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Dance North County Certified Experienced Dance Instructors.

Experienced Professionals. Outstanding Teachers make learning Easy Fast and Fun!
All instuctors are independent contractors who run their school or teach independently at Dance North County. We refer you to the school or independent teacher that best fits your needs. Dance North County provides dance instruction by private dance lessons and group dance classes
in North San Diego County, CA: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido,
Vista, La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Cardiff by the sea.
Directions
From Oceanside & Carlsbad take I-5 south, exit Encinitas Blvd, turn left, quarter mile, turn right into the North Coast Business Park.
From Del Mar & Solana Beach take I-5 north, exit Encinitas Blvd, turn right, quarter mile, turn right into the North Coast Business Park.
From Escondido & Rancho Santa Fe take Del Dios - Encinitas Blvd, go straight then turn left into the North Coast Business Park.
From San Marcos take 78 to I-5 south, exit Encinitas Blvd, turn left, quarter mile, turn right into the North Coast Business Park.

Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido David Tomko - Dance North County ( Certified 1975) began dancing as a child and later trained in college and New York city. David has been teaching and has owned and operated several successful dance studios across the United States for over 25 years. In 1995 he opened Dance North County to bring the highest caliber of dance and instruction currently available to the San Diego area. David obtained his initial degrees in the American style Smooth and Rhythm dances. He later trained under United States and World Champions to accomplish the International style Ballroom and Latin dances and competed professionally for fifteen years in that division. David now focuses primarily on teaching Authentic Agrentine Tango, Salsa and the many forms of Swing, Lindy and Jitterbug.

Tsha Marie - Independent (Certified 1995) received her training in Jazz, Hip Hop,Ballet, Modern, Ballroom a Latin from Gius Giordance Jazz Dance Chicago, Joe Tremaine, Ballet of the Dolls in Minneapolis, University of Colorado and National and Intetnational Ballroom and Latin coaches. Tsha has had the opportunity to work with such artists as Prince, Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Mint Condition, Vanessa Williams, and fashion designer Calvin Klein. She was featured dancer on Soul Train with Prince, the film Dance with Me and the television soap opera Days of Our Lives. Tsha is currently ranked in the top 12 for Latin American Dance and is a member of the National dance Council of America and the Professional Dancesport Competitors Association. Tsha enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido

Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido Liz O'Grady - Great Day Dance Company (Certified 1993) has been dancing since high school and has taught hundreds of people to dance. She takes great delight in transforming non-dancers into dancers. "Ballroom dancing is like a conversation," she says. "It can be that natural and easy!" Liz earned a BA in music with a minor in dance. Continuing dance training has taken her coast to coast, as well as abroad, to work with world class coaches in ballroom, Argentine tango and lindy hop. Lately she has expanded her studies here in San Diego to several solo dance forms, including tap, flamenco and hip-hop. Besides dance training, what makes Liz so great with beginners and couples is her training as a personal coach. She puts people at ease immediately, making it possible to relax and start learning quickly. In fact, Liz has been one of the most popular dance instructors in North County, consistently filling classes in the San Dieguito Adult Education program and drawing rave reviews. On a wider scale, Liz has also won recognition for choreography and performing, and has been commissioned to create several performances portraying various eras in dance history. Additionally, she was one of two ballroom dance instructors in the country written up in an article about learning to dance for weddings by Brides magazine, one of the leading wedding publications in the nation.

Daniel Vasco - Dancing with the Pros (Certified 1992) has been dancing/teaching for 18 years and competing worldwide, Daniel specializes in International Latin Style (Cha -Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive) and International Standard Style ( Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quick Step).
During the past 10 years he has been competing professionally in all dance categories. He has also spent tremendous time teaching and preparing students for dance competitions in all levels. Daniel has been highly involved in the dance community teaching students in several studios across San Diego Area.

Offering Classes in:
- Ballroom & Latin
- Coaching & Training
- Teens,Adults,Single & Couple
- Weddings-Special Occasions
Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido

Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido
Melanie Roberts
Archie Dawson
Melanie Roberts - Independent began Swing Dancing in Santa Barbara in 1985 where she studied East Coast Swing, Lindy, Balboa, and Saint Louis Shag under the coaching of nationally acclaimed teachers.

Upon moving to the Los Angeles area in 1991, she was introduced to West Coast Swing and fell in love with the creative dance. After studying with top West Coast Swing instructors across the country, Melanie began to compete.

