Instructors
Stephen Cullip

Stephen Cullip has been Ballroom dancing for over 50 years. He was Junior Champion, Amateur Standard U.S. Champion many times and 10-Dance Champion, and is a two-time United States Professional Standard Champion (Official Title). He has competed, and won major Professional competitions across North America & Europe. He is a Master Teacher born into a lineage of great dancing (his parents were the dynamic British Champions, Jim & Olive Cullip). A resident of the East Bay, Stephen has been selected to represent the United States no less than thirteen times in the the Official World's Championships. He was also Ohio Star Ball Professional Standard Ballroom Champion 3 times and has won practically every major Professional Competition and Championship throughout the U.S.

Stephen formerly helped create, and organized the Galaxy Dance Festival which currently runs in Arizona and successfully ran his own schools in Seattle, Washington and Hollywood California for many years. Both studios are still very successful since Stephen sold them.

Recently he was selected as the U.S. Judge at THE Worlds Professional Ballroom Championships in Seoul, Korea, a singular honor. He is Licentiate certified and qualified (the equivalent to a Masters degree) in all five branches of the U.S. Terpsichore Association - one of the teaching organizations officially recognized by the NDCA (National Dance Council of America): Int'l Standard & Latin, American Smooth & Rhythm, and Theater Arts

Stephen teaches and coaches at many Bay area locations and is on staff at UC Berkeley to coach the dance team.

He is the only U.S. Professional Standard Champion (Official title) living in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is no substitute for experience.

Debbie Cullip

Started dancing Classical Ballet on Ford and American Ballet Theater scholarships at age 7. A former actress who appeared in Charlie's Angels, the original Hawaii 5-0, Magnum P-I, and several movies. A former model and owner of her own production company - DLC Talent - for 15 years in San Francisco. Choreographed and produced shows for much of San Francisco's talent at events such as SF Ballet's Gala events, Chamber of Commerce, Union Street Merchants Assn, Robin Williams, and many Silicon Valley companies.

Making the transition into the ballroom world 3 years ago and is now a teacher and assistant to Stephen Cullip who trained her from the beginning. Some Bay Area dancers will probably know of her mother's dance shop on 4th street in San Rafael - it has been there for 35 years and was named after Debbie - D'Lynne's Dancewear. Debbie in now available for Private Lessons in International Standard.

Ciara Junge

Ciara Junge has been dancing and teaching for twelve years and has been apart of such events and groups including: Joby Brava Ladies Styling Team, One Vicious Two Mambo, The Los Angeles Salsa Congress, Palm Springs Salsa Festival, San Francisco Salsa Festival and Caribbean Dance Cruises. Ciara directed The LA Influence Dance Company in Long Beach California, which was known for its fun & upbeat performances ranging from different genres of latin dance. She is currently the Artistic Director of San Francisco BachataMania. Ciara is well versed in both leading and following and is currently available to teach private instruction, group classes, & workshops in the following styles: Kizomba, Salsa “On 1,” Rueda de Casino, Bachata, Rueda Infused Style Bachata, Cha Cha Cha & Ladies Styling.

Vanessa Montoya

Vanessa grew up studying music and martial arts and earned a degree in music education and a black belt in Aikido. Both these skills helped when she fell in love with dancing after taking her first Cha Cha class as a teenager. Since then she has dedicated her life, passion, and education to becoming a successful ballroom competitor, teacher, and performer. With professional partner Bradley Montoya, she has won championships in Open Professional American Smooth and American Rhythm (NDCA). She is also a seven-time Showdance Champion, Salsa Champion, and national finalist in Stage Argentine Tango, placing third in the United States (Official Argentine Tango Championships, USA) in 2013. Vanessa has won the Top Teacher award 5 times while competing in the pro-am division at Arthur Murray Inc, NDCA and World Dance Council competitions. She has owned a dance studio, and managed and trained dance instructors. Currently, Vanessa is active in the West Coast Swing circuit in social dancing and competition, and competes in Country Dancing with the United Country Western Dance Council.
As a teacher, her strengths are patience and effective instruction; especially for brand new beginners, but also for experienced dancers who want to achieve a higher level of skill and style in their dancing. Dances of expertise include all of the American style ballroom dances and popular social dances like salsa, night club 2-step, hustle, west coast swing, and Argentine tango. Vanessa also specializes in customized wedding or special event choreography, creating a unique dance to fit your time frame, experience, and song.

