Esther Don, A Fellow I.S.T.D.- BB, AM and LIC-LA
P.O. Box 880788
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34988-0788
Tel/Fax 772-468-2900 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been enthusiastically teaching since 1976. I became a member of the USISTD in 1981. I competed in the pro ranks with my husband and we specialize in the International Ballroom. One can say I grew up going to Cherry Hill, New Jersey to the ISTD competitions three times year. It was there that the seed of commitment to the society blossomed. I have no regrets in my ballroom career, except having commenced too late in life. In the short 11 years of competing as a professional, we had the opportunity to travel worldwide. I used to own a Fred Astaire Dance Studio, as well owning and running a successful independent dance studio. My experience has covered every aspect of teaching, from beginners to professional competitors. I have a passion for every aspect of the ballroom dance industry.
I can easily say I was blessed with a wonderful dance teacher the late Mr. James Donaghey. He artfully and carefully enriched my dance knowledge and nourished me into loving the society, like he did himself.
Currently in the Ballroom competition community, I am an active adjudicator and coach.
My most recent dance accomplishments, include authoring for the American Style syllabus, six technique manuals and twenty Dvds, used by
United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
National Dance Teachers Association
Pan American Teachers of Dancing
I am a proud Member of the USISTD Board of Trustees, and an examiner for the USISTD in the American Style Ballroom and Rhythm
I am also a competition organizer who loves to run events and a trainer who loves to prepare aspiring candidates for their exams.
Professional Trainer/ Coach/ Examiner/Adjudicator/Organizer
- Born and educated in Warrington in the North of England
- Studied performing arts for several years as a child
- Studied ballroom dancing in the teen years
- Graduate of Warrington College of Commerce
- Secretary to Inspector General, Burtonwood Air Force Base (largest Air Force Base in Europe; now a museum)
- Re-located to the United States, with parents, at the age of 21
- Became Eastern Regional Dance Director, Arthur Murray, Inc., which included training the staff for 25 studios
- Secretary to President and CEO of General Acceptance Corporation, Allentown, Pennsylvania
- Married Richard Cope in 1960; son (Richard) Bradley and daughter Alexandra
- Owned and managed Miriam Cope Dance Studios in Bucks County,
Pennsylvania, 1962 – 1980
- Studied with Aleta Marcy (and Frank Regan) from 1970 – 1978
- Became a member of the Imperial Society in 1972
- Choreographer for Greater Kensington and Harrowgate String Bands
- Owned and managed Jamison Dance Academy, Bucks County, PA 1980 – 1999
- Achieved both the Ballroom and Latin American Fellowships, under the excellent tutelage of Miss Maisie Harrison, in August 1987
- Became appointed as an Imperial Society Dance Examiner in 1999
- Author of 5 technique books, and producer of 4 DVD’s, as study guides for Society syllabi
- Re-located to Leesburg, Florida in 1999, to be closer to both married children and their families
- Proud grandmother to 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters
Lori Woods Gay
Lori comes from a diverse background of artistic, academic, and administrative experience.
As a competitor, she was a US Championship Finalist in Theater Arts with partner Rufus Dustin, New England Professional Champion and US Finalist in American Style with partner David Rosinski, US pro/am Theatre Arts, American Style Smooth and Grand Champion with husband John Gay. She was also invited to and danced in the prestigious Exhibition in Blackpool England.
Lori parlayed her success on the dance floor into a long career, which includes “top teacher” at numerous Championship events, World Class Judge and Examiner. She spent considerable time studying in England with the legendary Elizabeth Romain and is one of very few Imperial members who hold a Fellowship degree in all five branches of dance. She is passionate about using dance technique to enrich the quality of dance on a practical level, and she authors articles on this topic in her “Technique Diva” column of Dance Beat.
She is proud to have been trained and mentored by USISTD greats such as Fran Rogers, Julius Kaiser, Dagmar Jarvel, and Roy Mavor whose example, along with Examiners Peter Billet and Jim Donaghey, inspired her to become an ISTD Examiner.
