Dance Xplosion (Milan, MI)
Tonya Hoskins instructs and choreographs for Dance Xplosion in Milan, Michigan. Tonya was lucky enough to be both a babysitter and a preschool teacher to Chad. Chad stole her heart from the first time they met and she learned quickly she couldn’t say no to his angelic face. Even if that meant dancing and singing “Gangnam Style” over and over again. She is honored to do anything for the Carr family who has always been so generous and inspirational.This “anything” turned into teaching five 40-year old women how to dance while in her last trimester of her 3rd pregnancy. Run D.M.Saline owes all of their dance floor talent to Tonya… and The ChadTough Foundation is so grateful that she has generously donated her time on Chad’s behalf!
The Dance Floor (Plymouth, Dearborn, & Saline, MI)
Lewis Is a very proud Detroit native. He works as a dancer/content creator/comedian. When not traveling, he likes to spend his hours encouraging the world to do more dancing together. Highly qualified to teach over 27 different styles of partner dance that stretches over 5 genres of movement. Rhythm, Standard, Latin, Nightclub, and his Specialty Smooth Dancing. Lewis believes the world is a better place when everyone is smiling. Dancing helps with that.
The Dance Floor (Plymouth, Dearborn, & Saline, MI)
Lauren is a professional Ballroom dance instructor with 15 years of teaching and performing experience. She is a firm believer that dance changes lives and that anyone can learn and benefit from it! Aside from her competitive career as an American Smooth and Rhythm finalist, she has a passion for awakening a love for dance in students who think they have two left feet and also those looking to challenge themselves with a competitive experience of their own.
Jasper grew up doing Chinese martial arts and some modern/break dancing. This training combined with his strong work ethic and great performance ability allowed him to rise to the top of the ballroom dance team at the University of Michigan with ease. He is one of the few amateur competitors to compete at the open level in 19 different dances and he continues to do so today with his partner Alison.
While Jasper isn’t dancing and teaching, he works full time as a mechanical engineer for Kuka. He also enjoys playing various musical instruments, watching racing, and riding his motorcycle. Jasper has enjoyed preparing for this wonderful event and is excited that he can put his talents towards such a good cause.
Footnotes Ballroom Company (Ann Arbor, MI)
Alison has always had a love for dance. She began ballet at the age of three and hasn’t stopped dancing since. During her college years at the University of Michigan she fell in love with ballroom dancing and began competing across the Midwest. Today she continues to compete nationally in the standard, latin, smooth, and rhythm styles with her partner Jasper.
When not dancing, teaching or competing Alison works as a Dentist at Healthy Smiles Dental Care in Chelsea. She is very excited to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with new people and support the wonderful works of the Chad Tough Foundation through this exciting event.
Ashleigh has been teaching dance professionally since 2009. She is DVIDA certified with high honors in 14 dance styles in American Smooth, Rhythm, Nightclub 2 Step and Salsa. Through her competitive students, Ashleigh has received a Top Female Teacher award, and her students have received numerous Top Male Student awards. She currently teaches at Footnotes Ballroom Company in Ann Arbor, as well as Dance New York in Plymouth.
Elegance In Motion (Auburn Hills, MI)
Curtis Haremza opened Elegance in Motion Ballroom Studio in 2000. Curtis attended Sienna Heights University and perused a career in Theatre and Dance after college. He now teaches singles and couples how to dance. The studio is located in Lake Orion. Our philosophy is that anyone can learn to dance. You are never too old or young to start.
Stillness in Motion (West Bloomfield, MI)
Dwight Davis started his training in 1994 in the martial arts discipline, Hung Gar kung fu,Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong (breath work, meditative health exercises), becoming one of the youngest master teachers (Sifu) in the “Arts”. He began his dance training through Arthur Murray Dance and was appointed director before going independently to form Stillness In Motion Dance. During his professional competitive career, Dwight trained with top coaches in the US and earned the Rising Star Award in Washington DC. He has been a top finalist in the Professional competitive divisions through 2019.
Social Dance Studio (Grand Rapids, MI)
Byron Doss is a professional dance teacher and dance competitor. He teaches Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country and Social dance styles for Social Dance Studio of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University. Byron is a very versatile dancer and the only professional in West Michigan to compete professionally in multiple dance styles. Byron has trained models for commercials and has performed with different orchestras during this dance career. With a BS in Chemistry and Psych, Byron has spent many years working and volunteering in the mental health field. These days you can find Byron teaching or volunteering for local activities in an effort to grow dancing in the West Michigan area.