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Our Teachers

Aleksandar Dokuleski

Aleksander Dokuleski has been a part of the ballroom world for many years. His passion for dance started when he was only seven years old, and once he became eighteen he began to teach at Arthur Murray Studios. Alek’s dance career has taken him all over the world, and he has taken part in numerous competitions and events. Competing in his home country of Macedonia, Alek has taken the first place medal eight times (from 1997-2004). On top of this remarkable feat, he has also won the Bulgarian Cup three times (2005-2008). In addition to his impressive professional competition awards, Alek has taken many students to competitions all over the world to compete in the ProAm categories. Over the years, his students have taken home a noteworthy number of awards and trophies. Alek’s dance experience reaches far beyond only competition. He has taken part in various theatre shows in Italy, and television programs including numerous appearances on the TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in Macedonia, Italy, and Bulgaria. Alek’s knowledge and prowess of the numerous styles of ballroom dance have come from his widespread training from other amazing dancers such as Sandro Cavallini, Joanne Wilkinson, Matey Krajcer, Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine, Tony Meredith, Melanie La-Patin, Beverly Kimmins, and many more. Alex has experience in all styles of ballroom dance, as well as expertise in choreography and showcase dances. Alek also speaks Spanish, Macedonian, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, and Portuguese. He recently opened the Arthur Murray Broadway studio in Columbus Circle in June of 2016.

Esther Frances

Esther Frances is a professional ballroom and latin dance competitor, instructor and choreographer at Arthur Murray Broadway. She currently travels around the world competing. Dancing and teaching is her passion in life and she enjoys working with adults and children of all ages and levels. Esther was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Florida and Alabama where she trained in classical ballet and piano for over 20 years. Her passion for partner dancing started with ballet and she made the switch to ballroom and latin dancing when she was 16 years old. She has been performing and teaching ballroom dance since then and has won numerous awards over the years for both. She relocated to New York City to further her dance training with top coaches such as Melanie LaPatin, Tony Meredith, Rufus Dustin, Eddie Simon and many others. Esther received a BM from the University of Miami in Music Business and Entertainment Industries with a major in classical piano and also received a minor in marketing and dance. Her knowledge of music makes her teaching style unique and exciting. She has been performing in and organizing dance shows in New York City for the past 10 years.

Ana Stojceva

Ana Stojcheva began dancing in her home town Bitola, Macedonia . She has been trained by established coaches as Natasha Ambrosh, Misha Cigoj , Matej Krajcer , Desislava Petachka and among other professionals. Ana was national champion in Ballroom and Latin dances for ten years. She was a finalist in the World DanceSport Federation International competitions around the Balkan , top three athlete of the year and was the proud winner of over 40 first places trophies. Beside the competitions , as a professional dancer she took part of big events as Viennese Ball and her talent was displayed through the choreographies on Dancing with the Stars. As Ana’s competitive career took off, she simultaneously studied Architecture in the University of Architecture in Skopje, ,Macedonia. She continued to train at Ritam Plus Skopje , where she was a coach for ladies formations , competitive and social couples and judge for children’s division.

Jean - Rene Levison

Jean-Rene Levison was born in France where he began his dance training at age 7. Before coming to New York to the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, he attended the two years program of the Rudra Bejart’s School in Lausanne Switzerland). Through that program, he performed in many venues in works by Maurice Bejart throughout Europe and in Japan. Since September 2007, he has been enrolled with a full scholarship at the Martha Graham School and as a member of GRAHAM II. Upon graduation, he received his certificate of recognition as a teacher of the Martha Graham Technique. As a teacher, Mr. Homehr participated in the reconstruction of “Panorama” for the Spring/Summer Season 2010 of the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in NYC, teaching for the Martha Graham School Young Artist Program (YAP) Dancers, the Talent Unlimited (TU) High School Dancers and the All-City Kids Dancers. He has been a substitute teacher at the Martha Graham School for the YAP and TU programs and also for the Movement Workshop Group Dance Collective. Since in New York as a dancer, Jean-Rene performed in works by choreographers like Martha Graham, Robert Battle, Kate St Amand, Virginie Mecene and Michael Mao, among others with companies such as Graham II, SYREN Modern Dance NIMBUS Dance Works, Nejla Yatkin/NY2 Dance, Michael Mao Dance, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Jean-Rene has been a member of the Arthur Murray team since 2013 and is a certified Arthur Murray Professional Dance Instructor.

Lauren Wilmore

A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Ms. Wilmore received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in French, International Business and Marketing. Ms. Wilmore worked in Education and Marketing at Dance St. Louis. She went on to become the co-founder and executive director of St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, a non-profit organization that teaches teamwork, dignity, and respect through ballroom dance. Ms. Wilmore has worked as an instructor, program developer and choreographer at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), developed dance based corporate team building programming with COCAbiz, has taught and produced events in various studios in the Midwest before moving to New York. She is excited to have found a dance family among the teachers and students at the best studio in New York!

Nickolas Lockhart

Nickolas Lockhart has been a finalist in American Smooth for almost 9 years in Arthur Murray. He has won several professional show dance championships including The Vancouver DOR Professional Show Dance in 2017.<br /> He was a performer and co-choreographer in the Brandon Ryder music video “Leave” released in 2014. He was a Top Teacher in the company for several years while working at the top Arthur Murray studio in Fort Worth, Texas. He currently lives in New York City and works as a teacher/executive for the Arthur Murray Broadway location.

Leo Cato

Before dancing, Leo played baseball and was a professional recruit. He also competed in bodybuilding reaching the national level as a NPC men's physique competitor. Leo has been a NASM certified personal trainer for 6 years and now focuses on performance training for dancers. Leo is one of the only instructors in the United States that is certified to teach the methodology of Bachata Sensual by the creators, Korke & Judith. He has also trained with and learned techniques from world class coaches such as Abdel & Lety, Luis & Andrea, Maxi & Nahir, Sergio & Yocelin, and Andrea & Silvia. He is one of the most sought out Artists both nationally and Internationally and has taught all over the United States as well as internationally in European hot spots such as Spain, Italy, and Ireland. Leo is also a Certified Ballroom Instructor with Arthur Murray where he is certified to teach over 12 dances such Rumba, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Samba, Swing, Hustle, Brazilian Zouk and many more. Leo is currently partnered with NYC’s Bachata Queen, Ivonne Pronovich. In 2019 they have decided to postpone extensive travel for this year so that they could focus on training. In 2020 they will resume their world tour.