Who We Are
Nathalie Gomes Adams
Nathalie is originally from France. She is a World Swing Dance Champion and a Master Teacher. She has repeatedly won every major U.S. swing dance title. Known for her gravity-defying aerials, Nathalie has taught and performed in more than 23 countries. Her vibrant performances have earned Nathalie many stage, film, and television appearances. She performed and served as a consultant in the original Broadway production of Swing!, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was a featured dancer in the 2003 Julia Roberts film Mona Lisa Smile and was a model for the dancing elves in Robert Zemeckis' 2004 animated feature The Polar Express with Tom Hanks. Her national television appearances include repeat engagements on The Today Show, as well as Entertainment Tonight, The View, Good Morning America, and on MTV. Nathalie founded Dance Quarter, and created and coordinates Mindsteppers where 700 children learn how to dance weekly!
Giselle Anguizola has twenty years experience in the swing dance community teaching, performing and organizing events to help preserve vintage jazz styles. She's passionate about jazz music and performs with a local band, “The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies". G loves working with the community, spreading her passion for live music and dance. As an active yogi, she offers flow vinyasa yoga - open to all.
Raymond Armant is a born and raised New Orleanian and grew up with a great appreciation for many forms of artistic expressions, especially music. His dance life began while on winter break from college in 2004, when asked by his sister to join her for a salsa class. While he had never tried anything like that before he quickly fell in love with this style of dance and also acquiring a special affinity for the Latin Rhythms.
He immersed himself in learning all he could from local instructors around him including, Troy Anthony & Jorjet Alcocer and eventually began traveling to salsa congresses to learn from other national and international instructors.
Upon graduation from college he returned home with a drive and passion for dance more than ever. This passion brought him together with Jana Blakes , Oscar Ramirez, Jonte Thibodeaux, & Tumay Tunur to form Mambo Orleans. They began teaching locally as well as performing at multiple National and International Congresses including, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Cancun, & on the high seas at Aventura Dance Cruise . Through this experience Raymond gained another passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge of dance fundamentals gained over the years with others.
Jana teaches group classes in Salsa on 2 (NY style) and private lessons in salsa and bachata.
Katarina is the current director of Dance Quarter. She is a writer, dancer, teacher, and musician. Credits include Casa Mañana, TC Dance Club, New Orleans School of Ballet, Fort Worth Opera, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner awards, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations. Her novel "Platform Dwellers" is forthcoming from Owl Hollow Press. She teaches ballroom, Argentine tango, country, Louisiana heritage classes including zydeco and Cajun jitterbug, and wedding couples.
Gabriel started dancing Rock & Roll in 1997 and soon started learning different types of swing dances such as Lindy hop,Charleston,Balboa,Blues and Collegiate shag. In 2008 and 2009 went to Herrang Dance Camp to go further in his learning. In 2010 moved to New Orleans and since then has been sharing his knowledge to the local community. With more than 10 years of experience in teaching, he recently started a performance Troupe called “504 Lindyhoppers” spreading the joy of dancing throughout the city. As a performer, he achieved experience in contests; swing festivals; commercials, music videos and short films; social, private and corporate events and theaters including with some of the most recognized bands in the city.Throughout this time he also learn some other dance styles such as Tap; Argentine Tango and Flamenco. He also is a musician that studied few years at the conservatory and in the present he is playing jazz in the street.
Lori teaches the performance troupe, Les ReBelles, and teaches private lessons in swing, balboa, and choreographed dances.
rained in Dance, Fitness, and Nutrition Shanda Domango is known for her passion, motivation, and energy as a dancer, personal trainer, and health coach.
Shanda has established and choreographed the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s (ULL) first Hip Hop dance team – Infinity. While at ULL, Shanda taught Hip Hop at P.J.’s Dance Art School and choreographed and danced for recording artists such as Wentrell Thomas, New Cupid (of the Cupid Shuffle), and Dawn Richard of Danity Kane (formerly Diddy Dirty Money). Shanda traveled as one of the leading performers and choreographers of Sweet Mango and toured her renown Hip Hop Cardio classes around the country.
Shanda currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana where she runs Domango Training.
