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.


 

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!


 

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.


 

Oleksiy Buravenko and Victoria Karzukhina

Metropolitan Ballroom dance instructor

OLEKSIY BURAVENKO and VICTORIA KARZUKHINA started dancing together in January 2013. Oleksiy is originally from Ukraine and Victoria is from Kyrgyzstan. As junior and youth competitors they were both National 10-dance champions in their home countries. Oleksiy had a brief and successful career as a navigation officer with a worldwide merchant fleet before he moved to New York and decided to pursue his career as a professional ballroom dancer. Victoria moved to Charlotte with her family, where she continued her dancing career as a professional ballroom dancer and instructor. When they met each other, they quickly realized that this was a match made in heaven! Despite their relatively new partnership they achieved good results in the USA and they are sponsored by DORÉ Designs and Freed of London.


 

Jim Manly & Monette Manly

Latin dance instructors in Charlotte, NC

JIM & MONETTE MANLY are long-time Charlotte residents and entrepreneurs as well as being dance enthusiasts just like you.

Owners of the studio, Jim and Monette manage all aspects of the studio and are committed to making your experience the best possible! In addition to your learning something new and possibly breaking out of your existing mold, they believe you should have as much fun as possible enjoying this healthy activity!


 

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