BALLROOM FEVER DANCE STUDIO

 (860) 741-8420

Meet Our Instructors

Ballroom Fever Dance Studio at Enfield, Connecticut, hosts talented instructors who are ready and waiting to unlock your potential.
Meet our instructors, and their inspirations for the dance, below.


Daryll

Daryll

Daryll began dancing at the age of 3.  When she was 14 years of age at the New England Dance Conservatory she was asked to join their pre-professional program.  As she began her BS in Business at Bay Path College she also began teaching in a local ballroom studio while she completed her degree.  Soon after Daryll graduated, Daryll and Gunnar were engaged to be married and moved to NY to continue teaching and training before they returned to Enfield to open their own studio. In March of 2003, Daryll and Gunnar began their Professional Competitive career in the American Rhythm division. In September of 2005, they came in 1st in the country Pro Rising Star American Rhythm.  In September of 2006, they came in 1st in the country Pro Rising Star American Smooth, becoming the only couple in the United States ever to champion Both US Rising Star Titles.  In September 2007, they won the USA National 9-Dance Championship.  They have pursued their training by receiving coaching from outstanding dance teachers from around the world.   Some of their amazing coaches and mentors throughout their competitive career together were Marianne Nicole, Tony Meredeth, Melanie Lapatin, France Mousseau, Jean Marc Genereaux, Beata Onefater, Ian Folker, Paul Holmes, Nadia Goulina, Olga Kormanovskaya, Toni Redpath, Golrin, Rufus, Mathew Nicole Cutler, Eddie Simon, Glen Weiss, Ieva, Rufus Dustin, so many more excellent trainers....


Gunnar

Gunnar began ballroom and latin at the age of 10, following in the footsteps of his older brother, literally, in Reykjavik, Iceland.  He often fondly reminisces about coming to that fork in the road with the options of soccer and dancing and having to make the choice of smelly locker rooms vs. girls and music and how there was no contest.  He continued his pursuits successfully to become a 13 time Icelandic Champion in Latin, Ballroom, and 10 Dance. In his competitive career he has placed 5th on the Scandinavian Closed 10 Dance category and competed 5 times in Blackpool, England, World Youth Latin and Amateur 10 Dance Championships with partners growing up. He has spent summers in England training with some of the best dancers in the world, as England is the international dance mecca. In 1996 he moved to the United States and began teaching in a local ballroom studio and soon became a manager and one of the top instructors in the country for that franchise. And then, he met Daryll, and she dragged him out of retirement from competitive ballroom dancing just to add a few more titles to his name:  World Finalist in Smooth, US Rising Star American Rhythm Champion, US Rising Star American Smooth Champion, and US Nine Dance Champions.  Gunnar coaches many professional couples as well as top ranked amateur couples.  His Pro/Am lady students are some of the best in the USA in the National Dance Council of America competitions year after year.

Gunnar

Christine

Christine

Christine Kjellquist trained with the Central Connecticut Ballet Company where she studied Pavlova Method Ballet, tap and jazz for fifteen years.  In 2003, she certified as a ballroom instructor and is registered with the National Dance Council of America as a certified dance teacher.  Christine has ranked as a top teacher able to teach many styles of Ballroom dance in both private lessons and group settings including her fitness and dance classes.  With a passion for fitness, she leads a team and features popular fitness products and resources for clients and is in training with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Christine was an Artistic Director for a children’s music and movement company where she helped innovate programs for local families.  Passionate about honoring the root of RHYTHM, when she’s not training for Professional American 9-dance competition, she spends her time studying rhythm patterns and history with top professional drummers and co-hosts local Afro-Cuban hand drumming events. 
“I teach my students to trust themselves. It’s amazing what is possible.” 

Vlad

Vlad is Ukrainian, and started dancing competitively in International Latin/Standard when he was nine years old. His professional teaching career began in 2006, and he turned professional in 2010. In Ukraine, he competed professionally, taught students, and visited different seminars and lectures with coaches around the world before he returned to the USA in 2012. He is a member of NDCA as Pro Competitor and Certificated Pro/Am teacher in American, International, and Argentine Tango.  He competes professionally in the Professional International Latin Division successfully and with his students in the International Latin, Standard, as well as in the American Rhythm and Smooth.  Vlad and his pro partner, Annie, are available for shows at events and parties. 

Vlad

April

April

April started dancing ballet at five, and was classically trained in both piano and voice for 12 years. In high school, she enjoyed performing with her local community theater. She began swing dancing at 19, and has been training and teaching ever since — consistently winning "top teacher." April also competed in Theater Arts and American Rhythm, earning several first place finishes. April teaches American Rhythm and Smooth, International Standard and Latin, and Theater Arts. She enjoys all levels of teaching, especially children. "I love helping students explore sides of themselves they didn't know they had and helping them to become the strongest dancers they can be."


Jack

Mild-mannered insurance analyst by day, debonair dance crusader by night, Jack Daly has always had a passion for ballroom. He has been living and teaching in Connecticut for the past three years, having moved here after graduating from Colgate University in upstate New York. Jack began dancing in high school, and upon arriving at college joined – and eventually led – a social ballroom club. His favorite dances are foxtrot and swing, and he is incredibly excited to be able to share his passions and talents with others.  He is presently training for competing in the Professional American 9-dance competition with his partner Christine:  Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, & Mambo.  Keep a lookout for their debut at Capital Dancesport Competition this August!

Jack

Linda

Linda

Linda Gergye was born in Sopron, Hungary, where she took jazz and modern dance classes at the age of 12. Linda fell in love with ballroom dancing when she was 14 and began her competitive career. She placed in the final in the amateur Latin division in Hungary. In 2009, she turned professional and competed internationally. The next year, she moved to England to continue competing, teaching, and learning. She moved to the United States in 2012, and competed in the Professional American Rhythm division as well as presently in the Professional International Latin division with her partner. Linda has performed for large corporate events and is available for shows.  


Mateusz

Mateusz was born in Poland, and came with his family to the United States in 2001. Mat's been teaching since 2005, and teaches all four styles of dance. He loves to go to competition with his students and make them shine! Matt also competes professionally in Latin with his new partner, Tanya, in the American Smooth division. When not imparting his knowledge and passion for dancing, he is busy studying electrical engineering from Central Connecticut State University.

Mateusz