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.

Instructors

 

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.

Gary Jobst

Gary brings a unique and unparalleled knowledge in the art of ballroom specialising as one of the Carolina’s most acclaimed West Coast Swing aficionados. Holding many titles such as two time United States Open Swing Dance Champion, integral team member of three time UCWDC World Champion dance team The Midnight Cowboys as well as co-founding the Global Professional Dance Instructors Association program for the world of West Coast Swing. Gary also offers over 25 years of experience as a certified Grand Master GPIDIA judge and Advance Elite GPDIA instructor also acting as chief adjudicator and instructor nationally and internationally.

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.

Alla Lobko

Alla joins our team originally from Ukraine with an early start to her dancing career as a young lady in her home country and continued to learn and develop her skills and love for dance in the United States. Alla’s outstanding passion for the art of Ballroom Dancing has proved a powerful weapon as she has competed amongst the upper echelons in the Rising Star categories and now currently competes with her husband Eugene. Together they have received many awards for their success in competitions nationally, including grand finalists at the Carolina Fall Classic, Mid Atlantic Championships, Manhattan Amateur Classic and champions of the Ne England Championships.

Eugene Lobko

Eugene originally from Belorussia, relocating to the United States many years ago opened his world to a new found passion for Ballroom Dancing. He has since become a seasoned competitor, actively competing with his wife Alla in the highest ranks of their division. Some of their accolades include grand finalists at the Carolina Fall Classic, Mid Atlantic Championships, Manhattan Amateur Classic and champions of the New England Championship