Ken Richards

Ken Richards

Co-Director
Professional Certified Instructor
WDSF Examiner


Certified

Certified

ken@blueballroom.net

Ken is a second generation dance instructor, has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Businees and a Masters Degree in business administration from Florida International University.  He served as the Marketing Director for the International Franchise Headquarters of the Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios for 7 years, consulting studio owners around the globe and training the country’s top dance teachers. 

He served four terms as the elected Vice-President of DanceSport for USA Dance, the National Governing Body for DanceSport in the USA.  In this role, Ken administered the DanceSport Council, the National DanceSport Rulebook and the National DanceSport Championships. 
Following this, he served as a recent National Past President of the organization, and was elected again in 2020 to serve as President for the next four years.

In 2012, he was elected by a majority vote of the member countries of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) to serve as a Presidium Member and re-elected in 2013 for a 4-year term.  In 2015, after extensive studies in Europe, Ken became one of the first Certified Technical Examiners for the WDSF in the USA.

And with all that experience and knowledge, his favorite activity is helping people learn to enjoy dancing.

Ken & Carrie Ann Inaba

Ken & Carrie Ann Inaba, with US Amateur
10-Dance Champions, Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov, at the 2009 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships

Roseanna Richards

Roseanna Richards

Co-Director


roseanna@blueballroom.net

Roseanna has been a student and competitor of dance, training under the country’s top instructors/coaches since the early 1970’s.  She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Philadelphia College of Arts.  She has run numerous businesses and is the person responsible for making the BlueBallRoom the studio that it is today. 

It was Roseanna’s dream that brought this studio to life. She designed every aspect of the studio to optimize the dancers experience.

Roseanna - Dancing With The Stars

Ken and Roseanna on set with Carrie Ann Inaba of Dancing With The Stars

Gabby Williams

Gabby Williams

Professional Instructor,
New Student and Wedding Dance Specialist


gabby@blueballroom.net

Gabby started dancing at the young age of two.  Her early studies included a range of different dance forms, such as: ballet, praise, contemporary, and victorian ballroom.  Even at such a young age, she was immediately hooked and knew this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.  She always had a fascination for different dance curriculums and styles through history.  Her passion for dance and its history, led her to study and teach, not only ballroom, but many different dances across the eras – such as the dance of the 18th- 20th Century.  Her wide array of knowledge includes dances like the: Charleston, Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, as well as more traditional styles of Waltz and Tango.

Gabby specializes in Latin American dances, American Smooth, teaching Wedding Dance Routines and Social Dancing.  She finds teaching students to be very rewarding as they achieve and exceed their goals.  She works diligently to give students the tools they need in order to become confident and comfortable when dancing.  And she strives to make her students feel at ease, have fun, and look beautiful in any and every dancing environment.  She continues to be dedicated to studying ballroom and is currently working on her technical exams through the US Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.

 

Alexei (Alex) Bazylev

Alexei (Alex) Bazylev

Dance Instructor, Coach, Choreographer, Pro/Am Competitor


alexei@blueballroom.net

Alexei Bazylev

Currently accepting private students on Monday and Friday.  All Disciplines and Levels.

Originally from Belarus, Alexei started to dance at the age of 9. His credits include first prizes at International Ranking Competitions all over Europe. Alexei graduated with honors from the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk and was certified as a choreographer and ballroom dance teacher. Known for his exceptional skills in ballroom dance, superb technique and flexibility, Alexei has also been trained in classic and modern style of dance.  He has always been in love with performing and choreographing, so his interest led him to participation in numerous production companies such as Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Eldorado Productions Limited, Worldwide Entertainment Productions. Along with his professional partner Darya Splendzer, Alexei performed in more than 70 countries of the world. They graced the stages of luxurious cruise liners sharing their passion with audiences which never disappointed. Also, Alexei and Darya became winners and runners up in Professional Showdance division in numerous competitions in Europe and America.

Alexei has been teaching ballroom dance for 15 years. Today he is happy to expand his professional skills and knowledge at BlueBallRoom Dance Studio. He specializes in International and American Style, Pro-Am competitions, Choreography and ShowDance.

Anjeza Permeti

Anjeza Permeti

Dance Instructor, Wedding Specialist, Coach


anjeza@blueballroom.net

Anjeza Permeti (pronounced: Ann-Yeah-Za)

As a professional ballet, modern, jazz dancer, choreographer and theatre performer, Anjeza has enjoyed working with the most amazing talent and learning to make dance-magic, out of make believe.  She loves sharing her passion for the arts, especially for dance with those she teaches.

