A huge thank you to our professional dancers who dedicate their time and talent to making Charlottesville’s Celebrity Dance Contest a success.
Spin City Dance
Robin Grimsby has dabbled with dance since her youth. However it wasn’t until she was nearly 30 when she ventured out to a local country bar where they danced country two-step, swing, cha-cha and line dances that she really got serious about partner dance. She got hooked and quickly picked up the dances. Soon she was discovered by dance coaches and started training with them. Within two years of starting to dance, she started entering dance competitions and winning gold medals in her divisions. Robin is now ranked in a very competitive division called “All-Stars” in which she dances with and against other pros and semi-pros. It remains important to Robin to continue competing: it challenges her to work on her dancing at all times and to serve as a positive example to her students of what hard work and dedication can achieve! She has coached and choreographed award-winning dance routines, including last year’s “Rawhide” routine with Critter Ball winner Corbin Snow. This year she is defending her Critter Ball title and performing in memory of her late and cherished CASPCA kitty, Gabe.
Specializing in Ballroom and Latin
Mike Johns is a CPA and has served as the CFO of Tiger Fuel Company since September 1986. Mike and his wife Susan have enjoyed competitive ballroom dancing for over sixteen years. Mike has studied ballroom dance under some of the finest professionals in the United States, and currently studies under two former United States Ballroom champions. Mike is a current member of the board for the Charlottesville US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association.
Kristin is the Public Health Educator for the Blue Ridge Poison Control Center and teaches for the Albemarle County Parks and Rec in her spare time. She has studied with some of the finest west coast swing dance champions in the country. Kristin frequently travels to compete at certified National Association of Swing Dance Events (NASDE), where she has won many awards including 1st place in the Advanced ‘Jack & Jill’ (lead and follow) competition at the UCW Dance World Championships in Nashville, January 2007; 3rd place in the Sophisticated Swing Division at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in Burbank, CA, November 2011 (with partner Mike Glasgow); and 1st place in the Rising Star division at Swing Dance America, Houston, January 2012, also with Mike. Locally, Kristin’s classes routinely draw large groups, as she has a reputation for combining clear, easy-to-follow instructions with humor and emphatic encouragement. She is frequently invited to teach and deejay at dances throughout Central Virginia.
Dance Instructor, Jefferson Cotillion
Specializing in Swing and Country
Kevin Sumter teaches social dancing for the Charlottesville Jefferson Cotillion and has been teaching East and West Coast Swing, Country Two Step and line dancing since 1998. Known for his ability to make dancing fun for all ages and skill levels, Kevin is also a full-time ski instructor at Wintergreen resort.
Coach of the UVa Ballroom Club since 2002, Lee Santos is a former world class professional competitor, champion and instructor. He has been teaching for well over 35 years in American Style Ballroom, International Latin, International Standard, Salsa and Argentine Tango. Qualified as World Class adjudicator, he and his wife Peggy Santos were the 1977 – 1979 U.S. American Style Champions; U.S. representatives to the 1981 World Latin Championships; Demonstrators at the 1987 Blackpool World Congress; U.S. International Latin Championship Medalist; Eastern U.S. Imperial Standard Champions and Virginia State Ballroom Champions. Their winning streak included appearances at Madison Square Garden and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Before moving to Virginia, Lee and Peggy Santos were the National Directors of the Fred Astaire franchise that operates over 150 studios worldwide.