2022 DANCE PROS

ALEKSEI ALEKSEEV

 Aleksei Alekseev is a professional Ballroom dancer and teacher.  He and his partner, Ekaterina Derevleva, are currently representing the USA in Professional Ten Dance and Professional International Latin and Ballroom divisions. 

Together, they have won many USA competitions in International Latin and International Ballroom divisions, and were United States National Professional Ten Dance Finalists in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. He was also Champion or finalist of almost all major DanceSport competitions in the country including Heritage DanceSport, Nashville Star, Platinum DanceSport, First Coast Classic, Triple Crown Series, South Open DanceSport, Ohio Star Ball, United States Championship, New York Dance Festival, Florida Super Star, Millennium, Grand National, and many more.  Aleksei was also a Ten Dance World Finalist in 2021.  Aleksei also won many Russian National and International Latin titles prior to moving to the United States in 2014.

He is currently teaching at Ballroom Dance Academy and Sway With Me dance studios, and specializes in four styles of dancing: International Latin, International Ballroom, American Rhythm and American Smooth.  Aleksei and his studio teachers maintain a high level of dancing while teaching all styles of Ballroom Dancing.  During his time teaching in the U.S., his students have won high placements in the biggest competitions in the nation.

 

He is currently teaching at Ballroom Dance Academy and Sway With Me dance studios.

SEAN ANTHONY

 

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 dances at Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio.

CHRISTIAN BASTIAN

Christian began dancing in college when a friend asked him to join a Ballroom Dance class. Reluctant at first, he found that he enjoyed it so much he continued, taking more classes and auditioning for the Ballroom Dance Company at Utah Valley University. He later transferred to Brigham Young University, where he received a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance with a Ballroom Emphasis. While at BYU, he danced with the world-renowned BYU Ballroom Dance Company, with performance tours to China, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, and many other countries. He competed with the Ballroom Dance Company at the British Championships in Blackpool, England in 1998, where they won both the Latin and Ballroom Formation titles.

Christian has taught Ballroom Dance classes in public and private schools in Idaho, Utah, and Florida, creating Ballroom Dance Companies at each school with great success. Accolades for his teams include:

Utah State High School Ballroom Formation Championship
Utah State High School Showdance Championship
Division II High School Ballroom Formation National Championship
Division I High School Ballroom Formation National Championship
Division I High School Latin Formation National Championship
Christian has also organized and ran over 20 Dancesport Competitions, and led several Ballroom Dance performance tours.

Christian dances at Dance Alday Ballroom & Latin Studio.

ADRIANO CAMARDESE

 

Adriano started his career at the age of 5 and has been dancing ever since.

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

Adriano has an extensive knowledge in International Latin, but in the last years his interest has shifted to the American Rhythm. Nonetheless, he is certified in all four styles of dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Latin and International Ballroom and many social dances.

Adriano teaches at Ballroom Dance Academy.

 

TONY KANTIN

Tony had an early aptitude for dance and music, and started dancing at an early age. As a lifelong dancer, he believes in the power of dance to foster the healthiest and happiest versions of ourselves.

Some professional dance accomplishments include dancing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and adjudicating multiple ballroom dance competitions.

Tony’s many dance awards include Open Pro American Rhythm Champion; Open Pro American Smooth Champion; Open Pro International Latin Champion; Open Pro International Ballroom Champion; National Open Pro 9 Dance Finalist; National Open Pro 10 Dance Finalist; and Open Pro Cabaret Finalist.

Tony is also an accomplished professional seascape photographer whose work can be enjoyed at https://www.vitaminseaphotography.com.

Tony is married to Elise Kantin, and they are parents to two lovely little girls, ages three and one, and a beautiful lab, Mia. He, along with his wife, is owner of Seaside Ballroom.

CHRISTIAN MARCANTONIO

Christian is an independent dance instructor with over 20 years dance experience. While attending the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California on a scholarship, he discovered Ballroom dancing and went on to be trained at the Arthur Murray studios. He was designated Top Teacher there and went on to compete world wide for over 10 years.  

During this time, he was also coached by some of the top dancers and champions in the world, like Dimitry Chaplin and Nick Kosovich. Christian is well-versed in all Ballroom dances and styles but he believes he shines in teaching social dancing.

He believes it is his job to to make dance instruction fun for all his students.

“I have never had a student say “I wish I had waited longer to learn to dance” but many say “I wish I had started sooner!” Life is short. Have more fun; start dancing today.”

HANNAH  RAWLINGS

Hannah’s love for dance started in high school, however she didn’t start pursuing teaching until graduate school at University of North Florida. Hannah initially was captivated by Latin dances but loves and appreciate many styles today.

 

Hannah believes dancing is art in motion that has the power to evoke vulnerability and joy from ourselves.  Hannah teaches at Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio during the evenings and is a Physical Therapist by day.

