2820 Dorr Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Remarkably, Lina considers the perceived disadvantage of no formal background as inspiration for her passion. She takes great joy in working with students who feel they are entering the dance game late or may be grappling with discouragement for various reasons. These challenges resonate with her and she looks forward to helping dancers break down these barriers.
Following an unexpected long break from dance, Lina has returned with an even stronger connection to her art, focusing on fundamentals and vowing to never part ways from it again.
Abraham (Abe) took ownership of Crown Dance Studio in 2014, with the mission of making the studio an affordable dance home for all, no matter your economic circumstance. With over 24 years of dance — including 14 years of teaching, and 11 years of competing — his hope is to empower people from all walks of life to discover their purpose and accomplish their dreams. If you ask him what his favorite part of being an instructor is, he’ll always emphasize his love and passion for helping students and staff develop their dance skills as they transform into better versions of themselves. His warm, friendly and energetic personality — paired with his high level knowledge and skillset of dancing — always makes learning easy, fun and exciting.
Abe likes to remind us, “never let your past circumstances define you. You have the power to make a decision to create the changes you need for the life you desire.” Joining our Crown Dance Studio family would be a great decision, in our very unbiased opinion.
Sophia started dancing almost as soon as she could walk, and while her first dance love was ballet, she has since explored many different dance styles: from bollywood, to jazz, to Latin ballroom, to salsa and bachata. In high school, Sophia spent four years on her school’s dance team while also pursuing competitive Latin ballroom, winning national titles in competitions for both. She started social dancing in college and has been hooked ever since!
Christina was born and raised in the DMV area. She was exposed to salsa early on in her childhood due to her parents being the ultimate “Salsaholics”. It wasn’t until entering her first year of college that she discovered her true love for salsa. She began to take lessons and in just a matter of months was asked to join her first dance group. As she continued to develop as a social dancer with her focus being the On2 style, she has had the opportunity of performing with various local groups such as Salsa Fuego, Son Mulato, Mambo Swing, Sentimento and now Latin Vintage. As a fixture in the DC Salsa community she has shared the stage with Fulanito, Optimo, performed at the Puerto Rico, New York, Chicago & LA Salsa Congresses, among many others. Her new field of dance is traditional bachata in which she previously assisted Santana Dance based in Bethesda, MD in coming up with class dance material, videos and promotions. Today, she looks forward to furthering her skills into teaching, while also growing her knowledge of media trends and techniques to bring into the studio.
Always an athlete, Nick’s love of dance initially came to be from his mother’s encouragement to attend class as a child — since day one, he was hooked. It wasn’t until college, however, that Nick began to teach and compete in ballroom dancing; and although he had attended college for history and secondary education, his love and passion for this art form drew Nick back to the dance floor. As an instructor, he hopes to get to witness his students’ excitement as they gain confidence in their moves. “I love to see that ‘aha’ moment!”
Join Nick on the dance floor for plenty of fun and learning!
Since early childhood, Allison has been extremely active and full of energy. During her elementary and high school years, she was a track & cross country champ, which got her a full scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University — the place where she was exposed to the art & joy of ballroom dancing. Allison has been a professional instructor since 2006 and has earned numerous awards at American Smooth & Rhythm dance competitions.
Allison is known for her in-depth knowledge of dance techniques, as well as her passion for having fun on the dance floor. Be sure to book a private lesson, and don’t forget to join her every Saturday for Styling Class as she walks you through perfecting your form, rhythm, and muscle group focus.