Instructors

 

FABIO BONINI

Born in Brazil is the co-owner, founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Forever Dancing L.L.C., & Dancing Trips, which is comprised of a team of professional dance instructors committed to sharing the excitement and passion of American & International Ballroom Dance. Fabio began dancing at the age of 10 years old by rehearsing in shows for Carnival. As a teenager he added gymnastic training to further advance his dancing career. Fabio is also recognized and sought after as one of the leading instructors/coaches in Argentine Tango. He is the co-organizer of 2 yearly prestigious events The DC Dance Challenge Competition, an exciting, fun, friendly weekend dance event in Washington, D.C. and the Tribute to the Tango Dancer, created to embrace the beauty of the tango and those instructors, students and the local Tango community who have provided so much inspiration. Fabio continues to dance and compete professionally as he has done for the last 17 years.

USISTD-Licentiate American Rhythm|
USISTD-Theatre Arts
NDCA Pro/Am Dancesport American Smooth & Rhythm
NDCA Pro/Am Dancesport International Standard & Latin. 

Awards & Accomplishments:
1995-Graduated with degree in Metallurgical Engineering
1995-Present Professional & Competitor Dancer
1996-Won Sao Paulo Samba Pagode Championship
1996-1998-Choreographed and performed on numerous television shows throughout Brazil
1998-Present Established Dancing Trips, committed to bringing glamour and excitement by introducing dancing vacations to all ages and all dance levels, primarily in Argentina & Brazil. www.DancingTrips.com
2003-Present Principal Dancer with the National Touring Company of Quintango
2005-Present Founded Forever Dancing, committed to sharing the benefits and joy of ballroom dancing. www.ForeverDancing.com
2005-Present Member of the American Montage –a Washington DC Dance Company performing at venues throughout the US and Canada
2006- Principal dancer at the 21st Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards presided by the Honorable Anthony Williams
2008-Principal Dancer at the Hispanic Celebration Performance for Homeland Security
2007-2008-Co-organizer of Tribute to the Tango Dancer.
2008-2009 Co-organizer of the prestigious DC Dance Challenge Ballroom Competition www.dcdancechallenge.com
2010-Current Co-Owner of Forever Dancing Ballroom
2011-Principal Dancer at Lincoln Theater, Marion VA with Quintango Orchestra
2012-Principal Dancer at 16th Annual Roanoke Valley Star Ball Dance Challenge
2013-2014 Performance and Dance Instruction at DC Travel & Adventure Show
2013-17th Annual Roanoke Valley Start BallDance Challenge “Top Teacher”
2014-Virginia Beach Dance Challenge “Top Teacher”
2015-Atlantic Dancesport Challenge “Top Teacher”
2015-River City Ballroom Dance Competition “Top Teacher”

Here is a list of some of the instructors or studios where Fabio has intensely trained in the art of Argentine Tango for the past 16 years. Currently, every year he continues going to Buenos Aires for new and updated material
Suzuki Avellaneda, Aurora Y Jorge Firpo, Norberto Pulpo Esbrez, Estudio Mora, Godoy Tango, Zoraida (el abrazo Tango Club), Junior Cervila, Paula y Adrián Beiro (from Tango Mio), Esther y Mingo Pugliese, Carina Losano, Pablo y Dana, Fabián Salas, Claudio & Melina Brufman, Jorge Torres, Ana Padron & Diego Blanco, Rosalia Gasso & Alejandro Barrientos, Marisol Morales & Alejandro Larenas.

JENNIFER BONINI

Born in Santiago, Chile. Moved to Miami Beach, Florida at the age of 17 and has resided in Gainsville, Fl. , Atlanta, GA and recently in the past 13 years in Washington, DC. As a co-owner and Executive Operations Manager of Forever Dancing, LLC. she is committed to providing the utmost in customer service. She organizes the events, dance lessons, workshops, competitions, dance trips and manages the day to day operations of the company. Jennifer brings a vast experience of knowledge to Forever Dancing as she worked with Nordstrom for over 10 years; first as a Buyer for Evening Gowns and Women Designer Sportswear, then as the East Coast Regional Merchandiser Manager. She coached & trained countless Managers who are now key leaders in the company. Her passion for the business and driving results is what earned her the prestigious Nordstrom 2007 Award Regional Merchandiser Manager of the year.

