DANCE PROFESSIONALS

 

Allan Alday

Dance Alday Balloom & Latin Studio
Born in the Philippines, Allan Alday moved to Jacksonville in 1982.  He pursued a degree in Business Management at the University of North Florida.  He started his professional dancing career in 1991 as a dance instructor with KDC Studios and later became the manager of its Jacksonville Beach location. He later became a franchise owner in 2001 and soon after, changed its name to Dance Alday Ballroom & Latin Studio. He competed professionally with three different dance partners and has won Pro Rising Star in American Rhythm.  Allan currently competes throughout the United States with his students in the Pro-Am division in all four styles; American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Ballroom and International Latin. His passion and extraordinary ability to teach has led him to receive numerous awards as being one of the top teachers in the nation, and he has won numerous scholarships monies with his students in many prestigious competitions. His major accomplishments include:

  • United States Ballroom Championship Regional Series Top Teacher Grand Finalist
  • United States Pro-Am Rhythm Champion and Smooth, Standard, and Latin Finalist
  • Six-Times First Coast Classic Top Teacher Recipient and Sixteen-Times Finalist
  • Four-Times The Dancer’s Cup Circuit Top Teacher Finalist
  • World Master Pro-Am Smooth, Rhythm, Latin, Standard, 9 & 10-Dance Champion
  • American Rhythm Rising Star Champion First Coast Ballroom Dancesport Championships
  • United States Ballroom Championship Top Standard Teacher Finalist
  • Choreographer – Local production of “Six Dance Lesson In Six Weeks“

   

Sean was born and raised in beautiful Kingston, Jamaica, later moving to Miami where he spent most of his time choreographing, training and instructing salsa, bachata and Kizomba.   

A lover of several different dance styles, Sean has also trained and performed in Latin dances, Argentine tango, west coast swing, rueda de casino and dancehall. 

Outside of dance, Sean earned his bachelor degree in Finance and graduate degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Miami and has also spent several years working with local organizations to improve the quality of the Florida public school system.  

Sean Anthony

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio

Adriano Camardese

Monarch Ballroom & Dance
Adriano Camardese, also known as Nino, started his career at the age of five and has been dancing ever since.

 Very dedicated to competition and performances, Nino is able to blend the strong, athletic side of ballroom, with the more delicate and artistic aspect of it.

In 2015, Nino moved to the US from Italy, starting a brand new journey with his life partner Lauren, with the goal of changing people’s lives by sharing what has changed his own life: the Art of Movement.

Carolyn is the owner of Monarch Ballroom Ponte Vedra, specializing in ballroom and latin instruction in St Johns County, where she lives with her family.  Having danced since childhood, her training includes classical ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary as well as ballroom and latin styles.  Performing live has always been a joy, with opportunities including performing with the Australian Opera Company and for Sydney based companies in Japan and Thailand before sailing the Caribbean with Carnival Cruise Lines.  Carolyn has placed in both American Rhythm, and American Smooth styles since focusing on ballroom dancing, as well as competing Pro-Am with her students.  With many years of teaching and performance experience, Carolyn is pleased to be able to participate in First Coast Dancing With The Stars supporting Beaches Fine Arts Series.

Carolyn Copeland

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio Ponte Vedra

Jeremy Jose

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio
Jeremy Jose’s affinity for dance started at an early age from watching music videos and learning the dances from them. Dancing socially quickly became a passion and his thirst grew more and more. He uses dance as an outlet for all feelings and emotions. “I feel that you can express any and every thing through dance.” He eventually found a “home” at Monarch Ballroom where he loves everything from the grace and poise of the waltz to the artistic freedom of hip-hop. “I’m truly excited for my third year in First Coast DWTS and hope for many more to come!”
Vincent hails from Dallas, Texas. After graduating high school and enlisting in the United States Air Force, he became an aircraft maintenance electrical & environmental technician. He worked on a variety of military aircraft including F-16s out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and CV-22s at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Additionally, after volunteering, he was hand selected as a ceremonial guardsman for the Honor Guard, where his primary duties were to protect and enforce military and uniform standards, and the rendering of funeral honors for fallen comrades. After four years of enlistment, Vincent transitioned from military life into the civilian world to start his career as a professional ballroom dancer.

Vincent began training as a professional dancer in Fort Walton Beach. For the next six years he studied and became proficient in a variety of dance styles to include American Rhythm and American Smooth. While maintaining a competitive dance career, Vincent also maintained teaching an active student body of over 50 clients to continue fostering his own personal growth and development.

