Meet the Kittens

Since Fatcat's is one of the largest and best Ballroom Dance Studios in the Phoenix metro area, we naturally have the largest and best Staff to help you learn and enjoy Ballroom Dancing. This group of full time, part time, and volunteer members is dedicated to making the studio pleasant and professional for it’s customers. Since they’re all dancers themselves, they do their job like they were taking care of their own favorite place – it’s what makes us the BEST!

Instructors and Dance Counselors

Administrative Staff

Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy Students and Helpers

 

 

 

Teaching Staff

Instructors and Dance Counselors

cullenCullen

  • Hip Hop Instructor

  • Ballroom Dance Instructor

Cullen has been a professional dancer for 16 years. At the age of 17 he became a professional hip hop dancer and in the years to follow added professional ballroom/Latin dancer to his resume. He has worked on 2 music videos and has danced in several shows throughout the valley. His favorite event to dance in is the charity event Dancing with the Bars in which he has been a resident dancer for going on 6 years.

His favorite aspect of dance is choreography. Cullen is a certified instructor and has won several awards throughout the years. He has also competed nationally with many students. Every bit of Cullen’s being is dance and he hopes to be able to share his love of dance with as many people as possible.

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daniellleDanielle

  • Ballroom Dance Instructor

Danielle started teaching at Fatcat in 2011 and shares her love and enthusiasm for ballroom dancing with each student, remembering to always keep it fun and memorable.

 
Danielle began ballroom dancing class at ­Paradise Valley Community College. At first at first it was just  something fun to do over the summer, but when the class had come to an end she knew her ballroom dancing was not about to end. She loved the variety and different styles of dance, and after visiting several studios, she found a home at Fatcat’s. Visiting often, she soon joined Fatcat’s Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy. Since then she has been enjoying and learning all there is to know about the world of ballroom dancing, with the fun and enthusiastic staff members and fellow AZBTA students.


Soon, Danielle began competing and loved every bit of it. She plans to continue competing in future ballroom competitions to come. The motto Danielle likes to remember and share with her students is, “Keep dancing, and don’t ever stop…no matter where life takes you.”

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debraDebra

  • Ballroom Dance Instructor
  • Graduate, Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy
  • Wedding Dance Specialist

Debra joined Fat Cat Ballroom in July, 2013.  She specializes in teaching beginning students the art and technique of ballroom dancing. She especially enjoys choreography and working with first-time competitors.  Debra also specializes in helping couples prepare their wedding dance.  She strives to ensure each couple’s “first dance” is memorable, romantic, and special.  As a Certified Fitness Trainer and wellness specialist, Debra ensures that her students’ training contributes to their overall health, fitness, and safety.  In addition to ballroom dancing, Debra also teaches belly dance and voice. 

 

 

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donnaDonna

  • Ballroom Dance Instructor
  • Graduate, Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy

With her passion for dance and teaching, Donna is one of the popular teachers at Fatcat. Working equally well with single students and couples, she is excellent at teaching the basics as well as the advanced levels of dance throughout the Bronze DVIDA syllabus.

Donna has participated in many regional competitions, and brings that training and experience to her students. She has worked with her students on numerous "Showcases", and helps them feel comfortable and confident with their performance.

If you're interested in learning to dance as a hobby or for a special event, Donna is one of the best choices you can make as an instructor.

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Helmut

Helmut

  • Ballroom Dance Instructor, all styles
  • Specialist in Argentine Tango

Helmut started his dance career in New York City where he actively participated in the city’s rich dance scene for over 20 years. His experience studying and teaching partner dance led to the development of his Tango Barre curriculum for Argentine Tango. 

Some career highlights include touring throughout the US and Asia with Pierre Dulaine’s American Ballroom Theater, and with Ballet Los Pampas an Argentine Tango and Folkloric dance company. 

In London he studied with Elizabeth Romain and holds a Highly commended Licentiate in the Standard Technique from the ISTD. He studied Argentine Tango with Nito & Elba, Carlos Gavito and Michael Domke; has performed the choreography of Graciela Daniele, Pat Birch, John Roudis, Eddie Torres, and received glowing reviews from the Washington Post, New York Times and Dance Magazine.

more on Helmut

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JohnJohn

  • Ballroom Dance Instructor
  • Graduate, Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy

John’s dancing career started when he wished to impress a potential date to a wedding and began taking ballroom dance lessons.  After a few private lessons, he realized he was a quick study in ballroom dancing.  In an effort to become a better dancer, he continued to pursue his dance interests through group classes and private lessons.  As a regular at Fatcat, he eventually was asked to pursue teacher training and currently teaches at Fatcat Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona. 

John has worked in higher education for many years with a variety of institutions.  Most of his work is in intercollegiate athletics and he helped many intercollegiate sports teams elevate to NCAA National Championships.

 

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mark cMark C.

