JIM & JENELL MARANTO


JENELL MARANTO

     Jenell started dancing at age 3. Over the years she has studied almost every form of dance. She was a champion gymnast in college and a professional chorus line dancer at Harrahs in Lake Tahoe. She then went on to head the dance department for Sierra Nevada College for over nine years. There she taught Jazz, ballet, and gymnastics.

     Ballroom dancing is her favorite form of dance because of the variety. There is always something to learn and many different styles to choose from and enjoy. Jenell has been teaching Ballroom dance since 1980 and opened her own school, The Academy of Ballroom Dance in 1987.  At that time she set her goals high and began seriously training for dance competition.

     Together with her partner Jim they trained with the top coaches in the world. With many lessons and a lot of practice, they won every major Open Professional Smooth competition in the United States and also won every Professional Rising Start International Standard competition in the United States. Ultimately the highlight of their career was winning two U.S. American Smooth Championships in 1993 and 1994. They have represented the United States in two World Showdance events and many competitions throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

     Jenell is a Fellow of the Imperial Society Ballroom Branch and has trained a number of U.S. Pro-Am and Amateur Champions.

     Jenell is an examiner for DVIDA and is also the author of the American Smooth Syllabus for DVIDIA.

     Jenell is a teacher of teachers. She is a winner of the prestigious Feather Award for the best female teacher in the United States. She is a teacher who teaches from her heart and can back it up with a clear understanding and knowledge of the technique and physics of ballroom dancing. She is also known for her creative and inspirational choreography. A professional dancer and teacher for over 25 years, Jenell knows how to handle students with care and understanding that will get results.




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