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Private Lessons are an excellent way to advance in your dancing skills at your own pace. Contact us to book your private lessons with any one of our instructors or guest instructors.

Evgeny Malko

Evgeny Malko

Evgeny is one of the premier dance teachers in the Sacramento and Bay Area region. Evgeny graduated from St. Petersburg University with a Masters degree in Ballroom Dancing and Performing Arts. The Russian Federation awarded him the qualifications of Instructor and Choreographer in Creative Arts, Master of Dancesport (Ballroom Dancing and Ballet). Evgeny and his brother have produced numerous dance theater productions. Evgeny has also won a number of Professional Rising Star Championships.


Aleksey Baykov

Born in Russia, Aleksey Baykov began training in Ballroom and Latin when he was only 5 years old. His extreme talent quickly caught the eyes of some of the world’s best dance coaches, enabling him to train under such masters as Ruud Vermei, Colin James, and Miriam Bakke. At his young age, Aleksey began competing successfully as an amateur and then as a professional throughout Russia and internationally. In 2010 he became the Professional Latin Champion in the south federation region of Russia. For the last 13 years, Aleksey has been teaching dance, including Latin, Smooth, Rhythm and social/club dancing. With his charisma and his unique approach to teaching, Aleksey puts his students at ease.

Kat Painter

Kat Painter

Kat has been teaching country line and couples dancing for over 15 years, and ballroom dance for more than 7 years. For the last four years, Kat has been the dance instructor at the Rockin’ Rodeo in Sacramento. A member of the championship country dance competition team, Wildfire, for over six years, she is currently Director and Choreographer for the Ropin’ Riders Dance Team, a demonstration and competition team in Sacramento. In the spring of 2010, she received her B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography. Kat has studied many types of dance, including ballroom dancing, country dancing, folk dancing, ballet, modern dancing, and African-Caribbean dancing. Her studies included anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, how dance movement affects the body and mind, and how dance can be used for exercise and physical therapy.

Steve Lupi

Steve Lupi

Steve began his Argentine Tango training in the San Francisco Bay Area over 12 years ago. He is also an accomplished musician. As a result he understands the musical phrasing of compositions and its application to the dance. Steve is also familiar with the notable composers and various orchestral styles of Tango and enjoys providing historical context as to the origination and evolution of the music and dance from the late 1800s to present day. Steve studied with numerous Tango "Maestros" from Buenos Aires such as Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo (winners of Fox's Superstars of Dance and choreographers for So you Think You Can Dance), Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Fabian Salas, Nito and Elba Garcia, Claudio Villagra, Guilermina Quiroga, Hugo Patyn, Carlos Rivarola, and Nora Olivera, all world-renowned teachers and performers.

Cheri Ozorak

Cheri Ozorak, Studio Manager

Cheri loves to share her enthusiasm for dance with others and believes that everyone—yes everyone!—can enjoy dance at some level. From youths eager to add ballroom dance to their list of talents, to nervous wedding couples preparing for their First Dance, to older adults looking for a hobby they can enjoy, Cheri embraces the opportunity to inspire people in the sport of partner dancing. Cheri has over 20 years of experience teaching dance, directing and producing showcases and performing. She has competed at national events and teaches all of the American Style Smooth and Rhythm Dances. She also offers lessons in Scottish Dancing, English Country Dancing, Social Dancing, and provides choreography and lessons for wedding couples.

Stephen Cullip

Stephen and Debbie Cullip

Stephen Cullip is a Certified Ballroom Instructor and former National Champion. Some of his accomplishments include: Three Times Ohio Star Ball Professional Standard Champion; Twice World Professional Standard Semi-Finalist and he has been 7 Times U.S. Representative to World’s Professional Championships. Stephen has also been a winner of almost every major Professional and Amateur Championship in the U.S. Assisted by his wife Debbie, a teacher in her own right, the Cullips instruct our performance team and are available for private lessons.

Wesley Horn

Wesley Horn

Wesley is a native of Florida where he owned a Ballroom Dance Studio before moving to California in 1977. Wesley is an experienced Ballroom dancer and instructor. He and his wife Jackie began hosting our Wednesdays Tea Dance a few years ago and have built it into a successful program. For the class prior to the Tea Dance, Wesley spends 2 weeks on each dance, rotating amongst Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, East Coast Swing, and Bossa Nova.

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Victoria Malko

Victoria is one of the top professional dancers in the United States. She and her partner won the Smooth Open Professional Championship at San Francisco's International Grand Ball, placed fifth at Los Angeles' World Embassy Ballroom's Open Championship, and placed sixth as Open Professional Smooth Finalists at the 2014 U. S. National Ballroom Dance Championship. Her students have placed as finalists at the Pro/Am Senior Open Championship level. Victoria is a sought after dance coach, travelling regularly on the international circuit to give private coaching session and conducting workshops for amateur and professional couples.

Hunter Stephens

Hunter Stephens

Hunter is currently a professional Latin competitor dancing with his partner, Killian Stephens. He began ballet training while living in Utah and Arizona and then went on to study ballroom focusing on the smooth Latin dances. Hunter has trained with Louis VanAmstel, Ashley Delgrosso, Corky Ballas, Rick Robinson, Gary McDonald, Inna Berlizyeva and Toni Regrave, just to mention a few. We are thrilled to welcome the addition of Hunter to our team of talented professional instructors.


Monika Stoneking

Monika started her dancing career when she was 6 years old in Poland. She trained in Ballet, International Latin, and International Standard Ballroom dancing.She received extensive coaching from Gregory Fidurski of Poland who now teaches in New York City. Monika has more than 20 years of experience in competitive Ballroom and Latin dancing.