Bradley Montoya

Bradley Montoya began his career as a professional dance instructor in 1995. Since then, he has won championships in Open Professional American Smooth and American Rhythm (NDCA). He is also a seven-time Showdance Champion, Salsa Champion, and national finalist in Stage Argentine Tango, placing third in the United States (Official Argentine Tango Championships, USA) in 2013. Bradley has won the Top Teacher award 55 times while competing in the pro-am division at Arthur Murray Inc, NDCA and World Dance Council competitions. He has also owned two dance studios for over ten years. Currently, Bradley is pursuing his passion for Country Dancing with the United Country Western Dance Council with his professional partner, Vanessa Montoya.
Bradley takes great pride in being a active father, husband, partner, and friend to his family and loved ones. He thanks his family and the industry of dance for teaching him so much about life and love.
My philosophy in teaching is this: Education is everything. I work to educate myself year round through personal coaching on dancing, competition judging, dance technique, philosophy, psychology, anatomy, physiology, experiencing the industry's successes and challenges. My goal is to always be able to give back to the world of dance by giving my past, present and future students the finest education and dance experience possible.

Ryan Perez

Ryan is a ballroom dance teacher who truly loves his job. He enjoys teaching dancers from the basic beginner to the extremely advanced, couples and singles looking to add some dance to their lives, and creating first dance wedding choreography. Ryan is an accomplished Pro/Am dance teacher who has won numerous top student and top teacher awards. While Ryan has worked for other ballrooms as studio manager and staff trainer, he feels he has found a real home at Just Dance Ballroom as an independent teacher in a role where he can focus on his students.

Ryan developed a strong work ethic and keen drive for excellence early in life thanks to athletics. He grew up playing baseball and football from the age of four and moved to the Bay Area for college to pursue football. It was during his college years that he took his first job at a dance studio. From the moment he took his first steps on a dance floor, he knew that dancing was what he wanted to do and has never stopped.

His athletic background created a natural transition into dance. Ryan is still actively improving and striving to be the best. He continues to learn and evolve his own dance vocabulary by exploring other styles of dance, making his teaching style more exciting. Everything he learns he passes on to his students so that they can be the best dancers they can possibly be.

His philosophy: “If you have the desire to learn, I can make you a dancer.”

Ryan’s athleticism, work ethic, and guidance from his coaches are why he is the ever-developing and accomplished teacher he is today.

Ryan teaches all Ballroom and Latin dances. Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Jive, Paso Doble, Samba, and Salsa.

Yulia Kuznetsova

Yulia Kuznetsova is Pavlo’s dancing partner. She is a Russian National Youth Latin Champion, placing 4th in the World, Youth Latin Finalist as well as winning many other numerous awards.

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Pavlo Barsuk

Originally from the Ukraine, Pavlo Barsuk is the US National Pro Latin Finalist, US Open Pro Latin Finalist, Blackpool Pro Rising Star Latin Finalist and UK Open Rising Star finalist. He has also performed on Dancing with the STARS!

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Max Berlyant

Max has been dancing for 10 years and has trained with many of the top world coaches, including Shirley Ballas, Nadia Eftadal, Louis Van Amstel and Richard Porter. Max has won numerous competitive titles, including the Youth Latin California State Dancesport Championships as well as the International Grand Ball Youth Standard Championships.

 

Lynn Gardiner

Lynn Gardiner watched a dance show at school that rocked her world and started classes immediately at age 7.  At 8, she began her performing career. Lynn has studied jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, modern and hip hop. At 17, she discovered the joy of social dancing at salsa and swing clubs.  Lynn graduated from Cal State Hayward, trilingual, with degrees in Spanish and American Sign Language while all the while, taking part in choreography classes and performance opportunities to develop her dance growth and continue being part of the dance community throughout college. After college, Lynn’s discovery of ballroom brought her to new heights of performing, competing, traveling and coaching. Always at home on the stage, and showered with 1sts for amateur rhythm competitions, Lynn stepped up her passion for ballroom dancing by taking Diane Jarmolow’s Ballroom Teacher’s Dance College so she could articulate and share her Rhythm, Latin, Smooth and Standard training with her future students. Since age 7, she’s dreamed of this. And now at 30, educated, well-rounded, and glad to give back to the Bay Area, students can learn with Lynn! She teaches private lessons and is the primary instructor for the Wedding Dance Program at Just Dance Ballroom.

