Laureen Baldovi-Mason -Starlight Dance Studio San Diego
Laureen Baldovi-Mason

Instructor

Laureen Baldovi-Mason Instructor Biography Laureen is a 4-time UCWDC World’s Masters Division Champion (Country Dance, 1995-1998) and has won 8 US Open Swing titles in the Classic (1995), Superstar (1996, 1997), Showtime Invitational (1998), Teams (1993, 1994 & 1996), and Showcase (2003) Divisions. She retired from UCWDC competitions in 1999 and moved to New York…
Larisa Tingle
Larisa Tingle Instructor Biography Larisa Tingle has been in love with music her whole life, from violinist to vocalist and finally to dancer. She is now competing at a champion level and excited to share her dancing dream with her partner Tony. In addition to competing and teaching, Larisa started djing at local dances in…
Tony Schubert - Starlight Dance Studio - San Diego
Tony Schubert

Instructor

Tony Schubert Instructor Biography Tony Schubert fell in love with dance in college. He competed on the ASU ballroom team for 4 years and returned after graduation to help coach. He started west coast swing shortly after and hasn’t looked back since. Tony is competing at an all star/champion level and is passionate about teaching…
Brunno Cezar Theodoro

Instructor

Brunno Theodoro Instructor Biography Brunno started his career in 2007 as a professional instructor in Londrina, Brazil with training by renown Brazilian instructors, Jimmy de Oliveira, Kadu Pires & Larissa Thayane, Renato Veronezi & Babi Pacheco and Fabio Reis. In 2014 Brunno completed his teaching certification for West Coast Swing, with the GPDIA (Global Professional…
Michael Kiehm
Michael Kiehm

Owner / Instructor

Michael Kiehm Owner / Instructor Biography Michael started teaching dance when he was only 17 years old. His first professional teaching job was for "The Journey", a young adult night club where he taught large groups of students to dance the Hustle and basic Cha Cha. It was not very long before Michael began teaching…
Tashina Beckmann
Tashina Beckmann

Instructor

Tashina Beckmann Instructor Biography Tashina Beckmann started dance training at the age of 2.5 and hasn’t stopped since. She has classical training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Tap, Modern, West Coast Swing, Ballroom and Country Ballroom dance styles. She has competed and performed in a multitude of events nationally as well as internationally. In…
Brandi Tobias
Brandi Tobias

Instructor

Brandi Tobias Instructor Biography Bio coming soon... Contact Phone numbers: Email: brandi_tobias@yahoo.com Social links:Mail
Parker Dearborn
Parker Dearborn

Instructor

Parker Dearborn Instructor Biography Parker's specialty is unique choreography and funky styling with emphasis on music interpretation. Parker has won many championships in the Swing venues all over the U.S. His style of dancing is very popular with the younger generation of Swing dancers today! Contact Phone numbers: Email:
Nancy Grab
Nancy Grab

Instructor

Nancy Grab Instructor Biography Nancy started dancing with Michael Kiehm in Pro-Am competitions in 1996. In 1997 Nancy began dancing Pro-Am with Professional, Ronnie DeBenedetta, culminating with two World Championship titles in 2000, in both Classic and Showcase divisions.Nancy has been teaching at the Starlight for a couple of years now, and has assisted Ronnie…
Mary Manzella

Instructor

Mary Manzella Instructor Biography Mary has been an instructor in San Diego for many years. With teaching experiences in all styles of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and night club dances, Mary brings another point of view to the Starlight Dance Studio. Contact Phone number: Email:
Stephen Showers
Stephen Showers

Instructor

Stephen Showers Instructor Biography Since 1983, I have been a professional Ballroom dancer. During that time I have been a performer, competitor, and instructor in virtually every style of dance including American, International, Swing, Nightclub, and Argentine Tango. I have trained with the best, and taught all ages from 5 to 101 (no joke). I…
Debbie Torgeson

Instructor

Debbie Torgeson Instructor Biography Debbie has danced for over 39 years. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern by teachers from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, London and France. Currently, Debbie teaches group ballet and jazz classes at Starlight Dance Studio as well as private lessons by appointment.…
David & Trish Walkup
David Walkup & Trish Connery Walkup

Instructors

David Walkup and Trish Connery Walkup instructors Biography David Walkup and Trish Connery Walkup. David holds two UCWDC Worlds Championships and a US Open Swing Dance Championship. Trish holds four UCWDC Worlds Championships and is a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame inductee. Together they compete on the Country and West Coast Swing circuits and…
Carmen Garcia
Carmen Garcia

Instructor

Carmen Garcia Instructor Biography Carmen has been teaching all styles of partner dancing for 30 years. Currently teaching at Starlight Dance Studio owned by her brother Michael Kiehm.  Carmen competes, performs, coaches, and judges competitions.  She has a title in Rising Star International Latin Championship with her brother, Michael Kiehm. She is also in the…
Ronnie DeBenedetta
Ronnie DeBenedetta

Instructor

Ronnie DeBenedetta Ronnie DeBenedetta Instructor Biography Ronnie has been dancing since 1994. Can you guess his reason for getting into dance? You got it! A woman. She was adamant: if he couldn't dance, there'd be no romance. Ronnie became a Country-dancin' fool. He threw himself into classes, private lessons, and competing. After two short years,…
Michael John Kielbasa
Michael John Kielbasa

Instructor

Michael John Kielbasa Instructor Biography Michael John is an up and coming super star in both the Swing world and the Salsa world. Michael teaches all of the American style ballroom and Latin dances as well as Swing, Hustle, Salsa, Lindy hop and other current club dances. He has won several 1st place championship titles…