Our Dance Instructors in Charlotte, NC
Dance Lessons, Choreography Services & More!
The Metropolitan Ballroom offers Charlotte the most dedicated and professional dance instructors in the area. Our instructors are experienced in children’s lessons, latin dance, choreography services and more.
Learn more about our staff:
CLEMENT JOLY, originally of Montreal, Canada, began dancing at age twelve and is now an accomplished Latin dance champion and performer. As a young competitor he was distinguished in the Canadian Amateur Latin championships and as North American Professional Latin finalist. His career aspirations then led him to London, England where he acquiring his precise technical expertise under the training and mentoring of many internationally renowned instructors. During this London residency and subsequent return to Montreal, he represented Canada in major international competitions in Great Britain, France, Croatia, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
In 2007 Clément become co-founder and Director of Metropolitan Ballroom (Charlotte, NC) where he trains and mentors amateur students and professional instructors in advanced and expert levels of the Latin and Ballroom curricula. Clément is recognized as a top trainer, coach, and pro-am competitor in US events. In the past three years (2012-2014) his Latin students have won the World Pro-Am Championship Title, and have placed several times as top three finalists in the World Pro-Am Championships and in the “Best of the Best Challenge” at the Ohio Star Ball.
As the studio’s principal Director, Clément has accumulated an impressive track record of organizing and choreographing the dance components of several significant fund raising and performing arts presentations in the region. Among the most notable performing arts events are the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s special presentation “Ballroom!” comprising six Latin and Standard dances with the full orchestra in 2013 and “A Waltz to Remember” presentation with the full orchestra in February 2015. A special orchestral presentation to be hosted in the Southwestern US is planned for fall 2015.
Clément thrives in his passion for teaching, mentoring, and choreography; and has now added the role of National Adjudicator to his repertoire of skills and activities.
Certified by the USTA, A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
TATIANA KAZAKOVA, began dancing at age 7 and during her early experience she won honors as two-time Ukrainian National Junior & Young Latin Champion, Ukrainian National Amateur Latin and 10-Dance Finalist, four-time Ukrainian National Champion, and four-time World Vice Champion in both Standard and Latin team formations. She then moved to Moscow to become a professional member of the Russian Dance Union, where she was Finalist in the Grand Prix Series as a representative of Russia in International Dance Championships throughout the world, and by 2004 she and her partner were rated in the top 9 best couples of Russia in Professional Latin National Championships.
Tatiana moved to the United States in 2005 where she and her partner quickly became a top Professional Rising Star Latin Couple in many major competitions such as Millennium Dancesport, Emerald Ball, Atlanta Open, Tri-State Challenge, Heritage Classic and several more significant events throughout the US.
In 2007 Tatiana become co-founder of Metropolitan Ballroom (Charlotte NC) where she trains and mentors amateur students as well as professional instructors in advanced and expert levels of the Latin and Ballroom curricula. In addition to cultivating several competition winners, she has also collaborated with local performing arts organizations to choreograph significant artistic works, such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s special presentation “Ballroom!” comprising six dances with the full orchestra in 2013 and “A Waltz to Remember” presentation with the full orchestra in February 2015. A special orchestral presentation to be hosted in the Southwestern US is planned for fall 2015.
Today she continues her love for teaching, mentoring, Judging and choreography.
Certified by the USTA, A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Registered with the National Dance Council of America
Tatiana introduced Metropolitan Ballroom’s first children’s ballroom class. Learn more about our Youth Lessons.
Fun Facts: She is a mother of a 7 year old daughter who is a blossoming young dancer in ballet and ballroom, who has studied at Metropolitan Ballroom and at North Carolina Dance Theatre.
RANKO BOGOSAVAC was born in Bosnia where he started his promising dance career at age 9. Ranko won five national championships in Bosnia and Hercegovina in three separate competitive dance and age categories over a period of nine years.
In 1996, he won the National Championship in Latin-American dancing in the Junior Category; in 2001, he won the National Championship in the Youth Category of Standard dancing; and in 2002, he was the Amateur category winner in the Latin-American dance championship, the Standard National Dance Championship and the 10-dance National Championship.
Ranko brings his experience and passion for dancing to his students and the community. Recently he teamed up with Fort Mill’s “Save Middle School Sports”, YMCA’s Ballroom Dance Battle and the Charlotte Symphony’s KnightSounds Series.
