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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 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: Professional Competitor and American Rhythm finalist; 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: Cha Cha and Waltz

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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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Selah Browning – Instructor

DanceStyle: American Rhythm, American Smooth
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Muhidin Divovic – Instructor

DanceStyle: American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Latin, International Standard, Country Western, Salsa, Bachata
Background: Born in Bosnia, started Ballroom and Latin dancing after moving to America. Dancing since 2000. Competes nationally in Professional American Rhythm and Pro-Am with students in America Smooth, America Rhythm and International Latin. Owned and managed a dance studio for 11 years.
Specialities: American Rhythm & Smooth, Salsa
Personality: Funny, Lighthearted, self motivated, determined.
Favorite Dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing. Mambo, Tango, Waltz, and Paso Doble.

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Barbara Leedy – Instructor

Dance Styles: American Rhythm & Smooth
Professional Experience: Dancing since 2015. Pro-Am Competitor since 2021. Instructing at ASA since 2021.
Background: United States Navy 1995-1999. Aviation Electrician’s Mate. Licensed Airframe & Power Plant Mechanic Certification since 2006. Employed with the Department of Defense Navy. FAA & Military Aircraft Examiner/Evaluator specializing in Electrical & Avionic Systems. Currently managing Aviation Software Development & Software Lifecycle.
Specialties: Customized teaching to your personal learning style to ensure dance goals are met efficiently. Dance costume design and construction. Custom dance prop design and construction. Alterations of existing dance wear and dance costumes. Personal shopper for any dancing needs.
Personality Traits: Passionate, committed, empathetic, and down-to-earth.
Favorite Dance: American Tango, Argentine Tango, Salsa, and Samba.

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Angelina Lewis – Instructor

Dance styles: American Smooth and Rhythm, Latin, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap
Background: Dancing and competing in gymnastics since the age of 5; Experience in working with juniors, choreography and preparing students for auditions.
Specialties: Loves working with children
Personality traits: Personable and present. Loves to make dancing fun and easy!
Favorite Dance: Rumba, Cha Cha and Waltz

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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 and East Coast Swing

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Bill Pennybaker – Instructor

Dance Style: American Smooth and Rhythm
Background:
I entered my first ballroom in 2004. Had a few life breaks, and rejoined A Social Affair August 2019. Looking forward to dancing with everyone, and helping everyone become the dream dancers we always wanted to be! 
Specialities:
Helping those with “2 left feet” find the missing “right foot,” and turning those, “I can’t do that,” to “I can do that!”
Personality:
Energetic, compassionate, and adaptable
Favorite Dances:
All? Does “all” count? You want to dance a what? okay, let’s go!

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Tom Wasil – Instructor

Dance Styles: International Latin, American Rhythm and Smooth
Background: Many years of experience with Pro/Am competitions, showcase choreography, Trained by Russian and Ukrainian champions.
Specialties: Working with couples, first wedding dance/choreography, Passionate about taking a beginner from their first step on the dance floor all the way to the competition floor.
Personality: Dynamic, understanding, warm, with a focus on the fun aspects of the Ballroom
Favorite Dances: International Rumba and Cha Cha

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Supporting Staff:

Carolyn Bell Audije – Marketing, Design & 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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