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Meet Our Coaches

We’re the best…

because we train with THE BEST!


International Ballroom is honored to welcome some of the most legendary names of the dance world into our studios each year to work with our professional staff & our student community.

Whether you are looking to up your dance game, graduate to the next level of dancing, or get one of a kind choreography for your next showcase, taking sessions with one of our visiting coaches will help you to achieve your goals!  Coaches each have a unique, outside perspective that contributes to polishing your style & technique, nurturing your artistry, and developing us as partners.

Our world-class coaches bring their extensive knowledge and experience to each lesson, building your skills and confidence, by helping to guide you & your instructor forward together on your dance journey.  Your instructor can then help you to apply what you learn from the coaching in future lessons to jumpstart your progress.  It can be motivational, eye-opening, develop new ideas and introduce different perspectives! 

Coaching sessions are not a privilege reserved just for professionals & competitive students.  Every dancer who wants to be better, progress faster, and become the best ballroom dancer they can be, will benefit from training with one of our visiting coaches!       

Linda Dean

Linda Dean is a legend in the ballroom dance industry. Her professional demeanor and impeccable taste have made her one of the most sought after coaches in the industry.

Find out more about Coach Dean here: Linda Dean – Encyclopedia of DanceSport (

Rufus Dustin

Rufus Dustin is one of the most famous, titled, and highly regarded dancers, coaches, choreographers, and certified adjudicators in the world, known for the passion instilled in him by the power of partner dancing.

Find out more about Coach Dustin here: Rufus Dustin – Encyclopedia of DanceSport ( 

Bruce & Debby Hasson

Bruce and Debby Hasson are the owners of Carolina Danceworks in Southern Pines, NC and are the invited judges for our bi-annual Trophy Match.  Bruce is also a DVIDA certified National Examiner and runs the tests for all of our staff’s professional certifications.

It all started back in the Disco Days…1979 to be exact, when Bruce became a dance instructor in Beverly Hills.  His wife, Debby, grew up as a ballerina in the Washington DC national ballet. At age 17, she switched over to the ballroom dance world in DC and then on to Florida where she met Bruce.  The two ended up teaching dance all over the country until they settled in North Carolina and opened their studio in 2004. 


Bruce Hasson 

– Certified in all levels of American and international style Ballroom and Latin
– National Professional Examiner and Adjudicator
– Has won numerous Regional and National Championships
– Choreographer for many of the top shows around the country
– With Debby, he ranked in the top 3 in the country in both American styles and International Styles

Debby Hasson

– Started as a Ballet dancer and Instructor for the Washington School of Ballet in Washington DC
– Over 25 years experience  in the Ballroom World
– Has won numerous Regional and National Championships in the American Smooth and International Standard
– Open Finalist in Both American and International
– Has the largest children’s program in North Carolina, “Ballroom of Tomorrow,” teaching at a number of schools in Moore County

Find out more about Coach Hasson & Hasson here: Staff | carolinadanceworks

Tony Meredith

Tony Meredith is a Professional Ballroom Dancerchoreographer and former United States Professional Latin Champion who has choreographed for numerous celebrities and whose work and dancing has appeared in television, film, and theater performances all around the world.

  • United States Professional Latin Champion
  • Represented the United States 12 times in the Professional World Latin-American Dance Championships
  • Over 100 first place trophies
  • North American Latin Champion
  • American World Swing and Cabaret Champion
  • Latin World Cup Champion
  • DanceSport World Cup Champion
  • Latin World Trophy Champion
  • First place in the “Dirty Dancing Championships”
  • 3-Time Winner of the Championship Ballroom Dancing competition sponsored by PBS
  • Choreographed for competitive dancers and celebrities including:
    • Pierce Brosnan
    • Renee Russo
    • Vanessa L. Williams
    • Tim Robbins
    • Cameron Diaz
    • Megan Mullaley
    • Matthew Morrison
    • Susan Sarandon
    • Jessica Biel
    • Lisa Lampanelli
    • Steven Dorff
    • Patrick Stewart
    • Leslie Caron
    • Jennifer Beals
    • Campbell Scott
    • Rob Schneider
    • Barbara Walters

Find out more about Coach Meredith here: Tony Meredith – Encyclopedia of DanceSport (

Marianne Nicole

Marianne Nicole is a former Champion in three styles of competitive dancing. Marianne is also a former examiner for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio organization, and currently a National Examiner for the DVIDA Organization.

Find out more about Coach Nicole here: Marianne Nicole-Depalma – Encyclopedia of DanceSport (

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts is most well known for dancing on the United States version of “Dancing with the Stars“. In the past Roberts has competed and won the 2003 Blackpool Professional Rising Star Latin.

Find out more about Coach Roberts here: Jonathan Roberts – Encyclopedia of DanceSport (

CAROLINA SHAG: Sam & Lisa West

Sam and Lisa West are a talented dance duo who have made significant contributions to the world of dance, particularly in the Carolina Shag style.

Sam West:

Lisa West:

Find out more about Coach West & West here:  About Sam and Lisa