2016 pro: Marie Rants
Owner/Artistic Director of Rants Ballroom Company, has been dancing professionally since 1996. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Old Dominion University, where she received numerous awards for performance and choreography including the Eva May Morris Scholarship. In addition, she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Marie believes that by having classical training in Ballet and Modern dance, she has been able to become not only a better Ballroom dancer, but a more proficient teacher. She has been coached by top champions- Bill Sparks, Tony Meredith (So You Think You Can Dance), Forrest Vance, Irina Sarukhanyan, Rosendo Fumero, and Kathryn Shaefer. Marie specializes in the American Rhythm & Smooth Ballroom disciplines.