The instructors at Maine
Ballroom have a strong commitment to helping students meet all their dancing
goals and are eager to share their love of dancing. Staff members have
received training from Mandy Ball, Licentiate, USISTD, founder and former
owner of Maine Ballroom, as well as many high-level visiting coaches,
including Edward Simon, Michelle Officer, Esther Don, and Christine Harvey.
Debra Roy (owner)
Debra Ann Roy fulfilled a lifelong dream
when she became a professional ballroom dancing instructor in 1993. She
co-owns her own studio, Maine Ballroom Dance with Guy Nowlan, her lifelong
partner in her native Portland, Maine. Debbie has trained with famous
professionals including Mandy Ball, Edward Simon, Jean-Marc Genereux, and
Esther Don. She performs fluently in both American as well as International
Styles of ballroom dancing. Every summer, she serves as advanced instructor
for Ballroom Vermont - a dance teaching camp specially designed for adults.
She travels extensively, sharing her love of dancing through adult education
programs at schools and colleges throughout the state. She indulges in any
style of dancing but Waltzes, Tangos, Sambas, and Cha-Chas have remained her
favorites over the years.
Wendy began dancing in
1997 at Maine Ballroom Dance. She quickly went from 1 to 3 classes per
week as her affection for this 'hobby' escaladed. In 1999 she was asked to
began teaching. She has trained with several professionals, as well as
attending Ballroom Dance Camps. In 2000 her love of dance began to focus on
Salsa. Wendy has since attended multiple Salsa Congresses in New York and
Boston. She has been active helping to promote Latin dance in the Portland
community and is part of a local performance group called the "Salsa
Angels". The Salsa Angels have been performing 4-6 times per year for the
past three years, including a show at the Boston Salsa Congress.
started her teaching career right here at Maine Ballroom Dance in 1993. She
directed the Portsmouth Ballroom for several years and retuned to the
Portland area in 2005. She has worked with many top professionals from
around the world: Many Ball, Edward Simon, Michelle Officer, Russell Monk,
Mario Robeau, Bill Cameron and others. She is an accredited member of the
Imperial Society of Teacherís of Dance (American Style), and a member/
trainer for the Dance Teacherís Club of Boston (Ballroom Division). She
continually feeds her hunger for knowledge in dance and you will find her
traveling all over New England to learn and teach. She specializes in West
Coast Swing and Rhythm style social dancing, yet teaches the gamut of
American and International Styles both Modern and Latin. Her favorite
dances are West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango and improvisation.
Larry has been avidly ballroom dancing
since 1997. He met his wife Laurel at Maine Ballroom in 1998. They
competed for several years as amateurs throughout New England in
International 10 dance at the Bronze and Silver levels. He has been an
instructor at Maine Ballroom since 2003 and loves to teach both American and
International styles of dance. He has studied with many top professionals throughout the United States and
Canada. His favorite dances are American Hustle and International Foxtrot,
Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz.
dancing since 1991, first in Boston and then since 1993 at Maine Ballroom.
When it became apparent she was going to hang around indefinitely, the
studio trained her as an instructor. She began teaching in January of
1999. Elizabeth has taught all ages, from children to adult, and also
teaches Latin and Country Line Dancing. She loves sharing the joy and fun
of dancing with others.
Smith has been dancing since she was three years old. She trained in
ballet, tap, and jazz as a child and then in funk, modern dance, and
Lindy-hop swing during college. Ann returned to Maine in 1998 and started
dancing at Maine Ballroom Dance that same year. Soon after, she became an
instructor at Maine Ballroom. Ann enjoys teaching wedding couples their
"first dance" and helping people learn to have fun on the dance floor. She
especially loves dancing the Rumba, Cha-cha, Salsa, and Samba.