Tiffany Higgins, Franchisee

Certified Member Instructor, World Professional Dance Teacher’s Association.

Dancing from an early age, with a background in different styles of dance, she was a performer with Troupe Allegro at Moorhead State University, MN, 1995-1996. Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Marketing from Valley City State University, ND 1999. Top Teacher Tournament of Champions 2001. Top Specialist Tournament of Champions 2003. Arthur Murray Worldwide Top Twenty Specialist 2003-04, and Top Twenty Executive 2005 to the present. Top Counselor New Student Challenge 2006-2009.

Tiffany is so thrilled to be celebrating Arthur Murray’s 100 year anniversary! She loves being in the studio, having fun with the students, traveling, and competing.


Justin McClendon, Franchisee

Certified Member Instructor, World Dance Teachers Association. Arthur Murray Studios International Top Twenty Instructors 2007-2010.

Prior to joining Arthur Murray, Justin, a California native, spent 10 years in the world of musical theatre. An accomplished vocalist, he spent two years touring the nation with The Young Americans, teaching dance and vocal technique to kids of all ages, as well as promoting music education in schools. He was a featured soloist at the Fullerton Jazz Festival in 1999, as well as on the Queen Mary, in 2004-05 starring in “Tibbie’s Great American Cabaret.” Justin’s favorite roles include “Annie” (Bert Healy; featured dancer; dance captain) “Bye, Bye, Birdie” (featured dancer); and “Mary Poppins” (Bert; choreographer).

He is 2008 Future Champion Smooth and Rhythm Division Winner, a 2010 Rising Star and Open Professional Smooth Finalist, and most recently, a 2017 US Same-Sex Rhythm and 9-Dance Champion with partner, Ray Guzman. World Dance-O-Rama Las Vegas with partner, Allison Smith. Justin brings his open-mindedness, passion for music, and theatrical approach to our studio which makes his teaching style refreshing and most enjoyable.


ADAM STUCKEY, INSTRUCTOR

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Certified Member Instructor, World Dance Teachers Association. Bronze Advanced and Associate Silver Certification.

Since joining the Arthur Murray Family, Adam has consistently appeared on the Top 20 Honor Roll and received countless Star Performance Awards during Tournament of Champions, International Dance Festival, and Global Teaching Challenge. Adam says, “I started dancing in the womb”. His dance background includes Tap, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop/Breakdancing, and of course, Social and Competitive Ballroom. He has been instructing and choreographing Dance for over 20 years.

Adam is an accomplished Musician, Vocalist and Theater Actor. He has performed professionally in dance shows, pageants, parades, musicals, concerts and benefits across the US. He believes that “Whatever happens in Las Vegas, happens at Arthur Murray”.


Joni Stevens, Instructor/Coach

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Joni’s Arthur Murray life began at age 16 as a student. In September 1979, she began her Teacher Training in Salt Lake City, Utah. She taught in Salt Lake City for several years and won numerous awards as a Specialist and Teacher.

After a few years she moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she completed her Adjudicator Certification at the age of 21 and won awards for Top Counselor and Top Specialist. In 1984 she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to become the Dance Director and Co-Franchisee for several years then retired from Arthur Murray to raise her daughter, Alexis.

Joni returned to us a few years ago and brings a wealth of knowledge and technique with her four decades of dance experience. Joni writes our newsletter: “The Waltz Street Journal” and Monthly Calendar, organizes our monthly Saturday evening Themed Parties, host our monthly “Champagne Guest Parties, and has published many “I-Mixes” on iTunes.

She takes great delight in teaching and coaching the students and staff. Joni teaches by appointment on Sunday afternoons, loves all of the students, and is highly spirited – perhaps one of our most outrageous personalities!


Angela Perez, New Student Director

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Certified Member Instructor, World Professional Dance Teachers Association. Full Bronze Certification.

Angela was born and raised in California. Her background in dancing includes Hip Hop, Ballroom, Latin and Swing dancing, but her greatest love is West Coast Swing. She currently competes with Jonnathan and has been a semi-finalist in American-style Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero and Mambo) and a finalist in West Coast Swing at Arthur Murray competitions and West Coast Swing events. In 2011, Angela was a semi-finalist in Open Professional Salsa and in 2012 placed 5th in Future Champions Smooth (Waltz and Tango). As New Student Counselor, Angela loves helping newcomers achieve their personal goals and was awarded Top New Student Director in the Southwest region in 2013!

In her spare time Angela loves going to the gym, yoga, ballet and jazz dancing. She also enjoys playing pool, Rubik’s cubing, ice skating, snowboarding, bowling, the outdoors and going on adventures with her friends.


Dianne Bizzarro, Instructor

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Certified Member Instructor, World Professional Dance Teachers Association. Full Bronze Certification.

Born into a family of entertainers, Dianne has travelled and performed all over the United States, Canada, South America and Australia. She has an extensive background in ballet, jazz, and modern dancing, and was an instructor at the Barbizon School of Modeling where she taught runway, acting, and etiquette classes. She toured Hawaii on Princess Cruise Lines performing in the magic show and as a dancer.

Dianne currently competes in American-style Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero and Mambo) with her professional partner Ray Guzman. In July 2014, Dianne and Ray became Arthur Murray Salsa Champions, taking first place at the largest competition in Arthur Murray history. Together they have also placed in the top 3 in the Open Professional Rhythm competition.

