Staff

Peter & Ellen Ekkart – Owners

We are a originally from Belgium, where we owned and operated a dance studio since 1983.

Teaching, coaching, competing, and dancing became our life.

Ellen danced 3 seasons as a professional in the Belgian version of Dancing With The Stars, which made her a Belgian celebrity.

Peter specialized in choreography, advanced teaching methods, organizing and judging events and championships, and became a respected dance mentor for new teachers.

He gained the highest degree as a professional as the youngest person ever, with a 98% score. He translated the technique book in Dutch and French for forming new teachers.

He also worked behind the scenes as a choreographer for Dancing With The Stars in Belgium, and musical advisor for the live band.

He judged the World Professional Championships in Germany, and lots of championships around the world.

Peter & Ellen were 7 times the undefeated Belgian Professional Ballroom Champions and traveled all over the world to dance in the major competitions.

They have an international judging license to judge amateur and professionals.

Peter and Ellen ended their competitive dancing career as the Vice-World Champion in 2016, in the 40+ category in international Ballroom.

A more detailed description for both Peter and Ellen can be found on Wikipedia.

Diana Rangel – Dance Instructor

Coming from a background in jazz and hip-hop, Diana decided to pursue her dance career in ballroom. As a new comer in 2017, Diana placed 3rd in the mixed novice division at our regional competition Texarama. She is now a full-time teacher, and we are proud to have her on our staff.

 

Ricardo Arteaga – Dance Instructor

Ricardo is the newest asset to our staff, and quickly learning all the techniques and skills to become a great teacher