Stefan Dobrev is as talented as they come! Dancing for over 30 years, his career spans successes as both an Amateur and Professional competitor. After becoming a Bulgarian National Champion (his native country), he traveled to the United States and landed here in the Tampa Bay Area. His talent on the dance floor is only outshined by his awards for his teaching. Stefan has been top teacher in the Southeast region for 6 years and national top teacher receiving the Casanave awards for 3 years in a row. In 2014 Stefan decided to open his own Ballroom Dance Studio in Oldsmar Florida. In addition he continues to share his passion for dance by teaching and coaching competitive students and professionals as well as judge competitions.
Traci began dancing at the age of five. She studied jazz, ballet, tap, and tumbling. In middle school she moved into competitive gymnastics with floor and beam quickly becoming her strongest areas due to her dance training. In high school and in college she continued with her dancing becoming a performing member of the Danscompany of Gainesville, Florida. After graduate school she was introduced to ballroom dancing and very shortly after began to compete professionally and teach. Today she continues to teach students in addition to running Connection Point Coaching, LLC. A company she created that focuses on helping people overcome blocks and reach their goals. She says, “Helping people recognize another level of their inner potential is always fun and inspiring for me regardless of the vehicle I utilize!”
Our Teachers make
all the difference!
Students don’t care how much you know
until they know how much you care.
The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
-William A. Ward
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Erik Shepard comes to us from Palm Springs, CA with an extensive background in large-scale productions in Las Vegas, Asia and on several major cruise lines. He has been teaching ballroom dance since 2012 and his passion lies in helping his students witness their own amazing accomplishments as a result of their effort and dedication.
Steven is originally from Australia and started dancing at the age of 10. He was runner up in all major Australia 10 dance Championships, South Pacific 10 Dance Championships and finalist in the Singapore Closed and Hong Kong Open Championships as well as competing around the World in International Ballroom and Latin.
He has worked on TV, Film and stage productions such as Dirty Dancing (Germany), Strictly Dancing (Australia) and Baz Luhrmann’s film “Australia,” alongside Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, and Burn the Floor (World Production) where he meet his beautiful wife Sandi.
In addition to his competing and stage performance career Steven was a full-time dance instructor in Sydney, Australia teaching all ages groups for competitions, medal examinations and social dancing. He is very excited to continue living his passion and sharing his joy of dancing with Dance Excellence Ballroom.
Alina has been passionate about dancing ever since the age of five. During all her school life, she studied the art of dance in Moldova (her home country) and then continued to improve her skills as a University student. She is professionally trained in the international style of dance and is very passionate about teaching it. Alina moved to Florida in September of 2017 and is eagerly awaiting the chance to share her vast knowledge with the students of Dance Excellence.
Juan is originally from Southern California. He started dancing folk dances of Mexico at age 12. In 1999 he started his training as a ballroom dance instructor in California. Since then he has studied many different social styles of dancing as well as ballet, jazz, modern and tap dancing. He is proficient in the American styles of Ballroom (smooth and rhythm) as well as many other specialty ballroom dances, such as Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa and Bachata. Juan has been a Florida resident since 2012 and joined the Dance Excellence team December 2015. He loves teaching dance and enjoys making people smile and laugh.
Jordan began dancing at the age of three. She has studied and competed in multiple styles of dance over the years at both regional and national levels. She has trained under many different renown dance professionals across the nation. Jordan started to teach dance at the age of 16, and has enjoyed sharing her passion with others ever since. She started her professional career with Busch Gardens Tampa, where she performed for thousands of people a day. Jordan continued performing for the International Indian Film Academy Awards, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Universal Studios, Sea World Orlando, Cirque Dreams, Four Star Entertainment, Event Show Productions and in many more local events and shows. Jordan is a certified Iternational Event and Wedding Planning Professional. Now, Jordan is ecstatic to be a part of the Dance Excellence Ballroom team.
Zach is born and raised in Saint Petersburg, FL. Zach started dancing at 8 years old after seeing his family's passion for dance. Growing up Zach jumped between his passions for dance and soccer. Once Zach decided that his soccer career was over he decided to jump into the health and fitness industry. Becoming an ACE certified personal trainer and a nutrition coach. Zach eventually opened his own business (Primetime Nutrition) and fell in love with helping people get the most out of their lives. This desire to help people feel healthy and live life to the fullest has helped Zach rekindle his passion of dancing and showing others the endless benefits of ballroom.