Vincent is currently competing and teaching at Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio in Jacksonville, Florida. Over the years, in support of fundraising for charity he has had the opportunity to perform and share the stage with superstar names of the ballroom world such as Toni Dovolani, Lacey Schwimmer, Mark Ballas, the Maks & Val Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, and Sasha Farber, to name a few. He is both honored and proud to be participating in the First Coast Dancing with the Stars event to continue this tradition of giving back to the community.

Vincent Mclain

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio

Jasmine Montgomery

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio
Jasmine has been dancing since the age of 8. She attended local schools focusing on the arts, graduating from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major, where she learned ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, flamenco, Hip hop, African, and belly dancing. After dancing socially for several years, she returned to college and studied ballroom. She also has background in Irish dancing and tap.  Jasmine has been with Monarch since they opened in September 2013, and became manager a year later. “Dance really is a kind of therapy, so I love that I can use what I love to enhance the lives of others,” she says. “For someone that needs an escape, it does that. Dance introduces people to a realm of life they won’t want to leave!” 
Chris Thomas has been a driving force in the dance community since 1985. He successfully founded, owned and operated A Social Affair Dance Studio from 1995-2012. He founded and operated Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars from 2004-2012. He then co-founded Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio, as well as First Coast Dancing with the Stars. Chris has also developed several successful dance studio owners locally and statewide, as well as in Georgia and Ohio. Also, several students on a competitive level while partnering with Chris have won many local and national championships including one student achieving world titles in both American Smooth and Rhythm. Lastly, and most importantly, Chris has been married to Krista Thomas, his beautiful wife and partner, for 22 years and is the proud father of four beautiful daughters, Haley, Lily, Ruby and Gracey.

Chris Thomas

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio

Krista Thomas

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio
  Krista Thomas has been teaching Ballroom, Latin and Country Western dancing for 20 years. In addition to teaching adult students at the studio she also teaches ballroom dance to middle and high school students at Christ’s Church Academy and works with 2 middle school cotillions. She is co- owner of Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio and is a returning Pro-Partner for First Coast Dancing with the Stars.
Megan Wallace Widrich started dancing at a local dance studio while in high school, but didn’t really start to pursue her passion until she attended college at Florida State University.  While away at college she trained at an Arthur Murray,  teaching throughout her time there. Upon graduating she moved back to Jacksonville and worked, performed, and competed with her students. Among the places she was able to travel to compete were Las Vegas, New York, Nashville, and Savannah. Once a co-owner of Beyond Just Dance, she is now teaching at Dance Alday in the evenings and works at Mayo Clinic during the day. She has over 14 years of experience dancing, teaching, and competing with her students and loves every minute of it. Any dance that you can do with a partner she has done, ranging from Latin to Country, but Salsa and Cha Cha are the ones she most enjoys. “My favorite part is seeing the progress… maybe not every lesson, but when  students love what they are doing, stick with it, and see the result of their dedication, it feels magical when IT just happens!”

Megan Wallace Widrich

Dance Alday Ballroom & Latin Studio

Olivia Williams

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio
Olivia’s love for dancing goes all the way back to when she was seven years old starting at the Northwest Florida Ballet Academié.  There she trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and Broadway for over seven years. She then pursued a new interest in Ballroom, studying as a student for 2 years before transitioning to be a professional.  As a professional she has competed nationally specializing in cabaret, rhythm and smooth, while also sharing her joy with her students. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” -Martha Graham
Johnetta Wise is a dance instructor at Monarch Ballroom Dance Studio. “I’ve been in the dance industry for 5 years. As a child I’ve always been interested in dancing but my parents didn’t have the money to sign me up for dance lessons.  I learned from others who were experienced, and I joined cheerleading while I was in high school. After high school, I continued dancing with friends who also loved dancing and we created a dance group that volunteered to perform at events such as Art Walk or at the Jacksonville Landing. My interests grew to include Latin and Ballroom. I started at Salsa Dance Jax and progressed very rapidly, finding my way to Monarch Ballroom Dance Studio. I’m very passionate about dancing and love inspiring others who have the ability to dance. I’m originally from Chicago, IL, but I’ve lived in Jacksonville for 8 years. I believe that you can achieve what you want to achieve so just go for it even if people tell you that you can’t.” 

Johnetta Wise

Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio