Sylvia is the owner and operator of Ballroom Dance Center. She has been active in the ballroom dance industry for 20 years and has earned many respectable accolades in dancing and teaching. She has earned the title of US Rising Star Latin Champion and has won and been a finalist in many competitions across the country. Her students have consistently placed at the top in local and national competitions. Her experience has made her a popular choice with collegiate dance teams as well; she has worked with the Catholic University of America Ballroom Dance Team as well as the University of Madison Ballroom Dance Team.
Sylvia has been awarded the recognition of #1 Top Teacher at the Crystal Ball Championships as well as Top Teacher at the Windy City Open and Harvest Moon Championships. Ballroom Dance Center has also been awarded the #1 Top Studio at the 2014 Harvest Moon Ball Championships.
Ricky has been an active member of the Chicago dance community for many years and most recently won the Award of Top Teacher at the 2014 Harvest Moon Ball Championships. He has experience with many styles of dance and his specialty is country two-step and line dancing. He has previously been the Manager of the Chicago Spirit Brigade (CSB) performing cheer leading stunts at events all around Chicago. He is presently a performing member of a dance ensemble, The Windy City Cowboys, representing the Chicagoland LGBTQ community. He loves sharing his talents and his skills with all of his students both in a social dancing aspect as well as on the competition floor.
Ballroom Dance Instructor
Paul has been dancing nearly his whole life, starting at the age of 6, in numerous different dance genre’s from Hip Hop, to Modern, to Ballet, to Irish, and of course Ballroom Dancing. Most of his life has been dedicated to the arts and the sheer creative force of body and mind, opening many different doors for him including comics and numerous performances for locals around the city. Paul is very excited to join the team here at Ballroom Dance Center and is looking forward to share his excitement and joy of dancing with everyone he can.
Ballroom Dance Instructor
Dawn has been an active member of the Chicago social dance scene for nearly 10 years, most notably in East Coast Swing/lindy hop and West Coast Swing. She has consistently placed in the top 5 for local lindy hop competitions, and performed with the College of Lake County Jazz Band, dancing for their “History of Swing” concert series. Dawn has been teaching since 2011, sharing her love of dance through group and private settings, as well as choreographed exhibition routines. When she is not on the dance floor, Dawn can be found singing or playing with local music groups and earning her keep as a professional writer.