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Amy Garcia Phillips
Dancesport Instructor

Amy Garcia Phillips graduated in 1997 from Kutztown University with a Related Arts degree in Dance, Theatre and Music. In August of 1997 she began a 4 year training program in the Feldenkrais Method, achieving her Certification in 2001. She began her Latin and Ballroom career in 1998 as an Instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in New York City. At that time she began competing in the Professional American Rhythm Division, placing within the top 4 in her first competition. In May of 2000, Amy joined the staff at Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport Studio in Manhattan as an all-around Instructor. That is where she really fell in love with authentic style Salsa/Mambo. In addition to becoming a popular instructor, Amy began competing in the Hustle and Salsa circuit. Placing 2nd in 2002 and 2004 in the Professional Salsa Division at the International Hustle and Salsa Competition in Miami, FL. In 2004, Amy began expanding her role at DanceSport and became both College Student Program Coordinator and The Wedding Program Coordinator in addition to teaching. She is currently on maternity leave. From fall of 2000 to Spring of 2008 Amy coached NYU’s Latin and Ballroom Dance Club. During her tenure the club expanded and experienced great success. She still makes guest appearances as a judge for their annual competition, Top Hat and Tails. While being an active member of DanceSport’s illustrious staff, Amy had the opportunity to perform at venues all over the New York Metropolitan area, including Lincoln Center’s Mid Summers Night Swing, and various nightclubs. She participate in TV segments featured on Late Night with David Letterman and Good Morning America to name a few. She was a featured dancer in a commercial for WB11. She was also one of the featured instructors in YES network’s “Road Trip” contest in 2007. Amy has been quoted twice in Life and Style Magazine as their Dance Expert and had a featured article, Save Me the Waltz, in New York Magazine’s Fall 2005 Wedding Guide. Amy has had the great honor and pleasure to dance with and/or train under such greats as the Late Cuban Pete and Barbara Craddok, Billy Fajardo, Paul Pellicoro, Eleny Fotinos, Frank Hatchett, Mariana and Taliat Tarsinov, Kelvin Roche and Lori Ann Greenhouse, Tatiana Keegan and the late Artie Phillips, and many more. Currently Amy has been commissioned to create a Salsa choreography for Kutztown University’s student company, The Lenhardt Dance Company.


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Metin Yazir

World Renowned Tango Master & DanceSport Resident Coach
Metin Yazir is the founder of the famous Baila Tango school, which has become synonymous with great dancing and why so many have gravitated to it’s simple yet sophisticated methodology. Gustavo Naveira had a big influence in the way Metin developed his teaching style. Metin Yazir’s career has taken him to 26 countries as a Master Teacher and Performer. His unique, fun and straightforward approach to teaching tango made him one of the most sought after instructors in the world. His careful analysis of the movement and interaction between partners, combined with his motivating presentation has earned him the admiration of tango dancers worldwide. Metin considers tango to be a dialogue between two independent and active participants, that connects them at a higher level. Lead and follow concepts transcend to invitations and acceptances. This heightened respect for women is the foundation of this vision. The vision is inclusive: everyone can dance tango regardless of age, background, or body type. While the stage dancers bring their art to audiences, tango still belongs to the people from which it came. 

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