972.490.0022

14902 Preston Road, Suite 400
Dallas, Texas 75254

Instructors

Get to Know Michelle in 22 Questions!

Michelle Hafle is a professional International Latin American dancer.  She has traveled all over the world competing in the most prestigious competitions with her partner, Sergey Korshunov.  Together they are ranked three-time U.S. Professional Rising Star Latin Finalists and ranked three-time British Open Rising Star Quarterfinalists.  In 2012 she appeared on Dancing with the Stars performing a special project with Cheryl Burke.  She has worked extensively with Emmitt Smith, Mark Cuban, and Michael Irvin during to their appearances on the show as well as World Superbike Champion, Ben Spies.  In 2008 & 2009 she was invited to dance on Baile Deportivo, aired on Fox Latino Sport.  She is frequently invited by WFAA's Good Morning Texas to be the official commentator for the Dancing with the Stars show and local dance related events. Prior to partnering with Sergey, she was involved in several commercials and music videos.  In 2004 she was hired by ABC Family to be a contestant on a dance reality series, Dance Fever.  There she was able to work with Carrie Ann Inaba, Carman Electra and MC Hammer.  She also performed at such events as the Los Angeles Salsa Congress and was hired as a permanent dancer for Wayne Foster's National Entertainment Company.  Résumé

  • Sergey and Michelle Competition Video - Rumba
  • Sergey and Michelle Competition Video - Samba
 
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Nick & Licci

Nick & Licci
Wedding Couple

I found Studio 22's website (good website by the way) and signed me and my now-husband up for a Wedding Package. In just 5 lessons, Michelle taught us some great moves, focusing on technique and the basic steps. Michelle is not only a super talented dancer but also a fabulous instructor. We had a lot of fun at our lessons, and ended up surprising everyone at our wedding when we broke into a salsa dance during our first dance. Thanks Michelle!

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Victoria Snee

Victoria Snee
CW33 Reporter / MIX 102.9 Radio Host

Michelle and Sergey are fantastic. Their classes at Studio 22 are fun, energetic and loved by many.


Sergey Korshunov
Sergey Korshunov

Studio Owner
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Get to Know Sergey in 22 Questions!

Sergey Korshunov is a professional International Latin American dancer.  He has traveled all over the world competing in the most prestigious competitions with his partner, Michelle Hafle.  Together they are ranked three-time U.S. Professional Rising Star Latin Finalists and ranked three-time British Open Rising Star finalists.  In 2012 he appeared on Dancing with the Stars performing a special project with Cheryl Burke, and has worked extensively with Emmitt Smith, Mark Cuban, and Michael Irvin during their appearances on the show.  In 2007 Nike hired Sergey to choreograph and perform at one of their exclusive events with Carrie Ann Inaba.  In 2008 and 2009 he was invited to dance on Baile Deportivo, aired on Fox Latino Sport, and is frequently invited by WFAA's Good Morning Texas to be the official commentator for the Dancing with the Stars show and local dance related events.  Sergey began dancing at the age of nine as an Amateur and eventually in 1998 he gained the title of St. Petersburg Standard Champion in his division and the following year he received an award as the top Latin couple.  Résumé

  • Sergey and Michelle Competition Video - Paso Doble
  • Sergey and Michelle Competition Video - Cha Cha
 
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Bob Fabbio

Bob Fabbio
Business Owner/Entrepreneur - Social Dance Student

I had the pleasure of working with Michelle and Sergey for over a year on a regular basis.  Beyond being a delight to be around, they were excellent instructors.   One of the many things that I loved about them is that they communicated clearly what to do and then they pushed me to learn to do it!   And beyond all the hard work, we had a blast together.  Unlike many others, they were very passionate about helping me become a better dancer!   I highly recommend them!

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Victoria Snee

Victoria Snee
CW33 Reporter / MIX 102.9 Radio Host

Michelle and Sergey are fantastic. Their classes at Studio 22 are fun, energetic and loved by many.

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Michelle Hafle
Michelle Hafle

Studio Owner
(972) 490-0022

Get to Know Michelle in 22 Questions!

