Our Instructors

Gary Dahl

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Owner/Grand Master Level Instructor DVIDA

Gary Dahl founded Dahl Dance with his partner in 2005. He has been instructing dancers  for over 20 years and is a top five finalist in the Dancer‘s Cup tour. His journey to dance started with a girl inviting him onto the floor in highschool and although the girl moved on, the dancing stayed! He thoroughly enjoys the technical precision of dancing and his passion is for finding new ways to help his students understand their bodies and the music. Gary is a member of the Beyond Ballroom Dance Company in Minneapolis, MN and enjoys spending his free time golfing, golfing and oh yes..golfing:)

When not on the dance floor, he loves fast cars and a good fish story ( particularly if he caught it)  and loves meeting new people so stop in and say hi!

April Dahl

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Owner/Grand Master Level Instructor DVIDA

April Dahl founded Dahl Dance with her partner in 2005. She has been dancing for 34 years and is skilled in multiple dance disciplines including ballet, jazz, contemporary, ballroom, latin and Argentine Tango to name a few. Her constant movement started as a child. Her mother will testify to the many kitchen mishaps as April used counters for stretching and spun her way through the room along with making everyone stand up straight at home:)  She holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of MN and is a certified postural alignment specialist. Her passion is helping people enjoy movement through music and to work with clients recovering from injuries that have affected their balance and coordination. She is a former member of the Beyond Ballroom Dance Company in Minneapolis,  has participated as a guest artist with numerous dance companies and universities and was one of the top five for 2016 at the United States Argentine Tango Championships. When not in the studio, April enjoys more dancing with an addiction to Argentine Tango and has toured extensively in the US and abroad studying with the master’s of this art form.  She enjoys cooking, really loves her two children, is an exercise enthusiast, snowboards and snorkels and still makes people stand up straight.

James Geroux

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Master Level DVIDA

James enjoys dancing because it challenges the body both physically and mentally ( sometimes the mental a bit more!). He started dancing to enjoy it with his wife and children and the passion to learn led him to pursue teaching. Argentine tango is one of his favorite styles and he has continued training with tango masters all over the US as well as traveling to the mecca of tango, Buenos Aires.  As a founding member of the Tango Society of Rochester, he has helped develop a strong tango community locally and still serves on their board.  He has competed in the American styles of dance nationally and enjoys helping his students work towards their own competitive or social goals. His initial motivation of dancing with his wife and kids is still forefront and he can be seen with his family at the local chapter of USA DANCE each month and performing at local events around the city. In his spare time he enjoys finding golf balls that have wandered off and a good steak.

Christine Miller

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Master Level DVIDA

Christine joined the Dahl Dance Center teaching staff in 2010 with a background in ballroom, salsa and swing.  Her enthusiasm for teaching shines through as she supports each student in reaching their dancing goals whether they be social dancing, a special performance or competition. She is nationally accredited and continues to enjoy exploring new theories in dance in her travels as she participates in west coast swing competitions across the US. Do you think you have two left feet or unshakeable hips? No worries Christine can get you moving and looking good on the dance floor! Christine is working towards developing a Rochester west coast swing community and is also active in USA Dance and the Tango Society of Rochester.

Summer Laqua

Summer, dance instructor

Summer Laqua has been dancing since she was two years old and was never too shy to move on any dance floor. She began with ballet, dancing in the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Her passion then fueled her to start a high school dance team her senior year of high school. Following her love of art, Summer then attended cosmetology school to be able to create new looks for dancers.  She was the director of Triton & Byron Just For Kix Program for 10 years along with coaching the Triton H.S. Dance Team. Seeking a new challenge in her dancing, she became a student at Dahl Dance Center  training and performing with them for two years prior to joining their staff. When not making people look fabulous at her salon in south Rochester, Summer performs in the Hip Hop Group “OutClass” and volunteers her time teaching dance at the Boys & Girls Club and dancing with the Rochester Salsa Community.

Joseph Carey

Joseph Carey

Associate DVIDA

Joseph Carey joined the Dahl Dance teaching staff in 2015, ten years after taking his first ballroom class with April in 2005. He continued dancing in the intervening time, introducing dance to others along the way. In 2009 while attending Luther College, he founded Luther Ballroom/Swing, a social and competitive group that remains one of the largest and best-run student organizations there. In 2013 he founded a similar organization, UNI Ballroom/Swing, at the University of Northern Iowa while completing his graduate work. Both organizations provide free lessons to hundreds of students each year and train dozens of competitive dancers to compete at midwestern competitions.

He is passionate about introducing new people to dance, dance pedagogy, and west coast swing. When he isn’t dancing, he enjoys composing, cooking, growing things, reading, and travel.