Visiting Coaches

Current Visiting Coach

10 March 2018

Past Coaches for 2017

July 2017 Anne Marie Fournier

John Abrams, Owner and Artistic Director

John is a nationally-recognized professional, licensed and certified Ballroom and Latin dance instructor, coach and adjudicator. He has been competing professionally, choreographing and teaching dance for more than 20 years and has trained hundreds of competitive pro-am students of all ages. His students hold over 50 United States titles and several former students have themselves gone on to pursue successful professional dance careers as competitors and instructors.

John was trained as a jazz dancer and theater performer and began his ballroom and latin dance training in 1988 with the Arthur Murray franchise. He relocated to Milwaukee in 1990 and continued his training at East Towne Ballrooms, becoming co-owner of the studio in 1992. Throughout his professional career, John and his dance partners have taken first place at nearly every major U.S. DanceSport competition. In 2001, at the Ohio Star Ball, the largest DanceSport competition in the world, he and his professional partner won the World American Rhythm Championship. For 15 years, John and his professional partners were consistently ranked in the top six in the world in the American Rhythm category. John also holds more than a dozen Professional Showdance titles. His amateur students have taken numerous U.S. and world titles and consistently place in the finals at major competitions throughout the region and the country.

John’s dance philosophy and teaching style have evolved from 20 years of steadfast dedication to the art and science of dancing. His artistic talents and keen understanding of body movement are incorporated in all aspects of his instruction - from beginner group classes to coaching professional competitors.

A passionate proponent of youth dance instruction, John founded the WYDE Foundation (Wisconsin Youth Dancesport Education Foundation) in Milwaukee in 1999 to introduce children to the sport and art of ballroom dancing. The program grew quickly and exponentially, involving nearly 70 students, and was a model for studios around the country developing youth programming in ballroom and latin dancing.

As Tempo's Artistic Director, John oversees all aspects of dance instruction. Contact him for more details.

John specializes in American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Latin and Theater Arts styles.

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