Michelle Hafle is a professional International Latin American dancer.  She has traveled all over the world competing in the most prestigious competitions with her partner, Sergey Korshunov.  Together they are ranked three-time U.S. Professional Rising Star Latin Finalists and ranked three-time British Open Rising Star Quarterfinalists.  In 2012 she appeared on Dancing with the Stars performing a special project with Cheryl Burke.  She has worked extensively with Emmitt Smith, Mark Cuban, and Michael Irvin during to their appearances on the show as well as World Superbike Champion, Ben Spies.  In 2008 & 2009 she was invited to dance on Baile Deportivo, aired on Fox Latino Sport.  She is frequently invited by WFAA's Good Morning Texas to be the official commentator for the Dancing with the Stars show and local dance related events. Prior to partnering with Sergey, she was involved in several commercials and music videos.  In 2004 she was hired by ABC Family to be a contestant on a dance reality series, Dance Fever.  There she was able to work with Carrie Ann Inaba, Carman Electra and MC Hammer.  She also performed at such events as the Los Angeles Salsa Congress and was hired as a permanent dancer for Wayne Foster's National Entertainment Company.  Résumé

  • Sergey and Michelle Competition Video - Rumba
  • Sergey and Michelle Competition Video - Samba
 
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Nick & Licci

Nick & Licci
Wedding Couple

I found Studio 22's website (good website by the way) and signed me and my now-husband up for a Wedding Package. In just 5 lessons, Michelle taught us some great moves, focusing on technique and the basic steps. Michelle is not only a super talented dancer but also a fabulous instructor. We had a lot of fun at our lessons, and ended up surprising everyone at our wedding when we broke into a salsa dance during our first dance. Thanks Michelle!

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Victoria Snee

Victoria Snee
CW33 Reporter / MIX 102.9 Radio Host

Michelle and Sergey are fantastic. Their classes at Studio 22 are fun, energetic and loved by many.

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Aimee Mendez
Aimee Mendez

(972) 490-0022

Get to Know Aimee in 22 Questions!

Aimée Mendez has been a full-time partner dance teacher, competitor, and performer for over 20 years. She started her competitive career in the Professional American Rhythm category, competing in Texas, and throughout the United States.

Her subsequent focus on Pro-Am competition has been met with much success: She was the teacher of DanceSport's 2002 Top Male Bronze Student of the Year and the 2005 Top Male Newcomer at the prestigious Ohio Star Ball, televised as America's Ballroom Challenge, among other accolades.

In 2009, Aimée coached Jake Pavelka of ABC’s The Bachelor prior to filming the show. His interest in dancing was recognized, and he was invited to compete the highly coveted Dancing with the Stars show, one of the most popular dance shows in recent history. Aimée enjoyed a front row seat at the show during Season 10 when Jake invited her as his special guest.

Aimée teaches beginning to advanced students of any age, and takes a particular interest in sharing her love of dance with couples that want to add a spark to their marriage by including the hobby of partnership dancing, either socially or competitively. In December 2011 Aimée helped a couple realize a bucket list dream of traveling to Vienna, Austria and attending The Imperial Ball; she has a great passion for helping a couple connect through dancing and making dance dreams come true!

As an Instructor at Studio 22, Aimée specializes in working with wedding couples, helping them to feel comfortable and prepared for their first dances. She also teaches private lesson students and group classes in a variety of styles, including American Rhythm & Smooth, Country Western, Club Latin, and many more!

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Richard Newhouse

Richard Newhouse
Private Lesson Student

Aimee Mendez is a complete professional. She knows all the types of ballroom dancing, and has the patience and experience to pass her knowledge to students of all levels. If a couple wishes to learn together, or a if a single student wishes to learn by himself, she can lead them on an experience of a lifetime.

She also has knowledge on how to apply dancing. Whether the student wants to dance socially, do that special dance at a wedding, perform in a show, or compete, she can guide her students to whatever their goals are

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Cody Knight & Maya Apodaca
Cody & Maya

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Get to Know Cody in 22 Questions!
Get to Know Maya in 22 Questions!

Cody Knight was born and raised in Dallas, and attended school at the KD Actor's Conservatory of the Southwest.  After graduating in 2002, he began his dance training in the American Smooth and Rhythm styles, becoming a professional teacher shortly afterward.

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.  Maya has a love for children, and teaches the students of the Youth DanceSport Program, in addition to her work as the Director of Teaching for Drama Kids, a youth drama program.

