| I started my dance career while an undergraduate student at the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 1997. During that time, the club
was much smaller than it is currently. There was only one hour of American style social dancing per week, but it was enough to get me started,
never having done any type of dance before. A formation team was started in the spring semester, which I joined.
I quickly found that I enjoyed the dancing
enough to look into learning more during the summer and come back to the club the following year. A couple of years later, I started taking private
lessons at the Dancin' Feelin' with Kathy St. Jean, Randy Deats, and David Endicott to start learning International style dancing and start competing. I competed with Efrosyni Iosphidis from 1999 - 2006 as I moved through the competitive ranks in
all the ballroom dance styles. As the club expanded, the class offerings
at URI grew, and I became a better dancer, I started to help teach some of the
classes and have been with it ever since.
Currently, I still teach a lot of the classes for the URI Ballroom Dancing Club as it is something I love to do. I continue to compete as an amateur competitor with Yan Zhao. While I do miss the American Rhythm and Smooth styles, with limited time, I've focused more on the International Standard and Latin. My primary current coaches are Armin Kappacher, Charlotte Jorgensen, Liene Apale, and Basil Issaev. I'm also a registered scrutineer with NDCA.
|- 2005 USA Dance National PreChampionship American Smooth Finalist
- 2005 USA Dance National Novice Latin Champion
- 2004 USABDA National Championship Pre-championship American Smooth Finalist
- 2004 USABDA Northeast Regional Championship American Smooth Finalist
- 2003 USABDA National Championship American 9-dance Runner Up
- 2002 USABDA Northeast Regional American Rhythm Champion
- 2002 USABDA National Championship American 9-dance Finalist
- 2002 USABDA Southeast Regional Latin Pre-championship Champion
- 2002 USABDA Southeast Regional Championship Rhythm and Smooth Finalist
- 2002, 2003, 2004 Ohio Star Ball Smooth Championship Finalist
- 2002 Classique de Quebec Smooth and Rhythm Champion