I am a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley which I attended on scholarship. I earned an MBA from one of the best business schools in the world, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
I have a passion for dance. I built my career as a dancer, teacher and school owner. I have been teaching dance for over 25 years and have coached many professionals and amateurs to achieve their goal, whether that is to become a United States champion or simply learning a few moves to use at the local night club or the first dance of a wedding. I've performed internationally, been featured on television and worked with some of the most renowned dance companies in the world.
I still love to dance and enjoy Salsa, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Bachata, Argentine Tango and Rhythm, Smooth, Standard and Latin.
With my professional partner, I was two-times United States Champions and captured the Invitational Exhibition title at the British Open (Blackpool). We were featured on and have provided expert commentary on television programs for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and abroad on BBC, ESPN and Eurosport. For 7 years we were soloists on the PBS shows “Championship Ballroom Dancing” and “America’s Ballroom Challenge” I've performed and coached extensively in Europe, Asia and the USA, performing with symphonies in a full concert written around us, performing for world-renowned jazz and ballet companies such as the Joffrey Ballet and Giordano Jazz Dance, and creating choreography for Hubbard Street 2. I danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet, the Milwaukee Ballet, the American Folk Ballet, and many other smaller ballet and modern dance companies in the US and in France.
I am a National Judge and I have judged extensively, including for the largest and most prestigious competitions in the US, such as the United States Dance Championships, the Ohio Star Ball and the Emerald Ball. For 12 years I co- organized a major ballroom dance competition in Chicago before selling it. I have Certifications in all 5 ballroom styles (Latin, Standard, Rhythm, Smooth, Theatre Arts) and extensive training in Salsa, Argentine Tango, Hustle and other night club styles. My original training was in ballet (both Vaganova and Ceccheti), modern dance (in particular Graham and Cunningham), Flamenco and African.
I was born in Oakland, California, growing up swimming and playing soccer and volleyball. I also learned to figure skate with my father and grandfather and was honored to be able to coach World Champions and Olympic Gold Medalists in Ice Dance and Pairs.