As an administrator, Lori owned a Fred Astaire studio and was an Examiner and Member of the Fred Astaire National Dance Board. She collaborated with the late John Monte in organizing the U.S. Championships and co-organized one of the earlier NDCA Competitions, the Boston Bicentennial, in 1975. She spent 8 years on the Executive Committee of the National Dance Council of America and recently served as President of the USISTD. She is currently on the Invigilation Committee and the Credential and Education Committee for the NDCA.
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Izabela is a certified Ballroom Examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, with a Fellowship in International Ballroom and Licentiate in Latin styles.
She fell in love with dancing at age 7, and is a longtime ballroom teacher, competitor and adjudicator. A native of Poland, she represented that country with her former partner Robert Kubis in competitions in Europe, Asia and the United States. They were finalists in Standard and 10-dance Polish Championships, and won almost every U.S. Professional Rising Star title.
The biggest influences on her dance career have been Peter Eggleton, Bill and Bobbie Irvine, Marcus and Karen Hilton, Andrew Sinkinson, Luca and Loraine Baricchi, and Pierre Allaire.
In 1997, she was invited by Arthur Murray Dance Studios to work in one of their schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She became a U.S. citizen, and made Michigan her home.
Izabela has been a studio co-owner, has designed women’s dance fashions, and now teaches at the Dance Pavilion in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She has been rewarded with a large number of students in the region and is devoted to helping each student achieve his or her goals. Her teaching style focuses on technique and its nuances. She also recognizes how important it is for students to understand body mechanics. She brings her knowledge gained from studies in yoga and anatomy to develop students’ awareness of balance, strength, and flexibility.
She is working on her Fellowship in Latin style and continues her study of teaching methods. Her goal is to help her students become more musical, expressive, dynamic and artistic in their dancing.
Sherry Novak has lived and taught dance in Los Angeles, Ca, for over 30 years. She trained in the International Style of Ballroom dance in England. She is a former Fred Astaire Champion and U.S. Ballroom Grand Finalist. Ms. Novak is a Fellow and Examiner for the U.S.I.S.T.D. in both Modern and Latin, International and American-style.
Sherry teaches in Little Tokyo, Arcadia, ESGVJCC in West Covina and at StarDance Studio. She is available for coaching, classes, judging and for technique training for U.S.I.S.T.D. exams and is a dance DJ.
In her free time, Sherry enjoys other art forms such as writing, drawing and nature photography.
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Cher Rutherford is one of the most sought after dance coaches in the United States today.She is seen judging many of the major events in the US and is an important figure on the American dance scene and abroad. She has judged the Exhibition at the British Open Championships in Blackpool numerous times and lectuerd on American Style Smooth for the ISTD Congress in Worthing and London, England. She has an impressive mix of academic qualifications along with being a Dance Champion,highly experienced teacher ,coach and choreographer.She has been a professional ballroom trainer for over 30 years.
Cher’s academic qualifications and teaching credentials include a broad range of certification across many genre’s to include: Dual Fellowship degrees in Ballroom and Latin from the ISTD London,England.
She also holds Fellowship degrees in the American Style Smooth, Rhythm and Theatre Arts with the United States ISTD. In addition she has also held these degrees with other dance teachers organizations for many years and is a choreographer and trainer in all styles. These credentials represent the highest level of academic qualifications.
Cher is a National/Championship Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America and a
World Class Adjudicator duly registered with the World Dance Council.
Championship Dancer and performer:
Cher is a United States Champion in the American Style Smooth/Rhythm and Theatre Arts divisions. She performed on the first several PBS programs of Championship Dancing held in New York City hosted by Juliet Prowse in Madison Square Garden. She also danced in a PBS special tribute performance for Agnes DeMille that was hosted by Rita Moreno at the NY Sheraton Center.
Cher was a featured nightly performer in The Magic of Ballroom show that traveled the US for several months with the Mantovani Orchestra tour.
As a teacher at the Pro/Am level Cher was highly successful and always presented her pupils with the highest standard of dance for their level and was many times Top Teacher at local,regional and National events.
She is a published columnist with the number one distributed ballroom news paper in the United States and abroad .They carry her ballroom etiquette column called “Social Graces.”
Even without her physical presence, she is teaching with her performance on many syllabus training videos.
