Our Team

Our professional instructors are experienced, versatile, and exciting dancers. They love to teach, dance, and liven up your dance cruises!



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Thu Le

Thu Le is the owner of Kismet Dance Journeys. Introduced to Ballroom dancing at a young age by her grandfather, Thu continues to hone her skills as a social dancer and an amateur competitor. Thu not only loves to dance, she loves to share the benefits of dance with others. She has been volunteering with Special Olympics to coach and dance with the athletes since 2016. Watching people transform through dance brings her great joy.

Travel is her other passion. Thu has lived on three continents, and traveled extensively for business as well as pleasure. Exploring new places, experiencing different cultures, and meeting new friends energize her.

Combining her love of dance, travel, and friendships with meticulous attention to details and business acumen, Thu will ensure you have the most amazing journeys with Kismet.

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Jody Sherman & David Hesseltine

Jody and David met in the ballroom and have been dancing together ever since. They each bring to the dance floor ten years of Ballroom Dance experience. David started his dancing career as a Lindy-Hopper in Chicago, then moved to Florida to pursue ballroom dancing. He has hosted on many cruises, and likes to share his enjoyment of dancing with others. A retired school teacher, Jody competed with Fred Astaire Studios in Florida for several years, taking top placements in both smooth and rhythm pro-am competitions. As full-time Florida residents, Jody and David have taught group classes, individual, and couple lessons. While their passion is ballroom dancing, they also enjoy Country 2-Step and West Coast Swing. Together they love to travel, whether on long road trips or on cruise ships. No matter where they go, they seek out dance venues to share their love of dancing with others.

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Ronald Aubry

Ronald Aubry is an experienced Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Jazz and Modern dance coach from Petion-Ville, Haiti. He took his first dance class in 1996, and fell in love with dance. Ronald has been teaching for over 20 years, and he takes great pride in seeing his students progress and become better dancers. He now teaches at Centre de Danse Jean Rene Delsoin and Policard International Dance Institute in Petion-Ville, Haiti, and works as a traveling dance coach. Dancing is his passion; and he expresses himself through dance.

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith has been an instructor of Ballroom dance for 25 years. Although he teaches all styles of dance, he has won several professional championships in American Smooth. In 2006, he and his partner won the World Rising Star Smooth Championship in Las Vegas. He also specializes in West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Salsa, and has enjoyed competing with different partners from 2004 to 2018. He also has opened several dance schools, and trained staff and students to become champions as well. He currently owns a ballroom studio in Lynnwood, Washington, and enjoys traveling, training others in the art of dance as well as business.

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Steeve Jean Louis

An excellent professional dancer and competitor, Steeve Jean Louis teaches and coaches students in all Standard, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm dances at Goldcoast Ballroom and other South Florida dance studios. Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Steeve began his training in Ballroom dancing there in 1997. Having discovered his true passion, he moved to Florida in 2004 to perform, compete, and teach. Since his arrival in the US, he has participated in several championships and has trained with various dance champions. He is one of the most versatile dancers in the world.

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Todd Hansen

Todd has been watching Ballroom dancing his entire life because his parents met on a dance team in college, but for one reason or another he never had any formal lessons. So when he got to college at Utah Valley University, he took a class...that turned into 2 classes...which turned into 4 classes, and soon he was doing little else but dancing. In 2003, after 3 years at Utah Valley University, he made the college's traveling formation team and traveled to Blackpool England to win the same trophy that his parents' team had won 31 years earlier. Todd has been competing in both Standard and Latin since then, making it to the top 24 US Amateur Standard Couples in 2009. He started teaching in 2004, and in 2011 he ran the Ballroom Program at the University of Utah and co-directed the Ballroom Dance formation teams there. Todd studied acting as well, which has given him the opportunities to be in some commercials, films, and music videos. Todd now resides in the Las Vegas area.

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Tricia Wood

Tricia Wood owns Dance and Entertainment Studios in the Twin Cities, with her main location in Woodbury, Minnesota. She teaches over 20 styles of Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Country Dancing to singles and couples of all ages and levels. In addition to the studios, she also teaches at several country clubs, churches, schools, community & senior centers, health & wellness programs, and galas. Tricia and local celebrities have danced in Twin Cities competitions to raise money for charity. She has also been recognized with awards including Woodbury’s "Business of the Year." In addition to teaching, Tricia choreographs, performs, and competes with her students too. Tricia loves to travel, and has taught on cruises to Europe, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and more!

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Tudor Alexander

Tudor Alexander is a professional ballroom dancer and personal coach in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. He has been competing in ballroom dancing since 2004 and teaching professionally since 2010. In 2017, he started his personal development podcast, The Seven Transformationsâ„ , and in 2018 he began his own coaching and personal growth business to help spread the lessons he learned from his experiences beyond the dance floor. Tudor uses the structure of ballroom (partner) dancing to help people explore personal growth concepts and obtain empowering results like confidence, self-expression, strength and leadership - something he calls "Dance Your Way Through Life." He also teaches workshops on empowerment, goal planning, personal transformation and other important topics for creating a life you love. Alongside his work as an athlete and teacher he is a musician and just released his first piano album, Musical Thoughts: A Journey Through Improvisation. Music and creating are big parts of his life and he wants to awaken that joy in others through the work that he does.

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Wesly Feuquay

Wesly has many roles. He is a teacher, motivator, educator, instructor, and mentor in a variety of fields. His drive to help others understand and transcend themselves is a constant internal intention. Wesly holds a Master of Education in Psychology, and is a Professor of Psychology at several Arizona colleges. He is also a competitive Standard and Latin dancer, and has been instructing dance for the last 25 years. In 2011 he reached his dream of competing in Professional Standard in Blackpool, UK, where he took many positive marks, and memories for a lifetime. His love for knowledge and meaning, rhythmic body expression, connectivity to others, and an ever-present union with the Divine lead him to finding a way to embody all of them.