Cody Knight and Maya Apodaca are current professional competitotrs in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions.  Together, they have competed professionally at numerous national competitions, as well as in the Pro/Am category their students, and have attained multiple Top Teacher awards throughout the years.  Cody & Maya have trained under many notable coaches and dance champions, including Mazen Hamza, Izabella Jundzill, David Hamilton, Olga Foraponova, Susie Thompson, & Gary McIntyre.  Cody & Maya head the American Rhythm & Smooth department at Studio 22.

  • Cody & Maya - Viennese Waltz
  • Cody & Maya - Bolero
 
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Eric & Laura
Wedding Dance Students

My husband and I took lessons at Studio 22 in preparation for our wedding. We started out taking a few of the classes in different styles to try a few things and ended up getting along really well with the swing instructors Maya and Cody. Maya worked with us on learning Jitterbug for our first dance. We didn't want a choreographed routine but we wanted to have a few moves to throw in moving about the dance floor. She was great about breaking the moves down and coming up with different ways to explain things if we were struggling and we really looked forward to our lessons. However, she really went above and beyond as we got closer to the wedding. My dad really wanted us to waltz for our father daughter dance but he lives out of state so there was no way for us to practice together and he was taking lessons at a studio near him. Maya was great at communicating, finding out what he was learning up there so she could teach us the same moves and we were able to schedule an appointment with her a few days before the wedding so she could help us work through any of the disconnects. We just got our wedding video back and we are all so proud at not only how great the dancing was but also how relaxed, confident and happy we look. I highly recommend Maya for private lessons if you'd like to wow at an upcoming event! The studio is also great and is always putting on fun events, we just joined them for a West Coast Swing lesson down in Deep Ellum as part of the Reimagine Crowdus project and had a blast - perfect date night!

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George & Jairelbhi Furlong
George & Jairelbhi

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Get to Know George in 22 Questions!

Get to Know Jairelbhi in 22 Questions!

Having been born to an Argentinean and musical family,George began his music education and exposure to Tango early on in life. George started formal music training at the age of 10 and continued though high school and college. During these years his teachers noticed his exceptional musical ability, and with their encouragement he expanded his knowledge by learning several instruments. In 1992 George discovered Shaolin Kung Fu and through constant diligence and patience he became Senior Instructor and performed demonstrations in several cities in the U.S. A native of Caracas, Venezuela. 

Jairelbhi Furlong began her dance training at the age of 9. She joined Las Voces Blancas, one of the top dance schools for kids. Jairelbhi was exposed to several different dances but clearly her passion was tap dancing, and was asked to be an assistant instructor. Because of her graceful movements and perseverance she became part of a dance troupe in Las Voces Blancas traveling to many places and included television performances. 

Together with her partner, George, they have performed and taught in cities throughout Texas, where they reside, and have expanded to other cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Maui, San Diego, Phoenix, Atlanta, Savanah, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have performed with the Fort Worth symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Opus Cuatro and with Bandeonistas Lisandro Adrover, Horocio Romo, and Daniel Binelli. George and Jairelbhi toured several cities in the U.S. as part of the cast of "Tango Buenos Aires", and several cities in Mexico as part of the cast of "Emporio Tango". In 2005 they created "Evolutiontango", a dance group based in Dallas, Texas, and have produced, directed, and choreographed two tango productions: "Tango: Now and Then", and "Evolutiontango"

Today they are part of "Tango and Fire" Dance company.They are privilege to work with artistic director Hugo Patyn and musical director Lisandro Adrover best known for his arrangements for the Broadway hit "Forever Tango"

  • George & Jairelbhi - Argentine Tango
 

Coming soon... Edgar was born in Queretaro, Mexico before coming to the United States in 1992.  he taught music for several years in Florida and Georgia before moving to Pittsburgh, PA where he began his dance training in American Smooth and Rhythm styles. 

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Jean Dorff & Irene Martens
Jean Dorff

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Get to Know Jean in 22 Questions!

Get to Know Irene in 22 Questions!

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.

As a business professional, Jean has provided business coaching and consultancy in the corporate fields of Marketing, Product Management, Business Strategy, and Business Development, primarily for Fortune 100 companies.

