Profile Category: Staff

Leslie Whitesell

Leslie Whitesell

Leslie Whitesell began her dance training in classical ballet and graduated from the high school ballet program at the North Carolina School for the Arts. After graduating, she moved to New York City where she studied at the Joffrey Ballet and Steps on Broadway. While in New York, Leslie developed an interest in ballroom dancing and began training in Ballroom and Latin Dancing. She also studied Argentine Tango both in New York and Buenos Aires.

Lindsey Rutherford

Lindsey Rutherford

Lindsey have been dancing since she was 3 years old, competing in her first competition with her father at the Ohio Star Ball at the age of 4. She began teaching in 2003 and now she teaches social and competitive dances and enjoy both equally. Her goal is to enrich and touch everyone’s life that she teaches by sharing the great benefits that dance can bring!

Nicole Carroll-Rutherford

Nicole Carroll-Rutherford

Nicole has been teaching ballroom and Latin dancing for the past thirteen years. Prior to dancing Nicole was a gymnast. She has been awarded with numerous top teacher awards throughout the United States. Nicole is a United States finalist. Nicole has certifications with the National Dance Council of America, North American Dance Teachers Association, and Dance Vision International Dance Association.

Jonah Schneider

Jonah Schneider

Jonah has been ballroom dancing since 1997. In 2003 he started his professional career as an instructor and competitor. He enjoys teaching both social and competitive dancers. His goal is to help everyone feel comfortable on the dance floor and reach their dancing goals. Jonah has competed and performed across the United States winning numerous competitions and placing in finals with my professional partner Lindsey Rutherford.

Dan Rutherford

Dan Rutherford

Dan studied jazz dance extensively from the age of five through his late teens. At that time he began a career in ballroom and Latin dance. Dan has produced numerous champions throughout his career as a teacher and coach. Dan has also danced on stage with numerous celebrities as a back up, chorus line and principal dancer in many productions. Dan is one of the top professionals in the United States.

Todd Travis

Todd Travis

Todd Travis is a former college athlete turned professional ballroom dancer. He was trained by world rhythm champions - Dan and Nicole Rutherford.
Todd has successfully trained students to become U.S. and world champions and is beginning a new partnership to compete professionally in American Smooth.