“We LOVE to dance and take every opportunity to share our passion! We would love nothing more than to TEACH YOU how to dance too!”
Andriy is the founder and owner of Blue Suede Ballroom. Andriy began dancing at the age of 10 in Kiev, Ukraine. He started out taking ballroom, jazz and ballet, but later focused primarily on ballroom as it became his passion. Andriy went on to compete professionally both in Ukraine and internationally. He placed in the finals of numerous prestigious competitions. Andriy has also been invited and performed on a variety of TV and stage shows and charity events. In addition, he worked as a choreographer and a ballroom dance coach teaching adults and children. Many of his students chose dance as a career path and were very successful in ballroom dance competitions both on the national and international levels. In 1999, Andriy moved to the United States to further pursue his dance career. After teaching ballroom dance in Upper Montclair, NJ, he accepted an invitation to join a national chain dance studio in Memphis, TN where he taught from 2000 to 2006. During these six years of employment, Andriy received wide recognition among both his students and colleagues having won numerous professional awards such as a Top Teacher Award (regional and national) and others. Currently, Andriy runs Blue Suede Ballroom on a daily basis, teaches advanced level group classes and private lessons. He also worked at University of Memphis and created a special ballroom program for them. Andriy is striving to make Blue Suede Ballroom the strongest ballroom dance school in the Mid-South and to popularize ballroom dancing in Memphis area.
Jennifer began her ballroom dancing career as a member of The University of Tennessee Knoxville’s ballroom dancing team. As a team member, she competed in several collegiate level competitions, and performed in various group and solo dances for college sanctioned events. One of Jennifer’s favorite parts of being on the dance team, however, was helping new dancers become more confident in their abilities, and teaching them new American Rhythm and Smooth steps to try out on the dance floor!
Jennifer is so excited to be an instructor at Blue Suede Ballroom, and cannot wait to share her love of dance with others!
Christina Harris began her ballroom dance career in college at the University of New Mexico, where she was a part of various performance and competition teams. She also trained in ballet and jazz, performing in ballet company productions and jazz entertainment teams. She spent time as well working for the Walt Disney World Entertainment Company as a character and parade performer. To this day, she continues her ballet and multidisciplinary dance training, seeing it as an important lifelong practice.
Her work as a ballroom professional began at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then continued at an independent studio, where she gained knowledge in the DVIDA Ballroom Dance Syllabus.
Now working and living in Memphis, TN, Christina continues her ballroom and multidisciplinary dance training. She loves to teach and perform and has a passion for sharing the gift and joy of dance with all of her students! Christina also believes that learning to dance is possible for everyone and can enrich each life it touches!
We are so fortunate to have at Blue Suede Ballroom dance studio such wonderful, passionate, enthusiastic and very experienced dance teachers.
Thank You Memphis, Germantown, Cordova & Collierville for 15 Years in Business! Blue Suede Ballroom Dance Studio has been proudly providing dance instruction in Memphis area since 2008.