Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Maya Apodaca started dancing at a young age, but discovered a passion for ballroom dancing in high school. Maya began her teaching career in Albuquerque, New Mexico before relocating to the Dallas area.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Jean Dorff is a successful international Martial Artist and Ballroom Dancer. Because of his background in both dance and martial arts, Jean developed an interest in movement at an early age, exploring the concept of “conscious movement,” a term he developed to describe a connection of rhythm and movement with mind, body and soul.
Born and raised in Sherman, Texas, (but also grew up for 4.5 years in Montross, Virginia) Irene was inspired to become a dancer because of her grandfather. When she was a toddler, her grandfather brought home Riverdance on VHS, which she grew up watching. As a kid, she said that she wanted to be a flamenco dancer but she supposed that Latin dancer is close enough.
Wes Neese began dancing West Coast Swing in 1996, joining a competitive team the same year, which won 2 national competitions. Wes has won numerous State and Regional 1st place titles, and is a current competitor, most recently placing 2nd in the Masters Jack & Jill Division at Dallas DANCE, a World Swing Dance Council national-level event.
Bobby has taught country and western dancing including two-step, polka, east coast swing, cha-cha, waltz, night club, triple two step, and west coast swing for 30 years—teaching both social dancers and competitive dancers. Bobby has been competing for a total of 35 years with various partners and as a “pro” with his students on the UCWDC and ACDA circuits.