Steve Wright's dance background
Steve Wright was trained by some of the world's top professionals. He was a national and international gold and open finalist in all ballroom dances (American and International style). He began competing in ballroom and in West Coast Swing in 2001, and began teaching professionally in 2009 and competing together with his students in "pro/ams" in 2013. He is a popular teacher at the Hollywood Ballroom, and is available for private lessons, "dance-and-learn" practice sessions (typically during social dances, but also at other times), and wedding dance preparation. He teaches American and International ballroom dances, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, Salsa and Bachata.
Steve has extensive experience as a teacher, both in dance and in other areas which have interesting commonalities of skill development (guitar and foreign language). His PhD in developmental psychology has given him insight into how people learn. He is innovative in continually coming up with better ways to teach, tries to adapt to individual differences, and is open to feedback. Feel free to contact him to ask about private lessons (email address at the bottom of the page).
Steve Wright's coaches:
Steve's main coach has been Dan Calloway, an excellent coach, and one of very few people in the world honored with a dual fellowship from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD); he was Asian-Pacific Professional 10-Dance Grand Finalist; U.S. Professional 10-Dance Grand Finalist; and is Chair of Judges at many large competitions.
Steve has also had training from many other top coaches:
Ron Bennett, two-time U.S. Representative to the World Latin Championships; #2 Latin professional in the U.S. at one point.
Karina Smirnoff, who at this writing holds more top titles than any other professional on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," including two-time Blackpool Professional Latin Runner Up; U.K Open Champion; U.S. Professional Latin Champion.
Jean-Marc Genereux, choreographer on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"; four-time Undefeated North American Latin Champion; two-time Asian-Pacific Latin Champion.
Debbie Lynn Tuttle, UCWDC Champion; award-winning teacher (multiple years at Swing Fling, Madjam, DC Swing Experience).
Benji Schwimmer, 2006 winner of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"; 7-time US Open Swing Dance Champion.
Jennifer McCalla, four-time U.S. Representative to the World Championships; four-time Undefeated U.S. Amateur Latin, Standard, and 10-dance Champion.
Ieva Pauksena, 2004 Blackpool Professional Standard Finalist; 2003 World Professional Standard Finalist.
Victor Kanevsky, coach for Eugene Katesevman and Maria Manusova, Karina Smirnoff, Beata Onefater, Max Chemerkovsky, and many more; two-time North American Champion; two-time Ohio Star Ball Champion.
Erminio Stefano, First Place UK Open Professional Rising Star; Runner Up Blackpool Professional Rising Star; First Place Ohio Star Ball 2005.
Victor Fung, Blackpool Professional Standard Finalist; performer on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
Anna Mikhed, Blackpool Professional Standard Finalist; performer on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
Ariel Rad, ranked 38 in the world at British Professional Latin Championships; Runner up at Dutch Grand Prix Championships.
Eddie Simon, United States ballroom champion, world showdance and U.S. theatrical finalist.
Glenn Weiss, two-time World Champion, Blackpool Champion; International Champion; European Champion; U.K. Champion.
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Tuesday night ballroom dance classes at the Hollywood Ballroom [SUSPENDED].
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Essential books every serious International style ballroom dancer should have: