Star Ballroom
Instructors & Personnel

Jody Dancer                   Instructor & New Owner of Star Ballroom
Jody Dancer

Jody Dancer —  www.jodydancer.com – JodyDancer@yahoo.com – 954-782-7760 (studio) | 954-383-9667 (cell) – Yes, that is really her name.

Jody is the New Owner of Star Ballroom as of January 1, 2017.

Jody is certified to teach Ballroom by the National Dance Teachers Association of America (NDTA) in the USISTD American Syllabus. She is also past Vice President of the NDTA.

Jody is also a Black Belt Nia Fitness Dance & Yoga Instructor with over 15 years of experience in teaching at Star Ballroom. She draws from years of competing, performing, teaching and a lifetime of studying body movements to inspire, educate and motivate people to experience the joy of dancing. Through dancing we change our bodies, stimulate our brains, change our lives.

Join our beginners class and learn to dance, or step into some advanced classes, or join our weekend dance parties and bring your neighbors. Or get fit with our dance workouts! Something for everyone!

Karen Donaldson           Founder & Now Instructor at Star Ballroom
Karen Donaldson with her Late Partner Ronnie Gardner

Karen Donaldson —  from a small town in Ohio where dancing was the primary recreation, especially square dancing and “jitterbug”; moved to Chicago, before discovering the warm climate and relocating in Florida.

At the urging of good friends, she started group classes, country dancing and then training in ballroom, deciding to pursue dance as a career. 

With her late partner, Ronnie Gardner, Karen opened Star Ballroom in 1996, and was the Owner of Star Ballroom for 20 Years. Karen announced her retirement from Star Ballroom ownership effective January 1, 2017.

Lee Fox                           Instructor & Adjudicator
Lee Fox

Lee Fox foxtrotdc@aol.com – 561-702-3699 – Originally from Georgia, teaching Ballroom, Latin, and Disco since 1978, and Country/Western since 1991. He holds the degree of Fellow in International Standard & Latin, American Smooth & Rhythm, and Theater Arts with the National Dance Teachers Association of America (NDTA) and is also certified by the United States Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance (USISTD).

Lee is President and an Examiner of the National Dance Teachers Association of America (NDTA), and is an Adjudicator and Invigilator with USA Dance.

He is a sought-after teacher, lecturer, and Adjudicator of dance competitions and showcases throughout the U.S.

Fabiola & Manny Castañeda      Argentine Tango Instructors & Hosts of our Friday Night Milonga Parties
Fabiola & Manny Castañeda

Fabiola & Manny Castaneda — MannyAndFabiola@TangoEntreDos.com – 954-520-2371 (Manny) | 954-646-2480 (Fabiola) – have been dancing for over 20 years. Over this time, they have studied and developed an elegant salon tango style focusing on connection and musicality.

Their studies have included many years of intensive training with the top Tango Masters of the World, including Roberto Maiolo, Diana & Diego Baldanza, and many others, as well as private clinics in Argentina with the late Orlando Paiva Sr. and his sons, and private training and intensive workshops with Georgina and Oscar Mandagaran.  

Manny & Fabiola enjoy teaching the true Argentine Tango — Salon Style — emphasizing technique, good posture, elegant walking and solid Tango fundamental movements (caminatas, ochos, molinetes, boleos, lapices, enrosques, etc.) resulting in a smooth, harmonious and enticing dance that complements the inviting tango melody.

Jerry Hill                        Instructor, Choreographer & Showman

Jerry Hill — danceup@aol.com – 954-675-0244 – Choreographer and Showman has performed locally at Parker Playhouse and other venues and  enjoys teaching, beginners to advanced dancers, technique, styling and how to enjoy every moment on the dance floor.

Brian Smith                    Instructor & Adjudicator
Brian Smith

Brian Smith bsmith824@hotmail.com – 561-628-4409 – Seven times United States National Rhythm Finalist, Brian Smith is the Winner of several Championships, including two times Triple Crown Champion and The U.S. Rising Star Champion. 

Brian is an NDCA Certified Adjudicator at Championship level in all four disciplines – International Standard, International Latin, American Smooth, and American Rhythm. He frequently acts as an Adjudicator, as well as an Emcee, at ballroom dancesport competitions in Florida and in the United States.

In addition to being an award winning competitor and competition organizer, Brian loves to teach, sharing his knowledge, tricks and expertise. He teaches all styles of dancing, including American Rhythm, American Smooth, and International Latin and Standard.

David Vilner                  Instructor & Former Joffrey Ballet & Broadway Dancer
David Vilner

David Vilner —  Davids-dance@hotmail.com – 954-708-6986 – Originally from Brazil, David Vilner studied and performed with the Joffrey Ballet and on Broadway in New York. While in New York he studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Voice and Acting.

David is a former dancer with The Joffrey Ballet Company and Broadway dancer. He performed in the Broadway musicals “The Tap Dance Kid” and “Dancin”. We are thrilled to have someone with his experience and expertise here in South Florida.

David is a Master Dance Teacher, who teaches Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Brazilian Samba and more.

Maximo Rivera             Instructor & Choreographer, Marinera Peruvian Folk Dancing

Maximo Riveramaximo.rivera@gmail.com – A competitive dancer and choreographer of Marinera Peruvian Folk dancing.

Note: All of our Instructors work as Independent Contractors, who rent floor time from Star Ballroom, Inc. to provide individual or group instruction. They are not employees or agents of Star Ballroom, Inc.

 

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