Our coaches are experienced social and competitive Ballroom Dancers who have a passion for what they do and want to share that passion with you in our dance classes. They have been trained by some of the country’s best coaches and have many years’ experience in taking dance classes for all abilities.

Our Coaches and Assistant Coaches all have a current Police and Working with Children Clearance.

Darryl Davenport

Darryl started Ballroom Dancing when he was seven years of age and has currently been teaching Ballroom Dancing for over 30 years. Darryl has vast experience teaching group and private lessons from beginners to advanced dancers. Darryl is a multiple State, Australian and New Zealand Professional DanceSport Champion and has coached multiple State and Australian Champions. Darryl is registered with DanceSport Australia as a Professional Coach and Adjudicator. Darryl was instrumental in starting Perth’s only same sex not-for-profit class, OUTdance and has been coach of the Western Australian Masters Formation Team since its incorporation. Darryl has been recognised as a life member of both OUTdance and the Western Australian Masters Formation Team. Darryl has a current First Aid certificate and has completed the Special Olympics Australia ‘Improving Sport for People with an Intellectual Disability’, International Paralympic Committee ‘Introduction to Paralympics’ and Australian Institute of Sport ‘Community Coaching General Principles’ certificates. Darryl is passionate about sharing his joy of dance.

Caesar Chong

Caesar has a joy for dance which is contagious in his dance classes. He first commenced teaching in 2001 at Wrightsons Dance Studio and has many years experience as a DanceSport competitor at a state, national and international level, currently competing with his students in the Teacher Student category. Caesar’s training includes Ballroom, New Vogue, Latin, Ballet, Contemporary, Freestyle Dancing and Gymnastics. He has his Latin DanceSport Coaching accreditation and is currently working towards his Ballroom Coaching accreditation. Caesar is passionate about body movement, body form and the artistry of dance. His teaching style reflects this, adapting his dance training to Para Dance, Ability Dance and exercise dance classes. Caesar is a registered Professional Competitor and Coach with DanceSport Australia. Caesar has his Special Olympics ‘Improving Sport for People with an Intellectual Disability’, International Paralympic Committee ‘Introduction to Paralympics’ certificates and Australian Institute of Sport ‘Community Coaching General Principles’ certificates.

Eleonora De Pieri Tentori

Eleonora De Pieri Tentori has a teaching background. Eleonora is a member of the Western Australian Masters Formation Team and is registered with DanceSport as a competitor. Over the years, she has had the pleasure of learning different styles of dancing: Modern, Latin, New Vogue, Rock n Roll, Line Dancing, Square Dancing, Salsa and Argentine Tango. She encourages anyone to dance even if they have two left feet. Eleonora believes dancing to be an excellent way to keep fit, loose weight, engage the mind, develop memory and coordination. She has participated in Rock n Roll and Ballroom demonstrations and competitions and enjoys sharing her love of dance with others. Eleonora has completed her International Paralympic Committee ‘Introduction to Paralympics’, Australian Institute of Sport ‘Community Coaching General Principles’ and Special Olympics Australia ‘Improving Sport for People with an intellectual disability’ certificates.

Florence Mellott

Florence started dancing in her early 40’s and for twenty-odd years since then she hasn’t stopped. Dancing is her number one passion!  Having gained a cluster of medals up to Gold level, Florence chose to study for a teaching Diploma (ADS Associate), under the skillful guidance of Mr Ron Barker – her Teacher and Mentor for more than a decade.  Florence assisted Ron with a class for Special Needs dancers, in readiness for their Debutante Ball.  She also holds Certificate of Accreditation as a Level 1 Coach in Standard Ballroom Dancing. Florence has been a member of the Star Ballroom Formation Team. Florence is aware of the benefits of dance for all ages, and enjoys sharing her passion with young and old alike.

Siu Ng

Siu has been a registered competitor with DanceSport Australia competing in the Pro Am and Teacher Student category since 2014. In this time Siu has competed in many state, national and international Pro Am competitions including the British Open in Blackpool England, the Kiwi Classic in Auckland New Zealand, the Crown International in Melbourne, the South Australian Open in Adelaide, the DanceSport Australian National Championship Event in Canberra and the Australian Championship in Melbourne. Siu has also been a member of Western Australian Masters Formation Team since 2014. Siu has her DanceSport Assistant Instructor accreditation and has completed the ‘Community Coaching General Principles’ certificate with the Australian Institute of Sport . Siu is now putting her theory into practice in the Ballroom Fit classes.

Joan Zhong

Joan started social dancing in 2000 and competing in the Amateur division of DanceSport in 2008. Joan’s titles include the Masters Two Australian DanceSport Champion Open New Vogue, WA Open Masters New Vogue, Night of Stars National DanceSport Championship Masters New Vogue. Joan has had a successful DanceSport competitive career both in the Masters Amateur and Pro Am divisions. Joan has also been a member of the Western Australian Masters Formation Team since it’s inauguration. Joan is an Assistant Coach in the Para dance and Ballroom Fit classes.

