Denis and Jeanette continue striving to improve their level of dancing through taking coaching, workshops, group classes and other lessons with both local and international instructors. They have been fortunate enough to receive instruction from a variety of renowned coaches/instructors including, but not limited to: Billy King, Barbara King, Olga Rodionova (Richardson), Vika Belova (Soto), Milana Pliner, Eddie Stutts, Corky Ballas, Craig Shaw, Maria Manusova, Ron Bennett, Daniel Calloway, Erminio Stefano, Giampero Giacomo, Alain Doucet, Anik Jolicoeur, Karina Smirnoff, Stefan Golubovic, Jean Marc Generaux, France Mousseau, Nicole Sheridan, Dan Rutherford, Shirley Ballas, Donald Johnson, Danny Quilliam, Ieva Pauksena, Bill Sparks, Melissa Dexter, Arunas Bizokas, Katusha Demidova, Glenn Weiss, Enzo Zappia and many others who were also instrumental, but whose names escape us at the moment. They continue to take coaching regularly to both improve their dancing and keep current on new dance trends.
In addition to taking lessons, Denis and Jeanette believe competition is the key to staying fresh on dancing skills and regularly attend DanceSport competitions. Some of the competitions they have competed in include, but are not limited to: NDCA US National Amateur DanceSport Championships, Emerald Ball, USA Dance Nationals, United States National Dance Championships, Ohio Star Ball, Gumbo DanceSport Championships, Manhattan Amateur Classic, New England DanceSport Championships, Texas Challenge, Holiday Dance Classic and many other National and International competitions.
Denis and Jeanette started teaching and coaching Ballroom and Latin dance at the University of Houston (UH) Social Dance Club where Jeanette previously served as an Officer. Under their guidance, the club was transformed into Cougar DanceSport – a Sports Club at UH where members train and compete regularly at local collegiate and National DanceSport events, winning and placing often. Club members for the past several years have represented the Houston dance community at USA Dance National Championships and were the first International style Bronze/Silver level adult competitors from Houston to attend this event in many years. Currently Denis and Jeanette teach private dance lessons and group dance classes for kids and adults at local dance studios.
Denis and Jeanette have a strong passion for dancing and giving back to the community. They have been deeply involved in the Houston dance community for many years, including Jeanette serving as Vice-President of the USA Dance Chapter for several years, as well as being supportive members of a variety of dance clubs in the area. They volunteer their time participating in local dance events to help promote Ballroom and Latin dancing within the community. Their goal is to popularize DanceSport within the surrounding community and bring Houston's level of Ballroom and Latin dancing to the National level.
As if dancing, teaching and competing in Ballroom and Latin dance were not enough, Denis and Jeanette design and make costumes and dancewear for Ballroom, Latin and other forms of dance at local Houston area store International Dance Design
. Denis and Jeanette would be more than happy to serve the dance community's needs in any way they can