Our Studio Owners & Staff of Dance Instructors of Montville NJ
Ilya & Nadia:
Ilya and Nadia are one of the top professional Latin couples in the dance world today. They have been dancing together for nine years and have toured the world in competition, enjoying considerable success. Some of their most recent achievements have included
2008 North American Professional Latin Champions
2008 World Master Champions
6 time Fred Astaire National Professional Latin Champions
United States Professional Latin Finalist
2007 Ohio Star Showdance Champions
2007 Heritage Classic Professional Latin Champions
2006 World Cup Vice Champions
Since the age of 8, Belle studied various styles of dance such as ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, and dance theater. Belle went on to study at County College of Morris which allowed her to participate in master classes with well-known choreographers such as Mark Morris and the famous Pilobolus dance company. Here she was even exposed to a little basic traditional Chinese dance. Growing up in a Hispanic household, salsa and merengue were also common dances for Belle. She is excited to branch out in yet another genre of dance and is an asset to the studio bringing something new with her extensive dance background.
Dana started competitive All-Star cheerleading when she was in sixth grade. She is trained in gymnastics and floor tumbling along with hip-hop and jazz. She has done choreography for multiple competitive cheerleading teams including some U.S final championship winners. She is now a nationally certified cheerleading and dance judge through CheerLTD. ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Ty originally danced at BalletMet since he was 14 afterward he earned a Fine Arts Dance Degree at OSU eventually incorporating Ballroom before graduating in 2004. He began with Classical training supplementing his dance experience with studies in Dance Kinesiology, Pilates Reformer, and Contemporary Dance. Ty participated in the re-staging of Zivili’s works of Serbian Folk dances, his own piece “Migration” and placed 2nd in NY/NJ Regional Professional Competition in 2009. Ty loves Theatre Arts he is the “Lift” Specialist at the studio. Currently he trains with Kelsey and Belle in Ballroom and Theatre Arts showcases.
Nikki began her dancing experience at the age of 11 when she was enrolled in Dance Designs Musical Theater program and was trained in jazz, acting, Broadway, voice and hip-hop. She went on to get her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University where she was introduced to the Ballroom Dancing World and feel in love with it. While in Syracuse University she was part of Raices Dance Troupe and Danceworks Sports Team, here she performed to hip-hop, modern and jazz routines and choreographed for Latin dances like salsa, merengue, bachata and samba.
Coming from the Caribbean Island of Dominican Republic Jaime was brought up dancing to the music of Merengue, Salsa and Bachata. With his friendly and easy-going personality he has easily transform to a ballroom dancer. He continues to grow and strive to perfect the art of dance. Currently he trains with partner Nikki and aims to competing in the future.