Arthur Murray Saratoga Springs Dance Teachers

Ballroom Dance Lessons are fun when you have the right teacher and learning environment.  At Arthur Murray Saratoga Springs we have some of the best ballroom dance teachers from Saratoga Springs to Albany and all of New York.

Iraida Volodina

Certified Ballroom Dance Teacher

Iraida Volodina, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia started dancing at age 6. During her career she studied contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, swing and ballet with different companies from the USA, France, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Canada; however, her passion always was ballroom dancing.  She began competing at age 12 and has won several competitions with various partners.  With her current partner, Ricardo Sopin, she became Arthur Murray’s World Rising Stars Champion and has won several championships in the USA.

“Learning to dance from Iraida is like learning to sing from Elvis,” said David, one of Iraida’s weekly dance students.

Iraida Volodina Ballroom Dance Teacher Saratoga Springs

Ricardo Sopin

Certified Ballroom Dance Teacher

Ricardo Sopin was born and raised in Haiti and started dancing at age 21. In 2005, he traveled to France and England in pursuit of more dance training. He decided to make a career of ballroom dancing and in 2007 he moved to the United States.

After competing in 2009 in the American Rhythm Division, he won the world Arthur Murray Rising Star Championship. He continues to win many championships with his partner Iraida Volodina.  Ricardo’s enthusiasm and expertise make him one of the most sought after dance teachers in the Albany-Saratoga Springs region.

Ricardo iraIda performing salsa at the National Museum of Dance Saratoga Springs

Tristan Reimann

Certified Ballroom Dance Teacher

Tristan Reimann found his love for dancing at a young age learning some of his first steps from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. He went on to dance in various musical theater productions throughout Central New York.  Tristan has studied many styles of dancing including tap, hip hop, and ballroom dancing.

Tristan continues his love of dancing through Arthur Murray Dance Centers.  It was at Arthur Murray of Syracuse, New York that he realized ballroom is a style of dancing that truly has it all.  Whether it be a fast Latin Salsa to a classic grand Waltz, he is in his element.  Since beginning his ballroom training, Tristan has never looked back.  After years of teaching and training in Syracuse, Tristan now calls Arthur Murray Saratoga Springs his home.

As a specialist dance teacher Tristan focuses his talents on preparing wedding couples for their first dance and first time dancers that may be a little bit nervous. A dance lesson with Tristan is like learning to drive, after the first time on the road you will never look back!

Ballroom Dance teacher Tristan Reimann Arthur Murray Saratoga Springs

Safwat Gerges

Certified Master Examiner/Adjudicator

Mr. Safwat Gerges started with the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Training Class over 25 years ago and two (2) years later, became Manager & Owner of the Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studio in Great Neck, NY.

Over the years, Mr. Gerges competed in many Arthur Murray Dance Competitions and has been decorated with several Arthur Murray “Top Instructor” & “Top Executive” Awards.

Mr. Gerges is now recognized as a Master Examiner and Adjudicator, certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association and accredited with the National Dance Council of America. You may observe Mr. Gerges judging many student and professional competitions and he is also the organizer of several popular show-dance and competitive events each year.

Mr. Gerges is General Manager and Franchisee to five Studios in New York & Long Island as well as two Studios oversees. Currently, Mr. Gerges is the Co-organizer of the Empire State Dance Sport Championships.

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