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Meet Our Staff

Elizabeth Keyes, Owner & Instructor

Elizabeth Keyes

      Elizabeth has been teaching Ballroom Dancing for 19 years.  She began her dance career in Buffalo, New York and continued after moving to Tucson in 2002.  In July, 2006 she opened American Dance LLC.  She is a Grand Master of Dance in American Smooth and a Master of Dance in American Rhythm certified with high honors through Pro-DVIDA. She is also certified through Pro-DVIDA in International Standard and Latin.  She is a member of the National Dance Council of America.

      Elizabeth has coached with such notable figures as Ron Montez, Julia Gorchakova, Bob Powers, Jennell Moranto, Gary & Lisa McIntyre, Toby Monroe, Yanna Kunitz, Tom Slater, Decho Kraev, Bree Watson, Radomir Pashev, Devorah Kastner, Marcus Johnson, Yuki Haraguchi, Christine Daughenbaugh, Joanna Senn, and Brian Senn.  She has performed and competed extensively with student as well as professional partners. 

       Elizabeth is also a choreographer and dance coach.  Most recently, she choreographed six dance routines for Dancing with the Stars of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, a gala event attended by over four hundred people.  She also coached the dancers and performed in the event.  Elizabeth is Master of Dance in American Smooth and American Rhythm.

      A life-long lover of sports Elizabeth enjoys golf, tennis, and skiing.  She is a Registered Nurse and has practiced critical care nursing in Buffalo and Fredonia, New York.  She is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia holding a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Elizabeth has volunteered and held office for many organizations including the Brooks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she held the office of President for two years, the Shorewood Country Club Women’s Association where she held the office of President for two years, Fredonia High School PTA where she held the office of President for two years, and the Fredonia Shakespeare Club where she was a member for seven years.


Cheryl Alford, Instructor

Cheryl Alford, Instructor

“There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them”- Vicki Baum

     Cheryl has always had a love of dance.  As a teenager, she took Ballet, Pointe and Jazz.  She continued dancing through high school and after
college. In college she studied Biology and Chemistry and went on to get her Masters in Biology at the University of Iowa. Upon graduation, she worked as a research associate at the University of Iowa. In 1998. Cheryl married her high school sweetheart and moved to Houston Texas where she worked for Baylor College of Medicine.   A job offer from Ventana Medical Systems, brought Cheryl and her husband to Tucson in 2006. It was here that her husband purchased introductory ballroom lessons as an anniversary gift and Cheryl’s love of dance was rekindled.

     Since 2012, Cheryl has participated in multiple expos and competed as an amateur in the 2014 Sunburst Ball.  She has received coaching from notable figures such as Ron Montez, Devorah Kastner and Elizabeth Keyes. 2017 has brought a new chapter in Cheryl’s life as she has decided
to share her passion for dance with others by becoming a professional dance instructor.
 


John Keyes, Instructor

John Keyes


     We are pleased to announce that after five years of amateur status, John has turned pro. He has competed extensively as an amateur with fellow students and with his mother, American Dance LLC owner Elizabeth Keyes. Most recently he competed with Elizabeth at The Sunburst Ball in Phoenix.

     John is a talented musician and vocalist. He is accomplished at the guitar and piano. He enjoys many sports including golf, tennis, and skiing. He has traveled extensively. John is also a Journeyman Electrician, having completed a five year apprentice program. John is a Full Silver Level dancer in American Rhythm & Smooth, and recently started Gold in American Rhythm and Smooth. He also enjoys Country & Western dancing, Salsa, and especially Bachata.