In 1993 she partnered with Robert Cordoba and the couple formed a top competitive team, winning major contests around the country, including two U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in a row: 1993 and 1994. In 1994 Melanie and Robert received the "Feather Award" as the Nation's Top Classic Swing Dance Couple and in the same year Melanie was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Melanie has since continued to compete, place and win with other champion partners.

Melanie is as passionate about Hustle as she is about Swing. In addition to offering the upbeat California style, she is now incorporating the graceful and dynamic New York style of Hustle in her courses.

While Melanie is often invited to teach workshops around the country she mostly keeps busy providing private and group classes, special workshops, and dance parties. Melanie's love for people and for dance shines through at all her events, reflected in her fun loving approach to teaching and her emphasis on technique and style. Melanie advises, "Dancing is definitely fun! It's a great way to make friends, it promotes good health and keeps you in shape!"


Star Bailey - (Independent) brings a vast amount of experience as a: Dancer, Singer, Actor and Choreographer to our area.

Teaching
DANCE DIMENSIONS
Beverly Legge, Director, Brookfield, CT: Advanced jazz and tap, Shows, Competitions (Won best Choreography for "City of Angels" Dance Concepts performing Arts Competition)
LEGGZ
Joan and Samantha, Directors, Rockville Center,NY: Jazz, tap and hip-hop beginner to advanced, Shows.
GREAT NECK SCHOOL OF DANCE
Rogerta, Director, Great Neck,NY: Beginner-Advanced Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Shows.
IMPERIAL DANCE
Jazz and Ballet, La Habra, CA.
PRIVATE LESSONS
Great Neck, NY, New York, NY

Training
ACTING
Diaan Ainslee/Manhattan Edge
THEATRE DANCE:
Chris Chadman, Chet Walker, Raymond Del Bario
FUNKY JAZZ:
Hinton Battle, Frank Hatchett,A.C., Eddie Garcia
JAZZ:
Billy Seigenfeld, Jeff Ferguson, Phil Black, Cecilia Marta
BALLET:
Finis Jhung
SALSA:
Alex Da Silva
VOICE:
Jeffrey Dunn, Doug Houston
SCHOLARSHIP:
Broadway Dance Center,NY, NY.
Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido

Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido Jutem Lee - (Independent)

Margie Adams - 2toGroove School of Dance Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido

Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido Brian Nelson - Independent Certified 1993) Brian has been competing professionally since 1992. In the late 90's he competed in both American style Rhythm and Smooth to become a United States Open 9-Dance Finalist. Currently, he is competing in the Open American Ballroom (Smooth) with United States Rising Star Champion and U.S. Open Finalist, Svetlana Kudimova. In addition to competitions, they perform demonstrations, teach groups, workshops and are available for coaching throughout the world.
While living in LA, Brian has performed on Nash Bridges, E-Entertainment TV, Anniversary of Dirty Dancing Premier, and was featured in many music videos. He was the winner of the National Dirty Dancing contest, worked with the cast of Suddenly Susan, and taught cast members of ER and many other famous celebrities.
Throughout his career, he has also been competing with his students in American Smooth and Rhythm, International Standard and Latin, Salsa, West Coast Swing and Hustle. Some of Brian's students compete nationally. They have won many First Place and Top Student Awards at competitions around the country in age categories ranging from 18 to 80 years old.
Brian is anxious to teach people of all ages who have never danced before as well as advanced dancers. He has prepared hundreds of wedding couples for their first dance and will teach singles as well as couples.
"It's easier than you think!"

Zy Dewey - Independent Dance Instructor Specialist for over a half decade. She holds a level II Certification in Suhaila Salimpours Format for Belly Dance, Yoga Basics Certification, AFAA Certification as well as a Masters Degree in Education with emphasis in Psychology and Dance. Education comes naturally to Zy and can easily get your body to adjust to the goal of the dance movement. Zy loves to create fun, both in the dance as well as the classroom. In Zy' group classes you will get body alignment, aeobic workouts, while increasing knowledge in the art of Belly Dancing. There are always performance opportunities, and private instruction available, so inquire - you deserve it. Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido

Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido Auntie Kahanoa began dancing as a child growing up in Hawai'i and continued after attending college in California. She leads the Mainland USA extension of Kumu Hula Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick's Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani which proudly calls Dance North County its new hula school home. In addition, she serves as the Hula Instructor for the City of San Marcos Recreation Center Services and provides community service through FREE Hula- At-The-Park Meetup. She has a rich hula lineage attributed to her current Kumu Hula, Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick who resides in Kaua'i, Hawai'i, her first Kumu Hula, the late Auntie Philomena Keali'i Waine'e Mahelona Aranio, and other Kumu Hula who have influenced her. With these hula lineages connected to Loea Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Kumu Hula Uncle Joseph Kamoha'l Kaha'ulelio, she continues their teaching traditions in ancient hula (kahiko), modern hula (auana), worship hula (ho'ano), Tahitian dance (ori Tahiti) and introductory Maori dance.

