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.

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

Valentine Hodgman

Valentine Hodgman

Studio Manager
Professional Certified Instructor
Pro/Am Competitor


Certified

valentine@blueballroom.net

Valentine began competitive ballroom dancing at the age of 17.  After six years of competing in 10-dance, he decided to specialize in International Standard.

 In 2005, Valentine headed to London England to study with some of the best ballroom teachers in the world.  Upon returning to the U.S., he captured the Amateur North Eastern Championships and placed in the finals at many prestigious competitions across the States.

Valentine has been teaching and coaching for a number of years.  Students under his study have completed various goals such as medal testing in the syllabus, performing in showcases, dancing socially, preparing for a wedding, and training to compete.  His competitive students have placed in the finals and won scholarship awards at various competitions, including the Ohio Star Ball.

The past several years Valentine has dedicated to Argentine Tango. Competing each year with his partner Anna Akarman at the United States Tango Championships in San Francisco; they have placed in the semi finals. 

 Many BlueBallRoom students enjoy his attention to detail, his energy and advanced knowledge of technique and styling, making them better partners.  Valentine is now taking appointments with beginners and those that wish to dance in Pro/Am Competition.

Johny Postolachi

Johny Postolachi

Professional Instructor, Pro/Am Competitor and New Student Specialist, plus WDSF Certified Standard & Latin


Certified

johny@blueballroom.net

Johny is the newest addition to the BlueBallRoom Team.  He joins us from Moldova where he trained as a competitive dancer since he was a young child.

He has achieved numerous accolades and titles, such as:

  • Graduate of the World Reknowned Team Diablo DanceSport Institute of Italy, the home studio of the WDSF Technical Manuals for Standard and Latin.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from the University Babes-Bolyai with a specialty in Physical Education in Sports, Cluj-Napoca, Moldova
  • Graduate of Sport High School, Baia Mare, Romania
  • 2013 WDSF Rising Star Finalist (Trofeo, Italy)
  • 2012 Belgium DanceSport Federation Standard Champion
  • 2012 German Open Rising Star Standard – top 21
  • 2012 Bassano Open (Italy) WDSF Rising Star Champion
  • 2011 Bratislava Open WDSF Rising Star – Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 German Open Adult Standard – top 9
  • Member of the Romanian Competitive DanceSport Team
  • Technical Exam Certified WDSF Standard

Language Skills: English, Romanian, Russian, Italian

Johny first visited the USA in 2015 to cheer for his friends Florin and Natalia at the USA Dance Nationals.  During the event, he befriended Ken Richards and was given a chance to visit the BlueBallRoom and study the Social Dance Education program at the studio.  At that time, he became enamored with the experience, the students and the program designed to help non-dancers learn to enjoy dancing…

Soon thereafter he began his application for a working visa and was granted recognition as a unique educator in dance due to his expertise in sports education with the latest technical aspects of dance, being used by the top couples in Europe today.

 

Johny is now dedicated to helping the BlueBallRoom students grow in their dancing – whether they are beginners, wedding couples, showcase performers or competitive dancers.  Join one of his classes or schedule a private lesson today.

 

JohnyT

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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 immediatly 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, 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.

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.

Aidyn Gangemi

Aidyn Gangemi

Professional Instructor,
New Student and Wedding Dance Specialist


Certified

aidyn@blueballroom.net

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.  He was recently recognized, through an arduous exam process, by the US Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dance (USISTD) with his Associate Level Degree and is currently working toward additional levels of certification.