A lifelong resident of this area, Jerry started dancing during college at the University of Arkansas. He took the Ballroom dance course offered, and it got into his blood. Several years later, he answered an ad for 5 lessons for 5 dollars at a new ballroom dance studio. The rest is history.
Originally trained in ballroom, Jerry was coached by Terry Roseborough, a ballroom instructor and National Champion in West Coast Swing. He has been trained and coached by several renowned ballroom coaches, Rosendo Fumero, Perry Gingrich, Dan Messenger, and Jean Marc Genereau and several Nationally recognized West Coast Swing champions, Matt & Crystal Auclair, Jeanne DeGeyter, Angel & Debbie Figueroa just to name a few.
Jerry has been teaching professionally for about 12 years. He has performed and organized several events, including 3 local 'Dancing with the Stars' events in Northwest Arkansas, guest workshop instructor for the 2010 'Bop on the Lake' Swing Dance event, and has currently been invited to guest instruct at the 1st Annual 'Bop in the Rock' in Little Rock, Arkansas this September. He has competed in several ballroom and west coast swing events, most notably, the 1999 Grand Ball in Nashville, Tennessee (retaining 13 first place awards) and the 2002 Tulsa Swing Challenge (as the Jack and Jill champion with Pamela Ferguson). Early on he made a choice to concentrate on teaching dance over competing.
His philosophy is to make dancing fun and enjoyable. Stressing FUN. The classes are geared so that anyone, of any ability can attend and have a good time. Also, "dancing is a wonderful self-confidence builder. The better dancer on becomes, the greater image one possesses of oneself". His goal is to help each person feel comfortable about getting on the dance floor and having fun in the process.
Jerry specializes in wedding couple choreography for spotlight dances. He will take your special song and adapt a dance suitable for the occasion.
Also offered is a mobile deejay service. His service can accommodate large or small events and he can tailor them to individual needs. Jerry has professionally deejayed locally for 6 years.