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Instructors at Kaleidoscope

One of the things that makes Kaleidoscope different from other studios is that all of our instructors are independent.

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Darin Henry

T'ai Chi Yang Form, T'ai chi Swords, Push Hands

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Beginning his T'ai Chi practice in 1985 as a student of Debby Gordon, he has received thousands of hours of instruction from her, Kim Kanzelberger, and their teacher, Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo (senior student of Cheng Man-ch'ing). Teaching T'ai Chi since 1993,

Dr. Henry uses his background in physiology to safely emphasize correct posture to maximize the many great benefits of T'ai Chi practice.

Jennifer Mason

Burlesque

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Jennifer Sherman

Preschool Music & Movement

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Jennifer has over 15 years of professional experience in education as an elementary teacher and school principal. She has a bachelor’s degree and two masters degrees with a focus on early education and educational leadership.

Jennifer Sherman

Sound Meditation

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Jennifer has been practicing sound meditation for ten years and qigong for five years. Her goal is to share the benefits of sound, meditation, and movement with others.

Laina Ferris

Country, West Coast Swing

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Laina has a real passion for dancing and music and loves sharing the joy of dancing with her students. She has been a competitive dancer and has been dancing 28 year, teaching for the past 10 years.

Laina is an originator and Co-Host for the bi-monthly Country Rain and Dance Sensation at NRG Ballroom for the past 7 years.

Laina Lee of Dance Lane and East Valley Kickers Meet Up (with over 4,400 members.) She is a member of UCWCD. And teaches Country 2 Step, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Country Waltz and Cha Cha, as well as Night Club 2 Step and N.Y. Hustle.

Laina Ferris

Country Line Dance

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Laina has a real passion for dancing and music and loves sharing the joy of dancing with her students. She has been a competitive dancer and has been dancing 28 year, teaching for the past 10 years.

She teaches partner and line dancing at different clubs and corporate events around the Valley. She also teaches Line Dance/Exercise classes at Optum Healthcare (part of United Healthcare.) She formed the Renegade Ropers Line Dance Team, a competition and performance team 5 years ago.

Luisa Alvarez

Ballroom, Latin, West Coast Swing

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Mark Thompson

Country, West Coast Swing

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Mark Thompson started competitive dancing in 2008 and has fallen in love with this sport. Now, as a 3x Worlds Couples Champion, Mark, along with all his Team Thompson Students, travel all over the U.S. to compete in Country Ballroom Events.

As a Country Ballroom Instructor & Professional Dancer, Mark enjoys teaching competitors & social dancers alike. From 2Step to Waltz, Cha Cha to West Coast Swing, Night Club to Polka, it’s all about loving what you do & having fun doing it!

So if you’re ready to join the team or just want to get on the dance floor & have fun, contact Mark at teamthompsondance@gmail.com or visit TeamThompsonDance.com

Mona Brandt

Ballroom

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Mona has been dancing for most of her life, beginning with Ballet, Tap and Jazz as a child. While she was in college she taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz to children and adults.

After graduating college, Mona worked as an Engineer for the US Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. It was there that she learned Country Dancing, and began teaching and competing as well. Later, in Houston, Mona continued her dance training in Country, Ballroom and Swing.

Mona now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she teaches dance full-time, coaches competitive dancers, competes with her students in pro-am, and travels around the world, teaching, judging competitions and coaching.

Mona Brandt

Country, West Coast Swing

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Offers Private Lessons
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Mona has been dancing for most of her life, beginning with Ballet, Tap and Jazz as a child. While she was in college she taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz to children and adults.

After graduating college, Mona worked as an Engineer for the US Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. It was there that she learned Country Dancing, and began teaching and competing as well. Later, in Houston, Mona continued her dance training in Country, Ballroom and Swing. Mona won 2 Country Dance World Championships with her partner Chad Guidry, and 1 with her partner Sam Arvidson.

Mona most recently competed in the UCWDC Masters Division (the highest level of Country Dance competition) with Tim Perez, who was also a co-director of the Arizona Dance Classic,

Mona now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she teaches dance full-time, coaches competitive dancers, competes with her students in pro-am, and travels around the world, teaching, judging competitions and coaching.

Awards and Titles

**2011 UCWDC World Showcase Couples Grand Champion
**2006 UCWDC World Showcase Line Grand Champion
**2005 UCWDC World Line Grand Champion
**2003 UCWDC World Showcase Couples Grand Champion
**2001 UCWDC World Couples Showcase Division II Champion
**2000 UCWDC World Couples Showcase Division III Champion

Mona Brandt

Performance Team, Fitness

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Offers Private Lessons
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Mona has been dancing for most of her life, beginning with Ballet, Tap and Jazz as a child. While she was in college she taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz to children and adults.

After graduating college, Mona worked as an Electrical Engineer first at the US Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC and later in Houston at the Johnson Space Center. It was there that she began competing in Line Dance and won 2 World Championships in Line Dance.

Mona now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she teaches dance full-time, coaches competitive dancers, competes with her students in pro-am, and travels around the world, teaching, judging competitions and coaching.

Ryan Yoder

Ballroom, Country

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Trudy & Kevin Sherman

Ballroom

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Trudy started dancing when she was 6 and continued to dance all the way through college. She enjoyed all kinds of dance. Her mother and both aunts were professional dancers as young women. Her mother was also a professional square dance caller in college. As they say "Dancing is in Trudy's blood."

Kevin and Trudy started ballroom dance in 2013. They have fun dancing together and love to make dancing a fun activity for others as well. Their classes focus on the beginner dancer and those who like to dance socially.

Coming from an engineering background, they enjoy the challenge of making sure their classes are well planned out and structured to make learning as easy, enjoyable, and memorable as possible.

Trudy Sherman

Line Dance

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Trudy started dancing when she was 6 and continued to dance all the way through college. In her adult years she attended many years of Folk dance, Jazzercise, clogging, and Zumba classes. This is the foundation for her enjoyment of line dances.

Another passion Trudy had from an early age was music. She played flute and dabbled in piano and guitar. Marching band was such a favorite that she performed and competed in marching bands for over 8 years, including college.

She now teaches Line Dance classes that she created specifically for those with balance issues or get dizzy easily. The dances only face the front of the room and do not require any turns or spins. Much of her choreography is based on popular Country Line Dances. Others are choreographed by Trudy. The dances are danced to upbeat contemporary music.

Creating and teaching line dance combines the best of dance and music.