Meet our Amazing Staff!!
Our Goal is to “Enrich the lives of everyone that we come in contact with“
Billy Jones- Owner and Founder
Originally from upstate NY, Dance Starz AZ founder, Mr. Bill Jones, has been dancing, teaching, judging and choreographing for over 25 years. He is certified and a member of the NDCA. He has danced around the world and has performed for many stars including Carol Burnett, Marky Post, Jennifer Collige, Ted Turner, and President Bill Clinton. His passion, dedication and creativity through the years has made Dance Starz AZ the most innovative and fun dance studio in AZ!
Lisa Dobias- Office Manager
Lisa first began her journey as a student here at Dance Starz AZ. She fell so in love with dancing and everything to do with the studio, that she asked if we had a job here for her. Lisa has the warmest personality and brings a light, fun, healthy joy to everyone she meets. She still dances with all the instructors and can be found laughing behind the desk or twirling on the dance floor.
Yelena Babyuk- Dance Director
Yelena says “Dancing has always been my passion”. Born in Russia, as a young child of 8 years old, she started ballet then changed to ballroom dancing at 13. Her ballroom instructors and the beautiful costumes inspired her to take the leap into the ballroom world. At 16, she started teaching professionally in Russia, then competing all over Europe. During the 1982 competitions, she and her partner won the Russian Professional Championship in Standard Dance, the highest competition and honor to be bestowed on a ballroom dancer in Russia, she and her partner placed 2nd in Latin that year also. From that point on she traveled all over Europe competing, judging many ballroom competitions and helping students become champion ballroom dancers themselves. In 2000, by invitation, she moved to the US working as a professional teacher. Yelena says “Her goal is to bring the love of dance to everyone she meets”
Drew Mitchell- Certified Instructor and American Rhythm Competitor
“Growing up as the only child of a single mother, I was exposed to the art of dance early and often. I was first introduced to dance through such musicals as “The Sound of Music”, and “Grease”. I loved trying to imitate the dances and watched the movies over and over again. When I was 6 however I was introduced to figure skating and gymnastics from the Olympics in my home state of Georgia. I absolutely fell in love with these “ice dancers” and aerial performers, and I couldn’t get enough! So through quite a bit of trial and error I taught myself a few of these acrobatic stunts that I am still able to do to this day!
At age 9 my passion for sports took over. I spent every chance I could find playing any and every sport I could. I played school ball during the school year, and recreational ball during the summers. This continued throughout my high school years and is still lingering in my life today.
When I was 11 I found a passion that almost rivaled sports. This new passion was music! As a musician, I love finding ways to express myself through music. Whether it be through playing it, singing it, or creating my own. I now have Dance Starz AZ to thank for providing me a new exciting way to express the music and feeling inside of me, DANCE! Now I can put my love for sports and competing alongside my passion for music!
I can’t wait to see where this opportunity will take me, and I would love to bring you along on this journey as well! I want to teach the world to see dance in the same light as me!”
You will typically find Drew either teaching 40 plus lessons a week here at Dance Starz AZ, or out country dancing on any given night.
Kevin Lee- Dance Coach, Judge, Certified Instructor and Former world 10 Dance Champion
Mr. Kevin Lee started dancing at the age of 11, and competed at Blackpool as a Juvenile, but unfortunately did not get a call back! Within 3 years he won the Junior Ballroom at Blackpool and the International Ballroom & Latin Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and performed for Queen Elizabeth at her Silver Jubilee. Five years later he returned to Blackpool as an adult, and won again! Later on he won the United Kingdom (closed) Professional Latin-American Championship. After teaching and performing for 5 years on cruise ships, Kevin moved to Phoenix and has been there ever since, enjoying the wonderful climate, the lovely people, and sharing his knowledge of ballroom dancing.
Susan Campa – Instructor, Choreographer & Wedding Specialist (Bio coming soon)
Daniele Cavallo- International Latin Instructor, Dance Coach, Judge & Competitor
Originally from Genova, Italy, Daniele discovered his passion for ballroom dance after watching the Blackpool Dance Festival, the most prestigious ballroom competition in the world. At the age of 17, Daniele was determined to become a professional dancer.
During his dancing career spanning over two decades, Daniele has represented his home country Italy, the United States, and Israel at competitions around the globe. As a national representative couple of Israel from 2002 to 2003, Daniele and his first partner, Dorit Milman, were finalists at the Lille International DanceSport Federation (IDSF) Competition in France.
Additionally, Daniele has earned many titles of distinction in Latin dance at numerous other competitions, including the California Star Ball, Desert Classic DanceSport Championships, Hollywood DanceSport Championships, and Vegas Open.
Daniele continues to compete professionally, and is enthusiastically training a new generation of competitive dancers. Through his coaching and instruction, Daniele is imparting his exceptional knowledge of Latin dance to the next generation of dancers, and making a great contribution to Dance Starz AZ!