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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Glenn Weiss

Glenn Weiss, One of the World’s Greats, comes to Goldcoast Ballroom to give private coachings and Master Class Workshops.

Glenn Weiss is one of the World’s Great International Standard Ballroom Champions.

He currently is a most highly regarded and widely sought-after international dance judge, instructor and choreographer.

Originally from Denmark, Glenn […]

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Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff, Celebrity Pro and Season 13 Mirror Ball Champion on TV’s Dancing with the Stars, is a five-time U.S. National Professional Latin Champion, a World Trophy Champion, and winner of many other titles as a top Ballroom dance competitor worldwide. According to her website, Karina has been ranked #2 in the world for Latin […]

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Edyta Sliwinska & Alec Mazo

Dancing With The Stars Celebrity Pros, Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, have given Group Classes and performed at Goldcoast Ballroom. Photos and videos from some of their classes and performance at Goldcoast Ballroom are featured on our Photos and Videos pages.

Edyta Sliwinska, a professional ballroom dancer born in Warsaw, Poland who started dancing at […]

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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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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. He […]

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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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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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Ron Troy

Ron Troy is certified as a judge with the World Dance Sport Council and with the United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association.

He is a Fellow, Examiner and Adjudicator in Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue dancing with the C.B.D.F. in Australia and also in the United States. Ron is also registered with N.A.D.T.A. in […]

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Francois Szony

Francois Szony, an icon of the dance world and known as one of the greatest Ballroom Adagio dancers in the world, was featured in several movies and appeared on stage during the 1950s and for many years thereafter.

An exquisite ballet dancer, he pioneered the field of Adagio Ballroom show dance. He amazed audiences […]

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Augie and Margo Rodriguez

World Famous Mambo dancers, Augie and Margo Rodriguez opened shows for Sammy Davis, Jr. and other stars of the 1950s and 1960s throughout North America, Europe and the World.

Their first professional dance act was in the Waldorf Astoria in 1955 with Harry Belafonte but, before that, they were the popular adagio dance team at […]

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Pedro (Cuban Pete) Aguilar & Barbara Craddock

Pedro (Cuban Pete) Aguilar and Barbara Craddock at Goldcoast Ballroom

Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar and his partner Barbara Craddock, recognized worldwide as “the greatest Mambo dancers ever,” appeared together frequently at Goldcoast Ballroom until close to his death at the age of 82 in 2009.

Barbara Craddock, a loved member of the Goldcoast family, […]

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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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Peter Schneider and Cassandra Valeria

Peter Schneider and Cassandra Valeria are former World and United States Finalists in Salsa and Latin American Showdance, among many other achievements. Both are NDCA Championship Adjudicators and Officers of Panamerican Teachers of Dance. Peter and Cassandra are the Co-Organizers of the Grand Nationals Dancesport Championships, held each October-November in Miami, Florida. Many Goldcoast Ballroom […]

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Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow

Former IDO World Cabaret Exhibition Dance Champions and IDO World Disco Hustle Champions, Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlo are the only couple in the history of the US to hold two separate world dance titles within the same year. In addition, Billy and Katie are former US Open Cabaret Champions, United States Hustle Champions, […]

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Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdes

Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes – Master Argentine Tango Dancers

Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdes are among the Top World Masters in Argentine Tango.

They presented an Advanced Argentine Tango Master Workshop (for Instructors and Advanced Students)

at Goldcoast Ballroom on Saturday, November 2.

Carlos Barrionuevo and his Wife & Partner, Mayte […]

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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 »

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* 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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