“Our mission is to mentor dancers towards self-realization through courses that instill full comprehension of subject matter, while inspiring creativity and nurturing personal development.”
Ballroom dance is a great form of expression embraced by many globally. It is also a vehicle that can drive a person towards self-realization. Every person that walks into a ballroom studio has a goal. Whether it is getting ready for a wedding dance, exercise, a drive to compete, or simply a social outlet, people come in with a goal they would like to realize. ConfiDance was created to provide classes that will contribute to the all-around development of the dancer no matter the goal, thereby helping them achieve such realization.
About Our Founder, Michael Curtis
Michael Curtis is the founder of ConfiDance. He is a professional dancer, choreographer, and certified instructor based out of Ohio with 17 years of dance and performance experience. He is registered as a certified instructor with the National Dance Council of America and Dance Vision International Dance. He is always expanding his knowledge in matters of dance and student development. This has led to several achievements, including:
- Created the Performance-Level Dance Method
- Founded the Ohio Ballroom Teacher Training Program
- Coach of Dancesport at the Ohio State University
His teaching style is as a hybrid of Demonstrator and Lecturer, which embraces a coaching-style method of teaching. He excels at teaching movement concepts with physical demonstration for those that learn by doing, but is also versed enough to verbally explain the technical aspects to the more analytical mind. Through experience, self-study, and usage of experts, he applies non-dance subject matter that would contribute to the overall success of a client such as nutrition, fitness, performance technique, and psychology of performance anxiety. He exhausts every resource to ensure the success and realization of a client’s goals.
Michael Curtis became an instructor in 2003. During these first years of learning the business, he noticed an unsettling trend. Several studios did not always have the best interest of the client in mind. Hard sell tactics were used, and this was not easy to deal with. Michael wanted to apply more of a customer-centric approach to the business and add programs that would successfully progress a client from the vision of their goals to its realization. One where the process was more a partnership between client and instructor with shared goals. He created ConfiDance Unlimited, LLC in 2006.
Since its inception, ConfiDance has added the Ohio Ballroom Dance Teacher College in 2009 – a program that trains anyone to start a career in ballroom dance instruction. It has organized several dance camps and brought in experts from across the world. In 2020, ConfiDance has introduced the Performance-Level Dance Method, a course with progressive exercises created to get the dancer “out of their head”. Finally, ConfiDance 360 which is an online and in-person master class and lecture resource centering around dance subjects and non-dance subjects that contribute to the self-development of not just the dancer, but the person.
ConfiDance continues to lead the way in creating innovative services to help dancers reach their goals, no matter their dance experience or goals.