The combination of these achievements make Cher an outstanding teacher and coach. In the studio environment she is able to adapting adjust to any teaching situational put the pupils at ease,regardless of their level,while also motivating them to achieve their best.She has a pleasant teaching style that is both intense and fun.Dance coaching sessions can be devoted to various endeavors such as; competition or showcase choreography,performance/partnership skills, technique and exam preparation. Coaching sessions are always designed to meet your personal needs.
Phillip B. Stephens
Phillip has a multi-faceted background in dance that covers teaching, performing, lectures, competition, studio management and ownership and academic attainment as well as financial experience along with CEO and other executive positions.
Starting out as a teacher in 1972, Phillip soon became fascinated with the technical details and the practical application of dance. He worked through the syllabus material and took examinations, gaining academic qualifications with several dance organizations such as Fred Astaire, NADTA, IDTA, USISTD and ISTD.
Over the years, Phillip was successful in competitions at various levels, winning Top Teacher and Top Studio awards, placing in the finals of many major professional competitions such as Ohio Star Ball and, with partner Lisa Sandifer, becoming the 1989 Eastern United States Rising Star Smooth Champions. He has also performed in such stage productions as “200 Years of Dancing in America” and as the principal in “The King and I”.
As a Dance Director in various studios, through preparing candidates for examinations and as a coach to amateur and professional competitors, Phillip has been involved in the training of other teachers in various capacities over the years. He holds Fellowship Degrees in American Ballroom, American Rhythm, International Ballroom and International Latin along with a Licentiate Degree in Theater Arts. He is certified as a Championship Level Adjudicator, and has been licensed as an Adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), the World Dance Council (WDC) and for USA Dance. Having travelled to the UK for training with the highly esteemed Elizabeth Romain, Phillip was both surprised and pleased that Ms Romain wrote a letter to the USISTD National Committee recommending that he undergo the Examiner’s Assessment in the UK. Permission was granted and, in October of 2000, Phillip successfully underwent the Assessment and was subsequently appointed as an ISTD / USISTD Examiner.
Phillip has served as an invigilator and judged at various competitions including the Ohio Star Ball and the US Championships. In 2007, Phillip gave a lecture on the American Box-style Rumba at the prestigious ISTD Worthing Congress in the UK. Through the years, he has organized showcases and competitions, choreographed routines for professional and amateur competitors and has examined many professional dancers. He has also written articles for many dance publications, and was a featured contributor for Allen Darnel’s book: Ballroom World Dance Book.
Phillip owned and operated The Dance Place – a large and very successful independent dance studio – in Houston, TX, for 29 years. Always looking for ways in which to contribute more to the world of dance, Phillip first became involved with the USISTD National Committee by volunteering as its Publication Director in 1997. In 1998, at the urging of Judi Hatton, Phillip ran for election to the National Committee. While on the committee, Phillip served as the Society’s Treasurer and was later elected as its President. After leaving the National Committee, Phillip also served a term on the USISTD Board of Trustees. While no longer a Committee or BOT member, Phillip continues to be active as a trainer and Examiner, and can be reached via USISTD.org.
Michell came to the United States and graduated in Economics from UC Santa Cruz in 1991. She is an Examiner for USISTD in both Ballroom & Latin branches since 2008 and a certified Scrutineer with National Dance Council of America. Michell and her late husband, Edward Stone founded Monterey Dance & Event Center in Monterey, California in 1994. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Theatre Art, Ballroom, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm dances. She resides in Monterey, California where she coaches dancing to people with all ages and all walk of life, including a group of Parkinson Disease Patients. Her passion in life is to put some fun in people’s life through dancing !
Dual Fellow & Examiner, I.S.T.D.
Standard, Latin & American Style
Licentiate Theatre Arts
United Kingdom 10 Dance Finalist
United States Championship Finalist
Winner Imperial Society Trophy – London, England
Official Board Scrutineer – London, England
World Championship Adjudicator
Guest Lecturer at Imperial Congress – Worthing, England
Forty years as an Examiner and past President of the United States branch of the
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
Thirty-four years Adjunct Faculty at the
Rochester Institute of Technology
Owner and Principal of the Billett Ballroom Center,
Rochester, NY for over twenty-five years
George Eastman House Academy Awards
Eastman Theatre performance with Eric Kunzel
Hispanic Heritage celebration with Rita Moreno