Rubia Garcia is a born and bred New Orleans Lady. Trained to play Classical and Jazz music since the age of seven, she quickly fell in love with the rhythm of Latin music in her early teens. In 2001, she began training with Cuban-born Salsero Aurelio Gonzales; performing Casino Style Salsa, or “Rueda” at various venues around Louisiana. In 2004, she broadened her dancing skills by training with world renowned instructors and performers Troy Anthony and Jorjet Alocer. She moved to the Dominican Republic in 2006 to study Spanish and various forms of Latin music and dances including Cha Cha, Merengue, and her personal favorite, Bachata. With almost 15 years of dance experience in Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Bachata, she is most noted for her unique look, which earned her the name “La Rubia,” and her rare ability to both lead and follow with style and precision.
Chanell Gautreaux is a native New Orleans writer and artist whose lifelong passion for dance led her to become certified as a fitness instructor after learning about the Zumba Gold Program. She has worked in a variety of different environments from the enrichment classroom to the entertainment industry, and is delighted to be enjoying a dance renaissance while pursuing a career in fitness. Chanell regularly attends a variety of dance and fitness classes with other instructors to expand and keep up her own practice.
April took her first flamenco steps in Sevilla in her early 20s while spending a year abroad in 2005. Immediately hooked, she returned home to Minneapolis MN and began studying with teachers Colette Illarde of Fuego Flamenco and Susana di Palma of Zorongo Flamenco.In 2010, she packed her bags and relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico to study at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts. From 2013-2016, she studied technique with master teacher Eva Encinias-Sandoval at the University of New Mexico. During this time, April was incredibly fortunate to have trained with many visiting master flamenco artists.While serving as Education Programs Manager for the National Institute of Flamenco from 2014-2016, April taught Adult Intro to Flamenco, and children's intermediate flamenco. Currently, April is pursuing graduate studies in ethnomusicology at Tulane University, but has missed flamenco and is excited to teach again! Her pedagogy follows the curricular model developed by her primary mentors, Eva Encinias-Sandoval, Marisol Encinias and Joaquin Encinias, and is a great way to learn the essential basics of flamenco technique, body placement and rhythmic awareness.
Ector Gutierrez, known for his smooth and seductive style, studied Argentine tango in the United States and Buenos Aires under the world's greatest tango masters. His personal style is heavily rooted in the techniques of traditional Salon tango and also utilizes some of the freedom and creativity of Tango Nuevo. Ector is based in the New Orleans area, but his dancing and teaching talents take him around the region and across the globe, including workshops as far away as Beijing and Hong Kong.
Ector's partners for performances include Chris Morris, Katarina Boudreaux, Michelle Erdemsel, Lesia Lebeaue and Sarina Cupo. With Susana Collins in Houston, Ector performed in Crisalis Music Project's Cuatro Estaciones Portenas in 2006 and Maria de Buenos Aires in 2007. Also in 2007, he was a principal dancer in Collins' stage show Luna Argentina and performed with her at Casa Argentina de Houston's Night of Tango.
Peter teaches salsa and kizomba!
Jess grew up in Ohio and danced as a little girl. Eventually, she moved to Jacksonville, Fl and started to hear about Dance Trance. She was originally too scared to try it because she was worried that she wouldn’t be able to keep up after not dancing for so many years. She was completely hooked and barely missed even one Dance Trance class. After about six months of attending Dance Trance, she was asked by the owners to train to be an instructor. She has loved every second of it! Jess says, ” I’m so happy to be dancing every day and I’m so excited to share this program with a city I love!”
Cameron is a poet, dancer, avid meditator, and coffee shop enthusiast. Originally hailing from the great state of South Carolina, he has been dancing for nearly 10 years yet continues to commit himself to learning and exploring new aspects of the dance. His thoughtful teaching style and compassion makes him an excellent addition to the team!
Matt is an accomplished martial artist turned swing dancer and community organizer. He loves bread baking and yes, he still plays Pokemon. Matt is a resource for swing dancing in the city. Keep up with Matt's postings on where to find dancing on the Facebook group, Swing Dancers of NOLA
Coyle is a visual artist and dancer. He's been dancing and teaching Lindy Hop since way back in the day in the Pacific Northwest. His clarity of movement and thoughtful, fun teaching style make him an indispensable member of our team. He loves black t-shirts, puppies, and surprising you with his bizarrely accurate imitations. He is your expert on all things leading and all things cool.
