Beena has been influenced by Egyptian and Lebanese styles of Bellydance; both classical and folkloric. She started dancing at Chicago's Jasmin Jahal School and is excited to teach in South Carolina.
James started dancing in 2000 as a young adult and can totally relate to both the beginner student’s struggle of not learning to dance as a child and also to those who have the desire to make the dance look the best it can be. He specializes in teaching technique, which makes all the difference in how a dance looks and feels. While the first part of his dancing career was filled mostly with National Competitions, he is now the father of two young children and focuses on private and group lessons here at home to share his love of dancing with others.
Marina spent her childhood in her father’s dance studio in the Siberian town of Krasnoyarsk. At the age of four she began intensively studying, training and competing in the top Ballroom Dance arenas. She moved to Charleston, SC in 2004 at age 19 to pursue her dreams. Her passion, discipline and drive for dance became the source of inspiration to open Elite Dance Studio in 2010. A champion & finalist in many ballroom dance national & international events, she has a love for competition and a commitment to Dancesport, a competitive ballroom category that demands top athletic and mental focus. Marina is an original founder for Elite Dance Team that performed at many events around town and South Carolina State. Her commitment to helping others doesn't end with teaching, she also gives back to the community by working closely and making donations to non-profit organizations like Pet Helpers, Chase for the Cure, MUSC Charity and the Charleston Animal Society, Charleston Youth Development, and the ARK Alzheimer's Family Support Services.
Dr. Maurice Olfus is a retired US Diplomat, lecturer, teacher, and author with over 20 years of Tai Chi experience.
The regular practice of Tai Chi conveys health benefits on three basic levels - physical, mental, and emotional. As such, and in simple terms, the more we learn to relax while doing Tai Chi, the greater the return on the health benefits that we seek. Medical science has revealed that the mind and body are integrally connected. Thus, when the body is relaxed, the mind becomes relaxed as well. Therefore, Tai Chi is a mindful exercise because of the mind-body connection. This mind-body connection is actually a tripartite relationship between the mind, the emotions, and body. Once this connection is applied in the Tai Chi practice, one is able to quickly obtain and sustain physical, mental, and emotional good health.
With 30 year of experience in teaching Ballroom dancing, he is well versed in all styles of the art.
He has had the opportunity to assist in instructing Julia Roberts for her dance scene in Something to talk about.
He has served our country in the US Air Force during Desert Storm.
Sarah Sharpe began Ballroom dancing at Fred Astaire in 2002 where she competed and won at the Bronze level. Later she joined the Dance Team at Elite Dance International where she performed at festivals and events around the LowCountry. In 2017, the Elite Dance Team was absorbed by Ballroom Dance Charleston, and at that point she began managing the team. Outside of performances, she teaches private lessons and group classes in both American and International Smooth/Standard and Rhythm/Latin styles, as well as, Salsa, Bachata, Swing and Shag dances. Her focus is on technique, feel, expression and musical interpretation. This year she was the winner of the 2019 Dancing with the Ark Stars and will be performing at Piccolo Spoleto 2019.
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Stanley has been teaching for 38 years. He previously taught at Fred Astaire studios, Celebrity cruise line, The Citadel, and owned/operated Ballroomplus for 13 years. . He has professional certifications from NDTA in Master: American Smooth and American Rhythm and a Silver Dance Achievement Certificate from Arthur Murray International. Stanley is a certified Professional Member of NDTA and a member of the USTerpsichore Association - C+D+ (Style & Level).