WE BUILT A TEAM OF ELITE PRO TEACHERS

who only teach what makes their souls come alive.

Staff

District Dance Academy

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We believe that getting stronger in our mind and bodies begins with the passion in our souls to achieve our personal best. That’s why we built a team of instructors who get excited when they see people grow, get better, and push past excuses. Imagine being taught by dance instructors that are inspired to get out of bed in the morning to do what they love — teaching people like you. Imagine working with a coach that gets fulfillment from seeing you become your best. That’s our District Dance Academy team.

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CROSS TRAINERS | COMMUNITY BUILDERS | DANCE INSTRUCTORS

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WE ARE DETERMINED

We are determined to pair you with an instructor that is the perfect fit for your learning style and dance needs! We've developed three distinct instructor categories to help describe where our different instructors concentrate their passions. These categories do not relate to their expertise, but instead what type of student they prefer to foster.

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GROWERS

These instructors are your new best friends! Growers live to help new dancers cross the sometimes terrifying bridge to enjoying movement! They are some of the kindest, most welcoming people you'll ever meet and are sure to make you feel right at home. Their teaching style is patient and easy to understand, and their private lesson rates are more accessible.

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BUILDERS

These coaches are here to help you get past your limits! Your success is their success, and they are in this together with you, whether you're thinking about entering the competition scene or you're just trying to get better than your previous self. Their teaching style is focused on training your body to execute dance technique and styling mindlessly so you can focus on your partner and the music.

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IMPROVERS

These instructors are champions and world title holders in their craft — truly some of the world's greatest dancers and instructors. They travel the world training, competing, and judging the most recent techniques and trends. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to help you reach your dancing goals. Their teaching style is fast paced, technical, and made to challenge you to be the best dancer you can be.

DISTRICT WEST COAST SWING

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Meet Hugo & Stacy

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "Don't let your excuses limit you from your goals"

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN THEM: In the Top 5 at the US Open Swing Championships, as well as all over social media and Youtube!

KNOWN FOR: His contagious laugh. Her on-point lipstick.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Netflix and donuts

TEACHES: District Westie

THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW: We were all once beginners with two left feet. If we can learn to dance well, you can too!

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Meet David Killinger

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "Attitude is more important than skill level."

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: On the late-night social dance floor

KNOWN FOR: Inviting everyone to play Dungeons & Dragons

GUILTY PLEASURE: Baked goods and sleeping late

TEACHES: District Westie

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "There are three rules of dance: 1) Don't hurt yourself or anyone else 2) Have fun 3) Your partner is the best dancer in the world."

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Meet Sam & Ashley

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "Do what makes you happy. "

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HER: Global Online Champions 2018 and U.S. Open Rising Star 2016 (5th place)

KNOWN FOR: Her incredible style

GUILTY PLEASURE: Brownie sundaes!

TEACHES: District Solo, District Westie, District Kids

SHE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "Life should be fun. Work hard to have as much fun as possible.

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Meet Stephen White

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "Dance with your soul, work with your feet."

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: US Open Showcase Top 5, trolling the Internet and blending in with the white walls

KNOWN FOR: Being an excellent source of light refraction.

GUILTY PLEASURE: None. He finds no guilt in any of his pleasures.

TEACHES: Humans, mostly. (District Westie & District Hustle)

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "While it may be legally required to do so in public, never let anyone tell you pants are required for dancing.

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Meet Becka

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: “Would you like to dance?”

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HER: Multiple first placements at competitive events like Spotlight Dance Championships in Detroit, MI, and MADJam in Baltimore, MD

KNOWN FOR: Her epic dance moves

GUILTY PLEASURE: Dark Chocolate!

TEACHES: West Coast Swing and Solo WCS Styling/Drills

SHE WANTS YOU TO KNOW:" Don’t take life too seriously."

DISTRICT BALLROOM

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Meet Sergey & Ekaterina

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: Writing the Ask A Historian section for American Dancer Magazine

KNOWN FOR: Exceedingly long rants about antiquated dances

GUILTY PLEASURE: Carbs...mostly in the shape of pizza.

TEACHES: District Ballroom, District LindyHop

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "Dance is what you make of it, never loose sight of what inspires you or the pure joy of expression and connecting with others."

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Meet Benjamin Castellano

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "When you search your feelings, you know it to be true."

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: The ballroom and Latin competition circuit as a professional and as a pro-am teacher.

KNOW FOR: His fancy dance skills

GUILTY PLEASURE: Cosplay and comic conventions

TEACHES: District Ballroom, DistrictWCS

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "I love teaching and encouraging people to reach their full potential."

DISTRICT HUSTLE

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Meet Stephen White

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: US Open Showcase Top 5, trolling the Internet and blending in with the white walls

KNOWN FOR: Being an excellent source of light refraction.

GUILTY PLEASURE: None. He finds no guilt in any of his pleasures.

TEACHES: Humans, mostly. (District Westie & District Hustle)

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "While it may be legally required to do so in public, never let anyone tell you pants are required for dancing.

DISTRICT LINDY HOP

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Meet Forest Outman

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: Writing the Ask A Historian section for American Dancer Magazine

KNOWN FOR: Exceedingly long rants about antiquated dances

GUILTY PLEASURE: Carbs...mostly in the shape of pizza.

TEACHES: District Ballroom, District LindyHop

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "Dance is what you make of it, never loose sight of what inspires you or the pure joy of expression and connecting with others."

DISTRICT COUNTRY

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Meet Cody Flowers

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time."

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: Line dance events like Fun in the Sun and Line Dance Marathon. Also competing in the United States Line Dance Choreography Championship

KNOWN FOR: His infectious smile and giving the best hugs

GUILTY PLEASURE: Netflix and collecting penguins

TEACHES: District Country - Line Dancing

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "It's never too late to start dancing. Just start!"

DISTRICT SOLO | HIP HOP & GROOVES

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Meet Hugo Miguez

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "Make an effort, not an excuse."

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: All over social media and YouTube, as well as late night practices at the studio

KNOWN FOR: Making difficult moves easy to learn

GUILTY PLEASURE: Plantain chips and mango juice

TEACHES: District Solo & District Wesite

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "It doesn’t matter where you are in your dance journey. My class is open to anyone who wants to explore new styles and movements and train hard to better themselves as a dancer!”

DISTRICT LATIN

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Meet Benjamin Castellano

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "When you search your feelings, you know it to be true."

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM: The ballroom and Latin competition circuit as a professional and as a pro-am teacher.

KNOW FOR: His fancy dance skills

GUILTY PLEASURE: Cosplay and comic conventions

TEACHES: District Ballroom, DistrictWCS

HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW: "I love teaching and encouraging people to reach their full potential."

DISTRICT ZOUK

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Meet Bruno & Fae

FAVE CATCH PHRASE: "Zouk it like it's hot!

WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN THEM: At like... every Zouk Congress in the US! They are the most winning US couple in Jack and Jills.

KNOWN FOR: Her sassy attitude and his sense of humor

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gaming, movies, and pizza

TEACHES: District Zouk

THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW: "Zouk is for everyone!"

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TO PUSH PAST EVERY EXCUSE SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR DANCING GOALS.

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