Martin F. Cardoso was born in Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his career at the age of 8 dancing Folk Dance on Hermana Tierra Dance Company participating in the most prestigious Competitions of the country. Trained in Ballet, at the age of 22, was selected to be part of the National Folkloric Ballet of Argentina. In the course of six years, he appeared in the best venues and theaters in the country. In 2007, Martin began to take his first steps in Ballroom Dance. He obtained a 1st Place Gold Medal in American Rhythm his first year in the South American World Dance Experience Championship. While this confirmed his passion and enthusiasm with Ballroom styles, Martin was also involved in the beautiful and beloved Argentine Tango, where he had the opportunity to belong to one of the most prestigious Tango Houses in Argentina…. Piazzolla Tango.
Noelia V. Guerrero was born in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also began her career at age of 8 in Ballet and Contemporary Dance on the Municipal School of Dance Norma Fontella. At 14 years old, she dabbled in Jazz, Contemporary and Salsa. At age of 15 she performed her first Salsa Shows and started traveling to several, national and international, Salsa Congress. In 2007 she moved to Buenos Aires where she ventures into the Argentine Tango and Ballroom Dance world and achieves an important recognition in Salsa to be the first dancer in implement Ballroom Dance techniques in this Latin genre, positioning her between first and second places in the most prestigious Championships in South America. At the same time Noelia worked as a dancer in several theater plays touring around the country. She also worked as Coach Assistant on the TV program Dancing with the Stars in Argentina. Noelia received her first gold medal in Ballroom Dance in 2008 in the South American World Dance Experience Championship, American Rhythm.
Pamela Strassel was born, raised, and lived in Cincinnati, OH. Living in an area that is rich with culture, she started to develop her lifelong passion for music, art and dance. Having traveled, nationally and internationally, the world has only increased her love of the arts. She moved to Florida in 2006 as an investigator for the Medical Examiner’s Office. Committed to her job of being a mother and the dedication to her work left little time for her passion. Everything changed in 2017 when she needed that feeling back. She discovered M&N Dance and was overwhelmed by the excitement of learning Ballroom Style dancing and Argentine tango. Under the tutelage of Martin Cardoso and Noelia Guerrero, the time she dedicated to studying, training and dancing led her to 15 first place medals in her very first competition! In 2019, Martin and Noelia offered her a position as a Professional Ballroom Dancer and Instructor. Performing and teaching at a professional level has brought back her passion that has been locked away for way too long.
KELLY “RYAN” WHITE
Kelly “Ryan” White was born in Hendersonville, TN. His mom and dad were avid social dancers growing up with influences such as “Soul Train”, “Jitterbug” and “Swing”. He started learning how to dance by standing on his mother’s feet in the kitchen as she cooked dinners. At age 8, he began taking swing and hustle classes at Arthur Murray under Bill Sparks guidance. The seed of his desire to dance and be an instructor was planted and his journey had just began. The cornerstone of music and dance led him to join the elementary school band in 6th grade and continued all the way through high school. As a teenager, Ryan transitioned his focus from ballroom dance to a more contemporary free style. In 1998, Ryan moved to Florida and started a new journey. Alongside music and dance was the dream of owning his own restaurant and lounge. An adventure that would consume the next 17 years of his life. While achieving his dream of owning a restaurant, music and dance faded. In 2015, he was robbed, shot and beaten leaving his restaurant one night. Surviving that, life offered him a new lease. Ryan met Martin and Noelia in spring of 2018 trying to sell them marketing packages. The energy and feel of the studio rekindled his flame and desire to dance and instruct. Expressing his dream to be a dance instructor was taken as a sales tactic. What a surprise! Later that year, Ryan achieved all 1st place medals at his first competitive dance competition. Also, in December of 2019, he passed his DiVida certification with honors to become a “certified” professional ballroom dance instructor in American Standard and Rhythm styles. Ryan truly believes that, ” It’s never too late to achieve your dreams!”.
Maxim Degtiarev was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 1997. When he was 3 years old, his family had to move to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Max began his dancing career at the age of 8 when he starts attending dance lessons by accident with a group of Russian people his parents meet. Yanina Koretska and Eugenio Dmytrenko founded IBD, one of the first Ballroom Dance Studios in Argentina, and was in that place where Max learn all the foundations of this particular dance style.
During high school, he took all the lessons he could, dancing on weekends, and competing every three months with the costumes his mom made for him. After all his efforts and dedication the results began to show. He spent three years as a South American finalist in Latin and Standard styles and won the title of National Ballroom Champion in 2017.
Shortly before his championship title, he accepted a position at IBD as an instructor and started teaching his own lessons. Two years later, he completed and received a WDSF(World Dance Sport Federation) certificate as Ballroom Dance Instructor in Latin and Stardard styles.
Finishing high school and looking for inspiration, Max was introduced to the world of Lindy Hop. Swing Out Studio, was a place with a lot of fun for Max, he spends there two years learning all he could. He took lessons of ballet, jazz, contemporary and social dances like salsa and bachata.
One day he received an unexpected call from Martin Cardoso and Noelia Guerrero. They needed instructors. Having only one year to prepare himself for this wild and wonderful adventure. Chasing his dreams of traveling the world and competing internationally, he took a leap of faith. Accepting a position at M&N Dance Studio in 2019, his long and exciting journey continues…