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Coaching private session opportunity at DANE!

A coach is an instructor who is usually distinguished as a current or past dance champion. As coaches visit our area, we invite them to be a third party instructor and an expert eye on our private lessons. Their insight enriches and invigorates the student's dance goals.

DANE visiting coaches (alphabetical)

Bill Sparks

Bill Morganti

Bill is a DVIDA Regional Examiner.

Bill Morganti has been teaching students and training dance professionals around the U.S. and in the Boston area for over 25 years. During that time Bill has performed, taught and been interviewed on several area television stations.

Since 1979 Bill has enjoyed many teaching engagements all over the U.S. and Europe including being asked to perform, demonstrate and teach Latin and Salsa, in Blackpool, England, to the cast of ?Dance With Me? starring Vanessa Williams. He also taught ?Dancing With The Stars? host Tom Bergeron the Lambada and Merengue on two separate television shows in the 1980's.

Bill holds degrees with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTA), and the United Kingdom Alliance of England (UKA). His degrees include Fellows in American Style Smooth & Rhythm, International Style Standard & Latin and Theater Arts. Bill is also an Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and the World Dance & Dance Sport Council (WDDSC).

Bill is the former owner of New England Ballroom and Dance Studio and is considered to be a leading authority on Movement Theory, Movement Analysis and Laban Notation.

Most recently Bill could be found judging the reality tv series ?Ballroom Boot Camp? on TLC.

Bryan Watson

Bryan Watson was nine times Professional World Latin Dance Champion. He also won the International Latin American Championship five times. Watson was born in Durban, South Africa. He became the UK Open Amateur champion with Claudia Leonie in 1991 and the runner-up in the International Latin Professional World Championships with Karen Hardy in 1996. He then won his first International Latin Professional World Championships with Carmen Vincelj in 1999. Watson and Vincelj proceeded to win every major International Latin Professional Championships that they entered until their retirement from competition in 2007. The couple continue to run a dance teaching studio in Wimbledon, London and gave an interesting interview on the subject of retiring from competition.

Christine Harvey

Born in London, Christine began dancing at an early age and has been  dancing, competing, and teaching for the last 45 years. Representing England, Christine was consistently a finalist in all the major European and World Championships. Her competitive career has taken her to many parts of the world and eventually to Massachusetts where she has become one of the most sought after coaches in the area. Christine is a World Class Adjudicator and judges competitions all over the United States. She is also a member of the Fred Astaire National Dance Council. Christine has coached the MIT Ballroom dance Team for over 6 years, where she currently teaches the silver and gold syllabus levels in the standard style. In her teaching, she concentrates on working the feet and ankles as to create a solid foundation for dance, and she also thinks dancing is all about enjoying and having fun. 

Chuck Danza

David Hamilton & Olga Foraponova

Eddie Simon

Edward, or "Eddie", Simon is a former United States ballroom champion, world showdance and U.S. theatrical finalist. Simon received a North American Dance Award for the "Favorite Couple of the Year"Simon is a co-owner of Dance New York, New York Dance Festival and the Empire State Dance Sport Championships. He also returns to his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, several times a year to coach and offer workshops at Dance New York's Iowa studio, as well as officiate at the annual Iowa Dancesport Challenge.

Emmanuel Pierre


A native of Haiti, Emmanuel trained in  Jazz, Modern, Haitian folklore, and Ballroom dance for 17 years. In 1997, having developed a distinct passion for partner dancing, Emmanuel founded Caminito, which came to be regarded as one of the leading schools of Ballroom and International dance in Haiti. In 1999, when he first started competing on the international scene and won the 3rd place in the World Mambo Championship at USBC, he was honored with being named Haiti’s dance representative, locally and abroad by The International Dance Organization(IDO).

In January 2003,  Emmanuel closed Caminito to concentrate on his dance career in the dance capital of the world, New York City  where he not only competed professionally but also started competing with several of his students in Pro-Am divisions including International Latin and Standard, American Rhythm and smooth.

In September 2003, Emmanuel met Joanna Zacharewicz at Stepping Out Studios , where they started training together and became one of the top instructors/dancers/performers.  They competed for two years in the American Rhythm Division becoming 2005 World Mambo Champions, and in 2006  winning either first or second place in all the major competitions throughout the united states.

In January 2007 Emmanuel started a new partnership with Julia Gorchakova: 12 times undefeated US Rhythm Champion and 3 times World Mambo Champion, hoping to bring a new energy into the dance world both being very passionate dancers. Although they enjoyed the experience and have no regrets, they did not feel they would be able to accomplish their goal in the time frame they had originally set so they decided to end their partnership in July 2008.