De'Jon was Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and his 1st dances were highly influenced by his Dominican background. He has studied and Trained with Aurelio Gonzalez (Cuban Master based in New Orleans), Troy Anthony, Jorjet Alcocer and Raymond Armant of Mambo Orleans. He Currently teaches Bachata (Traditional and Sensual), Salsa on1 LA Style and Salsa on2 New York Style, Cuban Style Salsa, Casino, Rueda, Merengue and Kizomba.
Alex’s first time moving to music was in the family room of the house he grew up in on the outskirts of Chicago. Everything changed after he watched the notorious Gap commercial featuring Lindy dancers flying and doing energetic tricks. It was the spark that led him to sign up for his first swing class in 1999. After that, Alex refocused his social dance skills in Lindy learning from Nicolle Wood of Swing City Chicago. His progress in Country dancing happened on the dance floor at a bar. By 2000, Alex was extensively training in West Coast Swing, Lindy, and Country. He also began training with Matt and Ula Rivers in International Latin and participated in multiple latin dance troops in Chicago. During this time, he was also invited to participate in the Big City Swing Lindy dance troupe.
A Bollywood and hip hop fusion dance teacher from Jersey City, Tina decided to become an international group choreographer at Stevens Institute of Technology (winning the international dance competition Unity 3 years in a row as group choreographer) Tina has taught Zumba in New Orleans for a year, then trained with Bayou Movimiento in Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba, and dancing these three genres for the last 1.5 years. Tina has taught or co-taught fusion choreography, Kizomba, beginner Brazilian Zouk (workshops, privates and classes) and more New Orleans LA area.
Sarah St. Ores
Sarah hails from the great Florida panhandle and is one of those people we love to hate for finding swing dancing at a young age. She's been in the game since middle school. Trailblazer? Nerd? Potato, Pot-AH-to. She's elegant and natural in her movement and teaches with humor and compassion. She likes kittens, space pants, and tiny instruments.
Meghan started teaching belly dance in Hattiesburg, MS in 2008, eventually opening The School for Belly Dance with Petra Cafe in 2011. She has had the honor of studying with award winning dancer and belly dance mother Connie Rasa, and has work-shopped with Rachel Brice, Ariellah, and Leyla Jouvana. She performed as a special guest in Belly Dance Superstars with the troupe Sirqus of Jreams in Birmingham, AL (2004), solo artist at the award winning Atlantis Gala in Hattiesburg, MS (2007), and as a solo gypsy dancer with the Mississippi Opera’s production of Carmen (2007). She has been dancing in restaurants and events for 12 years, and is currently performing at Attiki Hookah Bar and Grill in the Quarter every weekend.
Alyssa grew up in Austin, TX where she trained in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe, and musical theatre at McCallum Fine Arts Academy and Tapestry Dance Company. She moved to New Orleans to pursue her BFA in dance and history at Tulane University, graduating cum laude in 2010. She received her MA in Dance Theories & Practices from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2015, having studied pedagogy, dance research, technique, improvisation, dance history, and choreography. She currently teaches for the Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as the Loyola Preparatory Arts Program.
Ballroom and Latin dancing has defined my identity for 16 years. I started dancing at 9 years old taking classical forms of dance. In college I decided to pursue dance as my life's passion against everyone's advice.
So whether it's just simple like getting ready for a wedding dance, or you are going through a rough time and looking for an oasis, I would love for you to be a part of this vision that has brought me to New Orleans.
Lindsey started dancing at age three in Texas, where she was born and raised. As a child she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and lyrical dance, and as a teen, her dance focused on ballet, jazz, pom, and high-kick. She won several 1st place titles at both regional and national competitions with her dance team. During this time, she also performed at several high profile events, including half-time shows for the Houston Rockets and at Disney World in Orlando. At the beginning of 2016, she co-founded Milonga Osada, an organization that hosts social events and visiting instructors, in order to support and continue the growth of the New Orleans Tango community. Over the last 5 years, Lindsey has expanded her partner dancing training to include West coast swing, salsa, rumba, east coast swing, lindy hop, blues, foxtrot, and waltz.
Sergio teaches group and private lessons in salsa and bachata.