Our Latin and Rhythm lessons are coached by Helle Rusholt Yi from Extreme Dancesport in Cambridge.
Helle Rusholt started dancing at the age of 3 at her local dancing school in Aalborg, Denmark. Growing up she trained in Ballroom, Tap, Ballet and Jazz. At the age of 17 she joined the performing group at her dancing school and did her first big tour in Thailand. Since then she has toured 3 times in Thailand, Kenya and across Europe.
In 1994 she moved to London, England to concentrate purely on Latin American dancing and trained with some of the best coaches in the world. In 1998 she turned Professional. In May 2000 after nearly 7 years in London she moved to Boston to teach Ballroom dancing. She taught at a local dance studio, at MIT and at Harvard. In January 2002 Helle joined Burn The Floor and went on tour in USA, Australia and Japan.
Her results include: South of England Champion, Danish Championship Finalist, UK Rising Star Finalist, Celtic Classic Finalist, Danish Representative in the Worlds and European Championship, Quarterfinalist at the International Championships in London, England.
Helle is the Co-Owner, Artistic Director and Master Instructor of Extreme Dancesport.
In addition, Helle currently coaches the Boston University Ballroom Dance Team, UCONN Ballroom Dance Team, and the Tufts Ballroom Dance Team.
The Standard and Smooth Lessons are taught by Amanda Clark.
Amanda Clark began dancing at the age of 18 when she joined the Northeastern University ballroom dance team. For 5 years while studying architecture, Amanda trained in all 4 styles of ballroom and competed throughout the collegiate circuit. Amanda now works full-time for Northeastern as an Architectural Designer.
In 2006, she became a professional dancer and began her second career as a dance teacher and professional competitor. Amanda enjoys working with all levels and ages of dancer, with goals that vary from fitness and social recreation to serious competitor. She is currently the head coach for the University of Mass, Lowell collegiate team and the smooth/standard coach for the Boston University collegiate team. She also teaches all styles of Ballroom/Latin dancing and DanceSport Endurance, a ballroom based fitness class, at Studio 665 in Woburn, MA.
Amanda specializes in International Standard and American Smooth, currently competing with her partner, Andrew Kisielius, in the Professional Standard category. Her most recent accomplishment was winning the Professional Rising Star Standard event at the Commonwealth Classic in November 2010. Amanda is constantly growing as a teacher and professional dancer by training and taking seminars with some of the country’s best dancers and coaches.
“Dancing is a wonderful way to physically express your emotions. Communicating with people through movement and music is an exciting and expressive experience. Sharing my passion through teaching and dancing is one of the most rewarding things I do in my everyday life.” Amanda is available for shows and coaching throughout New England.