Ron Montez is one of the most respected personalities in the dance business. He previously held title as the 7-time undefeated United States Professional Latin Champion. He achieved 4th place in the World’s Professional Latin Championships held at Royal Albert Hall in London. He has reached the final of the prestigious British Championships in Blackpool, England. Ron is recognized as a World class adjudicator, dance coach and choreographer in both American and International styles.
Ron was the co-host and expert commentator for the PBS television show “Championship Ballroom Dancing”, which was hosted by Rita Moreno, Juliet Prowse, Barbara Eden and Sandy Duncan, Jasmine Guy. Ron is now on “America’s Ballroom Challenge “ this year with host Jean Louisa Kelly.
Ron is a national examiner for DIVDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association). In this capacity he examines both amateur and professional dancers to obtain certification. Instructional tapes plus DVD’s including bronze, silver and gold levels are available to the public.
Ron is a choreographer for the FOX television show “So you think you can Dance”. This hit show is the first of its kind to blend and compare ballroom dancing with jazz, hip hop, lyrical and many styles of dance using national finalists.
Ron is also the recipient of the 2009 United States Dance Championships Hall of Fame Award.
Ron and Karla Montez are organizers of the Chicago Crystal Ball Dancesport Competition held in June. They also host the San Diego Dance Camp and New Year’s Eve gala annually in December. More information can be obtained by visiting www.chicagocrystalball.com and www.montezdance.com
Ron Montez resides with his family in Tucson, Arizona.