Ian Nandhra and Jolene Alquist run the Steps
To Dance studio in the tranquility of Sonora in the
California Gold Country foothills. We are fortunate
enough to have a 1500sq ft purpose built facility in a
very tranquil area - "its like dancing in the trees"
commented one couple.
interest in dancing started in England in 1997 with Cha
Cha, Lindy and Jive. He met Jolene Alquist dancing in a
bar in Evergreen, Colorado early in 1998 and they were
married later the same year. They ultimately settled in
Sonora, California. It was in Sonora that Ian had what
Jolene calls his "blonde moment" (with no disrespect
intended towards blondes). He woke from a dream-like
fugue, sat up in bed, and said to an astonished Jolene,
"I think I'd like to be a ballroom dance
instructor." This goal has now become a guiding force of
Our Professional Qualifications and Education
Ian and Jolene are
DVIDA Certified in American Smooth, Latin and Rhythm
styles. We continue to study and certify as Professional
Instructors under the mentorship and instruction of
Diane Jarmolow, the founder and director of the
Ballroom Dance Teachers College. Diane is widely
regarded as the nation's premier expert on dance teacher
Ian Nandhra is the first person to have become a DVIDA
Certified Instructor in the unique
Move Like A
Champion program developed by Diane Jarmolow and
Ian is also
a Ballroom Dance Teachers College (BDTC) Master
Instructor. His brief
can be found
Diane's rigorous method involves
breaking down each dance figure into smaller component
parts, all of which must come together to create a
dance's kinesthetic whole. These technical elements are
also the building blocks of grace. This type of intense,
structural study appeals to Ian's scientific mind.
Jolene and Ian's lessons with Diane have catapulted
their dancing and teaching to an entirely new level.
It has been my
great joy to work with Ian and Jolene as they
prepare for their DVIDA examinations. Ian and
Jolene are wonderful teachers. They approach
their dance education with enthusiasm, vigor,
and great joy, and their commitment to their
students is tremendous. Ian and Jolene represent
the best of the ballroom profession. They are an
inspiration to me!
Dance Teachers College
Foothills Dance Teachers Academy
Working closely with Diane, we have founded a Teacher
Training facility, the "Foothills Dance Teachers
Academy", using her world renowned
BDTCC program. This program trains
Professional Instructors through 17 dances all the way
to earning their professional certifications.
Central Valley Dance Institute at
Ian Nandhra is the Master Instructor for the
BDTC program at BallroomLIVE in Fresno. This
program trains Professional Instructors through 17
dances all the way to earning their professional
Ian continues to study with both Aira Bubnelyte,
predominantly on the International Standard dances and
technique and with David Weise.
In addition to teaching our other projects
Setting up and running the Professional Teacher Training
program for the Central Valley Dance Institute at the
BallroomLIVE studio in Fresno. This is a same
program we use at the
Foothills Dance Teachers Academy
With Shana Monaco, we are co-producers
of the Dancing With The Tuolumne County Stars (www.dwtcs.com)
event in its 3rd year which in 2009 raised over $36,000
across over a dozen charities.
Work on DVIDA Syllabus and
Examination manuals (http://www.dancevision.com/store/dvida_syllabus/dvida_manuals)
in addition to the Silver American Smooth manual and
the Bronze International
This work has given us a greater depth of
understanding about the dynamics and intricacies of
Ballroom Dancing and how it should be taught and
presented to dance students..
Working closely with Aira Bubnelyte
and Tomas Atkocevicius on the design and technology
behind the "Ultimate Center" belt
The Studio Management Player (http://www.studiomusicplayer.com/)
Body movement and dynamics as
applied to Ballroom Dancing
"Diane is to the science of ballroom dance
instruction what Newton is to physics," Ian
Diane responds, "Ian is to a ballroom dancing
lesson what the bubbles are to champagne. He
effervesces." She adds, "I can't imagine a
teacher more committed to his student's progress
or more thrilled with their every achievement."
We aim to make our classes fun,
entertaining and instruction in a supportive and
nurturing environment. Our results speak for themselves.
People dance for many reasons. So why do Jolene
and Ian dance?
"Because for a couple of magical
minutes we shut everything else out and glide
around the floor for the sheer joy that we bring
to each other. It's completely addictive.
It's also an immense pleasure to be able to help
others achieve the same."