INSTRUCTORS

EMILIE BRYAN TOBIAS

Emilie is a professional ballroom dance teacher, choreographer, performer, competitor and business owner. She attended Davidson College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History with later graduate work at the University of Virginia in Student Personnel Administration. Early in her career she worked as a college administrator in international and business education in Virginia and Boston.

Her love of dance began when she was five years old after seeing a ballet. She toured as an actress for three years with the Children’s Theatre Company out of Boston, Massachusetts, and studied Mime at The Mime Center in London. She began her ballroom dancing career as an amateur in New England. With partner Shawn Smith, they eventually became the New England Latin Dance Champions.

In addition to performing with the Augusta Symphony, she toured in the United States, Argentina and Brazil as a professional Argentine Tango Dancer with Washington-based QuinTango. As a professional ballroom dancer, she and partner Val Ganiev are United States professional finalists in the American 9 Dance Division and have competed and performed throughout the United States.

With an early career in higher education coupled with a performing arts background in theatre and dance, Emilie brought her vision for academic excellence into the creation of The Ballroom Dance Center. “Anyone teaching dance should be both teacher and dancer, always getting better themselves so they can inspire students,” stated Emilie.

In 1998, she directed the building of the current 5,000 square foot studio. With a huge, floating, “leg friendly,” hardwood dance floor, featuring a large and small ballroom, it is the premier dance facility in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). The Ballroom Dance Center is also the longest operating partner dance studio in the CSRA with a full staff of accomplished and professionally certified instructors.

Today Emilie uses her unique background and skill set to present ballroom shows that transcend a routine ballroom dance recital. Few studios in the country offer creative, themed, showcases that incorporate music, dance, film, storytelling, history and theatre. She draws on her life-long love of history and humanities as she writes and directs shows for The Ballroom Dance Center.

Emilie is also the founder of the Glory Dancers, which exist to glorify God through the beauty of dance and the power of dramatic storytelling. Using dance, theatre, film and music, the troupe seeks to touch hearts and open minds to the greatest story ever told, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Her professional certifications include the following:
• Master & Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Rhythm, High Honors, DVIDA
• Master of Dance Degree, Samba, High Honors, DVIDA
• Master & Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Smooth, High Honors, DVIDA • Master & Associate of Dance Degrees, International Style Standard, High
   Honors, DVIDA



VALERY GANIEV

Val and professional partner, Emilie Tobias, are United States professional finalists in the American 9 Dance Division. They have competed and performed throughout the United States and have also taught the accredited Ballroom Program at the University of South Carolina.

A native of Russia, Val loves rocks almost as much as dancing. He has two Master’s degrees in geology, one from Moscow State University and the other from the University of South Carolina.

Turning his early endeavors in Greco-Roman wrestling into the competitive dance experience, Val teaches both International style and American style competitive and social dance and focuses on the intense training demands of competitive dancers.

His professional certifications include the following:
• Master& Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Rhythm, High Honors, DVIDA
• Master of Dance Degree, Samba, High Honors, DVIDA
• Master & Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Smooth, High Honors, DVIDA
• Master & Associate of Dance Degrees, International Style Standard High Honors,    DVIDA

MEGAN ARRINGTON

Megan, is a native of Matthews, Georgia. Her earliest interests in dance included training and performing for eight years with the Augusta Clogging Company.

For several years, Megan devoted herself to ballroom and Latin dance training at The Ballroom Dance Center where she was active in social, exhibition and competitive dance.

A bright light on stage, she has performed in theatrical productions with the School House Players in Bartow, Georgia, as well as productions at The Ballroom Dance Center.

Her professional certifications include the following:
• Master, Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Rhythm, High
   Honors, DVIDA
• Master, Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Smooth, High    Honors, DVIDA

JOSHUA GRIFFIN

Born in the beautiful Hudson River Valley of New York, Joshua relocated to the Augusta area with his family in 2001.

Joshua has been performing on stage since the age of 3. At the age of 12, Joshua began his journey in ballroom dancing, while also learning hip hop, ballet and contemporary dance.

As a former member of the hip hop dance crew Synkronisity and a current member of the local dance crew Push to Start, Joshua has found himself performing across the East Coast at various talent shows, fund-raisers, parties and local events. Push to Start won the Crowd Favorite vote in the 2013 Columbia County Amateur Series.

