Meet Some of Our World Renowned Guest Instructors, Coaches, and Judges*

Rufus Dustin

Rufus Dustin is one of the most famous, titled, and highly regarded dancers, coaches, choreographers, and certified adjudicators in the World.

A World Dance and DanceSport Council professional, he now provides coaching and choreography for some of the best professionals in the World, and he routinely acts as a judge at some of the most […]

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Olga Foraponova

Two times U.S. National Ballroom Champion and World Showdance Finalist, Olga Foraponova Wright is an international celebrity in the world of competitive ballroom dance. Her dancing was showcased on national television in PBS’s “Championship Ballroom Dancing.”

She is rated a “High Qualification professional Dance Teacher” having passed the related Professional State Examination and received the […]

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Giampiero Giannico

Giampiero Giannico and Anna Mikhed

Giampiero Giannico is one of our most accomplished dancers and ballroom dance competitors in the world.

He was a Finalist in Blackpool England, generally recognized as the most prestigious competition in the world. To have danced in the top 6 at this competition is a dream for all competitors. […]

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Taliat Tarsinov

Taliat Tarsinov coaches and choreographs the dancing of many of the highest ranking professional competitors in Ballroom, Latin, and Show Dance. He often gives coachings at Goldcoast Ballroom.

Taliat and his wife Marina began dancing together in Russia in 1974, a partnership that later blossomed into marriage and family. In 1988, after winning the […]

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Victoria Regan

Victoria Regan is a former United States Latin Champion, North American 10 dance champion and 5-time Canadian Ballroom and Latin Dance Champion.

She often can be seen coaching Pros and students at Goldcoast Ballroom.

Over 25 years of professional award winning international experience in Ballroom dance and Musical Theater performance, she has won 10 […]

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Tonja Garamella

Ms. Tonja Garamella has been a World Class Adjudicator for the past 15 years, holding certifications in International Latin, Ballroom, and American Styles of dance. She has acted as judge and evaluator at our Goldcoast Ballroom Summer Showcase. Her constructive critiques to students on their performances help the students learn and improve their dancing.

Ms. […]

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Susie Thompson

Susie Thompson, Five Time U.S. Rhythm Champion, has been one of the most successful professional competitors in the United States, and is a highly sought teacher, coach, lecturer and adjudicator.

She started dancing on a dance team for the University of Texas, seizing the opportunity to do something she always loved…dancing.

Even though she […]

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Sam Sodano

Sam Sodano, a former North American Latin Champion, is the organizer of the Ohio Star Ball, the largest and one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the United States, which is broadcast on television each year. As the organizer, Sam is featured annually on PBS television’s Championship Ballroom Dancing.

Sam occasionally visits Goldcoast […]

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Other World Renowned Guest Instructors, Judges and Coaches

Many other World Renowned dancers have appeared, performed, and offered instruction and coaching at Goldcoast Ballroom, including among many others:

Tony Dovolani, Judy Hatton, Katusha Demidova, Jonathan Wilkins, Anya Demidova, John Kimmins, David Hamilton, Igor Suvorov, Diana McDonald

And many, many more

The above World Renowned dancers and dance celebrities are not affiliated with Goldcoast Ballroom, but come to our Ballroom from time to time as Guest Instructors, Coaches or Judges, to lecture, teach special classes or lessons, offer coaching, or judge our competitions or Showcases.

Meet Our World Class Instructors Who Teach Regularly at Goldcoast Ballroom »


* Note: Like most Ballrooms in the United States, Goldcoast Ballroom does not employ instructors; rather, our World Class Instructors and Guest Instructors all act as highly qualified independent contractors, who rent floor space from us to teach private or group dance lessons at Goldcoast Ballroom. They teach all types of International and American Style Ballroom, Latin, Rhythm & Social dancing, as explained under What We Offer and in their biographies above.

If you are interested in private lessons, please contact us, and we will refer you to our independent instructors who teach the types of dance you are interested in, so that you can schedule lessons fitting your interests, with them directly.


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