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Andrea Kuzel
Owner/Instructor
Andrea Kuzel has been ballroom dancing and competing on a national level for over 10 years. However, she did not grow up doing ballroom, jazz, tap or ballet. In fact, she did not take her first ballroom dance class until after graduating from the University of St. Thomas. As a paralegal with all of her applications into law school, Andrea took her first ballroom dance class as a way to blow off the stress of 18 hour work days and preparing for trials. She was hooked.Andrea’s training as a ballroom dancer continued and she proceeded to compete on the national circuit with her instructor. Having a world finalist as an instructor gave Andrea the opportunity to train with some of the top coaches in the world, including Toni Redpath, Jonathan Roberts and Tony Dovolani. After winning several competitions on the national circuit and becoming a World Finalist in Rising Star American Smooth, she moved to Wisconsin with her husband. Andrea was hired by a Fred Astaire studio only to find out that she not only loved dancing, she loved teaching and sharing her passion with others. Within months of teaching in the #1 region in the country for Fred Astaire studios, Andrea became a top teacher and won 7 out of 8 awards given for Performance in Instruction. Andrea truly believes that ballroom dancing has the power to change lives and when she moved to Duluth and realized the weather was perfect for ballroom dancing, she opened Superior Ballroom Dance Studio to share the benefits of ballroom dancing with the amazing and unique community in Duluth. Together with her professional dance partner, Darren Franco, she has been teaching and performing in Duluth since September of 2012 and hopes to gradually make Duluth the ballroom dancing capital of the world!
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Darren Franco
Instructor
Darren Franco is a certified Ballroom and Latin dance instructor and competitor since 2007. He started his professional career with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Wisconsin teaching both social and competitive students. Darren started ballroom dancing at age 12 and became a three-time All-Island Guam High School Champion in Standard, Latin and Show dance styles. Darren was also a member of a successful UNLV Dancesport Team for three years before graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiological Sciences and a minor in Dance. Darren absolutely enjoys developing students’ love for dancing from taking their first “baby dance steps” all the way to any goals they may set for themselves; whether it’s dancing in your living room or competing at the national championships, he will guide you there! When not on the dance floor Darren enjoys playing volleyball, tennis, golf and bowling. You may also find him reading a science fiction novel, tinkering with his fantasy football team or singing his heart out at the local karaoke bar!
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Benjamin Wesley
Instructor
Benjamin started dancing freshman year in college at the UMD swing club; they needed leads and he was into trying new things. Before that he had never really danced before and always felt awkward. After having some guidance he fell in love with it, becoming club president for the next two years. As he started teaching the club, he realized he needed to know more so he stopped by the local ballroom studio (Superior Ballroom) and absolutely loved it. He went on to found the UMD ballroom dance club and competed as a student that year in two large comps. He then was asked if he would like to train to be a professional and teach. The rest is history, he is now teaching and competing full time with his dance partner, Rae.
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Rae Lyons
Instructor
Rae Lyons has had a passion for dancing since she took her first jazz class at the age of 5. After completing her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas, Rae decided to try ballroom and absolutely fell in love with partner dancing. Rae had wanted to be a teacher of some variety for most of her life, and it didn’t take long to realize that  teaching dance would be a perfect fit! Rae enjoys working with students of all ages, experience levels, and goal types. Whether you are 5 or 90, interested in social dancing or competing, Rae is dedicated to helping you reach your dancing goals and have fun along the way. After teaching ballroom in Minneapolis, MN for several years, Rae decided to move to Duluth to join the Superior Ballroom Dance Studio family!
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