A graduate of Liberty Independent Private School, Joshua is currently enrolled at Georgia Regents University where he is working on a degree in communications.

His professional certifications include the following:
• Master of Dance Degree, American Style Waltz & Viennese Waltz, High Honors,
    DVIDA
• Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Smooth, High
  Honors, DVIDA
• Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Rhythm, High
   Honors, DVIDA
• Associate of Dance Degree, West Coast Swing, High Honors, DVIDA

BRANDIE ROZIER

As a performer and instructor, Brandie teaches and choreographs the ballroom, Latin and Argentine Tango dance styles. She also acts in The Ballroom Dance Center showcases.

She and husband Stephen Rozier coach and perform throughout the Southeast. They have performed with The South Carolina Philharmonic, The Octavio Bruneti Orchestra, based in New York City, and Washington, D.C. based QuinTango.

They are the proud parents of a beautiful little girl and baby boy.

With undergraduate work at The University of Georgia and Augusta State University, Brandie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Her professional certifications include the following:
• Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Smooth, High
   Honors, DVIDA
• Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Rhythm, High
   Honors,DVIDA

SHANNON COOLEY

At age of 11 Shannon fell in love with ballroom while dancing in the living room with her father. At age 14 she started teaching social classes and has been sharing her love of dance ever since.

In college she danced on ballroom formation teams and discovered her biggest passion - Theater Arts/Cabaret. She loves to fly! She and her partner competed and performed in Pennsylvania, Idaho and at NDCA Nationals in Provo, UT.

When she's not dancing or taking care of her three young children, Shannon puts her B.A. in English to use writing books as an agented author.

Her professional certifications include the following:
• Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Waltz, Foxtrot &
   Tango, High Honors, DVIDA
• Associate & Junior Associate of Dance Degrees, American Style Cha-Cha, Rumba, &
   East Coast Swing, High Honors, DVIDA

STEPHEN ROZIER

Stephen specializes in social and performance Argentine Tango. He also loves acting in The Ballroom Dance Center’s original showcase productions.

He and wife Brandie Rozier have notably danced with The South Carolina Philharmonic, The Octavio Brunetti Orchestra, based in New York City, and Washington, D. C. based QuinTango.

They are the proud parents of a beautiful little girl and baby boy.

Stephen attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a rowing scholarship where he studied sports medicine. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Augusta State University and earned his Master’s Degree from The Medical College of Georgia.

Stephen is also a practicing Physician Assistant in dermatology

His professional certifications include the following:
• Junior Associate of Dance Degree, American Style Smooth, High Honors, DVIDA
• Junior Associate of Dance Degree, American Style Rhythm, High Honors, DVIDA



RACHEL METZ

Rachel is a lifelong lover of dance and music. A sun-loving native of Florida, Rachel has taught a variety of middle and high school courses in both Florida and the CSRA. While living in Florida, Rachel was also a licensed real estate agent and enjoyed helping each client find just the right home.

Rachel’s favorite activities at the ballroom include teaching, choreography and performance. She also enjoys dancing at home with her family.

Her professional certifications include the following:
• Junior Associate of Dance Degree, American Style Waltz, Foxtrot & Tango, High
   Honors, DVIDA
• Junior Associate of Dance Degree, American Style Rumba, Cha-Cha & East Coast
   Swing, High Honors, DVIDA

SHELBY GREEN


Raised in Miami, Florida, Shelby has been dancing his entire life and has performed in numerous states across the country. His first performance was when he was only nine years old. While in Miami, he was in two all-star youth Hip Hop teams at the Miami Academy for Dance. However, after 14 years of dancing Hip Hop, he changed his dance focus. He turned his attention to the Latin style of dance with his expertise being in Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.

In 2014 that love of dance brought him to The Ballroom Dance Center. Group classes, Friday night dances and The BDC Family only added to his love of dance and the desire to become an instructor at the studio. Even though club style Latin dances are his first love, Shelby is certified and trained in the classic ballroom and rhythm dances as well.

Shelby is a graduate of the University of SC - Aiken with a degree in finance, which took him into the insurance industry. When he is not on the dance floor, you'll find him working with State Farm.

Shelby's professional certifications includes the following:
• Junior Associate of Dance Degree, American Style Waltz, Foxtrot & Tango, Honors,
   DVIDA
• Junior Associate of Dance Degree, American Style Rumba, Cha-Cha & East Coast
   Swing, Honors, DVIDA