
  • 2002 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Latin Finalist

JT Thomas

JT is a two-time US and World Smooth Champion. JT and partner, Tomas Mielnicki, performed shows at numerous prestigious competitions around the country and abroad. They were featured performers on ABC?s Dancing with the Stars and in the Disney movie, Enchanted. She has also choreographed several times for the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance.

JT resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Mike and daughter, Ruby. She is currently coaching, choreographing and judging across the country.

Michael Mead & Toni Redpath
Highlights & Accolades
  • 4 time, undefeated U.S. Ballroom Champions 1999 - 2002
  • Finalists in the Classic Showdance World Championships
  • Three time qualifiers as United States Representatives to the Classic Showdance World Championships
  • Top American Smooth Couple of the Year 1999 and 2000, PBS Championship Ballroom Dancing Winners
  • 1st Runners up in the 2001 United States Classic Showdance Championships
  • Featured dancers in the film "Dance with Me".

Michael Mead & Toni Redpath

Michael and Toni's credits include: 4 time, undefeated U.S. Ballroom Champions from 1999 - 2002, Finalists in the Classic Showdance World Championships, Three time qualifiers as United States Representatives to the Classic Showdance World Championships, Top American Smooth Couple of the Year 1999 and 2000, PBS Championship Ballroom Dancing Winners 1999 and 2000, 1st Runners up in the 2001 United States Classic Showdance Championships and Michael and Toni were featured dancers in the film "Dance with Me".

Nadia Eftedal
Highlights & Accolades
  • Open British Professional Latin Champions
  • U.K. Professional Latin Champions
  • Twice European Latin Champions
  • U.S. Open Professional Latin Champions
  • Winners of the Super Japan Cup
  • German Open Latin Championships
  • French Latin Masters
  • Russian Invitational Latin Championships
  • Five-time Silver medalists World Professional Latin Championships

Nadia Eftedal

Nadia Eftedal is an internationally known, champion-level ballroom dancer with an exceptional portfolio of awards and titles. Throughout her junior, amateur and early professional years, Nadia competed in both International styles of Standard and Latin ballroom. While still in her teens, Nadia was selected the runner-up in the Rising Star Standard division of the U.S. National Championships. Nadia continues to train top competitive couples, lecture and adjudicate major competitions.

Olga Foraponova
Highlights & Accolades
  • 2 time United States American Smooth Champion
  • Grand Finalist of the Soviet National Championship
  • Finalists US Ballroom Dance Championships
  • 1st in American Style Tango at the US Dance Championships
  • Finalists in the World Cup Seguay Championships
  • Did a special number during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia

Olga Foraponova

Olga devoted four years to studying different forms of dance such as ballet, folk, historical, jazz and ballroom. In 1989 Olga became a Grand Finalist in the Soviet National Championship and the rest was history. In 1996, Olga started dancing with David Hamilton, a seasoned dancer from Nashville, TN, who had his own track record in the ballroom. Olga and David made instant fame when, with barely three months of practice after their initial teaming, they finished as runners-up, winning the respect and admiration of other competitors.

Slawek Sochacki & Marzena Stachura
Accolades & Highlights
  • Emerald Ball 2010- 2012
  • Nashville Starz 2010, 2011
  • City Lights Ball 2010
  • New York Dance Festival 2011
  • California Open 2010
  • Vegas Showdown 2010-2012
  • San Francisco Open 2010

Slawek Sochacki & Marzena Stachura

2010-2013 United States American Smooth Champions, 2010-2012 World American Smooth Champions, 2010-2012 World Cup Champions, 2009 & 2011 Grand National Champions, 2011 World American Smooth Showdance Champions, 2010 -2011 American Quickstep winners.

Valentina Kostenko
Highlights & Accolades
  • US and World Professional Smooth Champion
  • Numerous film & television credits including "Dancing With The Stars"
  • Partnered with John Travolta on the 80th Annual Academy Awards

Valentina Kostenko

Valentina Kostenko is an elite Dance Sport Professional. In addition to all of her many titles and credentials in the Dance Sport Industry, she is a US and World Professional Smooth Champion and has made many film and television appearances on shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and the 80th Annual Academy Awards where she partnered with John Travolta.