Dianne loves Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop, and has a special passion for the some of the more traditional ballroom dances such as the Waltz, Foxtrot and American Tango. She really enjoys choreographing fun routines for her students and wedding couples. What gives her the most happiness is sharing the joy of dance and creating happy, fun experiences on the dance floor.

“Dance first, think later- it’s the natural order” – Samuel Beckett


Andrew Higgins, Instructor

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Certified Member Instructor, World Professional Dance Teachers Association. Full Bronze, Associate Silver, and Advanced Bronze Certifications.

Andrew grew up in England, graduating with honors in Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University. After traveling the world for a year, he moved to Las Vegas in 2009. As a junior instructor Andrew competed in and won the Future Champions division in Smooth (Waltz and Tango) and Rhythm (Cha Cha and Rumba) at the 2012 Washington National Dance-O-Rama with partner Dianne Bizzarro. His favorite dances are the jazzy Foxtrot and the lively Samba, but he enjoys it most when a student is learning their own favorite dance.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys reading, cooking and playing the guitar.


Ray Guzman, Instructor

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Certified Member Instructor, World Professional Dance Teachers Association. Full Bronze, Associate Silver, Advanced Bronze, and Bronze International Standard Certifications.

Ray comes to us from Cuba! Having trained in “Escuela Nacional de Danza” in Havana, Cuba, he has danced professionally in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary, Adagio, Latin, Ballroom, and Spanish Flamenco. He appeared in the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, and performed and competed in “Salsa Festival and Championship” in Miami.

Dancing in Fuego, Havana Nights, and Raw Talent live in Las Vegas, he also toured with Havana Nights around the world. Ray received a silver medal in the Lyon Dance Festival in Lyon, France. Ray is bi-lingual, speaking fluent Spanish and English.


Jonnathan De Gracia, Instructor

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Certified Member Instructor, World Professional Dance Teachers Association. Associate Bronze Certification.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Jonnathan moved to Las Vegas to pursue his passion in the entertainment industry. His background is diverse in many ways, ranging from being a corporate entertainer and speaker to a magician for major Las Vegas hotels.

Beginning his career as an Arthur Murray student, his dance qualifications include social and competitive Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dancing. Competing with his partner Angela Perez, he has been a finalist in Arthur Murray Open Professional West Coast Swing and Rising Star Rhythm competitions. At other events, he took 3rd place in Strictly West Coast Swing and was a ‘Jack and Jill’ West Coast Swing finalist.


Kelly Nelson, Events Coordinator

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Kelly is an integral part of our team here at Arthur Murray Las Vegas. Before joining the team, she took lessons for several years as a student, achieving certifications through Silver. She loves to dance all styles, especially Swing and West Coast Swing. In 2013, Kelly was named the Top Administrative Assistant in Area 7, and went on to earn 2nd place with the Area 7 team in the 2013 All Star Tournament. Make sure you grab a dance with this talented lady!


Maybelline Ramos, Instructor

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Certified Member Instructor, Associate Bronze Certification

Maybelline began performing at a young age dancing in her school’s show choir. At age 13 she began ballroom dancing and knew she wanted to be a teacher one day. She was 1st runner up at the World Superama 2015 competition for her lindy hop routine, and placed 3rd and 5th place at world Danceorama 2015 dancing in rhythm and smooth categories. She currently is competing in the rhythm division with her professional partner Sidney. She loves Latin and west coast swing dancing, and is passionate about teaching people to dance all styles.

Maybelline enjoys taking theatre and magic classes in her spare time.


Samantha Lane, Instructor

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Certified Member Instructor, World Professional Dance Teachers Association. Associate Bronze Certified.

Samantha began her time at Arthur Murray as a student in Santa Rosa, CA in 2014. Before discovering her passion for ballroom dance, she spent years performing in other dance styles such as ballet, tap, and jazz. For nearly two decades, she has taken the stage as a featured dancer in several musical theatre productions around the California Bay Area. In more recent years she has also taken up the exciting pastime of fire dancing and is proficient with several different props, as well as fire-eating.

Before starting at Arthur Murray Las Vegas, Samantha taught social dancing classes at an adult day program for the developmentally disabled, which included students in wheelchairs.

She believes that, with patience and determination, everyone can learn how to physically express themselves.


Bianca Milahn – Instructor

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Arthur Murray Certified Dance Teacher, Bianca’s love of dance was ignited after participating at a local art’s center in Oakland, CA. The Afro-Haitian and Swing routines sparked her interest in performing.

Bianca became an assistant dance instructor for HUSD teaching Hip-Hop to different middle schools, putting on events and fundraisers for the local school districts. It was at this time that Bianca fell in love with teaching. At the age of 15, Bianca took her first ballroom lesson at Arthur Murray- Hayward, CA and instantly fell in love with the style. At 18, Bianca began her teaching career in Oakland, CA. During her 2 years there, she was lucky enough to have participated in several Pro-Am competitions with students, showcases, spotlights and received coaching lessons from International champions such as Felipe Telona and Anna Trebunskia. Years later Bianca was happy to be part of the Arthur Murray family as Office Manager/ Instructor in Carmichael, CA then on to Arthur Murray – Stockton, CA.

Bianca enjoys building relationships with students, teaching newcomers, choreographing wedding dances, and performing professionally. Her specialties are ladies arm styling and rhythm technique. In her spare time, Bianca enjoys being a mother and spending time with family and friends!

Her favorite Ballroom dances? – Argentine Tango and Salsa!

“I get to go to work everyday and Dance”!



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