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!
Growing up in Peru, Paz started her dance journey as a young child with ballet lessons and traditional Peruvian dances at the age of 3. In her late teens, she switched to partner dancing with an emphasis on Salsa and Bachata. As an instructor, she taught for many years through Arthur Murray in Peru and competed professionally in American styles, becoming a finalist in several competitions. In 2018, Paz moved to New York City and started specializing in Professional International Latin, competing frequently in the Tri-State Area as well as nationally. Paz is well versed in all styles of dance including American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Latin, and is currently our Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Body Isolations, and Kid's Ballroom/Latin Program expert. Her enthusiasm for Latin and Ballroom dancing shines through in her dancing and teaching style.
Dennis started performing in modern dance competitions and variety shows in school from elementary through high school and shifted into ballroom dancing in 1995 as it became very popular in his country of origin (Philippines). At the age of 18, he started dance hosting and continued to rehearse, train, and compete until 2016. His titles include 2014 Constitution State Challenge Dancesport Champion in Professional Latin, 3rd Place at the 2014 Yankee Classic 2014 in Professional Rising Star Latin, and 1st place at the 2012 Yankee Classic Amateur Rising Star Latin. His dancing brought him to the United States where he met his soulmate and started a family. In addition to dancing, he is also a DJ specializing in dance music, but teaching people how to dance is his first love. Dennis is an experienced instructor with quality knowledge and a calm, encouraging presence. His question for you is "What is life without music?".
Ema brings truly international dance experience to the floor with having danced, competed and taught in several different countries across the world from Slovakia, to the Netherlands, to Taiwan, to Portugal. She is Slovakian National Finalist in Ballroom Dancing as well as 3-Time Taiwan National Champion in International Latin (Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive). Ema specializes in competitive, social, and wedding dances, and in addition, is an international coach of wheelchair dancing, dancing for students with physical and mental disabilities, and an adjudicator for integrative dancing. She brings her inclusive approach to all of her students to make them feel comfortable on the dance floor and accomplish their dance goals!
Karol started dancing as a child where he competed in 10-Dance (International Standard and International Latin) for several years. Ultimately, he decided that dancing was his chosen path, and turned his passion into his career. In addition to International Standard and International Latin, he also became an expert at American Smooth, American Rhythm, and social dances such as Bachata, Salsa, Argentine Tango, where partnering, floor craft, and rhythm on the dance floor are paramount in addition to step patterns and choreography. He currently competes professionally in American Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Bolero, East Coast Swing). Karol brings his wide breadth of knowledge and his unique perspective from producing showcases and competitions to his students to help them achieve the best of their dance abilities!
Jaren began ballroom dancing in the Brigham Young University Youth Program. During his time in the program, he won 8 Formation National Team Championships in both Ballroom and Latin divisions. Later, he attended Brigham Young University as a student where he studied Russian with minors in Business and Ballroom Dance. While there, he was on their highly esteemed ballroom touring team. As part of the International Latin team, he placed 1st at the prestigious British Open Championships in Blackpool, England. Jaren has also had much success as a competitor in the classic ballroom dances, his titles include United States American Smooth Champion and International Standard Finalist. He currently competes professionally in International Standard (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep). Jaren brings his passion for dance into his teaching for students of all ages and all dance interests!
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We are seeking a creative, fun, people-loving individual to join our team of instructors! Strong dance background required, ballroom/latin experience a plus. Teaching experience is preferred and training is provided. The ideal applicant will have excellent communication skills, the ability to learn and develop through training/feedback, a positive attitude, and will be a team player. Perks include free rehearsal space and sponsored workshops with top guest coaches. Please contact us at email@example.com with your resume and headshot.