Below gives a brief biography of the instructors currently teaching the lessons for the UMBC Ballroom Club as of Spring 2013.
Karen Trimble, LISTD LA, BB
American Style Ballroom
Karen is a renowned teacher, who has been teaching since 1977 in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Pennsylvania (York), Baltimore, and South Africa. Specifically, she has been teaching American style at UMBC since 1998 and UM CP since 1994 (she has also taught at GWU). Karen is a coach at the Promenade in Baltimore, where she provides many UMBC students with private lessons and choreography.
Karen has also been the invigilation judge at DCDI for many years, and she is the number one resource for information regarding the American syllabi (ISTD, NDCA, USA Dance, and Fred Astaire) and costume regulations.
- Licentiate Member of the Imperial Society of Dancing, Latin American and Ballroom Branches
- Fred Astaire American Style Specialist/Dance Director
- Member and Adjudicator of the National Dance Council of America
Contact: (410) 444-1151
Karen in the News: http://www.baltimorestories.com/main.cfm?nid=1&tid=95
International Style Ballroom
Shortly after Natalia Skorikova started teaching International Ballroom at UMBC, Natalia and her dance partner
Nikolai Pilipenchuk became the youngest couple from America to win the World Dance Council (WDC) Championship title for
International Ballroom. It was on October 2, 2011, that our Natalia became the World Champion for Professional level,
Champion 10-dance. Known affectionately to her students as Natasha, she has been teaching our Sunday International
classes since February of 2011.
Natasha also teaches private lessons at her dance studio, Atlantic Ballroom in Towson, MD.
She can be reached for more information at:
Nightclub: West Coast Swing and Hustle
Christina has been dancing and competing in Ballroom Dance since 2005. Over the last several years, Christina has been competing and placing in West Coast Swing and Hustle NASDE (National Association of Swing Dance Events) competitions throughout the country over the last several years. While Hustle and Swing are quite popular in Philadelphia and DC, the Baltimore area hasn't quite caught up to our surrounding neighbor's numbers. Looking forward to changing that, Christina is bringing her years of dance experience, her talent and wisdom, and her incredibly fun disposition to UMBC to help make us the Hustle and Swing dancers she knows we can be. Christina can be reached for private instruction in Woodlawn, MD.
Nightclub: Salsa and Bachata
Most dance classes are very technically oriented and it takes years of practice in dance clubs to develop that long sought after, and highly desired, "street" element. Genaro brings both to his classes. Genaro has a unique advantage in that he has dance in his culture and he brings those cultural elements to the classroom. From a technical standpoint, Genaro has trained under and alongside local and national dance studio professionals, such as professional dance instructor Matt Misroch, who was recently hired by Arthur Murray dance studios.
One of Genaro's key strengths is his ability to make the classroom a fun, learning environment, as well as an overall, memorable experience. Genaro is very good about organizing outings to the Salsa clubs of Baltimore for his students. This invaluable aspect of Genaro's teaching style pleasantly connects the classroom to the dance hall, which allows for fantastic opportunities. During these outings, students can get real dance club experience while having a safe and fun group of familiar friends around them at all times. We cannot emphasize enough how awesome this is for students who are new to the dance scene.
Genaro can be contacted at:
JAM Session instructor
Don is a fun, light-hearted coach who has been teaching the Jam Sessions at UMBC for over 7 years, and dancing for over 15. He also teaches at the Promenade and various other local venues. Prior to teaching at UMBC he taught martial arts, to people of all ages, at one of the largest schools on the east coast for about 8 years.
In the past few years he has achieved some outstanding titles:
- 1st in Rising Star Classic
- Tampa Bay Classic Swing Dance Champion
- 1st in the New Years Dancing Championship
Don can be contacted for private instruction at: