Meet Our 2019 Professional Instructors

 

Daniele Cavallo & Leela Fazzuoli

Originally from Genova, Italy, Daniele Cavallo discovered his passion for ballroom dance after watching the Blackpool Dance Festival, the most prestigious ballroom competition in the world. At the age of 17, Daniele determined to become a professional dancer. During his dancing career spanning over two decades, Daniele has represented his home country Italy, the United States, and Israel at competitions around the globe. In 2011 he was a finalist at USDC in the RS Latin open to the world championships. Additionally, Daniele has earned many titles of distinction in Latin dance at numerous other competitions, including the California Star Ball, Desert Classic DanceSport Championships, Hollywood DanceSport Championships, and Vegas Open. Daniele continues to compete professionally in the Rhythm division with his current partner, Leela Fazzuoli. Together they won the RS Rhythm events at California Star Ball and Desert Classic DanceSport Championships, and were RS finalists at Embassy Ball, and Holiday. Classic. Daniele teaches in Phoenix and is enthusiastically training a new generation of competitive dancers. Through his coaching and instruction, Daniele is imparting his exceptional knowledge of Latin dance to a new generation of dancers.

Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Leela Fazzuoli started with ballet training at age 7. Training all throughout America until graduating from high school. She then danced professionally with both Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Ballet Arizona before discovering Ballroom dancing. She began dancing International Latin in the Pro/Am division with her teacher Hunter Stephens. Upon transitioning to becoming a professional she switched styles to American Rhythm, which she is now competing with her current partner Daniele Cavallo. Winning the Professional RS Rhythm events this past year at California Star Ball and Desert Classic Dancesport Championships, and making the RS final at Embassy Ball and Holiday Classic. She currently teaches at Dance Starz Az in Phoenix and loves passing on her knowledge to her students.

 

Tudor Alexander

Tudor Alexander is a professional ballroom dancer and coach in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been competing and teaching for 10 years and his goal is to empower people to “Dance Their Way Through Life” by using the principles of ballroom dancing as a life’s discipline and personal growth journey. Tudor is also an author and hosts his own personal development podcast, The Seven Transformations, on a variety of popular platforms. He teaches in Phoenix and in Tempe.

 

Geo Johnson

Geo has been dancing for over twenty years.  He started under Lena DeMarco studying modern, ballet, and jazz.  Geo went on to dance with numerous dance companies including Dulce Dance Company and Desert Dance Theater.  Geo had the opportunity to participate in the White Oak Dance Project where he danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov.  He started Dancing with Dance Starz over three years ago, and is extremely excited to be participating once again in this amazing event.

 

Julianne DiBacco Daniells

Since a very early age, Julianne has been dancing, performing, and competing both in classical dance such as ballet, tap and jazz, as well as other areas, including various sports and horseback riding. For 10 years, she trained and performed in traditional dance, but was involved in so many activities she couldn’t do them all. She then followed her passion of riding and showing Arabian horses, accumulating numerous local, regional, and even national awards. After high school, she began attending college at Santa Clara University, where she received a Bachelor’s in Business Management and a Bachelor’s in Psychology in just 4 years. Julianne also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business.

Julianne currently competes as a Professional Ballroom dancer with her partner Nikolay Kralev. In their relatively short time competing together they have already achieved such results as Rising Star Smooth Champions at the Portland Open, as well as being finalists in prestigious events including, but not limited to, the Hollywood Dancesport Championships, Desert Classic Dancesport Championships and the Galaxy Dance Festival. Julianne also competes actively with her students in ballroom competitions across the United States and abroad, particularly in Europe.

 

Paul Daniells

Coming from a family of keen dancers, and starting by helping his brother by operating the tape recorder during practice sessions, Paul’s life began to revolve around dancing: taking lessons, hours of pounding the floor at practice, travelling the country to compete, and it eventually lead him to study in London with the world’s best coaches for 10 years. Dance icons such as Bill and Bobbie Irvine (World Ballroom and Latin-American champions 13 times) Richard & Janet Gleave (World Ballroom champions 8 times) and Alan & Hazel Fletcher (World Latin-American champions 5 times) imparted an incredible depth of knowledge not available in any text book or video. During that time, Paul also had training from the legendary Nina Hunt, whose atmospheric studio was adorned with a “who’s who” gallery of signed photos of thanks from at least 30 National and World Champions. As a young amateur, he also took lessons from Len Goodman (Dancing with the Stars) and Len’s sense of humor and relaxed teaching technique has greatly influenced Paul’s teaching methods.

As both an amateur and professional, Paul had the opportunity to dance, compete, demonstrate and teach around the world in more than 20 different countries. He represented England in international events, won numerous championships in the UK and abroad, and was elected to the English Amateur Dancers Association council. He was also the resident dance coach and demonstrator aboard the world’s most famous cruise ship QE2. Paul’s professional dance qualifications are with the IDTA and UKA.

 

Andrew Mitchell

Growing up as an only child with a single mother, Andrew was exposed to the art of song and dance early and often. Musicals such as Grease, Chicago, The Sound of Music, as well as films featuring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly, were staples through the early years of his life. As a teenager, Andrew played many organized sports throughout junior and senior high school. He found that learning the techniques of dances such as; ballet, hip hop, and jazz, worked hand in hand with building his physical prowess to grow as an athlete. At the age of 20, his love for dance grew to an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and growth, as he began teaching full time at a ballroom dance studio in Phoenix, AZ. After 5 years of training and teaching through the studio, he decided to go on his own path and become an independent instructor, as well as deciding to dedicate more time into West Coast Swing. Andrew is currently still teaching full time as an independent dance instructor, as well as competing on the national circuit in the NASDE and WSDC events as an all-star level dancer. His goals are to become a champion level dancer, and to travel the world spreading his love and knowledge of dance.

Some of Andrew’s training includes private lessons, coaching and choreography from ballroom coaches such as Ron Montez, Linda Dean, Debbie Avalos-Kassumi, Micheal Meade, Jonathan Roberts, Decho Kraev, and Bree Watson. He has also received training with WCS Champions including Ben Morris, Deborah Szeckely, Demetre Souliouttis and Robert Royston.