The 2022 competitive dance season has started out well for Team Dayton how danced their socks off at Hularama in January.
Congratulations to our award-winning team:
Fran Dunz – 1st Place Bronze (All Around)
Teresa Macalooloy – 1st Place Associate Bronze (All Around)
Charlie Cook – Top Newcomer Male and 2nd Place Newcomer (All Around)
Christy Weller – 2nd Place Newcomer (All Around)
Andrew Fryman – 3rd Place Associate Bronze (All Around)
Craig – 1st Place Top Teacher
Barbara – 3rd Place Top Studio (Large School Division)
Leaders in adult ballroom dance instruction, our competitive team is heading down to the Country & Western Championships at the Texas Dance-O-Rama going on February 10 – 13 in Austin, Texas. Wishing our team the best of luck, which we know they don’t really need as they compete in ballroom and country & western competitions with dancers from across the world. We can’t wait to see their big as Texas pictures and the awards they return home with.
Bob & Becky Belisle
Overseeing our traveling competitive team are Amanda Horn (Instructor), Craig Johnston (Instructor and Dance Director), and Barbara Haller (co-owner).
Amanda Horn was born and raised in Eaton, Ohio. As a child she took classes in tap, ballet, and jazz. As an adult she took salsa lessons and always loved to go out dancing, but never thought about pursuing it as a career. She was working in the food industry when she met Barbara Haller, whom offered her a job on the spot!
Amanda’s favorite part of her career is hearing people say how dancing has changed their lives, as it has certainly changed hers!
Craig Johnston was born and raised in Scotland, U.K. He started his dance training at the age of 7. At 16 he was offered a scholarship to London Studio Centre, a top theatre college in London. His passion for dance has allowed him to travel extensively around the world, from stage shows to Dance Captain onboard Celebrity Cruises. Craig moved to Nashville, TN in 2013 to continue his career. He recently relocated to Dayton, OH where he is currently Dance Director at the Arthur Murray Dance Center.
Barbara Haller and her husband Tim are four-time United States Professional Ballroom Theatrical Arts Champions, with an impressive competitive and performance career. Despite their many awards, Barbara Haller states their greatest pleasure is in seeing how the dance experience at Arthur Murray alters people’s lives in such a positive way. While the Arthur Murray Dance Studios have been operating for 100 years, Tim and Barbara Haller are pleased to note that the Dayton Franchise has been operating continuously since 1946.