Studio Owner & Director
Certified Professional Dance Instructor
- Hometown – Vermilion, Ohio
- Education & Experience – Bachelor of Science in Physics from The Ohio State University and Associate of Dance Degree in American Smooth and Rhythm, Master of Dance Degree in American Smooth from Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA). Professional competitor in the American Smooth division and professional Argentine Tango performer. 22 years experience as a ballroom dancer and 11 years as a ballroom teacher.
- How I got started dancing – I took a social dance class in college and got hooked!
- Why I love teaching dance – I believe that dance has the power to transform our lives and help connect us to other people in a positive and uplifting way. I love helping people achieve their dreams, and it brings me joy to see them having fun as they grow and develop as dancers.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – I’m so very grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to build Revolution Ballroom. After many years in the ballroom industry I was delighted to create my vision of the perfect dance studio: immaculate, spacious rooms, the finest dance floor, fun music, and instructors who are knowledgeable, professional, caring, and excited to share their love of dance with their students. It is you, our students, who make it all possible, and so we thank you for your support, dedication, and the joy you bring to our studio!
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Salsa, Bachata, & Argentine Tango) – I really enjoy partner dancing as an artform. Because you’re dancing with a partner you get to work as a team to create a beautiful and unique expression to the music. You get the chance to develop your connection and communication with others. And I love the variety that ballroom dancing offers. I enjoy dancing all night to a variety of music and dance styles, everything from an elegant, graceful Waltz, a fun and bouncy Swing, an intimate Argentine Tango, a fast and flirty Cha-Cha. There are seemingly endless styles of partner dancing, and I enjoy exploring them all!
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – Reading, running, and yoga
- Most people are surprised to find out that…I was a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps.
- Favorite treat – Ice cream! (although non-dairy these days “-)
Certified Ballroom Dance Instructor
- Hometown – Miami, FL
- Education & Experience – Bachelor of General Studies; Special Education/Science teaching certifications; Currently working on MS in Education. Junior Associate of Dance Degree in American Style Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & East Coast Swing from Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA).
- How I got started dancing – I had a few months off after an overseas deployment, and there was no better time to try something I’d always wanted to do.
- Why I love teaching dance – I think one of the greatest services people can give each other is to teach. We have a lot to learn from others. I love to help people overcome challenges and realize goals they have set for themselves.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – Marcia! She is one of my favorite people and a great teacher. Not to mention, “Ms. Marcia” is my 3-year old daughter’s idol.
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – My family (Corbin-husband, Everett and Giselle) are my biggest passion. I love everything Disney (even before I had kids), Volkswagen Beetles, and running (when I have time).
- Most people are surprised to find out that…I was an MI Warrant in the Army, I speak French and Haitian Creole, I own a 1972 VW Beetle, and I teach in a virtual public school (middle school)
- Favorite treat – Dave and Buster’s Banana Foster’s pie
Belly Dance Instructor
- Hometown – My father was in the Air Force when I was a child so I moved quite a bit. I settled in Memphis, Tennessee as an adult and lived there until moving to Beaufort in 2004.
- Education & Experience – My undergraduate degree was in Political Science. I graduated from Law School in 1975. I also studied foreign languages at the University of Memphis (Spanish, French & Russian).
- How I got started dancing – A belly dancer from Chicago moved to Memphis in 1972 and tried to make a living as a teacher. I took lessons from her for several months, but she soon ended up moving back to Chicago. I knew belly dance would appeal to me, and it really did.
- Why I love teaching dance – I love the camaraderie with my students. I have met so many nice women through my classes who I would never have known otherwise.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – It is by far the best place I have ever taught because of the support of the owner and the facility itself. It is a welcoming oasis with tasteful decor and great mirrors, floors and sound system.
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Belly Dance) – Belly Dancing is ancient yet modern. It is based upon standard moves from the Middle East, but each dancer can add her own personality to the dance. I think it is the most feminine of dances and appeals to one’s sense of the exotic. Costumes and props (such as veils, swords, zills or canes) are fun to wear and add variety to the dance. And, of course, I love the music.
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – I enjoy cooking, painting, acting, animals & nature, languages, science, and travel. I am a Master Naturalist and a member of the Beaufort French Club.
- Most people are surprised to find out that…actually, a couple of things. If the person is not aware that I was a lawyer, they are surprised to find out the belly dance teacher was once a prosecutor. I also spent 15 years as a docent at the Memphis Zoo and people can be surprised when I start lecturing about wild animals.
- Favorite treat – I could eat Mexican corn chips and cheese dip every day
Learn more about Kay at: www.bellydancebeaufort.com
Tia & Michael Montgomery
Line Dance Instructors
Tia – Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Michael – North Charleston, South Carolina
- Education & Experience
Tia – 1998 Graduate of Berkeley High School, 2009 Graduate of Miller-Motte Tech with an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy, Certified Line Dance Instructor
Michael – 1992 Graduate of Battery Creek High School, Graduate of the Technical College of the Lowcountry with a certificate in Commercial Refrigeration.
- How I got started dancing
Tia – I met my “Momma Bear, Lynn Bryant ” through my cousin. It’s been on ever since. I’m now a certified Line Dance Instructor.
Michael – I was introduced to dancing through Lynn Bryant and was convinced to start by Rhondi Hackett.
- Why I love teaching dance
Tia – It gives me great gratitude to see people moving, learning and dancing.
Michael – I like to see people’s excitement when they learn a dance, who at first thought they could never do it.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom
Tia – It’s good to be a part of something bigger than your self.
Michael – The studio setting with mirrors and a wood floor and the friendly staff.
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Line Dance)
Tia – It gives me a chance to have fun with cardio without feeling like you are exercising.
Michael – The music, the traveling and the interaction with people from all over.
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions
Tia – I love spending time with my family and friends, line dancing, playing spades and just being me.
Michael – I like martial arts, working out, and exotic foods.
- Most people are surprised to find out that…
Tia – I’m a little shy and I love watching old movies.
Michael – Before Line Dance, I never really danced at all.
- Favorite treat
Tia – Dark chocolate (everything), or chocolate everything
Michael – Tacos and Ice Cream
- Hometown: Beaufort, SC
- Education & Experience: 1993 graduate of Beaufort High (GO EAGLES!!), 1992 graduate of the Beaufort Jasper Career Education Center with a vocational degree in Television Production, and attended USC-Beaufort.
- What’s great about working at Revolution Ballroom: I love being able to watch folks come into the studio and dance! All that come here, have such a great time, and I have a great time seeing their enjoyment while dancing!
- Other interest, hobbies, & passions: Spending time with my family, traveling, hanging out by the pool, and shopping.
- Most people are surprised to find out that: I am on the radio.
- Favorite Treat: A piece of cheese cake with a strawberry or chocolate topping.