Karen Ramage: Karen has been dancing all her life, from ballet to ballroom, and all genres of dance. Since becoming involved in the dance community 30 years ago, she has been a member of the Paducah Dance Academy, Derby City Bop Club, Music City Bop Club, LEXDANCE Club, USA Dance, and has served as a founding member of the Gulf Breeze Bop Club. Karen has taught swing, west coast swing and ballroom dance classes in Paducah, Lexington, Somerset and Northern Kentucky. She has also served as a USA Dance guest instructor and taught many private classes across the country. Karen was instrumental in the formation of LEXDANCE Dance Club, and has served as President for the past 2 years. In 2016 she was recognized for her dancing and support of the dance community when she was inducted into the National Living Legends Hall of Fame.
Cindy-Lee Overton specializes in and is known for excellent instruction for the social floor. She has been teaching in Florida for over 16 years and has gained a reputation for helping many people discover the joy of partnership dancing through her clarity of instruction combined with patience and great humor. She also does coaching for competitive Pro dancers and Pro/Ams for the new competitor. She is a National Dance competitor on the Pro level in West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, Hustle and Salsa, and holds many titles in in Pro West Coast Swing, Hustle and Salsa.
Cindy-Lee was originally certified by Author Murray in Ballroom instruction, and obtained her West Swing training at Stepping Out Dance Studios in NYC with Angel Figueroa and Mario Robau, with her Hustle training with Angel Figueroa, Maria Torres and Bill Farjardo.
Cindy-Lee continues to study with Master teachers in all dances so that her students have acccess to the most current information. She currently teaches West Coast Swing and offers a West Coast Swing dance party each Wednesday at DanceLife in Bonita Springs.
Although Cindy is a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Master’s degree in Theology, dance has been the common thread throughout her life. Cindy began dancing at the age of 9, studying ballet, tap, jazz and what was then called “modern” dance, focusing primarily on ballet. She studied ballet in New Jersey, Manhattan and London, England. Cindy danced professionally with two ballet companies and feels blessed to have experienced the travel and opportunities this afforded her. As a ballroom dancer Cindy has competed in all four categories - American Smooth and Rhythm and International Standard and Latin. She has received many years of instructor training with Bruce Akioka of Aki’s Dance studio as well as coaching from professionals with training from the United States and Europe. She has taught group classes and private lessons, choreographed for weddings and exhibitions, and currently teaches at Elegant Studios in Fort Myers, Florida.