“This is not a job, it’s a way of life” Ohio Star Ball Organizer Sam Sodano

On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy, Aimée Méndez & Jose Tolentino sit down with Sam Sodano during the 30th Anniversary of Emerald Ball. Sam is the founder of The Ohio Star Ball, which begins today November 19 -24th. The Ohio Star Ball is celebrating 42years and Sam has developed this Championship into the largest Pro/Am competition.

“I feel a competition is like your home…treat people as if they come into your home”

-Sam Sodano

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“There’s Still No Shortcuts in Dancing” – Slawek Sochacki & Marzena Stachura

On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy, Aimée Méndez & Jose Tolentino sit down with Slawek Sochacki & Marzena Stachura during the 30th Anniversary of Emerald Ball. They stress the importance of doing your “homework” for other dancing couples. One special piece of advice they shared was that they would set a timer for each subject they went over to make effective use of their time. Scheduling and knowing exactly what you plan to do helps in more ways than one!

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“You Can Not Change Anyone but You Can Change Yourself” – Olga Foraponova

On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy, Aimée Méndez & Jose Tolentino sit down with Olga Foraponova during the 30th Anniversary of Emerald Ball. Olga shares special moments in her dance journey and how her daughter once made her realize something important in life. Research is also a big part of her journey as she continues to search for details on how to best verbalize important principles to her students.

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“Releasing an animal on to the dance floor” – Jim and Jenell Maranto Interview

On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy, Aimée Méndez & Jose Tolentino sit down with Jim and Jenell Maranto during the 30th Anniversary of Emerald Ball. Jim and Jenell are champion dancers that are incredibly relevant today. You can spot Jim Maranto immediately at a competition. He even says it’s like “releasing an animal on to the dance floor.” We love the story how Jim and Jenell met, (she was his teacher.) And for Jim the shift of one career path to ballroom dancer. Just goes to show you how the right instructor can impact one’s life in such a meaningful way. Way to go Jenell!

Watch the full interview below on Dance Teachers Academy’s You Tube below!