Rumba American Style
About the Author: Kathy St Jean
is the Co-Director of The Dancing Feeling. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been teaching for many years! She has an extensive background in the performing arts (tap, jazz and ballet) and holds a degree in dance. Kathy enjoys teaching children through adults— beginners through professional. Her classes and private lessons are lots of fun yet very focused on good technique and giving her students what they need to achieve their goals whether it be just plain fun social dancing up through professional competitive dancing. Combine Kathy’s passion along with her credentials below and you will find she can help you have fun and be the best you can be. Kathy is frequently asked to teach workshops and special classes throughout the world. Kathy has competed professionally in Latin, Standard and American Smooth and has won numerous awards in both areas. Kathy is a professional member of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, North American Dance Teacher Association, Dance Teachers Club of Boston (with dual membership in ballroom and performing arts), Dance Educators (performing arts), USA Dance and the United Country Western Dance Council. Kathy continues to compete Pro-Am in both ballroom and in country. Her students consistently place at the top of their divisions (including winning numerous world titles and top male student awards). To date Kathy’s students have won 7 world titles! She is the recipient of numerous top teacher awards. Her students have also performed with Kathy at the Samsung Dancing with the Stars Road Tour Pre-Show at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. Kathy is a certified championship ballroom judge registered with the National Dance Council of America and is a certified master level judge with the United Country Western Dance Council. She judges Dancesport Competitions throughout the United States and Collegiate Ballroom Competitions throughout New England. Kathy also judges UCWDC and USA Dance competitions (including UCWDC World Championships). She also serves as Chairman of Judges of many competitions. She has served as Head American Style Coach for the MIT Ballroom Dance Team and Roger Williams University Ballroom Dance Club. Kathy has also served as the Vice President of the UCWDC Judge Certification Program where she governed the world-wide Judge Certification program. This position gave Kathy the opportunity to train judges worldwide, most recently in Asia and Europe. She has appeared on the original NBC-TV series “Dance Fever” and has taught aboard the Crystal Harmony Cruise Ship traveling through Europe and the Caribbean. Her Performing Arts dance company performed in Disney World as well as winning numerous competitive awards. She has served as chairman and examiner of the ballroom section of Dance Technique Club of Boston (DTCB). Kathy has served as faculty for Rhode Island College Dance Department for 8 years. Kathy can frequently be seen teaching seminars for various dance organizations. She is also co-event director of the New England Dance Festival. Kathy’s passion throughout life has been dance and finds great rewards passing on her love and knowledge of dance to her students.