In her 10 year career with Nordstrom she achieved many successes in the areas of Product Merchandising, Dept. Manager, Buyer, Team Building, Event Planning, Product Development, and Advertising. In 2008 she decided to follow her true life passion for dancing by starting a new career as co-owner and Executive Operations Manager for Forever Dancing Ballroom Dance Company, Dancing Trips, DC Dance Challenge Competition & Showcase, and DC Tango Weekend…

Jennifer became interested in the theatre arts as a student in Middle School were she won many lead roles. Jennifer began her formal dance training in her late teens in 1982 studying Contemporary Jazz. She performed all thru High School and during her first 3 years as a buyer for Nordstrom after discovering partner dancing in 2002 she began taking social dance classes in Salsa and Argentine Tango. In 2004 she began ballroom dancing and became a serious competitor soon after. Jennifer placed in the top of her division in American style Smooth & Rhythm and International style Standard and Latin at the distinguished Capital Washington DC Competition & the Greenbrier Competition in North Carolina, during 2004-2007. Currently she continous her studies on International Ballroom with Standard coaches Rita Gekhman-Algarra, Anna Mikhed and Latin Instructors Yana Mazhnikova & Genya Bartashevich. Jennifer found her true passion in the Argentine Tango because of the spontaneous interaction that happens between the dancers. She studied under such recognize Masters in Argentine Tango such as Fabio Bonini, Claudio Gonzalez & Melina Bruffman, Pablo Villaraza & Dana Frigoli, Jorge Torres, Junior Cervila & Natalia Royo, Rosalia Gasso & Alejandro Barrientos, Ana Padron & Diego Blanco and Marisol Morales & Alejandro Larenas. Every year she goes to train at some of the most prestigious Studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina for new and updated material. She has been teaching & performing professionally ever since with her husband Fabio Bonini, at corporate events, competitions and celebrations.

Mrs. Bonini Awards & Accomplishments:

2004-Present “La Divina” Milonga Party in Virginia & Maryland
2006-Present Dancing Trips traveling planner & organizer. www.dancingtrips.com
2007-Present “DC Tango Weekend Festival” www.dctangoweekend.com
2007-Present Scrutineer for USSDC Competiton & Showcase
2008-Present Co-owner of Forever Dancing L.L.C., committed to sharing the benefits and joy of ballroom dancing. www.ForeverDancing.com
2008-Principal Dancer at the Hispanic Celebration Performance for Homeland Security
2008-Present The Annual DC Dance Challenge Competition www.dcdancechallenge.com
2009-“Super Fiesta Latina” Latin Party in Virginia & Maryland.
2010- Principal Dancer at Kauffman Auditorium at Lee Center with Quintango.
2010-Current New Co-Owner of Forever Dancing Ballroom
2011-Principal Dancer at Lincoln Theater, Marion VA with Quintango Orchestra
2012-Principal Dancer at 16th Annual Roanoke Valley Star Ball Dance Challenge
2013-2014 Performance and Dance Instruction at DC Travel & Adventure Show
2013-Virginia Beach Dance Challenge “Top Studio”
2014-The Augusta Dance Challenge “Top Guest Studio”
2015-River City Dance Competition “Top Studio”
2015-Pro-Am Int. Ballroom Closed Silver Grand National Championship Champion
2015-Pro-Am Int. Ballroom Open Gold Grand National Challemge (W/T) Champion
2015-Pro-Am Open Gold International Grand National Championship Runner Up.
2016-Pro-Am City Lights World Pro-Am Ballroom Dancesport Finalist
2016-Pro-Am City Lights Open Ballroom Scholarship Finalist
2017-Pro-Am Ohio Star Ball Silver Standard Semi- Finalist

NICHOLAS PASCH

“Nick has spent most of his life playing competetive sports. Most recently running Track & Field for Salisbury University where he won multiple titles in the High Jump and helped his school conquer their division three years in a row. He began dancing competitively and teaching in 2009. He competes primarily in International Latin, and is proficient in Smooth, Rhythm, West Coast Swing and club style dances. Nick has his Bachelors degree in History and minors in Education and Athletic coaching. By fusing his knowledge of education and dancing, Nick brings a unique, fun and well rounded approach to the dance floor.”

