Instructors

Amanda Skaff LLC is a ballroom dance instruction, choreography and wedding business.  Founded in Spring 2013 by a local ballroom studio manager and advanced instructor of amateurs as well as professionals. Amanda decided to launch her own company to represent the dance world as she envision it and provide a better experience and better environment than any of the local schools she worked for could offer.

Amanda Skaff LLC offers private lessons to ages 8 through adult. She also offers several student night out opportunities for her student community to join her at local hotspots and practice their dancing while she is available for guidance.

Amanda Teaches:

American Smooth, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, American Rhythm, Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Club and Latin, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Samba, Country, AZ Two-Step, Progressive Two-Step, Nightclub Two-Step, Rodeo Swing, Polka

Thomas Sorenson. My first exposure to social dance were in high school classes offered in swing, polka and square dancing. I the 1980’s I started ballroom dancing but life events caused me to give it up until 2003. That year I began dancing on a regular basis and it became a passion for me. Spending most of my life working in the metal trades, dancing wasn’t a natural thing for me but dance has helped me overcome my shyness and given me the confidence to dance anywhere any time. I understand the frustrations a lot of beginning dancers experience and am very patient in helping students find their own confidence in their ability to dance. All it takes is a desire, and lots of practice.

Dia Dearstyne is a professional modern dancer with over 15 years of performing and teaching experience. She hold a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A recent transplant to Tucson from Brooklyn, NY, Dia spent the majority of her past 8 years dancing for the Mari Meade Dance Collective l MMDC in NYC as well as projects with Ivy Baldwin Dance, touche pas dance, and Amanda Hinchey and Dancers. Her own choreography has been shown at Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), The Tank Theater (NYC), Judson Church (NYC), Excello Dance Space (Miami), and the 10th Annual Capitol Fringe Festival (Washington D.C.).

Kia. My passion for health and fitness began after finishing my time as a professional cheerleader in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers. I always kept fitness a top priority, but in 2004, I was becoming a mother.  This lead me to take Yoga classes, eat better, and focus on my health like never before. I committed to a life of wellness over the years and in 2011, I earned my certification with AFAA as a Group Fitness Instructor. A few years later I earned my Autism Movement Therapy and Bolly X certifications.  I love teaching group fitness classes of different genres and enjoy being part of a community determined to live a healthy lifestyle.