Dances Taught.

American Style:                                                                              

Smooth Dances:

Viennese Waltz, Slow Waltz, Foxtrot & Tango.                                          

Rhythm Dances:

Cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, Bolero, Merengue & Samba.

 

Swing Dances:

East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, & Single time.

 

Night Club Dances:

Night Club Two Step, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Batchata & Hustle.

 

 

International Style:

Standard Dances:

Viennese Waltz, Slow Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Tango.

 

 

Latin Dances:

Rumba, Cha-cha, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble.

 

 

 

Looking for a ballroom dance instruction in Boise?

 When looking for a ballroom dance instructor, you need to know that my life has been devoted to advancing my teaching skills. I can help you advance in your skills in a fun and productive way. I have taught many people over the last 30 years, from those who are new to couple dancing to those who have been dancing forever. I am the first to admit that I cater to those who are a bit timid about starting. I strongly belive that if you have a goal in mind, you can accomplish it! We will work hard together to support your efforts and give you that encouragement that you need to become successful.

Credentials.

Credentialed in the N.D.C.A. syllabus from the American Terpsichore Association and have recieved a highly commended rating, scoring over 90% in oral and practical exams to become a certified ballroom dance instuctor.

Honors Medals.

Examinations taken and passed in professional level medals examinations in the core American style dances through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (U.S.I.S.T.D.).

Honor Awards.

Teacher of the Year Awards in 1988 & 1994.

Levels Taught.

Beginning through Advanced.

Training.

Five years in heavy training  in both social and competitive dance were spent before branching out alone.

Competitive Background.

Participation in many competitions along the west coast and have competed in the following N.D.C.A. sanctioned events:

The Autumn Dance Classic

The Emerald Ball.

The San Francisco Open.

The Sapphire Ball.

The San Francisco Dancesport Championships.

The California Star Ball.

 

What Makes Me Different.

Different people go into teaching ballroom from different places in their lives. Some are current or former competitors while others may have had a long run as ballroom students before becoming professional instructors. My avenue is a bit different. Yes, I do have competition background, but more than that, I was mentored for over five years how to teach people to dance well.  I was specifically trained "how to teach." The credentialing that is listed above from the American Terpsichore Association is actually from a professional examination  that tests you on how well you teach and how well you demonstrate what you are teaching.

 

I know from experience how to dance the material, but more importantly, I know that my greatest strength as an instructor is that I know how to teach the material well. I do some of my best work in a private setting as I have an eye how to get dancers to dance more "cleanly" than I can ever cover in a class. I also know that age plays a big part on what classifies as your personal best. I try very hard to convey to dancers what their personal best can be. I can see hidden gems in the potential of my students that they cannot see themselves. I try very hard to help them magnify what I see as their hidden potential.

Teaching Style.

I cater to the learning styles of both men and women. Most men come to me and tell me that their wife is the better dancer. This isn't always true......It just means that they process the information  differently and both modems need to be addressed in a fun way.

 

Learning style of a woman. Women incorproate the attribute of "wisdom" when it comes to learning dance. What this means is that in the beginning, they learn mostly by intuition. This only appears like they learn it faster, but this will tend to slow down considerably in the intermediate and advanced levels when more detail needs to be learned. So in the beginning Women need mostly to learn good connection so that they can better "feel" where their partner needs them to go. Learning to wait for the lead is the biggest challenge to the lady in the beginning.

 

Learning style of a man. Men incorporate the attribute of "knowledge" when it comes to learning dance. What this means is that men do wonderfully with a lot of detail in terms of degree of rotation, inside and outside of turn and proper weight placement. It might take longer to give these discriptions to the men in the beginning levels, but once they get the hang of it, they usually start to balance out with the ladies towards the end of the beginning level.

 

Your key to success:

The men may will see it as a puzzle to assemble, troubleshoot and create. This is natural for them to do and I let them do just that. In 30 years I have found that just about all couples who stay strong through the beginning level and will move up into intermediate, both the men and women will equally find it thrilling and challenging. Once they get to that level, they will usually become lifetime dancers. So catering to a strong mechanical instruction to the men at beginning level is key to the success to the couple as a whole.

Guillian Barre Survivor, 2012.