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You Can Dance Ballroom is a New Orleans-based dance studio that offers group and private lessons in a variety of dance styles. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned dancer, we have something for everyone. Our highly experienced and certified instructors will help you learn the steps and technique necessary to dance like a pro. In addition to group classes, we also offer private lessons for those who want to focus on specific skills or prepare for a competition. We believe that dancing is for everyone, and we strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable learning. So whether you’re looking to meet new people, get exercise, or compete at a high level, we hope you’ll join us at You Can Dance Ballroom!

Who we are

Michael Chapman

After producing dance programs for the American Sports Network and the livestream platform, FloSports, Michael joined forces with Hal Luftig and Craig Haffner to produce a series of Broadway shows, including BeetlejuiceChildren of a Lesser GodFiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (multiple critic’s circle awards), David Byrne’s American Utopia (for which he received a Tony for Producing), Becoming Nancy, and Plaza Suite, starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Michael Chapman began his career in the arts at the age of 12, when his mother took her boys to a local dance studio to learn ballroom dancing. It sparked a lifelong passion that turned into a competitive dance career with multiple national, international and world championship titles. After retiring, he launched a series of dance competitions, including the Millennium Dancesport Championships, which grew into the largest event of its kind in North America. Michael is also an award-winning choreographer and coach, developing countless dancers around the world into national and international champions.

Sergey Barsukov

Sergey Barsukov is a multi-award-winning Professional Ballroom Dance Instructor. He is an expert in all ballroom styles and is ready to lead you to your new passion. Come dance with Sergey, today!

Dilandia Acevedo

Instructor

Dilandia, a native of Miami, Florida, is a highly trained and versatile professional dancer, who specializes in Latin and belly dancing.  A natural beauty, she is also a runway and photography model. Dilandia performed and competed professionally with Luis in the ballroom circuit and theater arts division.  She then trained alongside him in their quest for excellence in hair and makeup.  Together they created “Designs by Riveras”.

She was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Miami, FL, and lived in NYC to make her dreams a reality in the entertainment business as a performer. Her main dance genre is middle eastern, Latin, and Samba, and she is versatile in other dance forms. She performed for the U.N. Nations, Non-profit organizations, Fund Raisers, and Media Events and appeared in Univision, Premios Juventud award show, Music videos, NYC International Salsa congress, Off-Broadway theater shows and performed for various artists such as Prince Royce ¨lead dancer for music video¨, salsa bands in NYC such as ¨Ochun, and Yerason. 

She has performed in private media events and travels in the states and worldwide.

Specializes in social, wedding, Latin & more dance forms

Pro/Am instructor

FLX Flexistretcher certification

2nd place Regional Bikini Fitness competition 

4th place National Bikini Fitness competition 

Administrative & Artist for Designs by Riveras’s Hair, Makeup & Air

Luis Rivera

Luis Rivera recognized his passion for the arts when he was a child in Honduras.  He decided to follow his artistic dream during his teenage years and joined one of Honduras’ most prestigious professional folkloric ballet companies.  Twelve years later, he founded his production and dance company.  This allowed him the freedom to innovate and apply all the experience and inspiration he had captured from many tours during his early dance career.  He explored different cultures worldwide and combined fashion and styling for his many shows.  He received extensive training in his native Honduras. Then he traveled to the United States to further his exposure and to study hair and makeup from industry leaders, including the MUD make-up designatory.  His journey led him to New York City in 2010, where doors opened to the world of hair and makeup for the ballroom dance community, famous hosts, celebrities, and National, International, and World Champions.

Luis’ many professional accolades include: Director of the Brooklyn College Foundation Dance Club, performer for Univision and other media events, professional dance instructor, choreographer, and coach.

Founder of his Hair & Make up company for professional dancers, weddings, photo shoots, and editorial been published his work in different magazines.

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