In September 2008, Emmanuel paired up with Lianna Churilova (amateur international latin champion in Russia and world finalist). They are a strong force on the dance floor, winning 1st place in many national and international competitions.

Emmanuel lives in New York City with his wife Jasmin and new baby son Vishaal. Besides his love and passion for dancing Emmanuel loves watching movies, listening to music, and  devotes the rest of his time to meditation and spiritual life.

Eulia Boranovsky

Eulia Baranovsky, a native Belarussian has began her training at the age of 5 with ice dancing followed by ballet, jazz, and competitive ballroom dancing. Eulia is a Professional Ballroom Dancer, Coach and Adjudicator.  She is Nationally Certified Dance Instructor in four styles: Ballroom, Latin, Standard and Rhythm. Eulia Baranovsky is available for private instructions, seminars, professional shows, choreography and adjudicating. With her former partner Steve Dougherty her credits include having been U.S. American Smooth finalist and the World American Smooth Showdance Champion. In addition, she has performed at the International Dance Festival in Vail, Steps on Broadway, the Westchester Theater in New York, the Mohegan Sun Casino, PBS America’s Ballroom Chanel, TV-ABC’s Good Morning America and TV-ESPN. Eulia has been a guest instructor at The Juilliard School and Cornell University.

Glen Weiss

Glenn Weiss is an international dance judge, instructor and choreographer.

HONORS — Two-time World Champion, Blackpool Champion, International Champion, European Champion, and UK Champion

JUDGING — The International in London, German Masters in Frankfurt, Japan Open in Tokyo, USDSC in Florida, Ohio Star Ball and other Northern American, European and Asian competitions throughout the year

CHOREOGRAPHY — “So You Think You Can Dance” Fox TV Ballroom Dancing


Gunner Sverrisson

Gunnar began ballroom and latin at the age of 10, following in the footsteps of his older brother, literally, in Reykjavik, Iceland. He continued his pursuits successfully to become a 13 time Icelandic Champion in Latin, Ballroom, and 10 Dance. In his competitive career he has placed 5th on the Scandinavian Closed 10 Dance category and competed 5 times in Blackpool, England, World Youth Latin and Amateur 10 Dance Championships. He has spent summers in England training with some of the best dancers in the world, as England is the international dance mecca. In 1996 he moved to the United States and began teaching 9 dance and became U.S. 9 dance champion.

Igor Pilipenchuk

Ieva Pauksena

Ieva’s career has truly been a successful experience. Along the way she has prospered at the amateur and professional levels. Ieva is a 4 time Latvian Amateur Champion, US Amateur Champion, World Finalist at Blackpool in Standard, and 3 time Professional US Standard Show Dance finalist. She has degrees in Art and Textile Design, as well as Pedagogic and Education Management, dancing has become her life. Her career has literally taken her all over the world. She has met, learned from and taught many accomplished and captivating people.


Jim Moranto

Jean-Marc Genereux

Starting in Quebec, at a very young age Jean Marc was dancing as an amateur in the Social competitive style of dancing.  Within 6 years he and his junior partner, France Mousseau, won every Regional and State Championship in that period of time.


They began dancing the International style and remained amateurs during 8 years.  They won over 100 competitions and all the major championships in all the big cities in North America from coast to coast including:

  • 5 time National Amateur Canadian Latin Championships
  • 5 Time National Amateur Canadian 10 Dances Champions
  • 5 time North American Amateur Latin Champions

They continually traveled to Europe for competitions and training at the same time participated in 10 World Championships as the first representatives for Canada. They also danced in all the Major competitions in England including:   The International, U.K and Blackpool dance festival Championships.

  • 3 time winners of the Peter Mellan Award Championship
  • South of England Champions
  • Finalist or semi finalists in all majors
  • Winners of  Blackpool Latin Youth championship

Jean Marc married France and they then turned professional.  Their carriers took on a new dimension.  They began to show in every major city in Canada, U.S.A, and travelled around the world for competitions and shows such as :  Japan, Hong Kong, cities in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Australia, Sidney, Melbourne and all the major cities of Europe:  England, Germany, France, Denmark, Amsterdam and more.  In 12 years, they won over 200 competitions in 3 continents 