  • Ballroom Dance Instructor
  • New Student Specialist
  • Graduate, Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy

Mark has been with Fatcat Ballroom since it was open, and is now part of the staff as a Ballroom Dance Instructor. He is a graduate of Arizona Ballroom Teacher’s Academy, assists with teacher training, and has competed locally and across the Southwest.

Mark loves to teach new students the art of ballroom dancing. His private lessons are tailored to meet their goals and include the details, techniques and personal attention not available in most group classes. Why not give him a call to set up your first lesson?

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miguelMiguel

  • Instructor
  • DVIDA Certified
  • Competitions: Sunburst, People’s Choice
  • Specialties: Salsa, Bachata, Latin / Rhythm dances

Coming to Fatcat’s from Cuuernivaca, Mexico, Miguel has been dancing for over 10 years. Along with offering private lessons, he teaches the Salsa / Latin group classes at Fatcat’s on Sunday evenings. more on Miguel

 

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Mona

Mona

  • Instructor
  • Specialties: West Coast Swing, Country Dancing

Mona Brandt, a full time dance instructor in the Phoenix metro area, has been teaching people to dance for over 25 years. She teaches all types of dance, including Swing, Country, Ballroom, Latin, and Line Dance. She teaches all levels of dancers from beginners to advanced and competitive dancers,and coaches and choreographs for couples, line dancers and teams. Mona currently competes with her professional partner, Ross, on the Country Western circuit where she holds 6 World Championship titles. Mona is thrilled to host the County and West Coast Swing parties here at Fatcat Ballroom. She asks that you abide by her "number One Rule" which is to HAVE FUN!

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rainaPatricia

  • Yoga Instructor

Patricia has been teaching Yoga for over 13 years and as developed a style of practice and teaching that reflects the best of available of current Yoga techniques Her training in ballet and gymnastics makes her uniquely qualified to teach Yoga at Fatcats.

"The practice of bringing the senses deeply into the inner body throught the breath is the basis of all Yoga. Balance, strength and flexibility are almost side effects of this meditative experience. Yoga opens the energy blockages and frees it's circulation so that you feel lighter, healthier, and happier."

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roseannRoseann

  • Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy
  • Specializes in International Style

Roseann was born to dance.  She has had a love for dancing and has been dancing since she was a child.  When you meet Roseann, you will quickly see her upbeat personality and she will make you feel at home. She has had well over three decades of professional instruction and experience in dance.  She started her dancing career in New York and then continued to dance as well as perform from coast to coast.  Through the years she has taken coaching from many professionals. In 2002 she moved to Arizona and since has made Fatcat Ballroom her home.  Read More

 

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vladiVladi

  • Specialist in International Style
  • Ballroom Dance Instructor

Vladimir  was born and raised in Bulgaria, Europe. He fell in love with dancing at young age and achieved numerous Junior titles in his country. Vladi came to the United States in 2007 and since then he has had great success as an instructor of students of all levels. He loves working with students and helps them reach their goals for both social dancing and competition.

 

 

 

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Support Staff

brandonBrandon

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Fatcat “GO TO” guy

A part of Fatcat's since shortly after opening in 2008, Brandon is the “Go To” for many of the tasks around the studio. Doing everything from cleaning to paperwork, he is indispensable to the smooth functioning of Fatcat's.

While living in California, he gained a background in martial arts. In his late teen years he began dancing, and has been in love with it ever since. In the summer of 2002 he moved to Arizona, and continued with his dancing. Although he is not yet teaching dance, those plans are definitely in the future. Until then, he will continue to take care of the many details at the studio, and help the customers have a great dance time.

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geneGene

  • "Go To Guy"
  • Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy graduate

Gene started ballroom dancing a few years ago, and has been part of the Fatcat studio from it's very beginning - in fact he helped build it! While he enjoys his motorcycle riding, he enjoys dancing more. In fact he has completed the Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy, and is currently working on the Silver level curriculum. He continues to be a great "Go To Guy" and works behind the scene to help Fatcat be the best Ballroom Dancing studio in Phoenix.

 

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helenHelen

  • Arizona Ballroom Teachers Academy student
  • "Go To Gal"
  • Fatcat's photographer

Helen has been a Fatcat dancer since the day Terry opened the doors.  Her first encounter with ballroom dancing had her hooked and she just cannot seem to get enough dancing in!  Her non-dancing time is filled with a professional job that keeps her traveling throughout the Southwest.

Helen’s dancing passion has led her to be a part of the studio as a student, an participant of the AZB program for silver/gold, a competition dancer and the studio’s own personal photographer.  It is hard to catch her without her camera, keeping Fatcat in plenty of pictures, (take a look at the gallery!).  Additionally, she always has a dance for newcomers and first time dancers.  She is rarely without a smile and positive attitude that she shares with everyone!

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