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Studio Owner, Director, and Head Instructor
Carlos began his dancing career in ballet and jazz. He performed with several ballet companies and trained with the renowned Phila-Danco before moving into Ballroom and Latin dance. In the years that followed, he become a top Pro-Am teacher and competing professionally, earning many titles in the Rhythm and Latin categories. He began his teaching career with Arthur Murray in 1982 where he received the majority of his ballroom training. He was the 1992 United States Rising Star Latin Champion, earning titles at the Gator Classic, Yuletide Ball Championships, Rocky Mountain Challenge, Cam-Am Dancesport Gala, Sarasota Dancesport Spectacular, and Northcoast Ballroom Classic Championships and the Open International Latin Champion of the Sunshine State Championships. Currently Carlos continues to compete Pro-Am at NDCA events and other local competitions. He is also a member of the American Dance Montage Ballroom Theater Company, choreographed by Frank Regan, which travels around the United States performing for various events.
Also in 1992 he opened a Studio in the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan area called That’s Dancing Ballroom & Dancesport Center. Carlos operated a Fred Astaire franchise until 1996 when he decided to independently operate his business. For the last 19 years he has run a successful Ballroom & Latin Studio with focuses on both American and International Styles. His students range from social to competition level.
Ballroom & Jazz Instructor
Jackie has been dancing ballet, tap and jazz since 1980. She was a member of a professional jazz company from 1985-1989. After watching Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing she began ballroom dancing. Jackie has been a certified ballroom dance instructor since 1987 and began her teaching career with the Fred Astaire National Dance Association. In 1991 she was a featured dancer in the Barry Levinson movie "Avalon" and also assisted in teaching the leading actors in the film. She has taught at conventions for Dance Masters of America since 1996 and has served as a judge for their Chapter 17 competitions. Jackie has also taught ballroom dancing to several prominent members of Congress.
8610 Washington Blvd, Suite 203, Jessup, MD 20794
call: 301-776-0085 or 410-792-0091
Carlos and his wife Marielle organize the NDCA sanctioned Northcoast Ballroom Championships. This event just celebrated its 21st anniversary. They are excited to be moving the event into downtown Cleveland to the Marriott at Key Center in 2012. Carlos is also an NDCA sanctioned judge, certified with his Fellows in all dance styles with the National Association of Dance Teachers. He also hold his Licentiate with the I.S.T.D.
Marielle graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Economics from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. She competes Pro-Am with her husband Carlos in International Latin. Marielle is the organizer of the NDCA sanctioned Baltimore Dancesport Challenge and is co-organizer of the Northcoast Ballroom Championships. She is also registered with the NDCA as a registrar . Marielle handles all inquires regarding outside performance opportunities, shows, studio rental for special events, student relations, and payment coordination.
Isabel has had a passion for dance, movement and costuming since childhood. She discovered bellydance in New Orleans in 2004. Isabel immediately fell in love with bellydance for its supple movements and powerful musical interpretation.
Her approach to teaching is patient and positive, with an emphasis on healthy, beautiful posture and alignment, cultural awareness, musical interpretation and personal expression. She utilizes her background in yoga to help her students feel relaxed in body and mind, and develop strength and control for beautiful bellydance technique.
Belly Dance Instructor
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Tatia began dancing at the age of 8 in Pittsburgh, Pa. She studied with two Russian Ballet Masters, was a member of a Professional Ballet Company and attended a Performing Arts School. After winning the tri-state competitions, she won an all expense paid trip to compete on National Television's 'Dance Fever.' Tatia was the owner/operator of four dance studios in the Pittsburgh area and has been teaching for almost 30 years.
Tatia moved to Maryland in 1990 and began dancing with 'That's Dancing' shortly after that. Since then she still teaches ballet, tap and jazz to all ages and abilities, She has been teaching children and adults for 15 years many different dances at the Summer program of 'Dancing Under the People Tree' in Columbia. She is now again looking forward to being an instructor for 'That's Dancing.'
Ballroom Dance Instructor
Hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, Amanda is happy to bring her charm, hospitality and love of ballroom teaching to Baltimore, Maryland. Her 10 years of training and competing in gymnastics conditioned Amanda to excel in Latin/ballroom dancing where she began training at age 15, and turning pro by age 22. Amanda is certified to teach and judge by the North American Dance Teacher Association and looks forward to putting her skills to use in the dance community. Amanda has a special love of teaching children in any capacity, especially dance, and has contributed to many charitable dance events involving children's programs. In addition to teaching, Amanda co-owns a business, DS Designs, specializing in professional hair/makeup design and application for competitions, showcases, and all dance events (www.dsdancedesigns.com). When asked about what she loves about dancing, Amanda claims that she "loves the freedom of body and spirit that I have when I dance! I feel the most alive when I dance."
Ballroom Dance Instructor
Rotrica is a passionate dancer and performer. She is known for her outgoing and multifaceted dance style with a range from R&B/hip-hop fusion, American Caberet to traditional folkloric dance. Affectionately referring to bellydance as her addiction, Rotrica fell in love with how bellydance relates to feminine empowerment and health when she was introduced to it in 2006. Through teaching, Rotrica hopes to create in others the same joy and passion for bellydance.
Belly Dance Instructor
Originally from Kharovsk, Russia, Denis credits his mom as his greatest encourager and critic, helping him achieve his highest goals in dancing thus far. At only six years old, Denis began his career and quickly showed great talent, winning several honors in major competitions. Denis specializes in International Latin/ballroom and is certified to teach and judge in all forms of dance including Standard, Smooth, Rhythm and Latin by the North American Dance Teacher Association. Denis came to America in 2009 to dance and quickly became a much sought-after teacher even before he mastered the English language! He married his wife, Amanda, in 2011 and together they danced and competed their way to professional level in January 2013 at a very young age. When asked about his teaching style, Denis claims that his emphasis is in the perfect technique of each dance style, because that is what is most challenging to learn. But, he also wants his students to have fun and learn to love dance for the recreation and relaxation that exercise brings.
Ballroom Dance Instructor