Yoni Carr - Independent In 1958 Yoni started taking Classical Ballet lessons at a Town named Chedera in Israel while she was at Kibbutz "Maaggan Michael" In 1960 Yoni joined the "InbalTheatre" and continues in 1967 with "Karmon Groups" as soloist and performed around the world. 1962 took part in a movie called "The Greatest story ever told" with Inbal Theatre. Director George Stevens (ZL) Starring Max Von Sidov and Charleston Hesston. Also Yoni was a soloist dancer in few Musicals in Israael like: "Jumbo" 9 an Israeli Musical) "My Fair Lady" The King and I, and, Hello Dolly. In 1973, study Ballroom dancing and certified with "Dance Educator of America" in New York. She taught upstate Neew Yord at the " Concord Hotel" in the Catskill Mountain Ballroom Dancing and Exercise classes. 1984 moved to California and joined the Famous "Arthur Murray dance studio" first as a teacher later as a dance counselor for 10 years. Also worked as a Fitness instructor at the "claim to fame" LA-COSTA hotel and Spa in Carlsbad California. 1985 Yoni formed two sessions of Israeli Folk Dance classed. One at the Jewish Community Center which was then located in the Garden Grove area and continued with this activity at the JCC in Orange County Costa Mesa. The other session was in San Diego at the famous "Folk Dance Center on Adam St. She also is the camp dirdector fo two Israeli Folk Dance camps. "Camp Yona" in February and "Finjan"onLabor Day Weekend. Currently, Yoni is teaching Israeli folk dancing at Tnfinity Dance Sport Center in Dan Diego on Monday's and at "Avant Garde Ballroom" in Newport Beach on Sundays. Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido

Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido Juanita Gallardo - Independent. was born in Holland where she was thoroughly trained in classical ballet. Later on she concentrated as well on flamenco dancing. She was taught by a wonderful Spanish flamenco dancer Desi de Lara. Once arriving in California in her mid twenties she performed a couple more years before taking a long hiatus due to raising children. She met her present life/dance partner Luis Gallardo in 2008 in Virginia. Luis, a Colombian native, has been a professional flamenco dancer for more than 50 years. They teamed up and immediately started performing together. They traveled throughout the USA performing all the way through and landed here in Ecninitas. Their website is www.flamencogallardo.com. Just recently she felt the great urge to teach since discovered a wonderful connection between dance and the inner alignment within ourselves. Her flamenco teaching has become intertwined with what she now calls Total Grace Movement.

Kumu Kahne International Performer, Entertainer and Dancer with performances in Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guam and Mainland China

Linda Wilkerson
Ballet Tap Jazz

Karen Madeira - Strong by Zumba
Karen is an ACE certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer. For 9 years, she has been teaching a multitude of cardiovascular and strength based formates; including outdoor boot camps, indoor cycle, & GTS gravity to name a few. Most recently she has begun teaching the new program STRONG by zumbaTM. She is excited to be one of the first in north county to teach it, and to have the opprotunity to teach it an Dance North County. STRONG by zumbaTM combines high-intensity cardio and core training with music that is customized to the moves. It is not traditional zumba though definitely has zumba flavor and enegy! It is a challenging workout, but almost everyone can do it. Karen invites you to bring a mat and towel, and be prepared to get a workout unlike anything you've done before!
Dance North County teacher: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Escondido

Daveen DiGiacomo
Toddlers

Wendy Freider
Country Western

Farrah Valdez
Wedding

Joe Chepeski
Milonga

Kathrine Campion
Theatre

Carolina Vasco
Latin

Krista Ann Burke
Milonga

Marty & Sharon Cooper
Senior Dance Party

Pam & Scott Gregory
Theatre Song Dance

Sylvania Reyna
FitTap

Tim Snedeker
Casino Rueda

Tsha Marie
Latin


Dance North County
535 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100
Encinitas, CA. 92024
760-445-7849



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