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.
Chris Quintana came to dance with a background in music composition/theory and martial arts. A first degree black belt, he saw these two interests combine into a passion for dance after studying with ABC, the Albuquerque Ballroom Company. His love of music keeps him dancing in his daily life, from working out with the LaBlast program to nights out on the town. Chris is Full Bronze certified in the DVIDA syllabus and has been teaching with CSP since 2012. He enjoys social and competitive dancing in all styles, and continues studying to keep dance fun and interesting for all his students.
Christy Purser came to CSP Dance Studios to train as an instructor in January of 2013 and has been a certified instructor here since April of 2013. She passed her Junior Associate Certification Exam in Ballroom and Latin dancing with Honors; and received her LaBlast dance fitness certification in June of 2013. Christy loves teacher her students and seeing their excitement when they learn new steps. Christy is CSP Dance Studio’s Youth Coordinator, and enjoys introducing Ballroom to a new generation of dancers.
Carrie Lynn Rome
Carrie Lynn has been dancing her whole life. Her formal training began at fourteen as a member of the Ballet Theater of New Mexico. Carrie was a member and Senior Choreographer for the Cottey College Repertory Dance Company the Taghrid Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble and was a founding member and faculty advisor for The UNM Middle Eastern Dance Theater Association. Carrie Lynn has taught for UNM, Salsa Baby, Defined Fitness, and in private, charter, and public schools; she is highly qualified in Dance, Theater and The Performing Arts by the NM State Department of Education. Most recently she passed the DIVIDA Junior Associates exam in Ballroom and Latin in April 2013. She trained with Louis van Amstle and became certified in the LaBlast Program in June 2013. Carrie holds both an Associate of Arts from Cottey College and a Bachelor of University Studies from the University of New Mexico where she specialized in Business, Broadcast Communications, and Social/Political Science. She graduated Cum Laud from the University Honors Department. Carrie has formal training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Flamenco, Oriental Dance, African, Afro Cuban, Hip Hop, and is licensed in Zumba and Zumbatomic. Carrie enjoys teaching, working with students, and is excited about her new opportunities at CSP Dance Studios including her new role of Director of Public Relations.