DARINKA DIVLJAK is an internationally recognized professional ballroom dancer and instructor. Serbian born, she started dancing at the age of 9. Finding she had a natural talent for it, she turned it into a rewarding career. Her love of and dedication to the art of dancing have enabled her to win the National Championship of Serbia nine times in the past 14 years, and she has translated her talents into a viable career path as an internationally recognized dancer and professional instructor.
With 20 years of experience, Divljak now enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion of this art form with others. She has recently collaborated with the Charlotte Symphony KnightSounds Series, the Boys and Girls club’s “Gastonia”, and the YMCA’s “Ballroom Dance Battle”.
RANKO BOGOSAVAC and DARINKA DIVLJAK began dancing together in November 2011 in the Professional Latin Division. Shortly after they began their partnership they became finalists in the Atlanta Open 2012, Millennium 2012, Miami Open 2012 and Heritage Classic 2013. Together they performed in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s special presentation “Ballroom!” built entirely on Ballroom and Latin dancing. Both have taken part in fundraiser events in the greater Charlotte area. Enjoy sharing their love of dance with the community and their students.
Stefano Placidi Zaccarelli
STEFANO PLACIDI ZACCARELLI is the third generation of passionate dancers, born in Rome Italy, to a legacy of dancers. He began dancing in his parents dance school at the age of 6, and at age 14 started competitive dancing with his first partner. As a 16 year old he won his first Italian Championship, and at age 17 he began competing internationally in Standard, Latin and 10 Dance styles. He also won his first 10 Dance Italian Championship in that year.
During his years as a premier international competitor, he accomplished an impressive record of success in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, The Netherlands and other venues throughout Europe. Among the most notable and recognizable successes are multiple First Place Italian Championships in the Latin, Standard and 10 Dance categories throughout his competitive years. He also accomplished significant results at Blackpool, among these being Semi-Finalist Under -21 at the British Open and Top 20 Couples at British Open (Amateur). He and his partner were also named to the “Top 12” pairs in the IDSF World ranking.
Stefano now turns his considerable talents to teaching, coaching and choreography at Metropolitan Ballroom. While Stefano has enjoyed great success as a competitive dancer, instructor, coach, choreographer, and judge, he will tell you his proudest results are his two children, Anna and Cristian.
KELLI grew up in Gainesville, Florida where she started dancing at the age of six followed by several years of gymnastics. Starting at the age 12, Kelli studied jazz, ballet and tap under Nina Cameron for the next 10 years and during that time performed a lyrical jazz piece in the ‘Miss Dance of Florida’ competition placing as a top 10 finalist. While jazz was her main focus for those 10 years, she was introduced to ballroom dancing in 1991 and has continued since then training, performing and teaching ballroom dancing.
MIKE STOWERS studied tap, jazz and ballet growing up in Charlotte. Leaving those forms of dance behind in high school, he rediscovered ballet and modern in college. Following college, music became his passion; and a change of cities, a change in employment status, and a little serendipity led him to a small dance studio in Spartanburg, SC. When he later returned to Charlotte, Mike worked for a major franchised dance studio for ten years; competing in both Pro Am and Professional competitions, and winning Teacher of the Year in 1990. After moving to their Pineville franchise in 1991, he became Manager and Dance Director, and was awarded Top Male Dancer in 1993. After a cancer scare, Mike decided to change careers again, and became a high school American History teacher. 20 years later after another life changing event, Mike has now returned to teaching ballroom and joined the amazing staff at Metropolitan Ballroom.
FRONT DESK – Filled with high energy and enthusiasm, Robert can help you with any questions you may have regarding lessons or renting out our studio as a venue. Robert is not new to the world of dance, he graduated from Greensboro College in 2013 with a BA in theatre and a minor in dance. He studied Jazz, Ballet, and ballroom.
Jim Manly & Monette Manly
JIM & MONETTE MANLY are long-time Charlotte residents and entrepreneurs as well as being international Latin ballroom dancers and enthusiasts.
Co-owners of the studio, Jim and Monette manage the business aspects and development of the studio. Jim began dancing in 1968 starting with Junior Cotillion. In the past ten years, he rediscovered the pleasure of dancing at franchised and independent studios. In 2007, placed fifth in Silver Pro/Am scholarship at Heritage Dance Classic and 2010 finalist at the prestigious Holiday Dance Classic, Las Vegas.
Monette Bales began studying ballet in 1961 and continued through college. She resumed dancing, this time in international ballroom and Latin styles, in the last few years. In 2007, Monette was the winner of the Newcomer at Heritage Dance Classic and 2010 Bronze and Silver Pro/Am scholarship finalist at The Millennium Dance Championship in Tampa, Florida.
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