With an intensive background in the Cecchetti method of ballet, Ron started his dance career at the age of 10, studying from Michigan to New York. He has been dancing for over 50 years, with over 35 years in various parts of the country including Alaska, Ohio, Texas, and Michigan.
In the early ‘70’s Ron moved into ballroom and rhythm, and owned his first studio at the age of 25. His one-on-one passionate approach is distinctively customized for the dance enthusiast, whether as a single, couple, or member of a group.
The Dance Pavilion is the fulfillment of Ron’s life-long dream of providing a unique venue for both social and professional dancers in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Chris began his Latin dance career in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his dance career, He has studied under various Latin coaches from Cali, New York, Denver, and Texas, and has 13 years of experience in salsa, bachata (sensual and Dominican), Cha- Cha, Cumbia and Merengue. Chris has traveled all over the US dance scenes (Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, South Bend, Denver, San Diego, Cleveland, Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro, Atlanta, and others) and internationally (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, & Alberta, Canada). He a member of a few Latin competition teams. Latin dance has had a profound impact on Chris's life, and he wants to share with others the benefits of Latin dance; the joy, improved self-confidence, and meeting new friends in any major city and the world.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Dave began dancing in 1996. Several years later, following placement in regional collegiate competitions, he and his then dance partner were national finalists in the American Rhythm 2-Dance (Rumba/Cha-Cha). Shortly thereafter, in a wish to share his knowledge with others, he began teaching dancers from various walks of life and experience levels, including social dancers, competitive dancers and wedding couples. Dave worked for independent and franchised dance studios, earning his teaching certifications in American Smooth and American Rhythm styles from Arthur Murray in 2005. In 2017, he earned his International Standard style teaching certification from the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). In addition to his certifications from Arthur Murray and ISTD, Dave has extensive step pattern and technical knowledge contained in other dance syllabi from accredited dance organizations, including DVIDA and NDCA. Throughout his dance career, he has taken numerous lessons from various coaches to sharpen his technical and stylistic aspects of dance. His favorite dances are East Coast Swing and Samba.
Although dance has been Dave’s favorite performing art, his other love is music. He played the trumpet and piano as a child and performed in collegiate marching band and collegiate percussion ensemble, specializing in snare drum, drum set, and pit percussion instruments.
When not teaching dance, Dave devoted time to his other profession: postsecondary and continuing education. From 2001-2004, he worked as an adjunct lecturer at 2-year college, teaching Psychology, Sociology and English. From 2006 to 2012, he taught history, English grammar and essay writing to Korean-American students. Shortly thereafter, Dave went back to school and earned his Master's Degree of Education: Curriculum & Instruction in 2015. That same year, he worked as a vocational placement advisor for a regional homeless shelter, helping homeless people find jobs suited to their abilities and interests.
Dave enjoys teaching people from all backgrounds, recognizing and appreciating the differences in their aspirations, efforts, experience levels, and goals. Since joining The Dance Pavilion, Dave is eager to share the feeling of fulfillment and joy that dance can bring to others–developing self-confidence, enhancing emotional well-being, and improving physical fitness.
Andrzej is a native of Poland and began his dance career at a young age with his twin sister. Together they have achieved great success in the Latin and Standard divisions. Their accomplishments include:
• 4-time Polish Regional Champs
• National Polish Championship finalists
• Semifinalists in 10-dance championship at German Open
In 2002, Andrzej moved to the U.S. in order to further his dancing career, where he quickly climbed up the ranks in the Professional Latin Division.
• Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Champs
• Blackpool quarter finalists
• Semi-finalists at the U.S. Championships
Andrzej teaches in the Metro Detroit area, sharing his knowledge and passion for dance with his students. He specializes in competitive and social Pro/Am Latin dancing and is a highly sought after coach.
Andrzej teaches private lessons here at The Dance Pavilion on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Sophia & El Kronox have been dancing together since 2015. They have competed together at the USA Tango Championship and performed internationally. Sophia started dancing at the age of 3. In addition to Tango, she dances ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Sophia is also a certified personal trainer. El Kronox, also known as José, has been dancing Argentine Tango for over a decade. After partnering with Sophia, he started teaching and brought his passion for Tango to the stage. Sophia & El Kronox always strive to find the place beauty, passion and technique converge.