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.
Mayor of Virginia Beach
Will Sessoms is a lifelong Virginia Beach resident who began his political career in 1988 as an at large member of City Council. In 1992, his fellow council members selected him to be Vice Mayor, a position he held for 10 years. He was elected Mayor in 2008, and re-elected in 2012. Following a 35-year career in banking, Mayor Sessoms retired as President/CEO of Towne Financial Services Group in 2014.