AZ Ballroom Dance Academy was founded in 2016 by Tee-Jay Netters who is a Certified Ballroom and Latin Dance Instructor. Tee Jay was a late bloomer to the dance floor beginning at age 15 learning styles of Hip Hop, Stepping, and Jazz. He did not fall into Ballroom until the age of 19 where he enrolled into the American Teachers of Ballroom College with instructors Kort Thomas and Nátale Simmons. He trained in many ballroom and social dance styles, but primarily focused on the Latin categories. He went on to compete and place in many regional competitions in the Southwest and became a champion in 2012. Tee Jay also competed on the American Dance TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” making the Top 100 in Las Vegas. Since then, he has focused on sharing his passion teaching classes and workshops for children and adults, forming service projects with community organizations and choreographing wedding dances. Tee Jay gains his energy from his students and thoroughly enjoys the process of watching their confidence grow through dance. Tee Jay currently serves as the studio’s Creative Director.
Chelsa is the Co-Owner and Operations Manager with AZ Ballroom Dance Academy. Her dance roots come from a background in Ballet before her ballroom dance journey in 2010 as an Apprentice. She has placed in many collegiate competitions through the Social Latin categories and has been known for her vivacious personality and spirit. She has continued to perform at many dance venues, and also teaches ballroom dance workshops to local high schools and community classes through the City of Tempe. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of dance with beginners and making them feel comfortable on and off the dance floor.