Meet the Team
David has been an active instructor and competitor in ballroom dance for over 30 years. He started at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He then moved to one of the largest, most competitive studios in the world, Dance New York. David trained with many amazing instructors including Eddie Simon, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, Nick Kosvich just to name a few.
Throughout his career, he won or placed within the top 6 in Smooth and International Ballroom dance styles, in countless competitions throughout the United States and Europe. He has been involved with the film industry choreographing multiple nationally televised commercials, and participated in one of the top grossing American documentaries - Mad Hot Ballroom. Currently, he teaches, competes and participates in showcases with students all over New England.
Specialties: Ballroom (American Style), West Coast Swing, Country Western, Wedding Couples, Competitive, Pro-Am and Social Dances.
Kendra started dancing all styles of smooth and rhythm in college at her undergraduate, URI. There she helped run the URI ballroom dance club where she reinstated summer technique classes. Upon graduation, Kendra continued her education at RIC where she obtained her certificate in education. She taught high school students for 5 years due to a passion for learning and challenging students to see they matter. This background helps Kendra plan and push her private students to grow.
Prior to dancing, she taught figure skating for 5 years where she performed in numerous showcases and choreographed multiple routines. Her love of routines translates onto the dance floor where she most recently co-choreographed routines for the studio's student/pro show.
Kendra has been at Endicott Dance Studios for two years now as a coordinator, student, and teacher. Most recently competed at the Delaware Valley Invitationals where she placed first. She hopes to see you out on the dance floor soon
Martin Rivera Baldera
Martin’s desire to become a Latin Dancer and choreographer started as a youth in Ponce, Puerto Rico where he was born. Having trained with renowned dancers globally, Martin was featured as a dance artist at the PVDFest 2018 & 2019 event. He and a collaborating dance company, hosted the challenge of beating out the Guinness World Record for couples choreography in Bachata at the PVDFEST. Martin is the Co-Founder of FUSION NightLive Events, a platform that unites people and encourages great partnership through diversity and inclusion that fuses live acts, performances, musicians & dance.
Martin enjoys teaching students of various experience levels. He promotes diversity, acceptance and inclusion in all of his projects while always encouraging dancers of all levels to have fun and enjoy the shared experience of dance.
Inara’s background in dance is an eclectic one that has lead to a deep love of learning and teaching movement. Her childhood was spent taking instruction in many art forms including dance, music, and sewing which has led to her current professions.
Inara's newest passion is ballroom but she is better known as one of the leading belly dance instructors in Rhode Island mentored by the legendary Kanina. In addition to her local and regional studies, she traveled to Egypt in 2019 via Sahra Saeeda's "Journey through Egypt" course - an amazing immersion opportunity to learn first-hand the culture, history and dancer lifestyle as taught by the top dancers in Egypt.
Inara’s dance classes are fun, energetic, and highly addictive. Outside of dance, Inara is also a professional pianist, vocalist, and costume designer/seamstress.
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Jayne Pawasauskas began her ballroom dance journey in
college, where she joined the ballroom dance club and hasn’t
stopped since! As an amateur dancer and competitor, she won numerous awards at USA Dance and NDCA competitions in American Smooth and 9-dance events. She became certified as a competition scrutineer and later coached college dance teams. She enhanced her dance skills as a professional cast member in a weekly 1920’s themed show in Newport, Rhode Island, for several summer seasons. She currently teaches American Smooth classes, private lessons with competitor raining, and competes in Pro-Am events at local, regional, and national competitions. When not dancing, Jayne is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy.
Noel came to the studio in February of 2022. While you may be used to seeing her behind the desk, she does actually dance as well. Noel is a belly dancer and a member of the Azama Dance Company, under the direction of Inara.