Kristie Simmonds
and Andrea Zaramella


Kristie and Andrea began their competitive career together in October of 2011. Both relocating to call Charlotte their new home, Andrea originally from the South of Italy, Brindisi and Kristie from down under, Sydney Australia. 

Making their debut together within the amateur ranks in January of 2012 at the prestigious United Kingdom Championships placing 8th in the world and ranked number one couple representing the United States. This result was a tremendous start to their competitive career together and a guide as to what was to come in their future.

After a year of successful competitions and many titles acquired Kristie and Andrea decided it was the perfect time to turn to the professional ranks. Their first competition as Professionals was again at the United Kingdom Championships 2013 where they took the prestigious title of the United Kingdom RS Champions.

Their recent achievements at the Wimbledon of Ballroom Dancing, The Blackpool Dance Festival now places them as one of the Worlds top 10 Professional Ballroom Dancers and Vice Champions of The Professional RS.

Their combined passion as co-founders of The Ballroom at Quail Hollow allows creative licence to create a welcoming atmosphere for clients and teachers alike to grow, learn and share the love and passion of the art of Ballroom Dancing in a fun and friendly way.



Steven Freinstein

Steven joins us originally from San Francisco, now calling Charlotte his home his extensive career in the industry starting at a young age of 11 brings a wealth of talent and experience to our team. Steven’s knowledge not only spans across all four styles of dance, but covers previous experience is management, ownership and a hugely successful active competitive career with his partner Savannah, wining major competitions such as The Charlotte DanceSport Challenge, Washington Open, Carolina Fall Classic and Open Novice finalists at the Manhattan Amateur Classic.

Jeremy Gonzales

Jeremy, New York born and of Spanish descent, has multiple years of experience. As a competitor and instructor, Jeremy offers a vast insight into the world of dance. His attitude and knowledge is a winning combination bringing a wealth of fun and excitement to the team. Through many occasions and activities, he brings the art and love of Ballroom Dancing to the Charlotte area.

Rebecca Galyen

Rebecca brings a unique talent and outstanding energy to our team. A background in all things creative, branching from her early studies of all styles of dance including jazz and tap, built a platform to develop into a desire by completing her BA in theatre arts at the George Mason University. Rebecca (commonly referred to as Becca) has combined her love for art, culture and performance in one art form of Ballroom dance, expressing herself creatively in performance, choreography and instruction.

Roman Nagibin

Originally from Ukraine, Roman started ballroom dancing at the age of six. Competing in both international ballroom and latin, Roman became the Ukraininan National Ten Dance Champion. Roman graduated from The Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports with a B.S. in fitness and ballroom dancing.  He has represented Ukraine in dance competitions all over the world and has found his new home in Charlotte. Though Roman focused on International standard and latin growing up, he became proficient in American style as well during his time instructing in New Jersey in 2010. He continues to compete in International standard throughout the United States with his dance partner. Roman is passionate about being a professional dance instructor and enjoys to see his students grow in their dancing.

Savannah Kennedy

Savannah a native Charlottean brings to TBQH an extensive background of classical training in ballet, beginning her career in Ballroom and Latin dancing at the age of 15. Savannah competes amongst the upper echelons of her division with her partner Steven in International Ballroom. Attaining many titles as an unstoppable team including Open Gold Champions of Charlotte DanceSport Challenge, Washington Open, Carolina Fall Classic and Manhattan Amateur Classic finalists. Savannah is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree at Davidson College.

Tania Trigili

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Tania joins the Ballroom with her extensive dance background, including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Ballroom. Teaching from the age of 15, Tania has choreographed school productions, danced in the opening ceremony of The Australian Dancesport Championships, and was a Professional Dancer in the Australian DWTS Charity for three years. With dancing taking her across the globe, Tania has trained in Italy, U.K, Asia and USA and is currently competing Nationally and Internationally in the Professional 10 Dance style with her husband Brad. Some Championship titles include All England Professional Ballroom Champion, Hong Kong Global Champion, UK Professional 10 Dance finalist and numerous Australian State and National Champion.Tania brings a high level of technique and passion to The Ballroom, and is known for her creative choreography and bubbly personality.

Brad Montagnese

Brad hails from Melbourne, Australia. Dancing since the age of 5, he has gone on during his career to become Australian National Champion, numerous times State Champion throughout Australia and also International Champion in places such as Hong Kong and England. Brad was Australia’s number 1 Rep to the World Youth Ballroom Championships held in China. He currently dances with his wife Tania and together they compete in the Professional Ballroom and Latin categories. Brad has trained with the best in the world in England, Italy, Australia and USA. Brad joins the Ballroom with his cheeky personality, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and passion for his love of dance.