JESSICA JOHN

Jessica John is a DC-based performing artist, aerial coach, and choreographer who specializes in corde lisse (aerial rope), aerial silks, and dance trapeze. A sixth generation New Orleanian, she is the creative director of Vaudoux Aerial Dance Theatre. Vaudoux is high flying, high emotion, and high energy contemporary circus with a viewpoint born on the bayou. Jessica teaches private lessons in aerial fabric (silks), aerial rope (corde lisse), sling, loopy straps, static and dance trapeze, and act creation.

ECHO ORY

A DC based aerial artist who combines her passion for acrobatics, freedom of expressive dance, and stunning flexibility into imaginative and artful aerial works. She has performed for audiences all over the North-East coast. Her performance highlights include “Community Day” at African Arts Smithsonian (2009), Baltimore Alley Aerial Festival (2009, 2010, and 2011), Arachne Fieldwork Showcase (2010), Capitol Fringe Festival 2011’s Upheaval (Best Dance), Deviated Theatre’s Rising Artist open act for siGHT (2012), New England Center of the Circus Arts (2012 and 2013), and as a soloist in aerials and contortion in Vaudoux Aerial Dance’s Gris at Artscape (2014).

She founded Aerial Polis DC, the first and only artistic aerial training facility in

  1. She has been an instructor with Arachne Aerial Arts and Upspring Mt. Rainer, MD; she has taught workshops in Virginia Beach and AYCO regional conference (NECCA, 2014). EChO was also the founding member of the former Aerial DC Collective-an aerial arts performance company (2010 – 2014). Shereceived her aerial fabric and trapeze teacher training at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) Nimble Arts Method; she is also a certified Sivananda Ashram Yoga instructor (2000). EChO’s teaching philosophy focuses on building strong solid foundations in biomechanics and apparatus theory early on in the students’ training allowing them greater independence and creativity throughout their aerial education.

Her introduction to movement began at the age of 7 through competitive artistic gymnasts. She competed with the American Twisters for 15 years. with a strong focus on dance discipline in technique and articulation. She began aerial fabric under the mentorship of Arachne Aerial Arts in 2007. EChO has since trained with many renowned circus and aerial coaches, as well as several prestigious circus schools; such as The New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) andElsie and Serenity Smith in Vermont, Rachel Walker at École Léotard in Montreal, Circus Warehouse and CircusEdge in NYC, Aloft Circus Arts in Chicago, and the Philadelphia Contemporary Circus School in Philadelphia, and with Susan Murphy at the Marsh Studio in Georgia. For contortion, she has received training from the San Francisco School’s Contortion Intensive, Adam Woolley, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna lead Yulya Mihailova.

NELY DAHLKE 

She was born and raised in Honduras and immigrated to the United States in 1996. She has had exposure to Latin music her entire life and has a considerable influence on her. Nely became a Curves Fitness Coach in 2005. Her passion for fitness inspired her to attend Northern Virginia Community College to getting further knowledge in weight training, fitness and wellness, and aerobic dance. In 2009, she became the manager of the Curves where she was working.

Nely became a Zumba instructor 2010 and started teaching Zumba classes at the Curves she managed in Falls Church, Virginia. In 2013, Nely started teaching Zumba classes at the ProMAXX Fitness Health Club until September 2014. She began teaching Zumba classes at Forever Dancing in October 2014. Nely is certified as a Basic Zumba instructor and will be certified as a Basic II instructor and certified in Zumba Step. Besides her current certifications, she has attended a couple Zumba Jammer sessions. She has Zumba Core training also.

After the birth of her second child in 1998 and gaining considerable weight, Nely devoted her life to fitness and well-being, helping herself and others with fitness through her love of fitness. Nely has transformed countless class attendees into healthier and happier clients. Dozens of her Zumba clients have become great friends and have followed her from Curves, ProMaxx, and to Forever Dancing. Because of her experience as a fitness coach, Nely’s Zumba routines are a mixture of dance and aerobic dance which is very effective in muscle toning and weight loss. Because of Zumba and her Zumba friends, she is a healthier person. Nely lost 50 lbs. and has kept it off.

