Meet the Founders and Co-Owners – Jeff Sandler and Vinny Munno:
Jeff Sandler and Vinny Munno are icons in the dance world, and both are highly accomplished dancers. Goldcoast Ballroom is a monumental achievement of these two gifted men. They represent the accomplishment that comes to those who dream big and work hard. Jeff Sandler’s diverse experiences in the world of art, dance, and show business, combined with Vinny Munno’s extraordinary business sense, dancing expertise, and musical background were vital in planning and establishing Goldcoast Ballroom.
The idea for Goldcoast Ballroom was created in the mind of Jeff Sandler over 20 years ago. Prior to the opening of Goldcoast, Jeff had built a reputation in Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami for organizing and running popular dances. He was known as an outstanding disk jockey and MC and his loyal following of dancers have eagerly supported Goldcoast. As the highly regarded MC at Goldcoast, he presides at our many nationally-recognized shows, special events, and spectacular performances by World Class Pros and Celebrities. In addition, Jeff acts as artistic director and oversees event-planning and event preparations at Goldcoast Ballroom.
Jeff Sandler began his dancing career during the 70’s in New York hustle clubs. A few years later, he was introduced to ballroom dancing. While employed at Fred Astaire’s Fifth Avenue studio in New York City, he taught hustle, American smooth and rhythm dancing.
Jeff honed his skills in Ballroom dance, and became an accomplished Ballroom dancer, performer, and competitor. He competed in the USBC at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (and later in Miami), won several Pro-Am Titles with our World Class Pro Olga Bogdanov, and was a member of the Dance Educators of America as well as the National Dance Council of America.
Vincent (Vinny) Munno’s electrifying music is an integral part of the overall charm of Goldcoast Ballroom. As the man behind the music, he sets the standard for disk jockeys not only in South Florida but world-wide. The melodies that we hear when we enter the room set our hearts racing and our feet moving. Vinny knows his audience and plays songs that excite and delight dancers of all levels and styles. Vinny is also a talented MC, and he directs the production of the Calendar and Schedule, and oversees business operations at Goldcoast Ballroom.
Vinny Munno began his dancing career at the age of eight, by training in ballet, jazz, and tap. He studied ballet at the New Jersey Dance Theater Guild, and appeared in the New Jersey Dance Theater Guild’s production of “The Nutcracker” for six years. He graduated from the Dance Educators of America Teacher’s Training School in New York City.
Vinny later became an accomplished Ballroom dancer, performer and competitor. Dancing with US Champion Pro Susie Thompson, he won the titles of US American Rhythm Pro-Am Gentleman Champion in 1999 and 2000, and US American Smooth Pro-Am Gentleman Champion and Ohio Star American Rhythm Finalist in 2001.
Together, Jeff Sandler and Vinny Munno have exceptional talents and skills that set them apart as dancers, artists, athletes, and business leaders. Jeff’s mission statement “There is no limitation to what one can achieve with enough passion, creativity, and character” is true of these amazing gentlemen. They are grateful to have the opportunity to bring the joy of dancing to a much larger community of new audiences, of all ages, from all over the world.