Leigh Campbell

Leigh’s interest in Ballroom Dancing started when he worked as a barman at the Embassy Ballroom in 2007. Having made friends within the dancing community Leigh decided to start taking lessons himself in social dance classes. He then gave up being a barman to take-up his regular position on the dance floor. Leigh was dancing six nights a week when the Embassy Ballroom closed and realised the need for a social dancing website to link social dancers with venues. Leigh started a website www.perthballroomdancing.com.au which is now the go-to page to find where to social dance in Western Australia. Leigh developed his dancing through a medal program at Humphreys Dance Studio. Having met his current wife who was a DanceSport competitor, Leigh was inspired to take the next step and started competing in DanceSport. Leigh has been in the Western Australian Masters Formation Team as a founding member and traveled extensively around Australia and New Zealand with the team. Leigh enjoys networking dances for dancers.

Laura Wrzoskiewicz (nee Thorneloe)

Laura started Ballroom dancing aged seven after watching Dirty Dancing on repeat – it remains her favourite movie of all time. As is the case with most little ballroom dancers, Laura started with her bronze medals working her way through her silver, gold and star awards.

In her very early 20’s, after a five year hiatus from the sport, Laure began competing in local and interstate DanceSport competitions. Her most successful competitive partnership was with dancer partner Chais Lunde. They competed well at the WA Open DanceSport Championship and Australian Open DanceSport Championship until his retirement from the sport.

Laura continued her love of dancing as a teacher in the Humphreys Dance Schools Program and teaching bridal couples at Humphreys Dance Studio until joining Ballroom Fit in 2018.

Laura is a proud member of the WA Para dancer team and continues to teach in our Ability Dance classes along with private lessons and bridal couples.

 

Lyn Boston

Lyn started ballet/tap dancing/gymnastics at three years of age and Ballroom Dance classes at Wrightsons Dance Studios as a teenager. After many years of dancing Lyn developed a love of Synchronised Swimming, competing in state and national championships, where she won numerous medals.  When Aerobics became a popular exercise in the 1980’s, Lyn had her own Aerobics business and during this time started working with special needs groups.  Lyn branched into Aqua Aerobics,  where she was the first person to start a dedicated Aqua Aerobics business registered as Splash Dance Aquarobics in Perth, operating at five pools in Perth for 14 years. Lyn continued to work with special needs clients during this time.

Lyn worked as a Teaching Assistant, training at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education in Mt. Lawley, specialising in students with special needs. During her time in this role Lyn was involved with movement to music programs, as well as training senior students in Aerobics. Lyn is now one of our dedicated coaches in the Ability Dance and Chair Dancing classes.

Gail Stewart

Gail started Ballroom Dancing lessons in 1992 at the Star Ballroom in the social dance classes. It took Gail a year to be comfortable to attend her first social dance. From there her confidence grew and she started a medal program. Gail then started DanceSport in 2001. Her dancing has taken her to the Kiwi Classic in Auckland New Zealand, multiple times to the Australian DanceSport Championship in Melbourne, the South Australian Open in Adelaide, the DanceSport Australian National Championship Event in Canberra and the Crown International DanceSport Championship in Melbourne. Gail has been in the Western Australian Masters Formation Team since it’s inception. Gail has performed numerous displays in Aged Care Homes. Gail looks forward to continuing competition dancing and sharing her joy in dancing.

Peter Mastrantonio

Peter started Ballroom Dancing as a teenager in Bunbury. Peter currently competes in the Masters Ballroom section of DanceSport at a state and national level, is a member of the Western Australian Masters Formation Team, as well as attending regular social dances around various Perth dance studios and social dance groups. Peter was a Line Dancing Teacher for 10 years in Perth, and has also studied Street Latin and Clogging. Peter has his DanceSport Assistant Instructor accreditation and has completed the Australian Institute of Sport ‘Community Coaching General Principles’ certificate. Peter is registered with DanceSport as a Coach and Competitor.

Chow Loo and Lay Eng Ong

Chow Loo and Lay Eng’s interest in Ballroom Dancing started in 1998. From 2007 to 2009 they assisted as volunteers at the WA Open DanceSport Championship and started competing in DanceSport in 2012. Chow Loo and Lay Eng enjoyed competing interstate with their first interstate competition the same year. They were founding members of the Western Australian Masters Formation Team. They have competed at the Crown International DanceSport Championship in Melbourne, the Australian DanceSport Championship in Melbourne, DanceSport Australian National Championship Event in Canberra, the South Australian Open in Adelaide, the Kiwi Classic in Auckland New Zealand, the Singapore Open and were regular competitors at all local competitions. They both enjoy the technique of Ballroom Dancing and find coaching satisfying and enjoyable, enabling them to consolidate their own dancing technique.

Cindy Lim

Cindy developed her passion for dancing from an early age, learning ballet while growing up in Indonesia. For the past five years Cindy has been registered with DanceSport Australia as a competitor, competing in the Masters Ballroom section of DanceSport at a state, national and international level, as well as being a member of the Western Australian Masters Formation Team. Cindy has competed overseas in Singapore and New Zealand, and interstate in Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne. Cindy has initiated Ballroom Dancing demonstrations in aged care facilities to help spread the message that dancing can help keep the mind and body healthy and young.

Dylan Chua-Limargana

Dylan, having starting when he was six years old. Still a teenager, he is an experienced dancer in all three styles.  He has competed on a local, state and national level, as well as completed many medals, up to his Silver Bar Modern. Dylan was in the WA state team in all three styles for Juvenile in 2015. He is a past student of very distinguished dancers in Perth, including Graham Thomas, Julie Patchett, Geoff Stubbs, Steven Greenwood and Jessica Dorman. He is always happy to help anyone who has any questions to do with Ballroom Dancing, as well as jumping up for a dance with anyone who would like one.