DAMTEW WORKU

Ethiopian Dance Director, Choreographer and Teaching a Total 25 years of Performance and 16 of these years at the instructor and director level.

Experience Detail Performance, Teaching, Work

1990 – 2006

– Director, Choreographer and Performer at Ethiopian National Theater.
– Extensive performance and coordinate tours in Ethiopia at prestigious stages, such as Sheraton Addis Millennium Stage for the millennium show.
-Led 22 Counties World Tour to Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle Ease and North America, covering countries such as (Rwanda ,Kenya, Djibouti, Japan, Korea, India, Kuwait, Bahrain, Switzerland, Italy, France, Japan, Korea, India and more…)
– Served as a judge on Ethiopian Idle Show

2009-Present

– After moving to Washington DC, Continue to Choreograph, and perform on many stages
– Direct and choreograph the annual Ethiopian Sport Federation of North America Festival encompassing performances across the united states and Canada.
– Participate and perform in different African festivals across different states such as Atlanta, Ohio, Washington DC Kennedy Center
– Currently offering Weekly Ethiopian Dance classes in partnership with LeTena Dance as Lead Ethiopian Dance Instructor.

NEBIYU H

Nebiyu Specialty: Salsa, Bachata, Eskista, Kizomba with 7 years of dancing salsa, and 3 years of teaching. Started taking salsa group lessons in College

2007
After a brief break and entering the work force started taking Salsa lessons again. For the next two years until 2009, Intensely developed salsa skills, leading, musicality, turn patterns, shines…

2009

-Started getting request to teach at private functions.
-Started hosting salsa get-together

2014

-Started hosting official Ethiopian and Salsa dance lessons at BT-Fitness in Alexandria VA With Tadele Daba.
-Started teaching Salsa to teachers at Capital City Charter School in DC.
-Hosted outdoor Salsa social at Capital heights plaza in DC sanctioned by DC Parks services.

2015
-Partnered up with Damtew Worku to bring more structured Ethiopian Dance lessons
-Hosted Salsa Lessons and social at PURE Lounge in DC.
-Moved dance lessons to Legend Martial Arts Studio in Fall Church.

Because of the venue and demand decided to Focus teaching Ethiopian Dance.

-Performed at Fest Africa 2014 in silver spring MD.
-Worked with Miss Ethiopia USA, for the Miss Africa USA Beauty pageant.

Trained a handful of wedding parties

2016

– Continue to provide Ethiopian Dance group lessons
– Form a Student performance group to perform at festivals and shows in DMV
– Offer more private lessons
– Produce Online Content
– Expand dance lessons To DC and MD.
– Hold Monthly Socials.
– Start offering Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba lessons again.

MESTRE BOMBA

Born in Bahia, Brazil, and has practiced capoeira since 1980. He became interested in capoeira at the age of ten after he saw his father, a well-known capoeirista, fighting in a roda.

Because his mother prohibited him from practicing capoeira, which at the time was seen as an outlaw fringe activity, Bomba initially trained in secret under Mestre Buguelo of Grupo Cativeiro in Bahia in 1980.

He later moved to Grupo Esquiva where he trained under Mestre Coentro, and in 1985 started training with his current Mestre, Mestre Benivaldo, who founded Capoeira Barro Vermelho in 1993. Bomba attained the rank of Professor, was later promoted to Contra Mestre, and in May 2014 attained the highest rank of Mestre.

Prior to his 2008 arrival in Washington, D.C., Mestre Bomba taught capoeira in Bahia, Brazil for seventeen years to both Brazilians and non-Brazilians.

In addition to teaching adults, he was actively involved in his community teaching capoeira to young children. In Brazil he has worked with Projeto Axé and Projeto IBG and most recently trained youth at the community organization, Clube Amazonas.

Since 2008, he has been teaching capoeira classes and workshops throughout Washington, D.C., New York City, and other cities in the Northeast for both adults and children.