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About Our Staff:

Larry Audije – Owner

Larry-Audije-circleDance Styles: American Smooth & Rhythm, International Standard & Latin, Swing, Salsa and Country Western.
Background: Dancing since 1994; originally trained with Arthur Murray Dance Studios; with ASA since 2004; Experienced in Professional and Pro/Am Shows and Competitions
Specialties: Teaching advanced couples; coaching
Personality Traits: Fun, energetic and focused
Favorite Dance: Tango, Bolero and Foxxy

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Ashley Novak – Studio Co-Manager & Dance Director

Dance Styles: American Rhythm & Smooth; International Standard & Latin
Background: Started Dancing in 1997. Started teaching with Fred Astaire in North Carolina. Instructor and Competition Organizer for five years in Tampa. With ASA since August 2010.
Specialties: Teaching with logic and understanding while encouraging students to have fun and laugh along the way.
Other Professional Experience: Pro/Am Competitor, Top Female Teacher achievements, 2008 winner of Tampa Bay Dancing With The Stars
Personality Traits: Fun, electric, and LOVES to teach!
Favorite Dance: Swing and Tango

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Chris Hill – Instructor

Dance Styles: American Smooth & Rhythm, International Latin, West Coast Swing and Salsa.
Background: Dancing since 2012; Competed Professional and Pro/Am;
with ASA since 2015
Specialties: Teaching at a high energy, fun and competitive pace
Personality Traits: Fun, driven, coy and peaceful
Favorite Dance: Rumba, Waltz, West Coast Swing and Salsa

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Courtney Clark – Instructor

courtney-colorDance Styles: American Smooth & Rhythm
Background: Dancing Ballroom & Latin since 2006; DVIDA trained; Bachelor of Arts in English from Flagler College; dancing with ASA since 2015
Specialties: Teaching in a way that is easy to understand while remaining fun; teaching children and adults.
Personality Traits: Outgoing, personable, patient
Favorite Dances: Rumba and Quickstep

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Jerrell Francis – Instructor

Dance style: American Smooth & Rhythm
Background: Started dancing at age 5 (jazz, ballet and hip hop) I began ballroom & Latin in 2016.
Specialties: I specialize in teaching beginners. I will make your dancing look cool and exciting.
Personality: Understanding, loving and caring
Favorite dance: Cha Cha & Hustle

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Keturah Robison – Social Director & Instructor

Dance Styles: American Smooth & Rhythm
Background: DVIDA Certified; Dancing Ballroom & Latin since 2007; University of North Florida Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance; With ASA since 2010
Specialties: Beginners; Explaining dance in simple and easy terms
Personality Traits: Outgoing, all smiles, makes learning fun
Favorite Dances: Foxtrot & Cha Cha

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Roseanna George – Administrative Assistant & Instructor

Dance Styles: American Smooth & Rhythm
Background: Background in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Took on the newest art form of “step” dancing in 2010 and continues teaching with Step-In-School, Inc. in select Duval County Public Schools. With ASA since spring of 2013.
Specialities: Teaching dance in its simplest form while still being creative and stylish
Personality: Technical, patient and understanding
Favorite Dances: Bolero, Tango, Cha Cha

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Ruhiyyih McKinley – Studio Co-Manager & Instructor

Dance Styles: American Smooth & Rhythm
Background: DVIDA Certified; Ballet, tap, and jazz from 1982-1999; began belly dance and Middle Eastern Folkloric and Tribal Dance in 1995, competed and coached professionally from 2002-2006; began Swing and club dances in 1997 and Ballroom and Latin Dance in 2009; With ASA since 2011.
Specialties: Certified in SSSBD Level 1, IFA Personal Training and Fitness Instruction, and Dancesport Endurance. Loves to draw emotion out of people, especially for performances
Other Professional Experience: Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Fayetteville State University
Personality: Fun and silly, but serious
Favorite Dance: Cha Cha

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Samuel Penalba – Instructor

Dance Style: American Smooth and Rhythm
Background: Dancing since age 5, choreography and performances for parties (i.e. weddings, graduations. etc)
Specialities: Help students achieve picturesque dancing
Personality: Eager, calm and loves to dance!
Favorite Dances: Hustle, Cha-Cha, E.C. Swing

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Tim Schweiger – Instructor

tim-colorDance Style: American Rhythm & Smooth; International Latin & Standard
Background: Started dancing in 2004 in high school, where he competed in the BYU Youth National Dancesport formation and individual competitions. Began teaching dance in 2011 in the Orlando area, where he taught before moving to Jacksonville.
Specialties: Formations, competition, and teaching for the love of passing on the fun of dance
Personality Traits: Fun, easy-going and open-minded
Favorite Dance: All American Smooth & International Standard

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Wes Kuehlthau – Instructor

Wesley-Kuehlthau-circleDance Styles: American Rhythm & Smooth
Professional Experience: Dancing since 2008, Pro-Am Competitor 2012, DVIDA Certified; with ASA since 2012
Background: United States Navy 2003-2012. Nuclear Machinist and Surface Warfare Officer. Employed with the Jacksonville Dept. of Fire and Rescue
Specialties: Understanding the needs of the beginning student, and making dance fun.
Personality Traits: Skilled communicator & teacher, fun, patient
Favorite Dance: International Waltz & West Coast Swing

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Supporting Staff:

Carolyn Bell Audije – Marketing, Design, Planning & Promotions

Dance: American Smooth & Rhythm; has competed regionally in Pro-Am Smooth and Rhythm
Background: Former Manager of Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Jacksonville, Florida. BA in Graphic Design 1991. Since 2010, is the Marketing and PR Director for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. She also does freelance graphic design as well as many volunteer endeavors with non-profit organizations and churches.
Specialties: Design of logos, brochures, publications, advertising, annual reports, marketing planning, websites; competes in local Pro/Am competitions
Other professional experience: Managed and taught for Arthur Murray Dance Studio from 1998-2004.
Personality traits: Organized, tenacious, family-oriented
Favorite dance: Bolero, Cha Cha and Tango

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Shay Spicer – Certified Zumba® Instructor

Shay became a Certified Zumba® Fitness Instructor and took over the Zumba® Fitness classes at ASA in March of 2011. We started off with just a few students and now have thriving classes on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 9:00am.

The best part about taking a class at ASA is that we have all different shapes, sizes, ages and ability level, but we all mix to make a great family. Shay tells all her students, new and existing, to remember, “the toughest step is walking through the front door!”

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