Karin Jensen


Karin Jensen trained in classical ballet at Oakland Civic Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and Alameda School of Dance. She has performed with Berkeley City Ballet, San Jose Dance Theater, Alameda Chamber Ballet, as well as Alameda Civic Ballet in both corps and soloist roles. She continues to be involved in the world of ballet as a teacher at Alameda Ballet Academy. Karin trained in historical social dancing with Richard Powers of Stanford University and various workshops in the Bay Area and Europe, and she has performed with historical dance troupes including Dance Through Time and Academy of Danse Libre. Karin has studied ballroom dancing through various private instructors and was formally trained as a ballroom dance teacher through the Ballroom Dance Teacher's College. She loves both social dancing and performing and is the primary instructor for the Beginning Dance program at Just Dance.

Julie Lowe

Julie Lowe has danced and taught professionally for over 25 years. As a Principal Ballerina with the Oakland Ballet Company, she toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, performing
many of the company’s leading roles, and working alongside masters and luminaries of the dance world including Frederic Franklin, who coached her for her debut in the title role of Giselle.


Upon retiring from her performing career as a Ballerina, Julie discovered the enchanting world of ballroom dance. From 2001 to 2007 she served as Artistic Director for the Metronome Ballroom’s acclaimed Summer Showcase which featured accomplished ballroom students sharing the stage with world-class ballroom dance stars. Under Ms. Lowe’s direction the production moved to San Francisco’s Cowell Theater where it played to sold out audiences for seven consecutive years. Since 2001 she has taught ballroom dance at the Metronome Ballroom, Cheryl Burke Dance, Allegro Ballroom, and now happily considers Just Dance Ballroom to be her teaching home.


As Master Teacher for the Ballroom Dance Teachers College, the nation’s premier vocational training program for ballroom dance instructors, Julie nurtures dancers on their path to becoming professional instructors. She keeps her toe dipped into the world of professional ballet in her role as Ballet Mistress for the Menlowe Ballet Company. Julie enjoys teaching, coaching and choreographing for ballroom and ballet students of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Through her nurturing and supportive teaching style she provides students the opportunity to enhance their technical and artistic skills in both of these beautiful dance forms.

San Manh

For years, San taught ballroom dancing in a small penthouse studio in Oakland. His dancing motto was, “there’s always an easier way.” His main objective was to promote the elegance, grace and culture of ballroom dancing, but most of all, to bring out the pleasure and joy of dancing in his students. San’s easy-going personality and patient step-by-step style of instruction encouraged all, including new students to ramp up their skills even after the first lesson!

San briefly retired his dance instructing duties to expand his business and open this brand new 10,000 sq. foot Just Dance Ballroom facility on Oakland’s Embarcadero Cove Waterfront. But now, San is back! Look for him on Thursday & Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons teaching Ballroom group lessons for beginners.

Joanna Meinhl

Joanna Meinhl began dancing in 1990, holds a B.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and has over 12 years of teaching experience. She incorporates both her exceptional technical training as well as her practical social dance ability into her teaching style. Joanna is known for her expressive musicality and graceful movements.

Since 2005 Joanna has performed and competed on the national West Coast Swing circuit and currently dances at the All-Star/Champion level. She has won many WSDC santioned Champion Jack & Jill and strictly swing competitions. She has even won 1st place in a Jack & Jill competition, as the Leader! In 2012 she won 1st places in Champions Strictly at Bridge Town Swing and both the Champions of Jack & Jill and Cabaret at Mountain Magic. She also just recently placed 2nd at the US Open in the Sophisticated Swing Division!!

John Narvaez

John Narvaez and Liz Rojas are World Champion Salsa dance artists, instructors and directors of the Salsamania Dance Company of the San Francisco Bay Area, which they founded in the year 2000. They are among the most accomplished competitive Salsa dance couples in the world and currently rank as top champions of the 2005 and 2006 World Salsa Championships.

