A bit about myself...

Talent is overrated.

My entire teaching philosophy is based on this notion. Here's how I came to this conclusion: I spent 5 years competing with the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Team, always progressing just a little more slowly than everyone else. However, I practiced on my own relentlessly. Thanks to an amazing teacher, I came to understand that dance is just a series of easy movements that simply need to be coordinated. That was when I realized that good dancing is not reserved for the gifted elite. I was in the middle of my masters program at USC when I decided to become a professional ballroom dancer. Shortly thereafter I graduated with a Masters degree in teaching, and it has come quite in handy while training my own dance students.

During my last year dancing as an amateur ballroom dancer, my partner and I danced at the US Amateur National Championship and became US Finalists in both American Rhythm and 9-Dance. Not long after that, I became the 2007 US National Pro-Am Smooth Champion. Now, I am dancing professionally and have made the finals of many major professional ballroom dance events.

So yes, I believe that talent is overrated. I believe that dedication, efficient practice, and guidance from a knowledgable instructor are far more important. It is this idea that shapes the way I teach. If you want to dance, you can dance. I'll make sure of that.

Accomplishments and Accolades

Education

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) from USC - 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience from USC - 2003
  • Certified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
  • Competitive Ballroom Dance Accomplishments

  • 2008 - Present: Professional American Smooth Open and Rising Star Finalist in all major local, and many national ballroom dance competitions, including the Emerald Ball, Embassy Ball, and the California Open Championship.
  • 2012-2015: Professional International Rising Star Champion of the Galaxy Dancesport Festival, and Seattle Star Ball, and Finalist in all major local competitions.
  • 2007 Pro-Am American Smooth National Champion
  • 2007 Amateur American Smooth National Finalist
  • 2007 Amateur American Rhythm Nation Finalist
  • 2007 Amateur 9-Dance National Finalist
  • Dance Teaching Experience

  • Head Coach of the USC Ballroom Dance Team - 2008 - Present
  • Guest instructor for many collegiate ballroom dance teams, including Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company, UCSB Cotillion, CalTech Ballroom Team, Cal Poly Dancesport Team, and others.
  • Adjunct Faculty at American Musical and Dramatic Academy
  • Teaching private and group dance lessons as the head of Bravo Dancing Ballroom Academy since 2008
  • Other Experience and Accomplishments

  • Head judge at various collegiate ballroom dance compeititons
  • Contributing writer and consultant for BallroomDancers.com
  • Featured Dancer in Jonas Brothers music video, "Love Bug"
  • If you wish to see more of my accomplishments and work experience, please visit my LinkedIn page.

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