Anjeza studied classical ballet as a young lady in Tirana, the capital of Albania, where she was raised. She performed for 15 years with the Albania National Theatre of Opera in numerous famous Ballets, like: “Giselle”, “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, “Cinderella”; and in world renown musicals, in main roles, in “Romeo and Juliette”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Chicago”.

She toured across Europe participating in folk festivals, performing, and learning the traditional dances of other countries to use in her student’s training.  Her creative and expressive nature made her be a show girl in many famous TV shows and movies in Albania. This great experience includes choreographing for stage, TV events, a national commercial, and even Weddings.

As the founder of “Soul Entertainment”, a non-profit agency, Anjeza taught ballet, modern and Latin dance to different age groups for many years.  She also promoted a Zumba show throughout many cities of Albania.

As a member of the BlueBallRoom’s Instructional Team, her focus and attention is to inspire and guide her students through the skills necessary to enjoy their partners on the dance floor.  Anjeza’s commitment and determination, as an artist, shines through in her pursuit to be an astute and caring instructor. 

To her… dancing gives one a chance to try different ways of moving and taking up space.  She joins the BlueBallRoom to continue her path in the amazing world of art – bringing her talent, experience, and passion to a higher level.

Anjeza graduated from the Academy of Arts with a bachelor’s in Theatre Directing in 2009.  Sha has performed in many theatre productions as an actor and directed shows in comedy, drama and more. It was an honor when she was chosen from hundreds of participants in 2007, for “La Mama Theatre New York” for their new show Asclepius; to dance a solo part, act, and even sing with the group.

“All dance teachers no matter where in the world they are from”, she says, “feel the same respect for their calling. We all have ‘dance blood’ flowing through our veins; we’ve all experienced JOY and HARDSHIPS… to watch us dance is to hear our heart speak.”

Anjeza admits that she is blessed to have gained all this wonderful experience in the magnificent disciplines of dance.  Now, teaching others how to dance so they can be the most beautiful versions of themselves, is not a duty not even only a profession, it is more than that, to Anjeza it’s a life mission.

Darya Splendzer

Darya Splendzer

Dance Instructor, Coach, Choreographer, Pro/Am Competitor


darya@blueballroom.net

Darya Splendzer

Currently accepting private lesson students in all disciplines.

Darya was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She was introduced to the world of ballroom dancing at the age of 8 and was in love with it ever since. She has won numerous ballroom dance Competitions all around Europe. When Darya was 15 she became a member of the national competition team of the Republic of Belarus, representing her country at World and European Championships, becoming a multi-time finalist and prizewinner. In 2005, for her exceptional achievements in DanceSport, Darya was awarded with the Title of Master of Sports of Republic of Belarus. After a successful career in sports, Darya got involved in the show and performance industry. She graced the stages of the world, performed onboard the Luxury Cruise Liners such as Silver Sea, Oceania, Regent, Celebrity and MSC. Together with her dance partner Alexei Bazylev, they produced and performed ballroom dance show “Ballroom Fever” onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Darya has been teaching ballroom dance for 12 years, with her students continually earning recognition at national and international competitions. Darya is specializing in choreography, ShowDance and Pro-Am competitions. She cannot wait to share her passion for dance with students of the BlueBallRoom Dance Studio, and inspire them to love ballroom dancing as much as she does.

 

Aidyn Gangemi

Aidyn Gangemi

Dance Host


Certified

aidyn@blueballroom.net

Dance Host

Aidyn has always enjoyed the beauty of dance.  His dancing, however, did not start in ballroom.  He first began as a Competitive Ice Skater.  He competed for several years, training up to six hours a day with professional coaching from Olympic, World and National Medalists.

To augment his skating, he began to take ballroom dance lessons.  He quickly fell in love with the elegance and intricacy of this unique dance form, performing many Showcase Routines that brought a standing ovation from the audience and high scores from the nationally renown ballroom Adjudicators.

Upon deciding to retire from Competitive Ice Dancing, he switched his focus and attention to perfecting the skills necessary to teach ballroom dance.  Aidyn’s commitment and determination, as an athlete, has been instrumental in his pursuit to be an astute and caring Instructor.  His admiration for dance reflects in his desire to give back and teach people the joy of partnership dancing at any and all levels of learning.  He strives to make dance fun and enjoyable for all his students.  And is recognized, through an arduous exam process, by the US Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dance (USISTD) with his Associate Level Degrees.