Albuquerque Dance Instructors
We Believe Dance is for Everyone!
Patti Smith ~ Owner
Patti Smith has been a professional, certified dance teacher for over 10 years. She is Full Bronze Certified in the Fred Astaire Syllabus as well as the DVIDA Syllabus. She enjoys teaching beginners as well as advanced students and loves competing with her students at various NDCA and UCWDC Dance Competitions. “My philosophy is that fun should always be the number one priority, and everything else will come with time.” Patti also believes everyone is dancing for a different reason and it is her job to help her students meet their goals.
Joe Moncada, a native of El Paso TX, has been dancing since the age of 16. He started his career performing with the El Paso Association for the performing arts. He has danced and performed with the NM Ballet Company, Ballet Theatre of New Mexico, Modern Dance Moving Company, People in Santa Fe, Baila! Baila! and Ballet Folklorico Rio Grande. Joe has competed in the professional American Rythm division in Ballroom Dancing for 10 years, receiving awards including top teacher for numerous Pro-Am Competitions with Fred Astaire Dance World.
In 2007 Maryann Harvey teamed up with professional partner, Rowdy Dufrene, to compete in the Professional Master’s Showcase Division of the UCWDC. They were met with much success, placing 2nd in all dances at the UCWDC World Championships in January of 2010. Maryann also received international recognition as a teaching professional at the 2008 World Championships. Maryann has competed in the classic Masters division with two other professional partners. She and partner Todd Fulkerson were the 2004 UCWDC Classic Open Division I World Chapions.
Maryann graduated summa cun laude with a BFA in dance from the UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS in Philadelphia. She has been teaching dance since age 13 and hopes the all her energy and experience will enrich the Albuquerque dance community.
Jerika Turnbow started dancing with the UNM Ballroom Dance Program, where she fell in love with all the different styles of dance. She started training at CSP in December of 2010 and has been working at CSP Dance Studios as a certified dance instructor since March of 2011. Jerika is Full Bronze Certified in the DVIDA Syllabus and passed all of her exams with High Honors. Jerika enjoys helping her students meet their goals and loves teaching students of all levels. She also enjoys competing with all of her students at various NDCA and UCWDC Dance Competitions.
Chris Quintana came to dance with a background in Martial Arts. He found his passion for dance after studying with C co. Albuquerque’s Premier Ballroom Dance Company. He enjoys social & competitive dancing and is studying for his Associate DVIDA Certifications.