Courtney started dancing ballroom in college before spending five years in a Nashville studio where she was trained by champion dancers in dancing technique, teaching technique, and theater arts. Through the years, Courtney has competed professionally in American Smooth and Theater Arts.
She still loves teaching beginners as much as competitive dancers and is so excited to be bringing modern ballroom to Baton Rouge in a new, fun and exciting environment.
A long-time supporter and member of Courtney Black’s BDBR, Van really loves teaching students the joys of dancing. Having a multitude of other instructional experiences, which includes private piano teaching and martial arts training among others, Van applies his aptitude for didactics to the world of ballroom dance, helping his students become better dancers.
Van has performed in numerous events such as Dancing for Big Buddy and Dancing for a Cause, both of which are charity programs. Though he is knowledgeable in Smooth dances, he prefers the realm of Latin and Swing; Salsa and West Coast Swing are among his favorites. With his caring nature and good attitude, Van is an excellent choice for a dance instructor.