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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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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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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. He and Mallory are professional dance partners in Rhythm. Cedric has had dedicated experience with strength training that helped transfer over to his dancing. Cedric is naturally calm and patient, and listens to what his students want out of their lessons! Cedric is happy to teach anything from Waltz to West Coast Swing 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

Kelsey started at the Ballroom in 2020 and has grown with us to be our top female instructor. Kelsey currently competes Smooth with Aaron and is Bronze Dance Vision Certified! Kelsey has been a Figure Skater since 2010, and has grown up doing Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance. She graduated with a BA in Strategic Communications as well as a double minor in Film Studies and Theatre at OSU. Kelsey is a visionary who creates great ideas for her students and is an instrumental part of our studio showcases: creating performance ideas for staff and students alike. She runs most of our Studio Formations and has created a team atmosphere for those involved! Kelsey hopes to bring joy to the dance community and share her passion for dance with people of all ages in group classes, private lessons, and competition.

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Mallory Fuhrmann

Mallory Fuhrmann

Instructor/ Youth Coordinator

Mallory joined the Crystal Ballroom Team in July of 2022. She was the perfect fit for our team, bringing a determination to achieve and an extensive performance background to the studio.  Mallory has achieved her Certificate of Achievement from The Crystal Ballroom for the Core 6 Dances and is preparing to compete Rhythm with Cedric. She has also jumped into coordinating and growing our Youth Program!

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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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