Northwestern Ballroom Latin and Swing Team

Instructor Bios

Quick Links : Alex StraleyKatherine ArdeleanuLena Gryaznova

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Alex Straley

Teaching Bio:

Alex began dancing in high school and started teaching shortly after he learned to swing dance. Alex has a passion for teaching dance and loves the chance to share his excitement with others. Alex has experience teaching advanced technique, but has also taught lots of more basic steps to newer dancers. Alex has taught many wedding couples and helped to choreograph specific dances for them, he also currently coaches the competitive ballroom team.

Dance Styles:

Competitive:
International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz
International Latin: Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble
American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo, Bolero

Social:
East Coast Swing, Blues, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Bachata, Social Cha Cha, Hustle

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Lena Gryaznova

Teaching Bio:

Lena Gryaznova is a junior in WCAS double majoring in Legal Studies and Slavic Languages & Literatures, with a minor in Sociology. She has spent the past 13 years dancing, starting with tap & ballet and ending with flamenco & hula (admittedly hula was only for a summer), and has even dabbled in teaching young-ins the trade. When coming to college, she realized that she needed an outlet to release her secret sass, thus she quickly found BLAST and has been sass-ing things up ever since. Lena has taught various BLAST classes throughout her time here, as well as competed with the competition team around the midwest.

Dance Styles:

Competitive Follow: (Basics of all the moves, or Basics and Intermediate)
International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz
International Latin: Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble
American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo, Bolero

Social Follow:
Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing

katherine

Katherine Ardeleanu

Teaching Bio:

Katherine is a junior double theater and psychology major. She began private ballroom and Latin dance instruction at the age of 12. Since then, she has competed around the country with her instructor and current dance partner. She has been trained in all 4 styles of competitive dance. She is a co-captain of the BLAST Competition Team. Katherine loves to share her joy of dance with her students, and hopes that she can pass along the jitter (er, dance) bug to you!

Dance Styles:

Competitive:
International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
International Latin: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Social :
East Coast Swing, Blues, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Bachata, Hustle