 

Hannah states her favorite part of teaching is “getting to see individuals realize and develop a part of themselves they never knew existed.  The change in my students’ perspectives of themselves is the most rewarding part of my job. I know that once that moment happens in their life, they are never going back to how they used to look at themselves”.

 

Hannah is married to Ryan Rawlings, and they live with their beautiful husky, Nakita.

ALEJANDRO SERRANO-ORTEGA

Born in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Alejandro has been dancing since the age of 6. He has studied Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Ballroom. 

He is incredibly passionate about dance and loves to provide students with a fun experience while they learn how to dance!

He currently teaches at the Ballroom Dance Academy and Sway With Me studios.

Alejandro is also competing professionally in American Rhythm and Theatrical Arts division of ballroom dancing. He is looking forward to his upcoming competition which will be in Boca Raton in August.

CHRIS THOMAS

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 199-2012.

He founded and operated Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars from 2004-2012.

Currently, he 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 partnered with him to win local and national championships; one student achieved a world title in both American Smooth and Rhythm.

Chris is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the very popular band The Chris Thomas Band.

Lastly, Chris recently became engaged Kassidy Garcia, and he is the proud father of four beautiful daughters, Haley, Lily, Ruby and Gracey.  

KRISTA THOMAS

 

 

Krista Thomas has been teaching Ballroom, Latin and Country Western dancing for 25 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

I started dancing back in 2000 to try something new. Little did I know that decision would change the course of my life. I began teaching in 2003 at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio as an instructor in Tallahassee. 

Over the years I’ve taught throughout Jacksonville at dance studios, salsa nights, high schools, and even founded my own studio. Some of my favorite moments are when I get to see how dance can change people’s lives! I get to help people discover something they didn’t know was possible for them. Moments like these have given me the passion and the drive to make sure dance will always be a part of my life. 

Since 2014, when I joined Dance Alday in Ponte Vedra Beach, it has been my home away from home, a dance family and a great space with people with whom I’ve formed bonds that go far beyond the ballroom.

Outside of the arts community, I am also proud to work full time at the Mayo Clinic for the past six years. While ballroom dancing for twenty-two years has been my passion, my inspiration now comes from my husband, whom I adore, and our three boys who support everything I do. I hope my boys find something in their lives that brings them as much happiness and joy as dancing has brought me. I continue to teach and dance for that very reason.

Dance fuels the soul! 

2022 DANCE PROS

 

ALEKSEI ALEKSEEV

Aleksei Alekseev is a professional Ballroom dancer and teacher.  He and his partner, Ekaterina Derevleva, are currently representing the USA in Professional Ten Dance and Professional International Latin and Ballroom divisions.

Together, they have won many USA competitions in International Latin and International Ballroom divisions, and were United States National Professional Ten Dance Finalists in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. He was also Champion or finalist of almost all major DanceSport competitions in the country including Heritage DanceSport, Nashville Star, Platinum DanceSport, First Coast Classic, Triple Crown Series, South Open DanceSport, Ohio Star Ball, United States Championship, New York Dance Festival, Florida Super Star, Millennium, Grand National, and many more.  Aleksei was also a Ten Dance World Finalist in 2021.  Aleksei also won many Russian National and International Latin titles prior to moving to the United States in 2014.

He is currently teaching at Ballroom Dance Academy and Sway With Me dance studios, and specializes in four styles of dancing: International Latin, International Ballroom, American Rhythm and American Smooth.  Aleksei and his studio teachers maintain a high level of dancing while teaching all styles of Ballroom Dancing.  During his time teaching in the U.S., his students have won high placements in the biggest competitions in the nation.

He is currently teaching at Ballroom Dance Academy and Sway With Me dance studios.

SEAN ANTHONY

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 teaches at Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio.

CHRISTIAN BASTIAN

Christian began dancing in college when a friend asked him to join a Ballroom Dance class.

Reluctant at first, he found that he enjoyed it so much he continued, taking more classes and auditioning for the Ballroom Dance Company at Utah Valley University.

He later transferred to Brigham Young University, where he received a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance with a Ballroom Emphasis. While at BYU, he danced with the world-renowned BYU Ballroom Dance Company, with performance tours to China, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, and many other countries. He competed with the Ballroom Dance Company at the British Championships in Blackpool, England in 1998, where they won both the Latin and Ballroom Formation titles.

 

Christian has taught Ballroom Dance classes in public and private schools in Idaho, Utah, and Florida, creating Ballroom Dance Companies at each school with great success.

 

Accolades for his teams include:

Utah State High School Ballroom Formation Championship
Utah State High School Showdance Championship
Division II High School Ballroom Formation National Championship
Division I High School Ballroom Formation National Championship
Division I High School Latin Formation National Championship
Christian has also organized and ran over 20 Dancesport Competitions, and led several Ballroom Dance performance tours.