Through his work in both the business and dance industries, he began to realize the similarities in thought required for performance coaching to produce top competitors, regardless of the arena. By merging and blending his knowledge of both business and movement, he further developed the idea of ‘conscious movement’ into unique ‘performance coaching principles.’ Using these principles and his personal experience, Jean has coached several national champions and internationally successful dancers, as well as amateur dancers and business professionals.

Jean recently found his company ‘dancing mind conscious body’: a performance coaching and consultancy company, and though he continues to teach, coach and lecture internationally, he is happy to call Dallas and Studio 22 his home base.

 

Coming soon... Edgar was born in Queretaro, Mexico before coming to the United States in 1992.  he taught music for several years in Florida and Georgia before moving to Pittsburgh, PA where he began his dance training in American Smooth and Rhythm styles. 

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Jim Weber
Jim Weber

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Get to Know Jim in 22 Questions!

Jim Weber began dancing about 20 years ago and, shortly thereafter, began assisting with classes at Cowboys Arlington.  In addition to being the Dance Instructor at Cowboys Red River in Dallas from 1997 – 2000, he also began teaching private and group lessons at local dance studios.

In 2002, Jim began working with Don Chesshir, a noted C&W dance instructor in the DFW metro area who is known for teaching large group classes and large group seminars.  Together, the two sponsor a monthly dance seminar at Gilley’s -- Dallas.

Over the last 10 years, Mr. Weber has not only taught many large group classes and performed/taught at wedding receptions, but also taught Country Western dance lessons at many area nightclubs, including Denim & Diamonds in Dallas, Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar and Grill” in Dallas, Electric Cowboy in Lewisville, and, most recently, Midnight Rodeo in Dallas.

In addition, Jim teaches private lessons and Pro/Am students, with whom he travels to national competitions several times a year.

Jim teaches the following dances:

- Two Step
- Progressive Double Two
- Triple Two Step
- Three Step/Texas Two Step
- Night Club Two-Step
- Country Waltz
- West Coast Swing
- East Coast Swing
- Polka
- Cha Cha
- Salsa

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Elizabeth Chavez

Elizabeth Chavez
Private Lesson Student

When I came to Studio 22 two-and-a-half years ago I never expected to gain so much confidence, not only on the dance floor but in all aspects of my life.  I am so blessed to be able to learn from the best and be a part of the Studio 22 family.

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Iris Chang

Iris Chang
Private Lesson Student

Studio 22 has a very personable and professional staff, amazingly talented and fun teachers, and a network of students to have as peers, mentors, and friends. Dancing has given me a hobby, a social outlet, a form of exercise, a new skill to learn that keeps me sharp, grace, and confidence.  Studio 22 has not only gifted me dance, but has also provided me a family.  I whole-heartedly recommend this studio to everyone.  Come and grow our family!

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Wes Neese
Wes Neese

(972) 490-0022

Get to Know Wes in 22 Questions!

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. Highlights:

-- 6-time 1st Place Team Division, Dallas DANCE (1996 - 2008)
-- Southwest Regional Dance Association, 1st Place, Advanced Strictly Swing (2001)
-- Dallas DANCE, 2nd Place, Masters Jack & Jill (2014)
-- Swingapalooza Swing Dance Championships, 3rd Place, Intermediate Jack & Jill (2014)
-- Pro-Am Jam, 3rd Place, Intermediate Jack & Jill (2014)
-- Dallas DANCE, 1st Place, Pro/Am (2000)

Teaching became his passion in 2000, when he started the non-accredited swing dance program at Richland College in Dallas, and continues today as he teaches in both the studio and nightclub settings, bringing his engaging, entertaining style to his classes. Throughout his career, Wes has created, directed & coached 3 swing teams, as well as competing as part of 5 different national-level 1st place teams.

Wes's teaching philosophy includes a focus on the fundamentals, technique, and musicality to create a fun experience for social and competitive West Coast Swing dancers.

Not content with teaching alone, Wes also created and produced the Swing Dance Marathon benefitting The Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Over 10 marathon teams (and 80 dancers) danced for 2 hours to raise thousands of dollars for the hospital.

 
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Jordan & Danielle
Wedding Dance Students

Just wanted to send an e-mail to express how much we absolutely loved working with our instructor, Wes! He was an amazing coach through the process ; he was very friendly and an overall pleasure to work with. Thank you so much for a wonderful time! We are actually considering returning regularly for lessons together with Wes.

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