Owner- Billy Jones
Billy has been Competitive dancing, Social dancing, teaching, judging, mentoring and enriching people’s lives for over 35 years. His passion for dance and people are exceptional. He was ranked 4th in the US in American Rhythm dancing and is a proud member of the NDCA. He has traveled around the world teaching and dancing. He was just honored to teach American Salsa dancing to studios in Cuba
Some of the people he has taught and performed for are President Bill and Hillary Clinton, Marky Post, Carol Burnet, Arizona’s own Secretary of State Michele Regan, Linda Pope and many more.
He is one of the Founders of Dancing for Arizona’s Children! A benefit for foster children for Arizona Children’s Association.
Tasha- Front Desk Manager
Happy Mother of a 1 year old. Tasha brings Dance Starz AZ “Sunshine” Besides being very Professional, she is a ton on FUN! You will enjoy her very outgoing and positive energy that she brings to the studio. Please feel free to call her for information about the studio.
Pat-Morning Receptionist and Student
Being retired, Pat was searching for her next purpose. She can give you a real prospective of learning how to dance. She herself has been and is a student for years. She competes, does shows and takes 3-4 lessons per week. If your nervous about learning how to dance please give her a call.
Lisa- Evening Receptionist and Mom of 2
Lisa is our evening receptionist. Being a new mom. Lisa decided to get out of the house and back into the work force. She has an amazing personality and fun to talk with.
Yelena- 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”.
Daniele- Advanced Competitor Dancer and Teacher (Bio coming soon)
Leela- Advanced Competitor Dancer and Teacher (Bio Coming soon)
Geo- Certified Instructor ( Bio coming soon)
Michael- Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet and Ballroom/Latin Instructor
After years of training in Ballet, Musical Theatre, Modern Dance and Jazz. Michael is excited to trade in his Tutu and Tights for the Ballroom Dance floor. He has traveled throughout the world with elite competition teams and delivering show-stopping performances. His passion is kids and creating new outlets of fun for adults.
Instructors Associated with Dance Starz AZ :
Julianne- Competitive teacher and Instructor (Bio coming soon)
Paul- Competitive teacher and Instructor ( Bio coming soon)
Ivan- Indépendant Instructor Finalist in American Style
Marietta- Indépendant Instructor Finalist in American Style
Nona- Indépendant Instructor Bulgarian Champion
Yeh- Indépendant Instructor Finalist in American Smooth
Kevin- Indépendant Instructor Blackpool England Finalist