SABRINA PAXMANN

Sabrina was born and grew up in Germany where she was trained, received Teacher Certifications and competed in all 10 ballroom dances. She started teaching dance at the age of 13. She has been a professional dance instructor and competitor for more than 15 years.

She is trained in social dancing and competitions in ballroom and Latin dances, Country & Western, Salsa, Swing, Hustle and other dances as well as z Zumba Fitness instructor.

She currently travels all over the United States to teach workshops and compete. She holds weekly West Coast Swing classes every Tuesday at Sara Dance Center.

OLGA GONCHAROVA​

Born in Ukraine, Olga was introduced to Ballroom, Latin, and Belly Dance at 6 years old. She moved to Florida in 2014 and found her passion for teaching dance and inspiring others. She sees dance as a social activity as well as a pathway to health and happiness. She teaches all ages, especially children. She is a Naval Reservist of two years and has served as a contracted linguist overseas.

Dance Studio Ballroom & Salsa Dancing in Sarasota

MARINA GANDO

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marina Gando fell in love with dance while moving to the beats of Salsa, Merengue and Bachata as a social dancer. Intrigued by other dances and styles, Marina ardently pursued her passion, training with former US and World Champions. Certified by Pro DVIDA, Marina teaches Ballroom and Social Dancing to a wide range of students from beginners to competitive dancers, and competes in Pro-Am Smooth and Rhythm. Marina and her partner Luis Peña compete in Professional American Rhythm. Visit www.marinagando.comfor more information.

JONATHAN BASCOM

Jonathan has been teaching ballroom dancing since 1985. He began his career at the Fred Astaire dance studio in Lakeland Florida and moved to Sarasota in 1988. He is a Certified Dance Sport Teacher for over 20 years. He has won top awards for teaching and competing regionally, nationally, and internationally. Jonathan is also a licensed message therapist for over 15 years and applies his knowledge of anatomy and physiology to dancing. He has been teaching at Sara Dance Center for several years.

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ZAVIO GONZALEZ
Zavio started dancing at the age of 16 developing his love for Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop and Breakdancing. In 2011 he turned Ballroom dancing and quickly became a certified teacher. He does performances all over the state as well as locally with his partner Aliska. They aspire to compete in Argentine Tango, in which he specializes. Zavio teaches all forms of dance for both social and competitive levels. Zavio is an expert in choreography, Quenceneras, Wedding Dance, and any special occasion for a couple or group.

RASTIO SIDA
A native of Czechoslovakia, Sida is a ballroom dancer, instructor, choreographer and International Latin Ballroom competitor residing in Sarasota, Florida. He was the choreographer for the workshop of the Broadway-bound dance musical, Havana and coached the Czech National Junior Team. In addition, Rastio is a professional tennis player.
Sarah Glass Latin dance Instructor
  • waltz

  • foxtrot

  • quickstep

  • viennese waltz

  • american tango

  • argentine tango

  • salsa

  • samba

  • paso doble

  • cha cha

  • merengue

  • bachata

  • cumbia

  • hustle

  • west coast swing

  • east coast swing

  • jive

  • rumba

  • bolero

  • polka

  • peabody

  • ballet children 3-18

Our Instructors

GREG LUFF

Greg was born in England and started dancing at the age of 5. He studied a range of styles from classic ballet to hip-hop by the age of 12. He then moved to ballroom dancing by 14, becoming a US National and International champion. He has danced with companies such as The Regal Ballet and American Dance Theatre. He has over 17 years of dance training.

​​KIRIL ARSOV

Whether a beginner or an advanced dancer, Kiril can help you achieve your dancing dreams and goals. He offers dance lessons for adults, teens, and children of all ages for all levels and styles of dance.

Kiril Arsov is a professional dancer, teacher, and coach who has been dancing and competing internationally for over 20 years and is a highly qualified as a European and American trained dance instructor.

Kiril provides private and group dance instruction as well as professional shows.

RICHARD GLICKMAN

Richard has been teaching ballroom dancing for beginners and advanced for over 20 years. He teaches with the approach from an inter-related system where patterns and techniques learned in one dance will be used in all dances. He refrains from a "cookie cutter" curriculum. He states this will make learner faster, easier, and more fun than other methods he has used in the past. He quotes " I'll teach you what you want without contracts and pay as you go.

ILONA TISCEBKO

Ilona is a professional dancer, teacher, and coach who has been dancing and competing internationally for over 20 years. She has been Latvian and Bulgarian dance champion, and semi-finalist and finalist in multiple European competitions. She is registered as a Ballroom Adjudicator and certified by the United States Terpsichore Association as Championship Judge. Ilona's dance instruction is tailored to your individual requests and goals in all dances whether you wish to social dance or compete. She is skilled in coaching students and teachers at any level.
BEN CASTELLANO

 Has over 15 years of teaching experience from beginners to championship levels. Ben started his dance career with Lindy Hop and won the IDO Swing Dance Championship. Since then, Ben has been trained by the best in the dance industry in all styles of dance including: Ballroom, Standard, Smooth, Latin and American Rhythm. Social styles of salsa,west coast and Argentinian tango. 


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KONSTANTIN DONADZE
Konstantin, Kosta, is a professional ballroom dancer and choreographer. He was winner and finalist in many international and local championships. He was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and graduated at the Faculty Coach of ballroom dancing at the Academy of Sport of Georgia. He is a professional judge of dance sport, member World
Dance Sport Federation (WDSF) and National Dance Council of America (NDCA). In 2013 he came to the United States and worked in the largest ballroom studio in Michigan and then moved to Sarasota in 2014 and works in the best studio in this area, as quoted by Kosta.

AMANDA JORDON

​Born and raised in Florida, Amanda started dancing at the early age of three. She rapidly developed a strong passion for all types of dancing and kew early on that she wanted to pursue a creer in the arts. She has performed with the Miami City Ballet, studied with numerous world renowned coaches and instructors and has won various awards in ballroom, Latin and other types of dance such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Amanda has also competed professionally in American Rhythm. Amanda is dedicated to her students and loves to see her students progress and achieve their dreams of dancing.

JOHN MUELLER

Sara Dance Center is owned and operated by John Mueller. John was born in Poland, coming to the U.S. when he was 16. As a young man, he was a weight lifter and a golden gloves boxer. Through this, he was introduced to dancing and trained to become a dance teacher in Youngstown, Ohio at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio at 18. He moved to Brooklyn in the late fifties and continued with Arthur Murray at the 5th Avenue studio in Manhattan.  His determination in dancing and teaching won him many competitions and landed him as a Dance Director, a Certified Judge in American & International Styles, and a member of the National Dance Board, which sets the curriculum for the franchise worldwide and has trained teachers nationally.

John eventually moved to Florida, managing 7 dance studios before settling down with Sara Dance Center in 1989.  John is a Master Instructor and teaches all styles of dance including:American and International Smooth, Latins, Hustle, Swings, and Argentine Tango.

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Joe Glasgow

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Joe has trained with some of the finest teachers at Sara Dance Center . He is a Certified Dance Instructor and is a Member USA Dance Organization. He competes with his partner, Beth, in Open Style & Solo Exhibition Gold Level. He started dancing in ballroom in 1999 and has studied dancing since. Joe teaches basic Smooth and Latin dances.

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LUIS PENA

Originally from Columbia, Luis developed a passion for music and dance at a young age. He began playing drums at age seven and shortly thereafter began dancing. He has competed professionally in Latin dances for more than 14 years and now competes in both Rhythm and Smooth. An expert in all dances, Luis specializes in Argentine Tango.