We Believe Dance is for Everyone!
Patti Smith - Owner & Master Instructor
Patti Smith is the owner of CSP Dance Studios that was established in 2009. She has been a professional certified dance teacher since 2001. She holds certifications in the Fred Astaire and the DVIDA syllabi. Patti has had the pleasure of working in all aspects of her industry from teaching the beginning student to training teachers, to choreographing and training actors for television and film.
She enjoys teaching beginners as well as advanced students and thoroughly enjoys competing with her students at various NDCA and UCWDC competitions. “My philosophy is that fun should always be the number one priority and everything else comes with time.” Patti also believes that everyone is dancing for a different reason, and it is her job to help them meet THEIR goals.
Kiersten Taylor - Dance Manager and Social and Competitive Dance Instructor
Kiersten Taylor has been dancing since she was four years old. She has a ballet and jazz background but transitioned into ballroom in 2000. She has been a professional Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Country instructor since 2001. She has also competed professionally as well as with her students in various NDCA (ballroom) and UCWDC (country) competitions. Kiersten enjoys bringing her love of dance to all her students.
Luis Grijalva - Social and Competitive Dance Instructor
Frances Burch - Dance Instructor
Frances Burch first started dancing when she wandered into a local swing club at college over 10 years ago. She spent several years dancing socially before deciding to broaden her dance knowledge into other partner dances, eventually deciding to compete in rhythm and ballroom. Frances found that dance helped her develop confidence, patience, and empathy for others, and finds nothing more fulfilling than watching her students learn and grow. Frances enjoys teaching brand new beginners as well as advanced dancers, and looks forward to competing professionally and with her students.
Larisa "Larry" Chavez - Dance Instructor
Larisa has been dancing for 26 years. She has a minor in dance from UNM and has done choreography for independent films. Larisa started with ballet at the age of 4. Since then, she has studied multiple forms of dance and is a certified yoga instructor.
Now Larisa is focusing on her passion of teaching partner dance and we couldn’t be more excited to have her join our team.
Wendolin Garcia - Dance Instructor
Wendolin has been dancing for 10 years. She received a minor in dance at UNM and began teaching partner dance in 2019. She was first introduced to cha cha, where she found a new interest for latin style of dance. Wanting to mimic the phenomenal experience for other students, she began learning other dance styles and started her journey as a dance instructor.
She is enthusiastic about sharing her joy and passion for dance, and can’t wait to see you at CSP Dance Studios.
Brittany Sanchez - Dance Instructor
Brittany has been dancing and competing for 11 years in both ballroom and country. She was a member of the UNM Ballroom Dancesport Team in college. While at UNM she completed two degrees. She has been a member of several social dance groups, but now she’s excited to begin her teaching career.