Charles has been dancing for 25 years and coaches Professional, Amateur, and Pro-Am couples in International-Style Latin & American-Style Rhythm & Smooth. He is a former Italian National Latin Champion, was a finalist at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival, and has won numerous titles in other competitions throughout the world. After retiring from competitive dance, Charles became a world-class adjudicator and received DVIDA, IDTA, and ISTD certifications. He is also a certified examiner for DVIDA. Charles has traveled all over the world to teach and coach dancers at every level and most recently starred in Italy’s production of “Dancing with the Stars”. His other performing arts credits include training professional dancers in the film “Mad Hot Ballroom” and the popular U.S. TV shows “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “Dancing with the Stars”.
He was one of the originators of “Burn the Floor” and also played a leading role in the film adaptation of the legendary musical “Evita”. Charles has owned and managed several studios throughout Europe, and currently directs three studios in the Tri-State Area: Philadelphia and Exton, P.A. He coaches all of The Academy instructors on a regular basis and requires them to attend training sessions multiple times a week to meet detailed DVIDA syllabus requirements. In his personal life, he trains in Jujitsu and MMA and was a Golden Glove boxer. Charles’s competitive experience and effortless dancing style combined with his coaching ability and innovative vision enable him to provide our instructors with top-flight leadership and guidance, which ultimately benefits our students.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Leslie was a top-ranked National youth gymnast. She came to the United States as a teenager and later attended the University of Delaware where she graduated with a BS degree in Accounting. It was not until 1999 that she discovered and fell in love with Ballroom Dance, and several years later she decided to leave the corporate world to be involved with the dance industry full time. With a strong business background and her passion for ballroom dancing, she plays a pivotal role as Co-Director of the Exton Studio. In addition to her business responsibilities, Leslie is also a talented dancer in her own right, a certified instructor continuing to help students learn and achieve their dancing goals. She trained with the Academy of Social Dance under Charles Danza’s guidance and has taught numerous students over the years. Throughout the years she has also studied International Latin and enjoyed dancing and competing.