Juan Matta & Amanda Shannon

Juan Matta
Juan’s love for dancing began in the summer of 1984 in Queens, NY when a Manhattan boy was teaching his next door neighbors how to break dance.  The bboy’s attention focused on the agile and eager Juan, who was quickly mimicking and executing the moves.  That day was the birth of Juan’s indefatigable love for dance.   Juan has been doing hip hop dance and bboying since that unforgettable summer day.  In 1992, Juan began training to become a ballroom dance instructor and started teaching that year.  Juan has travelled throughout the East Coast, training, teaching, performing and competing.  As President of Swoon Unit Crew (North Carolina’s longest running break dance group), he has served as an ambassador, promoting breakdancing throughout the state.  Juan has served as organizer, performer and adjudicator in over 200 break dance events.  Although Juan is a seasoned instructor, he is continually training and refining his craft.  He is known as the “last instructor out,”  continuously working on choreography, amalgamations and the dance syllabus and being the last instructor to leave the studio.  Juan balances his passion for breakdancing and ballroom dancing and sees them at times as highly contrasting dance styles but at the same time sees the commonality in movement and uses them both to stay inspired.  Juan has recently been turning heads for his dynamic and versatile choreography.  In October of 2011, Juan received the Top Teacher Award in the Raleigh Dance Challenge.  Juan teaches beginner to competitive students.  Juan’s goal as an instructor is not to just teach students steps or patterns, but rather to help them feel the music, connect with their partner and allow their creativity and artistic expression to shine through.

Amanda Shannon
As a child, Amanda was first introduced to the art of movement through Ballet. From that moment forward, her developing interest and enjoyment for dance spread into a wide variety of different styles. Broadway style Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip-Hop (even a little Irish Dancing) along with professional training in Classical Ballet and Pointe, gave her the foundation she needed to move her body in dance! It wasn’t until performing in the Moscow Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ that her passion for movement was carried onto the stage! She has been recognized for her achievements through numerous awards and scholarships.  It didn’t take very long for her continuing interest and thirst for knowledge to lead her into the direction of Ballroom Dancing. Since then she has studied through DVIDAS Ballroom Teaching College, and has been instructing ever since! Amanda’s knowledge, dedication, and love for dance has aided and inspired many to get on the dance floor! Her goal is to help you to develop confidence and style within your dancing.