Instructors

 
Melissa Dexter

Melissa Dexter

 

Melissa Dexter

Owner & Artistic Director
World renown coach, judge & choreographer

 As a child, Melissa’s dyslexia meant she struggled in the classroom; yet “like a separate gift” she excelled at dancing. Recognized early for her elegant lines and exceptional technique, Melissa rose to the top of the dance world as three-time United States Latin American Champion, Grand Slam Champion, three-time European and World Finalist, and received the Feather Award, the dancing world’s Oscar two times. As the finalist at the prestigious Blackpool Championships in England, Melissa met and later married Giacomo Steccaglia (Italy’s five-time National Amateur Champion). Together, they dominated the Italian, United States and World Latin American Championships, picking up various titles as well as England’s Bill and Bobbie Irvine award. Today, her extensive resume includes film, TV, and stage choreographer as well as world-class judge, coach, and lecturer.

Giamoco Steccaglia

Giamoco Steccaglia

 

Giacomo Steccaglia

Owner
World renown coach, judge & choreographer

Raised in the small Northern Italian town Arcola (population 100), Giacomo excelled at sports like soccer, track & field, and swimming.  At age 14, however, he chose dancing because “that’s where all the girls were.”  Three months later, he won the first of his five  National Amateur Championships and went on to represent Italy at both the European and World Championships. Attending Blackpool, he was “mesmerized by a gorgeous girl in white from America, wishing with all my heart to dance with somebody like her.” After marrying Melissa, Giacomo turned professional and together they won four Italian Professional Championships, two Vice South American Showdance Championships, as well as Imperial, All England, and Universal Championships. In addition, they placed second in the World Professional Masters, and were finalists in the European and World Latin American Dance Championships. Having performed in places like the Kremlin in Moscow, Royal Albert Hall in London, Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, and New York’s Madison Square Garden, Giacomo is a popular international lecturer, world class judge, and coach.

 

Staff

 
 
 
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Krista Ann

Argentine Tango

Krista Ann, born into a dancing family she started dancing at the age of two. Teaching for over 12 years she has focused her dance passion on Argentine Tango for the past decade. She is driven to teach dance as it creates beautiful growth in the individual and a deeper connection between people. Krista is often assisted in classes by Matt Bellamy, her spouse and dance partner of 7 years. Matt trained by Krista has a strong musical and mathematical background. Together they perform and host many Argentine Tango events in the San Diego Area.