Michael discovered his love of dance as an adult. He had no dance experience before discovering ballroom at the age of twenty-two. Excelling as a student he was quickly invited into the teacher training program at The Ballroom Dance Center in Augusta, GA.
He founded Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio in 2002, and has competed as a Professional on the national stage. He has also trained some of the worlds top competing amateurs. He prides himself on providing the best possible environment for everyone starting their dance journey.
He is a member of the Imperial Teachers of Dance and has extensively studied DVIDA, ISTD, NADTA, Arthur Murray, and Fred Astaire implementing and combining the structure of the syllabus with the fire of competition, and the enjoyment of social dancing in his studio.
His latest endeavors include advancing his dance studies for judging credentials in Competitions.
Michael is a multi-decade National Championship American Smooth finalist, multi-decade top teacher award winner, and Pro/Am championship and scholarship winner. He is currently competing in the Professional American Rhythm category and continues to develop his dancing with world champion coaches. He is them able to bring this coaching experience back to the studio to develop his students.
His many achievements in the Ballroom dance community rank his expertise and studio as one of the top in the nation.
Strictly Ballroom is also proud to be the home of Central Virginia Ballroom Dance Teacher College taught by Michael himself.
He enjoys coaching many successful competitive students and is thrilled to provide a friendly and inviting space for dancers of all ages and levels.
Michael’s conviction is “If you can breathe you can dance!” He understands that everyone takes their first steps and wants to make sure it’s fun.
TeRay is a native Virginian. At seven years old he asked his mother to join a hip hop dance class. His mother quickly removed him. She will light heartedly share with you that he was terrible.
TeRay found himself falling in love with the music from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. He decided to do some research to find out what style of dance complemented this wonderful music. He discovered ballroom. He was intrigued by the contrast of strength and elegance of the top gentlemen ballroom dancer. But, after the hip hop dance experience it would take him two years to convince his mother to try dance again. Her requirements were to find a studio a local studio that was affordable.
At the age of fourteen his search led him to Strictly Ballroom. He started with a six week beginner American Rumba session and was hooked! he enrolled in the youth host program offered by Michael Scott.
TeRay has since competed at the amateur level in American Rhythm and Smooth. He has also completed the Dance Teacher College to become a certified teacher. He runs the youth classes and the host program he grew up in. He teaches group, private, and wedding dance lessons.
Heidi was born in Munich, Germany. She has trained in dance since the age of 4, starting with ballet. She also played sports; basketball, soccer, volleyball, and ran track throughout high school. She came back to dance in her twenties studying musical theatre. Her background experience includes jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and modern.
After moving to California, she stumbled into a ballroom studio, fell in love, and advanced her dancing to a competitive level. She competed for eight years in all categories: International Latin, Standard, American Smooth, and Rhythm. After deciding to focus on American Smooth exclusively, she achieved ranking in the top six in the nation at the highest amateur level - Open American Smooth at the Florida State Dancesport Championships. Heidi has worked with various world champion coaches from all of the nation and Blackpool, England to develop her dancing.
Heidi moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 2023 to live close to her family and is thrilled to bring her expertise to Strictly Ballroom.
She expresses her gratitude for this opportunity - “Thank you for dancing. It is my privilege to get to dance and work with you and share my love of dance.”
Heidi’s conviction is “Dancing is just fancy walking!”
As a member of the Host Program with Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio, you are an important member of our studio and act as a representative of the Studio to our guests and students and to the community at large. Youths from 12-18 can participate and then graduate to an internship.