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Meet The Crystal Ballroom Dance Center Team Members

Amy Ross

Amy Ross

Owner & Instructor

 Amy began dancing Ballroom in 2001.  She has since dabbled in each of the dance communities,  Vintage Swing (Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Charleston), West Coast Swing, Latin Dancing (Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk) and Argentine Tango. Amy started her professional dance career in 2012 in Chicagoland, training under Champion dancers including Chantal LeClerc, Daniel Rutherford, Ginette Cournoyer, Ilya Ifraimov, Kimberley Mitchell and Izabella Lewandowski. Today, she competes Professionally in Smooth. Along with her professional dance training, Amy holds a BA in Music Education with a Dance Minor and an Entrepreneurship Certificate from Youngstown State University

After managing one of the best studios in Columbus, Amy followed her dream to open her own studio to support the local dance communities and elevate the expectations of dance instruction to a higher level. Amy has a passion for creating connection with others through music and movement, and would love to share that passion with you!

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David Ross

David Ross

Owner & Business Manager

David grew up singing and acting, but never tried dancing until Amy asked him to attend a ballroom dance with her on one of their first dates.  Since then David has been a part of the dance world as a supportive husband, encourager, confidant, and advisor.  David’s musical training and experience, as well as avid watching of Dancing with the Stars, has allowed him to advise and support dancers even more.    

In 2016 David graduated with his MBA  and is currently a district sales manager for Smith Foods. He is not only a strategic thinker, but has the natural ability to make great decisions on the fly.  Although David is not one of our instructors, you will find him around the studio giving the best customer-service, leading by example, and elevating those around him to be their best selves.

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Brittany Vance

Brittany Vance

Instructor & Fitness Instructor

Dancing has been an important part of Brittany’s life since she was little. When she was 7 years old, she began taking lessons in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Twirling. Dance was put on hold through College as Brittany earned her BA degree in Archeology and French. In 2014, Brittany fell in love with belly dance and has since studied American Cabaret, American Tribal Style, and Tribal Fusion. 

Brittany began working for the Crystal Ballroom Dance Center in November 2018 and has since been certified through all of Bronze American Style Smooth & Rhythm. She is also a certified LaBlast and ACE group fitness instructor. Brittany currently competes professionally in Rhythm. Her favorite social dance styles are Bachata, Kizomba, and Lindy Hop. She keeps her classes fun and relaxed so you’re comfortable when it’s time to learn!

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Aaron McLain

Aaron McLain

Instructor

Aaron began dancing and instructing at The Crystal Ballroom in 2019. Aaron’s experience with theater, show choir and soccer gave him the natural passion, talent and agility for Ballroom dance. Aaron is now DVIDA certified through all of Bronze Smooth & Rhythm. Aaron competes professionally in Rhythm and Smooth. His favorite dances are Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and Foxtrot. Aarons upbeat and outgoing personality is sure to keep lessons and classes lively. He enjoys sharing his passion for dance, music and performing with everyone. Aaron will keep you on your feet and make lessons fun!

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Mark Hull

Mark Hull

Instructor

Mark has been teaching for over 30 years. He is excellent at building trust and communication with his students. Mark always keeps students on their toes, finding new ways to keep them moving and happy. He is excellent at instructing couples as well as one on one coaching with ladies. Mark enjoys social dancing and is willing to teach you anything you would like to learn! His humor and fun nature will bring a smile to your face! When Mark isn’t teaching he enjoys bowling and spending time with his family.

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Cedric Eaton

Cedric Eaton

Instructor

Cedric began dancing at The Crystal Ballroom in 2018. In 2021, Cedric joined the team becoming a Certified Instructor through Core 6 of DVIDA Bronze. Cedric has had dedicated experience with strength training that helped transfer over to his dancing. Cedric is naturally calm and patient, and is a great instructor for beginners! Cedric is happy to teach anything from Waltz to Nightclub 2-step. When he isn’t dancing or teaching, Cedric enjoys reading, writing and watching films. Cedric wants to help people to feel comfortable and stabilized when dancing so that they can better trust their bodies and enjoy the movement.

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Kelsey Koonts

Kelsey Koonts

Instructor & Youth Coordinator

Kelsey started at the Ballroom in 2020 as a marketing intern. In 2021, Kelsey took over as the Front Desk Receptionist before becoming an instructor Certified in the first Core 6 of DVIDA Bronze. Kelsey has been a Figure Skater since 2010, and has grown up doing Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance. She is currently working towards a BA in Strategic Communications as well as a double minor in Film Studies and Theatre at OSU. Kelsey runs and organizes the Crystal Ballroom Youth Program. She has a passion for working with children and teaching them to dance. She hopes to bring joy to the dance community and share her passion for dance with people of all ages.

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Katy Tombaugh

Katy Tombaugh

Fitness Instructor


Katy is the founder and CEO of the Wellness Collective and is a Master Trainer and Certified LaBlast instructor. She is passionate about encouraging working adults to prioritize healthcare and self-care. Katy is not only a fitness instructor but a passionate, creative and visionary business woman. She empowers people and businesses to achieve success by embracing wellness as part of building organizational culture. She loves to collaborate with business leaders to deliver creative and effective wellness strategies.

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Rachel Chilton

Rachel Chilton

Fitness Instructor

Rachel Chilton grew up studying classical dance, taking ballet, jazz, modern and lyrical classes for 14 years. She competed for several years in high school with ballet solos and in group ballet and lyrical routines. Rachel quickly came to love LaBlast because the fitness program felt natural despite her lack of ballroom experience. She became certified as a LaBlast instructor and began teaching in 2020. Her favorite LaBlast style is Samba. Rachel is the newest member to the team and is excited to be sharing her passion for dance fitness with everyone!

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