John and Liz came to the U.S. from Colombia at the ages of 11 and 10 respectively. Drawing upon the rich heritage of rhythm from their Columbian roots — a musical universe in its own right, John and Liz bring an undeniable love and intelligence to their approach to Salsa Dance. They have evolved a deep appreciation for the beauty of Latin dance into a clear vision of sharing their passion and knowledge of Salsa throughout the world. They have performed on MTV’s Telemundo program and Alberto’s Night Club events, as well as at international invitationals throughout Asia, Europe and South America.

Their Salsamania Dance Company is the #1 Bay Area Dance Team – known for its hypnotic performances marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty. John & Liz’s Salsamania style is devoted to well honed teaching techniques that they use in a building block approach to learning, thus enabling students to learn and progress rapidly.

You can catch John & Liz for Salsa lessons on Monday nights @ 7 p.m. beginner lesson; 8 p.m. intermediate, and always enjoy the After Party to practice your new moves ‘til midnight.

See John & Liz’s full biography
Lisette Perelle

Dancing since the age of 5, Lisette began her training in gymnastics. From there her education continued to Hula, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Argentine Tango and Theater. She was a member of the Argentine performance company called Ballet Pampa Argentina under the direction of Pampa Cortes for 2 years. She has starred in 2 tango film shorts, "Burn" and "Tango in the Park" as well as performed on television for KQED in San Francisco.

Lisette trained in Argentine tango with Julian "Miller" Ramil, Pampa and Valeria Cortes, Fabian Salas, Mariana Flores and Eduardo Cappussi, Julio Balmeceda and Corina de la Rosa, Mariano "Chicho" Framboli, Mariana Dragone, Sabastian Arce and Mariana Montes, Carlos Gavito, El Flaco Danny Garcia, Omar Vega, Daniel Juarez and Alejandra Armenti and many others. She spends extensive time in Buenos Aires each year training as well as teaching.

She has taught tango in the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Mendocino. She has also taught in Palm Beach, Florida and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has not only performed in her home state of California, but also in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Presently, she is teaching locally in the Bay Area and is currently Directing and Shooting her own Documentary on tango. She is an elegant dancer and patient teacher who concentrates on the techniques necessary for smooth, powerful and beautiful dancing. She works with the whole body focusing on connection, alignment, lines and beautifying steps.

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Liz Rojas

John Narvaez and Liz Rojas are World Champion Salsa dance artists, instructors and directors of the Salsamania Dance Company of the San Francisco Bay Area, which they founded in the year 2000. They are among the most accomplished competitive Salsa dance couples in the world and currently rank as top champions of the 2005 and 2006 World Salsa Championships.

John and Liz came to the U.S. from Colombia at the ages of 11 and 10 respectively. Drawing upon the rich heritage of rhythm from their Columbian roots — a musical universe in its own right, John and Liz bring an undeniable love and intelligence to their approach to Salsa Dance. They have evolved a deep appreciation for the beauty of Latin dance into a clear vision of sharing their passion and knowledge of Salsa throughout the world. They have performed on MTV’s Telemundo program and Alberto’s Night Club events, as well as at international invitationals throughout Asia, Europe and South America.

Their Salsamania Dance Company is the #1 Bay Area Dance Team – known for its hypnotic performances marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty. John & Liz’s Salsamania style is devoted to well honed teaching techniques that they use in a building block approach to learning, thus enabling students to learn and progress rapidly.

You can catch John & Liz for Salsa lessons on Monday nights @ 7 p.m. beginner lesson; 8 p.m. intermediate, and always enjoy the After Party to practice your new moves ‘til midnight.

See John & Liz’s full biography
Jesus Eduardo Vargas

Growing up in Mexico City, Eduardo studied and danced for several dance companies specializing in Ballet Folklorico and Latin rhythms. After moving to the United States, he competed in track and field and performed figure skating.  Later he decided to focus on his main passion of dance, studying with renowned Samba dancers such Tedje Rose (Director of Akat Dance Troupe), Iya (former Carnaval Queen and Aguarela member), and Maisa Duke (director of Energia do Samba, former Carnaval Queen).  Eduardo has been performing Samba professionally for many years and currently dances with Akat Dance Troupe and BrasArte, as well as his own performing company, Colores de Samba.  He is also a certified personal trainer and certified Zumba instructor.  Eduardo brings his roots as an ethnic dancer and dynamic Samba energy to his ongoing private and group dance fitness classes throughout the San Francisco Bay area.