Our Staff

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:

Clément Joly

Dance Instructor in Charlotte, NC

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.

Today he continues his love for teaching, mentoring, Judging and choreography.
Certified by the USTA, A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Registered with the National Dance Council of America & World Dance Council


 

Tatiana Kazakova

Children's dance instructor in Charlotte, NC

TATIANA KAZAKOVA, began dancing at age 7 and during her early experience she won honors as two-time Ukrainian National Junior & Youth 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 9 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

Dance teacher in Charlotte, NC

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.


 

Jake Davies

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JAKE DAVIES originally hails from South Africa and has built upon his early training and experience in London, England, competing and winning an impressive number of prestigious competitions. During this time he also appeared in two seasons of the hit television series “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” in Turkey, as well as appearing on “Diet on the Dancefloor” in the UK. Jake holds his professional Licentiate Qualifications in Ballroom and Latin American with the IDTA.

World Latin American Showdance Grand Finalists
British National Latin American Showdance Champions
4th at British National Latin American Championships
26th at the 2015 Blackpool Dancesport Championships
Top 12 Professional Rising Stars at the 2016 International Championships
Plus winning or finishing in the top 3 in almost two dozen Rising Star Latin Championships in as many US NDCA Competitions!


 

Alyona Kalinina

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ALYONA KALININA is a professional dancer, dance teacher, actress and model. A native of Ukraine, she completed her formal dance education and training at the renowned National Academy of Dance in Kiev, while also running her own successful dance studio. Alyona also appeared in the hit television series “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” in Istanbul, Turkey.

World Latin American Showdance Grand Finalists
British National Latin American Showdance Champions
4th at British National Latin American Championships
26th at the 2015 Blackpool Dancesport Championships
Top 12 Professional Rising Stars at the 2016 International Championships
Plus winning or finishing in the top 3 in almost two dozen Rising Star Latin Championships in as many US NDCA Competitions!


 

Alex Zyrianov

ALEX ZYRIANOV is a second-generation ballroom dance champion from Kiev, Ukraine. As the eldest son of the President of the Judge Council of the Ukrainian DanceSport Federation, Alex got an early start to his dance career. At the tender age of four, Alex begin training at the SERPANTIN Dance Studio in Kiev, which has produced numerous Ukrainian National Champions. Trained in both Standard and Latin, Alex became the vice-European Champion at age nine. Over the next decade Alex went on to win multiple championships throughout Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, and the rest of mainland Europe. At the age of 16, Alex began his teaching career along side his own training regimen, eventually going on to become a well-respected judge in Ukraine. After finishing high school, Alex enrolled at the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts where he earned a Master’s Degree in Ballroom Dance and Choreography. During this time Alex also earned the title of Ukrainian National Standard Champion in the Amateur category.

After completing his Master’s Degree, Alex relocated to the United States where he continued his career as a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer. During his nine years in the United States Alex has won countless titles, including earning a spot in the Fred Astaire National Pro-Am Smooth Finals alongside one of his students. Additionally, Alex consistently earned top instructor awards both nationally and regionally. As Alex makes his transition into Charlotte, which he sees as a long-term home, he brings with him unparalleled ballroom dance, coaching, and choreography experience, especially in Standard and Smooth dances. Though he no longer competes professionally, Alex looks forward to parlaying his talent and knowledge into helping his students excel in ballroom dance and earning top titles at Pro-Am competitions.


 


 

Mike Stowers

Metropolitan Ballroom dance instructor

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.


 

Jim Manly & Monette Manly

Latin dance instructors in Charlotte, NC

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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