1520 Whootentown Rd
Washington, NC 27889
United States

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Bios of Instructors

We are proud to have some of the most talented instructors in the area working to support our organization!

Dawn Clark

Dawn Clark, Ed.D. is a retired professor and coordinator of the dance education program at East Carolina University. She has a doctorate from UNC-Greensboro, a Certificate in Laban Studies from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, England, an M. Ed. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a BFA in Dance from Ohio University. Additional professional experience includes studying with Alwin Nikolais in New York City and Arthur Murray training.
In addition to the methods and pedagogy classes in dance education, she teaches ballet, ballroom, and folk dance. She enjoys teaching "beginners" the rudiments of ballroom dance with emphasis on social ease. She also works with experienced dancers on technique and movement efficiency. Her repertoire of dances includes fox trot, waltz, American tango, cha-cha, rumba, samba, merengue, etc.
She is also a board member serving as our Social Dance Coordinator, and recently attended the annual USA Dance Conference in Los Angeles, California.

Chikako Massey

Chikako Massey has studied ballroom dance under former USA champions in Wisconsin and Illinois. A trained athlete and award winner in international business and USA Dance's Volunteer of the Year, who puts the same level of tenacity and passion into ballroom dancing and teaching. She is an avid social dancer with a broad repertoire, emphasizing refined technique and artistry. Chikako believes her passion for dancing is due to her genes: her family in Japan includes both a national-level dancer and an athlete. Chikako's firm belief is that ballroom dancing is a social art and is all about sharing fun. She has developed other unique programs, such as Ballroom Aerobics, Ballroom Technique, Non-Traditional Ballroom and special occasion dance.

John and Penny DeFino

John and Penny DeFino have a real passion for Ballroom Dance. They rank among the top amateur Ballroom competition couples in the US and are Four-Time USA Dance National Ballroom Championship finalists. They hold a number of National titles in American Style Smooth and Rhythm as well as International style Standard dances. They are currently ranked second place in the US for their age and division in American Style Smooth Ballroom dancing.

John & Penny enjoy sharing their passion for dancing and have been teaching ballroom dance for several years. They have also been active in a number of performances and charitable fund-raisers.

John & Penny live in Oriental, NC. See their website at

Correai Moore

Correai is a native of Kinston, NC who has been involved with Latin social dancing since 1999. He first danced and performed locally in Greenville NC before training with the Mambo Dinamico Dance Company in Morrisville, NC. As part of this dance company he has performed at the New York, DC, Atlanta, and Orlando Salsa Congresses as well as other festivals along the east coast. An avid social dancer, his teaching specialty is NY Style (On2) salsa but has also danced and taught L.A. (On1) style as well as merengue, bachata, and pachanga.

Raquel Williams

Raquel started dancing ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop when she was just three years old. After studying for 13 years, she continued dancing on competitive teams and choreographing for special events and shows. In the year 2000, she discovered her love of partner dancing. Her original training was in International Latin but she slowly branched into American Smooth and Rhythm, salsa, hustle, west coast swing and even country western. She has competed in all of these styles over the past 10 years. In the past three years, she has taught dance part time while working as a horticulturist. In 2010, she decided to jump into teaching full time in her own dance company and opened DPM Studios. Her business incorporates competitive and social students from adults down to kids. Within the business, she creates many performance opportunities and provides a comfortable place where all people can share the love of dance. In addition to training ballroom students, she is an all around performance coach for stage presence, modeling and assists with custom choreography for special events.

Joyce Price

Joyce is the owner of Rivertowne Ballroom, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. She has been teaching ballroom dance for 12 years and she is ISTD certified to the Associate level in the International smooth dances. She is also part owner of the newly renovated Stanly Hall Ballroom. It is located upstairs over Rivertowne Ballroom, but its 3600 square foot heart pine floor is 3 times larger. They now hold their open dances and many of their classes in Stanly Hall.

David Geiger

David Geiger has been dancing ballroom for 8 years, and has been teaching dance for 5 years. He and his wife Emily started Grace Ballroom in Angier in February of 2010. They love teaching and strive to create a fun and friendly dancing atmosphere through their teaching.

Susie Buck

Susie Buck is a professional International Standard and Latin dancer from New York. She has achieved her Ballroom Fellow Degree and Latin Licentiate Degree from the Imperial Society of Teacher"s of Dance of London, England, and her Ballroom and Latin Licentiate Degree from the Canadian Dance Teacher"s Association. Susie is also a registered adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America. Accomplishments include placing in the Rising Star Finals at the United States Championships, a 10 dance finalist at the 2001 Star Challenge in Canada, and a 10 dance finalist at the Heritage Classic Dancesport Championships in 2005.

