Shimkiri is an International Latin dancer who is the undefeated Edison Ballroom Champion, Vice-Champion of the NJ Open Rising Star Latin and finalist in many US competitions.
Shimkiri was an inspired dancer at the age of 3! Throughout her childhood, she took ballet, tap and gymnastics. She fell in love with ballroom dancing when her grandparents gave her video tapes of America’s Ballroom Challenge from PBS! Shimkiri has trained with many world-renown coaches and champions, especially Shirley Ballas, Maria Manusova and Colin James. She is the undefeated Edison Ballroom Champion and finalist in many national competitions. Since moving to New York and partnering with Werner, they have been Vice-Champions of the NJ State Open, Rising Stars of the Dancing A La Carte and continue to enjoy teaching and dancing in the Tri-State area!
Werner Figar is an International Latin dancer who is 3 times Austrian Champion and has placed in the top 30 Professional International Latin dancers of the world!
Werner started as a gymnast at the age of 5, but was inspired to dance by the movie Dirty Dancing at the age of 8. He started competing with his sister, with whom he was 3 times Austrian Champion! When he was 18, he decided to take a break from ballroom dancing and he danced modern, ballet and jazz. He performed in musicals all over Europe and Asia including West Side Story in Germany, then he was accepted at Alvin Ailey in New York City! After completing the program at Ailey, he was invited to join the Elisa Monte Dance Company and toured all around the globe. In 2009, he came back to competitive ballroom dancing and continues to push the boundaries in Latin ballroom! Since then, he has been a professional and featured performer on Dancing With The Stars Austria and on Nike's Dancing with the Reps!
Dylan began dancing at the age of 12 through his elementary school program and he's been hooked ever since. He truly fell in love with it at age 14 and knew he wanted to share it with others. When he was 16, he branched out to ballet and jazz as well as dancing ballroom. Dylan has been in many finals across the United States and won his first national title in 2016. He continues to dance and compete internationally, including attending the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival in summer of 2017. He loves to dance and can't wait to share it with you!
Emily is an International Latin and Standard dancer who has been a finalist in numerous competitions. Most recently, she was a top finalist in the USA Dance Nationals for the past two years in the International Latin division. Emily has been dancing for several years, starting her ballroom career with two left feet, but ever since she started dancing, she has been a ballroom addict and continues to dance, compete and perform. Emily spreads her love of dancing where ever she goes, including serving as the President/Captain of the Olympic Hopefuls of Brooklyn College Ballroom Team and she also founded the Brooklyn College Ballroom Dance Society, the first ballroom club at CUNY. Emily has fun teaching and creating choreography for students ranging from little munchkins to stressed-out wedding couples.
Favorite dance quote: “Life’s a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. Don’t worry ‘bout what you don’t know. Life’s a dance you learn as you go…” – John Michael Montgomery
Joel specializes in social dances such as Salsa on 1, Salsa on 2, Bachata, Merengue, Hustle and Argentine Tango. He currently competes and performs at various Salsa and Hustle events throughout the US and is the 2016 NY Hustle Congress Jack & Jill Silver Medalist.