Instructors

Bill Sparks
Titles/years
  • 1993-1994 United States Latin Champion with Shirley Johnson
  • 1998-1999 United States Latin Champion with Kimberley Mitchell
  • 2000 - 2001 World Latin Finalist
  • 1993 - 1995 and 1998, 1999, and 2000 Ohio Star Ball Latin Champion
  • 1998 British Professional Latin Champions

Bill Sparks

Bill Sparks was trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance at the Houston Ballet Academy, and the National Academy of the Arts.

In 1989 he became an Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructor, teaching beginning through advanced students as social, and competitive dancers, actively trained with top international coaches, and began competing professionally with first Shirley Johnson and then Kimberly Mitchell.

Billy has made numerous television appearances including the US DanceSport Championships, and the Manhattan DanceSport Championships on the Goodlife Television Network, the NBC telecast of the International DanceSport Championships, and the DanceSport World Championship from Madison Square Garden on ESPN.

Billy currently resides in Ohio and spends his time as a Dance Coach, Chorographer, and Lecturer.

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.

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.

David Hamilton
Highlights
  • 3 time United States National Smooth Champion
  • 3 time World Showdance Finalist

David Hamilton

David began his dance career over 20 years ago in Nashville. In 1995 David took the national title with his partner at the time Teresa Shiry, followed by two more national titles with Olga Foraponova. Other titles include three time World Showdance finalist and 68 National Dance Council Championship events. David resides in his hometown of Nashville, TN, where he co-owns and operates Dance World of Nashville. David is registered with the World Dance Council as an adjudicator for World Championships and is registerd with the National Dance Council of America to adjudicate nationally recognized dance championships.

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.

Gary McDonald
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 9 times United States Professional Latin Finalists 1991-1999
  • 1992 United States Open Rising Star Latin Champions
  • 1992 United States National Rising Star Standard Champions
  • 3 times United States Standard Finalists 1995 1998 2000
  • Runner up British Open Rising Stars Latin Competition 1994
  • 8 times Undefeated United States 10 dance Champions 1993-2000
  • 1997 United States Professional Latin Champions
  • 1997 World Professional 10 dance Champions (becoming the first ever couple from North America to ever win a world title)

Gary McDonald

Gary started dancing at a very early age of 7. He is co-owner of the Rogers DanceSport Center in Fairfield, New Jersey. He has represented the United States at over 20 World Championships, both as an Amateur and Professional. He has hosted and performed at dance competitions televised on NBC, ESPN, A&E and PBS.

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.

Melissa Dexter

Melissa Dexter

Melissa Dexter is a world-renowned dance champion. She is the former United States Latin American Champion, Italian Latin American Champion, and Italian Latin American Showdance Champion. Melissa has been a finalist in the Worlds, European, Blackpool, and International, as well as the Vice World Latin American Showdance Champion.
Melissa is now a world-class judge and is certified in numerous styles of dance including: International Latin, Standard, American Smooth, Rhythm and Theater Arts. She has had extensive training in many forms of dance including classical ballet and jazz. Melissa has trained in exceptional schools throughout the United States including The San Francisco Ballet, The Boston Ballet and Melissa Hayden’s School of Dance in New York City.

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".

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.

Stephan Krauel & Denise Jourdaine-Krauel

Stephan Krauel & Denise Jourdaine-Krauel

Denise Jourdaine-Krauel, along with her husband Stephan Krauel, is a 5 time US representative to the World Championship 10 Dance Competition, former US Professional Latin finalists, finalists in all major US dance competitions as well as the German Open, French Open and Italian Open Championships. They are Co-owners of the Imperial Dance Club in Redwood City, Ca and Co-organizers of the San Francisco Open Championships, Holiday Ball and Dance Camp. Currently the Krauels are members of the Terpsichore and NADTA as well as Championship Adjudicators in all branches.

Teresa Shiry
Highlights
  • 1995 United States Smooth Champion
  • 1995 World Showdance Finalist

Teresa Shiry

Teresa Shiry competed professionally for 18 years and has been a Professional Ballroom instructor for over 20 years.

Teresa was a 1995 United States American Smooth Champion and a 1995 World Showdance finalist. She has coached University teams and dance programs, children?s dancesport summer camps, pro-am and amateur competitive couples and professional finalists in the American Smooth Division.

Teresa has judged the USDSC, The Emerald Ball, The Embassy Ball, the Southwest Regionals, Pacific Dance Sport Championships and the USABDA Amateur Ballroom Dance Championships . She holds Licentiate Degrees in International Standard & Latin from the U.S. Terpsichore Association and American Smooth & Rhythm from the USISTD as well as being a member of the NDCA.

Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva
Titles
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalists 2010, 2011, 2012
  • World Professional Standard Finalists 2010, 2011, 2012
  • U.S. Professional Standard Runners Up 2010, 2011, 2012
  • UK Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010, 2011, 2012
  • International Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010, 2011, 2012

Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva

Victor Fung is a 2 time World Professional Standard Finalist currently partnered with Anastasia Muravyeva.

Victor Veyrasset & Heather Smith
Highlights & Accolades
  • 5 time United States Professional Ballroom Champions
  • 3 time North American Champions
  • Asian Pacific Professional Ballroom Champions
  • 5 time U.S. representatives to the World Championships

Victor Veyrasset & Heather Smith

Victor Veyrasset and Heather Smith each enjoyed very successful amateur and professional careers before teaming up in 1993.

In their time together Victor and Heather were 5 time, undefeated, U.S. Pro Ballroom Champions, 3 time Ohio Star Ball Champions, 3 time North American Champions, Asian Pacific Pro Ballroom Champions and 5 time U.S. representatives to the World Championships.