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Dance Instructors

World Class coaches will be the instructors for all classes and, if desired, for private classes.

Ron and Karla Montez

Ron Montez is one of the most respected personalities in the Dance business. He was the 7-time undefeated United States Professional Latin Champion. He also placed as high as 4th place in the World's Professional Latin Championship and was a finalist in the prestigious British Championship. He is recognized as coach and choreographer in both American and International Styles including Swing and Mambo. Ron is the Co-Host of the PBS Championships Ballroom Dance Program, which was hosted by Rita Moreno, the late Juliet Prowse, Barbara Eden, Sandy Duncan and Jasmine Guy.

Karla Montez has a dance background of Ballet and Jazz.   She traveled with a Dance Company for 13 years, capturing the U.S. Open Cabaret Championship.  Karla brings this rich background of Dance to this exciting partnership. Now, along with her dancing, Karla has ventured into a Real Estate career in Tucson.

Ron and Karla enjoy dancing together, teaching classes and workshops together, and performing in shows. They have three beautiful children and reside in Tucson, Arizona, where they devote a great deal of time to their family.

Ron & Karla Montez are now the owners of Chicago Crystal Ball held June 10-13, 2010. For info, please visit: www.chicagocrystalball.com
You can schedule coaching with Ron Montez anytime during the year, by phone call 858-334-3754 or email at Montezuma2341@gmail.com.

Jim & Jenell Maranto

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Jenell is a two-time U.S. Professional American Smooth Champion, and is a Certified Licentiate in the Imperial Society Ballroom Branch. She has owned and operated her own school, The Academy of Ballroom Dance since 1987.

Jenell has ranked among the top 7 in the World Showdance and is a winner & four -time nominee of the U.S. Feather Dance Awards. She has held every major American Smooth title in the U.S., as well as many in the International Standard.

Jenell has trained numerous U.S. Pro-Am and Amateur Champions. She is now retired from competition dancing and is busy teaching and demonstrating both American and International styles , as well as judging many of the competitions.

Decho Kraev & Bree Watson

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Decho and Bree are known for their tremendous technique and highly creative routines. You will no doubt witness one of the strongest technical performances on the floor. Pay special attention to Bree's exceptional footwork, lovely extensions and fabulous lines. Decho's perfect balance creates a beautiful frame for Bree which illustrates an exciting and attractive couple as they present the true character of each dance with elegance and sophistication.

They have had a remarkably successful professional career including:

  • 2007 U.S. National Theatre Arts Champions
  • 2007 Ohio Star Ball Professional Theatrical Arts Champions
  • 2008 Blackpool Professional Invitation Exhibition Finalist
  • 2008 U.S. National Professional Rhythm Championship 3rd Place
  • 2009 Emerald Ball Champions
  • 2009 Runners up in World Rhythm
  • 2009 World Rhythm Show Dance Champions
  • 2010 U.S. National Professional Championship 2nd
  • 2010 World Professional Rhythm Champions
  • 2011 US National Rhythm Champions
  • 2011 World Rhythm Show Dance Champions
  • 2011 World Rhythm Champions
  • Regular Finalists in all major U.S. and Open to the World Professional Events

    Lori Ross

    Lori Ross is an internationally known teacher, performer and successful competitor of dance, with well over 30 years professional dance experience. Starting her Partner Dance career at 14, she performed, competed, taught and choreographed for a Las Vegas Ballroom Dance Team. At BYU, she majored in dance and helped instruct several classes at Brigham Young University, during which time she danced and performed with the BYU Ballroom Dance Team, the Latin Dance Team, and the Social Dance Team, and International Folk Dancers.

    Her range of versatility includes all popular forms of partner dancing, including Authentic Argentine Tango, All forms Swing, International, American, and "Street" versions of Latin and Ballroom dancing, as well as Country Western Dance. She has often been referred to as "A Master of Dance" in her own right, and one of the most knowledgeable and articulate instructors of dance in and out of the United States.

    In 1994 Lori enthusiastically pioneered the Argentine Tango as a popular form of social dance within the Greater Phoenix area. Since which time, she has hosted a series of several local Dance Masters Workshops, and several trips to Buenos Aires with a new group of students each year, to study with the most renowned Dance Masters of Argentina. Lori was recruited by the ASU Department of Dance, to initiate and developed the Argentine Tango Dance Program for the Arizona State University, in addition to teaching a variety of other Social Dances. Before moving to Arizona, Lori developed the Social Dance Program for the University Nevada Reno. Many of her students continue to carry on a legacy of enthusiasm for dance, some of which have become successful professional dancers and teachers in their own right.