Leyla Dari

I was born and grew up in the State of Iowa. For the past 16 years I have dedicated my life to study of International Ballroom and Latin dancing in the US and abroad. Significant portion of that time was spent learning with some of the most respected teachers in the world.

With my extensive training and competitive experience in 10 dance I have been teaching single, couple and group lessons for three years on a freelance basis. I specialize in International style Ballroom and Latin, but I am familiar with other styles.

In parallel, I graduated with a University Certificate in Sports and Health Sciences. Through my experience and education I have developed an ability to make complex skills easy to understand and learn. I am therefore uniquely prepared to teach in a way which cultivates in my students the enjoyment of dance and exploration of movement with partner without risk. I strive to build a strong foundation in posture, technique and correct understanding of partnering skills for a lifetime of learning and fun.

SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Client assessment and analysis

  • Ability to make complex skills easy to understand and learn

  • Strong verbal communication skills

  • Personable and friendly

  • Conflict resolution  

  • Time management

 

EXPERIENCE:

SELF EMPLOYED DANCE INSTRUCTOR (2013-current)

EDUCATION: 

 

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, DANCE DEPARTMENT, 2018-ongoing

Currently studying Ballet, Modern and Brazilian Carnaval Dance. Rehearsing for a variety of dance/theater projects.

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, SPORTS AND DANCE THERAPY, Certificate (2014)

I studied Human Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Coaching and Massage Therapy. In addition, I researched body mechanics and movement in my own time. I was the Student Government representative for my class and graduated with Distinction.

INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, (2013).

SOME OF MY DANCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • English Open 10 dance Champion. 

  • South of England Ballroom Championships, Finalist of under 21 Ballroom. 

  • Staffordshire Championships, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Ballroom. 

  • All England Championships, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Ballroom. 

  • Essex Titles Championships, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Ballroom. 

  • Gateway Grand Prix, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Latin. 

  • Gateway Championships, Finalist of Under 21 Ballroom and Latin events. 

  • International Championships, Top 45 in Under 21 Ballroom and top 63 in Under 21 Latin. 

  • Essex Titles, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Latin. 

  • Open English Championships, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Latin. 

  • Open English Championships, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Ballroom. 

  • Hampshire Championships, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Ballroom. 

  • Hampshire Championships, Finalist of Under 21 and Amateur Latin. 

  • Surrey Titles, Finalist of Under 21 Latin and Ballroom, Finalist of Amateur Ballroom and Latin.

  • Oxford-shire Championships, Finalist of under 21 Latin and Ballroom.

  • British Open to the World Championships, Blackpool, Top 75 Amateur Rising Star Ballroom

  • British National Championships, Semifinalist of Junior Ballroom and Latin.

AFFILIATIONS & TEACHERS

I am a member of Dancesport Association. I have been privileged to train for several years with some of the best teachers in the world.

 

In Ballroom they include: 

Marcus and Karen Hilton ( nine time Professional Ballroom champions)

John Wood

Snieguole Wood

Lyn Marriner

Jonathan Crossley

Alexander Shindila

Mark Shutlar

I have also worked with Dorota Makar and Sergiu Rusu.

In Latin I have been trained by:

Margaret Redmond

Sirpa Suutari

Goran and Nicola Nordin  

Jukka Haappalainen  

Gunnar Gunnarsson.

I have also worked with Barbara McColl, Lene James and Graham Oswick

I would like to acknowledge several other people who have made my dancing journey possible to date. They are:

 

My former partners:

Richi Putt

Arseniy Mametyev

Mathias Allain and Adrian Petruk.

 

My early teachers, who have given me my first dance experiences and fueled my passion for the sport:

Karla McGaugh

Frank Gillitzer

Perry Gingerich

Pamela Rutherford

Spiro Marko

Late Craig Thurman