Norman and Ella Mae Hooker

Norman and Ella Mae have been dancing since 1973. They took lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio until 1980, and during this time competed in approximately 4 to 5 competitions per year nationwide. In the late 70s they were one of the top five amateur couples in the United States. In 1977 Norm and Ella Mae won a national championship. In this championship they danced 10 dances, five in rhythm and five in smooth. Norm and Ella Mae averaged 98% first-place trophies in all competitions entered. In the early 1980s they owned five different Arthur Murray Dance Studio franchises. To become a franchisee required 200 hours of teacher training and dance management. Norm and Ella Mae have been teaching at the Top Hat Dance Studio in Goldsboro since 1993. Many of their students are entered in regional competitions in Greensboro and Asheville, NC, and these students average first place trophies in 95% of dances entered.

Procopio and Heidi Serrano

Procopio and Heidi Serrano both live and work in Greenville NC. They have been teaching Salsa, Bachata, and Merrengue for the Salsa Night for the ECU Folk Arts Society Since 2002. They are members of a salsa dance group, "Nuestro Ritmo" which have performed at several different venues, including Greenville, Grifton, Wilson, Rocky Mount, and Havelock. They are also active members of "Salsa Collaborative of Greenville," a local salsa group that exchanges lessons and ideas. Procopio and Heidi have also been guest instructors for the Greenville Chapter of USA Dance for Salsa.

Andy Lelewer

Andy"s dance career started as a New Year"s resolution and continued to become, as he calls it, a full time hobby. He continues to develop his skills with various coaches on the East and West Coast. Andy enjoy the Smooth and Standard styles of dancing the most. Andy and Beth Beasley won the 2010 National ballroom competition in Senior 1 category and placed well in the finals in the Standard Pre-champ Senior 1 category. Andy currently lives in Havelock where he develops his skill and offesr ballroom lessons.

Randy and Mary Nichols

Mary and Randy teach private dance lessons and group classes in the Greenville area. They have been the dance instructors at the Vidant Wellness Center since 2001. They also taught dance for East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and taught the Farmville Junior Dance Cotillion (6th – 7th – 8th grades) for several years. Mary and Randy took private instruction from a Master's Level competitor and judge for nine years and took Shag lessons from Judy Duke, a Shag Hall of Fame Instructor from Myrtle Beach for seven years. Additionally they took lessons from Master's level competitors Sam and Denise Miller from Virginia Beach for several years. Mary and Randy also won the Regional Marlboro Dance Competition sponsored by the TNN Television network and Mary has won several Gold and Silver Awards in the UCWDC Pro-Am Dance Division at various competitions around the country. They continue to teach Ballroom, Swing, Shag, Country, and Line Dance at their home studio as well as at Vidant Wellness Center.

Carl Williams and Joy Williams

Carl and Joy teach Shag, Ballroom and Line Dance at Top Hat Ballroom Dance Studio in Goldsboro, NC. Top Hat Ballroom Studio is a part of The Heritage Dance Foundation. The Heritage Dance Foundation® is a 501 (C) [3] organization that seeks to promote the international art of ballroom dancing by encouraging opportunities for dance education and cultivating excellence within the performing arts.

Carl and his wife Joy began their ballroom dancing with Top Hat in October of 2006 under the expert tutelage of Norman and Ellie Hooker. Carl and Joy started competing as an amateur couple in 2008. At dance competitions in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 placed 1st in all dance heats. In their first dance competition at the Carolina Classic, they placed 1st in all dances as well as garnering Top Bronze solo exhibition and Top Student Solo overall. In 2011 at the Carolina Classic, Carl and Joy placed 1st in all dances, Best Newcomer International Style Quickstep and Top Student Solo.

Carl and Joy are active members of the Top Hatter Dancers, a community based volunteer organization. The Top Hatter Dancers perform ballroom dance showcases at assisted living or retirement centers, participate as Friends of the Starlight Dance Band, and support the newly restored Paramount Theater in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Carl is a member of the Heritage Foundation ZPAC committee, music director for Top Hat and ZPAC, and serves as President of the Top Hatters. Joy is also a member of the Heritage Foundation ZPAC committee, Vice President of the Greenville NC Cotillion Club and Treasurer of the Top Hatters.