Glen Michael became an instant success when joining the dance instruction industry in 1997. Now a judge and studio owner for 14 years, his specializing skills are second to none in getting new students off on the right foot in their dancing. After receiving countless awards from the dance community including Arthur Murray's and various charity events, Glen decided to take his School independent allowing him the flexibility to give his students even more than what a chain could offer them. Whether you see Glen on Rogers Television, on Stage at the Air Canada Center to participate in the Dancing With the stars Pre Show, or at community events throughout the city, you can always see him enjoying a laugh with someone. In 2003 he wrote and performed on his own CD called Streaming (a non-ballroom CD) and in 2008 he became the food critic for Asianwave magazine.
Farrah began social dancing in 1999, and partner dancing soon became her favourite pastime. She started off taking salsa group classes and went out dancing almost every night. Throughout university and the years following, she continued to social dance regularly until one day she decided she to expand her dancing and began to learn how to swing dance. Once she stepped foot into a ballroom dance studio for the first time she knew that there was so much more to dancing then swing and salsa and she began taking lessons to learn all ballroom dances. Ballroom dancing quickly became her number one interest. She took lessons regularly and looked very forward to all the ballroom socials, and participated in her first competition as a newcomer dancer. After 2 years of lessons she finally realized that this is what she wanted to do fulltime. She decided it was time for a career change, and decided to teach ballroom dance. Farrah continues to take other dance classes such as ballet, hip hop and tap to keep herself well rounded as a dancer, and reap the benefits of knowing other dance styles and incorporating them into her ballroom style.
has been Ballroom and Latin dancing since he was in his teens, competing in the junior categories rising through the levels and winning many competitions along the way. He has trained with some of the best Ballroom and Latin instructors in the world.
After years of competition, he decided to go in a different path, a path that changed the way he dances, salsa dancing. Performing in groups such as Los Salsamanos, Dance To Live and United Salseros, He opened his eyes to the many different styles and movement of partnering dancing that can be done. And recently, he added another dance to his repertoire to the form of West Coast Swing.
In April 2012, Jason won the title of World Champion in Triple Threat Division (West Coast Swing, Hustle and Salsa) with his dance partner Sharon Cai at 2012 International Hustle and Salsa Championship in Orlando, Florida.
With the knowledge and years of dance experience, Jason is able to provide this information for his students so they can also experience how it feels to dance fluidly, to move freely with confidence, and dance like no one is watching.
is passionate about bringing fun and excitement to every lesson he teaches. He prides himself on both the progress his students make as well as the laughter and joy they experience during the lessons.
"My goal is not only to help each student become the dancer of their dreams, but to help them become greater, more confident, and more graceful than they ever thought they could be."
Mark has trained with some of the top coaches in the ballroom world. He has worked side by side with world champions and even some of the coaches from Dancing With The Stars. From his varied experiences in the Ballroom and Latin world he strives to bring the most effective teaching methods and the latest dance trends.
He has traveled the world with his students, attending competitions everywhere from Puerto Rico to Las Vegas. He has helped students with no previous dance experience win first place in some of the biggest competitions.
Mark was a finalist in a worldwide top instructor competition with the Arthur Murray organization representing Canada in the New Orleans Allstars finals.
He is adamant in his belief that anybody can learn how to dance and have a great time doing so!
Melina Xu is a multi-faceted artist. She discovered dance and found her passion for the arts at a young age from the first time she heard music. Since then, she engaged herself with music throughout childhood as she dances and sings like a star. She feels dance is her spiritual life and there is nothing that is stopping her to pursue her artistic career. Melina started her formal dance training in her early 20s after finishing medical school.
Melina's dance style combines years of experience as a performer, choreographer, teacher and fitness instructor. She has been trained in over 20 different dances, specializing in modern lyrical, contemporary dance, belly dance, Latin and ballroom dances. Currently, she dances intensively in different dance styles that continue to maintain her as an excellent dancer. She has performed at various events throughout the GTA and made her original ballroom dancing video in 2011. Today, she is a caring teacher working at the Toronto Social Dance School full time. Her job is to bring the quality of dance technique into the class and transfer her great artistic knowledge to help whoever is starting from step one. Her goal is to live a meaningful, cheerful, healthy life style through dance, music and growing mind, body and soul.
first got exposed to Latin dancing in 1995 when a friend took him to the then famous Berlin's Tuesdays. A loose-limbed traveller who truly appreciates music, he was immediately intoxicated by the lively trumpets of the merengue bands and the sexy rhythms of the salsa beats.
After years of persistent training, in 2000 Arturo joined a pioneering salsa dance school and taught and showcased there until 2004. During that time, he instructed & trained hundreds of students on the proper technique of dancing salsa. He continued to improve himself and danced his way from Montreal, New York to Spain and Bermuda, and also trekked through salsa clubs all across Latin America. For the next 6 years he established a dance studio in Hamilton, focusing on teaching 'leading & following' which has become such an important element in this dance and which has turned into his signature teaching method. His objective is get anybody at all to be able to dance by employing the correct technique - by learning "to move" instead of learning "moves".
Arturo has choreographed & performed in Toronto, Hamilton, Atlanta and Bermuda. Recently, he found his newest passion in West Coast Swing, where he sees the similarities in movement with salsa. He has already entered competitions in the US & Canada and was a finalist in several of them.
He joins TSDS as a salsa instructor and looks forward to this new challenge.
Sharon began her ballroom and Latin dance education 15 years ago, and had had much success in competitions both in Canada and United States. Since 1998, she has won numerous competitions in International Amateur Latin and Standard Ballroom Dances. She was the champion of Rumba and Jive in FM88.9 CIRV Talent Quest's "Talents at a Glance" in Toronto (2000), and salsa champion in Palm Springs, L.A.'s Jack and Jill (2006). She has trained extensively in a variety of dance styles with top instructors in North America, and has also traveled to Europe & South America for additional experience and to widen her horizons.
Sharon also has over 15 years of teaching experience, having taught dancing and worked with dancers under many different settings.
On top of this, she is also a certified Zumba instructor, which confirms her dedication to dancing as the ultimate key to fitness.
In recent years, Sharon found a new love in the form of West Coast Swing, Hustle and Country Western Dance. She now travels frequently across the United States to learn from the best and to compete in these events. In April 2012, Sharon won the title of World Champion in Triple Threat Division (West Coast Swing, Hustle and Salsa) with his dance partner Jason Ng at 2012 International Hustle and Salsa Championship in Orlando, Florida.
has been an instructor of American Smooth and Rhythm for the past ten years. She has over twenty years of combined ballet and ballroom training. Somewhere between her dance classes, she managed to indulge her other love by acquiring a Master'
s degree in literature and creative writing. Teaching has actually provided many interesting character studies for her! She enjoys dancing and teaching American style ballroom specifically because it allows her to use her creativity in choreographing. Her inspiration stems from her lifelong affection for Hollywood musicals. In fact, she often wishes her life were a Hollywood musical and wonders why people don'
t randomly break out into song and dance. To find the child inside who knows that the only thing that EVER matters is that whatever you'
re doing, and however you'
re doing it, you'
re having FUN doing it - this is what she hopes for all her students.
Natalie Dee, a Toronto native, is a graduate of the Radolph Academy and a trained singer, dancer and actor. Her most recent credit
includes playing Amy March in "little women" the musical (2010). Since graduating, Natalie ventured to new York city to study in a full time program at Broadway Dance Center. She specializes in hip hop, jazz and acrobatics. She is currently performing professionally and continues training rigorously at metro movement dance studios.