Dance Excellence is a studio that specializes in both social and competitive levels of dance. Dance Excellence uses proven, unique teaching methods in their new and modern dance studio. Their friendly and understanding staff are nationally certified and are dedicated to teaching you how to dance in a simple, easy and fun way. Learn everything from the Foxtrot, Waltz and Tango to the faster beats of Swing, Salsa, Cha-cha and everything in between.
About the owner
Stefan Dobrev is as talented as they come! Dancing for over 30 years, his career spans successes as both an Amateur and Professional competitor. After becoming a Bulgarian National Champion (his native country), he traveled to the United States and landed here in Tampa Bay Area. His talent on the dance floor is only outshined by his awards for his teaching. Stefan has been top teacher in the Southeast region for 6 years and national top teacher receiving the Casanave awards for 3 years in a row. In 2014 Stefan decided to open his own Ballroom Dance Studio in Oldsmar Florida. In addition he continues to share his passion for dance by teaching and coaching competitive students and professionals as well as judge competitions.
Erik Shepherd- Celebrity Partner: Aline Klein
Erik Shepard comes to us from Palm Springs, CA with an extensive background in large-scale productions in Las Vegas, Asia and on several major cruise lines. He has been teaching ballroom dance since 2012 and his passion lies in helping his students witness their own amazing accomplishments as a result of their effort and dedication.
Jordan Driscoll- Celebrity Partner: Dr. Keith Wilson
Jordan began dancing at the age of three. She has studied and competed in multiple styles of dance over the years at both regional and national levels, and has trained under many different renown dance professionals across the nation. Jordan started to teach dance at the age of 16, and has enjoyed sharing her passion with others ever since. She started her professional career with Busch Gardens Tampa, where she performed for thousands of people a day. Jordan continued performing for the International Indian Film Academy Awards, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Universal Studios, Sea World Orlando, Cirque Dreams, Four Star Entertainment, and in many more local events and shows. Jordan is the Co-owner of Enchanted Performing Arts; a production company where she provides Florida with outstanding entertainment. Now, Jordan is ecstatic to be a part of the Dance Excellence Ballroom team.
Juan Uribe- Celebrity Partner: Lydia Spriggs
Juan is originally from Southern California. He started dancing folk dances of Mexico at age 12. In 1999 he started his training as a ballroom dance instructor in California. Since then he has studied many different social styles of dancing as well as ballet, jazz, modern and tap dancing. He is proficient in the American styles of Ballroom (smooth and rhythm) as well as many other specialty ballroom dances, such as Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa and Bachata. Juan has been a Florida resident since 2012 and joined the Dance Excellence team December 2015. He loves teaching dance and enjoys making people smile and laugh.
Kelsey Clement- Celebrity Partner: Yerman Salazar
Born and raised in Indiana, Kelsey began dancing at the young age of 2 1/2. With a background in Ballet, Jazz, & Tap, she was also very involved in Gymnastics and was a cheerleader through college. In 2007 she made her way to Florida. There she fell in love with Ballroom and Rhythm dancing and began teaching and competing immediately! The following year, she then fell in love with her husband and dance partner Joe. Kelsey has received multiple Top Teacher awards, and has also received awards through competing on a professional level and with her students. But the most rewarding achievement to her is when her students succeed with a smile on their face!
Steven McGrath- Celebrity Partner: Celia Merritt
Steven is originally from Australia and started dancing at the age of 10. He was runner up in all major Australia 10 dance Championships, South Pacific 10 Dance Championships and finalist in the Singapore Closed and Hong Kong Open Championships as well as competing around the World in International Ballroom and Latin. He has worked on TV, Film and stage productions such as Dirty Dancing (Germany), Strictly Dancing (Australia) and Baz Luhrmann’s film “Australia,” alongside Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, and Burn the Floor (World Production) where he met his beautiful wife Sandi. In addition to his competing and stage performance career Steven was a full-time dance instructor in Sydney, Australia teaching all ages groups for competitions, medal examinations and social dancing. He is very excited to continue living his passion and sharing his joy of dancing with Dance Excellence Ballroom.