J.T. Thomas

Jennifer “JT” Thomas was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She began dancing at seven years old in ballet, jazz and tap. She received her BFA in dance from the University of Arizona and later fell in love with partnership dancing. JT started her career with the Fred Astaire dance studio in Phoenix and began to compete in American rhythm. She then moved to San Diego, CA and competed in international Latin for 3 years. While working at Champion Ballroom in San Diego, she met Toni Redpath and began studying American Smooth. JT felt she found “her” style and moved to New York City to dance in the Smooth and theatrical styles. In addition to her accomplishments with Tomas, JT is also a Rising Star Smooth champion and has competed in Blackpool in the Invitational Theatrical Exhibition.e with partnership dancing. JT started her career with the Fred Astaire dance studio in Phoenix and began to compete in American rhythm. She then moved to San Diego, CA and competed in international Latin for 3 years. While working at Champion Ballroom in San Diego, she met Toni Redpath and began studying American Smooth. JT felt she found “her” style and moved to New York City to dance in the Smooth and theatrical styles. In addition to her accomplishments with Tomas, JT is also a Rising Star Smooth champion and has competed in Blackpool in the Invitational Theatrical Exhibition.

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts is most well known for dancing on the United States version of Dancing with the Stars. In the past Roberts has competed and won the following awards.

Kasia Kozak

Katarzyna Kozak, known as Kasia, is one of North America’s most successful and beloved competitive Ballroom dancers. Her many accomplishments (outlined below) attest to her success both in North America and Internationally as a Professional Latin Dance competitor. Kasia’s triumphs and successes as a Professional Latin Dance competitor represent only a fraction of the positive impact on the world of Ballroom Dancing in North America that Kasia is making through her coaching, teaching and a variety of entrepreneurial projects. Her goal in her post- competitive career is to share her passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of dancing with dancers of all levels. She is achieving this through a variety of innovative dance-related projects.

Larinda McRaven

Larinda started dancing in college. She holds over 150 professional wins and Championship titles, including: North American Champion, United States Dancesport Championships Open Finalist, Ohio Star Ball Finalist, Manhattan Dancesport Champion, Emerald Star Ball Champion, Capital Dancesport Champion, Yankee Classic Champion, Classique Du Quebec Champion, Classique Du Quebec Showdance Champion. As a competitor, Larinda maintained a place in the top of her field for over 10 years, in the Professional Open American Smooth division. Larinda started teaching shortly after she started dancing in college. She holds teaching credentials in both American and International styles by the ISTD and Terpsichore, and has been recognized as a USDSC Top Teacher. She is a registered Professional National Adjudicator for the NDCA. 

Marianne Nicole

Marianne Nicole is a former Champion in three styles of competitive dancing. Marianne is also a former examiner for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio organization, and currently a National Examiner for the DVIDA Organization. Some of her titles include; United States Rising Star American Style Champion, Undefeated United States Theatre Arts Champion, North American International Latin Champion, Canadian Theatre Arts Champion, Undefeated Fred Astaire American Style Champion, Undefeated Fred Astaire Theatrical Champion, Undefeated Fred Astaire International Latin Champion, World Latin Representative. She is a World Class Adjudicator & Coach, and Co Organizer of the Capital Dancesport Championships. 

Mazen Hamza & Izabella Jundzill

Pat Treymore

She has performed on the Johnny Carson Show, Merv Griffin and Harry Belafonte Shows.  She has written numerous training manuals, but her favorite work is working with students to help them reach their full potential.  She also speaks five languages: Farsi, French, Russian, German and Italian.

Pat Traymore has experienced every facet of the dance business.  Fifty-five years in the business, she has been chairperson of a dance board for 13 years, and a traveling dance consultant and judge.  She and her partner were regular performers at New York City’s “Tavern on the Green” for 7 years.

Paul Holmes

Ron Montez

Susan & Brian Puttok

Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin


Tony met Melanie LaPatin in 1981 and the two subsequently formed a professional partnership, traveling the world representing the United States 12 times in the Professional World Latin-American Dance Championships, and eventually moved to New York to train and open a studio. Tony and Melanie married in 1989, but divorced amicably following the opening of their studio.

With Melanie, Tony captured over 100 first place trophies and in 1995, won the professional Latin division of the U.S. Dancesport Championships. The couple retired from competitive dance in 1998.

Currently, Tony serves as a ballroom dance competition adjudicator, coach, and choreographer, and possesses a wide range of versatility: from cha-cha to swing, tango to hustle,mambo and salsa to rhythm and blues.

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617-938-7871 Saori DeSouza

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105 Rumford Ave Newton MA

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Let's start your new week with Marcio & Saori DeSouza  Sunday Social Dance at 6:00pm EVERY OTHER SUNDAY NIGHT! All levels, both indivisuals and a couple welcome! 


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105 Rumford Ave Auburndale MA

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