Christian teaches at Dance Alday Ballroom & Latin Studio.

ADRIANO CAMARDESE

Adriano started his career at the age of 5 and has been dancing ever since.

 

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

 

Adriano has an extensive knowledge in International Latin, but in the last years his interest has shifted to the American Rhythm. Nonetheless, he is certified in all four styles of dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Latin and International Ballroom and many social dances.

Adriano teaches at Ballroom Dance Academy.

TONY KANTIN

Tony had an early aptitude for dance and music, and started dancing at an early age.

As a lifelong dancer, he believes in the power of dance to foster the healthiest and happiest versions of ourselves.

Some professional dance accomplishments include dancing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and adjudicating multiple ballroom dance competitions.

Tony’s many dance awards include Open Pro American Rhythm Champion; Open Pro American Smooth Champion; Open Pro International Latin Champion; Open Pro International Ballroom Champion; National Open Pro 9 Dance Finalist; National Open Pro 10 Dance Finalist; and Open Pro Cabaret Finalist.

Tony is also an accomplished professional seascape photographer whose work can be enjoyed at https://www.vitaminseaphotography.com.

Tony is married to Elise Kantin, and they are parents to two lovely little girls, ages three and one, and a beautiful lab, Mia. He, along with his wife, is owner of Seaside Ballroom.

CHRISTIAN MARCANTONIO

Christian is an independent dance instructor with over 20 years dance experience.

While attending the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California on a scholarship, he discovered Ballroom dancing and went on to be trained at the Arthur Murray studios. He was designated Top Teacher there and went on to compete world-wide for over 10 years.  

 

During this time, he was also coached by some of the top dancers and champions in the world, like Dimitry Chaplin and Nick Kosovich. Christian is well-versed in all Ballroom dances and styles but he believes he shines in teaching social dancing.

 

He believes it is his job to to make dance instruction fun for all his students.

 

“I have never had a student say “I wish I had waited longer to learn to dance” but many say “I wish I had started sooner!” Life is short. Have more fun; start dancing today.”

HANNAH RAWLINGS

Hannah’s love for dance started in high school, however she didn’t start pursuing teaching until graduate school at University of North Florida. Hannah initially was captivated by Latin dances but loves and appreciate many styles today. 

 

Hannah believes dancing is art in motion that has the power to evoke vulnerability and joy from ourselves.  Hannah teaches at Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio during the evenings and is a Physical Therapist by day. 

 

Hannah states her favorite part of teaching is “getting to see individuals realize and develop a part of themselves they never knew existed.  The change in my students’ perspectives of themselves is the most rewarding part of my job. I know that once that moment happens in their life, they are never going back to how they used to look at themselves”. 

 

Hannah is married to Ryan Rawlings, and they live with their beautiful husky, Nakita.

 

ALEJANDRO SERRANO-ORTEGA

Born in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Alejandro has been dancing since the age of 6. He has studied Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Ballroom. 

 

He is incredibly passionate about dance and loves to provide students with a fun experience while they learn how to dance!

 

He currently teaches at the Ballroom Dance Academy and Sway With Me studios.

 

Alejandro is also competing professionally in American Rhythm and Theatrical Arts division of ballroom dancing. He is looking forward to his upcoming competition which will be in Boca Raton in August.

CHRIS THOMAS

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 1999-2012.

 

He founded and operated Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars from 2004-2012.

 

Currently, he 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 partnered with him to win local and national championships; one student achieved a world title in both American Smooth and Rhythm.

 

Chris is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the very popular band The Chris Thomas Band.

 

Lastly, Chris recently became engaged Kassidy Garcia, and he is the proud father of four beautiful daughters, Haley, Lily, Ruby and Gracey.  

KRISTA THOMAS

Krista Thomas has been teaching Ballroom, Latin and Country Western dancing for 25 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

I started dancing back in 2000 to try something new. Little did I know that decision would change the course of my life. I began teaching in 2003 at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio as an instructor in Tallahassee. 

 

Over the years I’ve taught throughout Jacksonville at dance studios, salsa nights, high schools, and even founded my own studio. Some of my favorite moments are when I get to see how dance can change people’s lives! I get to help people discover something they didn’t know was possible for them. Moments like these have given me the passion and the drive to make sure dance will always be a part of my life. 

 

Since 2014, when I joined Dance Alday in Ponte Vedra Beach, it has been my home away from home, a dance family and a great space with people with whom I’ve formed bonds that go far beyond the ballroom.

 

Outside of the arts community, I am also proud to work full time at the Mayo Clinic for the past six years.

While ballroom dancing for twenty-two years has been my passion, my inspiration now comes from my husband, whom I adore, and our three boys who support everything I do. I hope my boys find something in their lives that brings them as much happiness and joy as dancing has brought me. I continue to teach and dance for that very reason.

Dance fuels the soul!