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Michael Rodriguez: Owner/Manager

carol and m2 3 Michael Rodriguez is the owner and head instructor of Innovative Dancesport, the top-ranked competitive ballroom dance studio on Long Island. For the past 12 years, he has developed a successful dance studio offering private and group instruction in all ballroom/latin dance categories. Michael has been ranked top teacher at the Stardust Ball Competition from 1997-2005, the Kings Ball in 2000, the New York Dance Festival from 2005-2011, and at the ROYAL DANCE SPORT CHALLENGE 2012 and 2013. His studio has also been recognized as top studio at all of the above competitions. Michael's students include professional and amateur competitors, performers and social dancers of all levels. His students have received numerous recognition awards and scholarships in the Top Student, Top Junior Student, and American Rhythm and American Smooth Pro/Amateur scholarship categories at many local ballroom dancing competitions. The studio offers group classes for the social dancer, from beginner to advanced, in salsa, cha cha, swing, waltz, foxtrot, tango and many other ballroom dances. michelle 3 Dancing has been a way of life for Michael. In 1985, he began his teaching career under the direction of John Smith, an accomplished and well-recognized studio owner in the Long Island dance community. Since then, he has taught in Florida, Tennessee and New Jersey. His return to his hometown, Long Island, has brought him his biggest success. He is most proud of how his studio has grown over the past 5 years and how his success comes not from advertising, but from word-of-mouth. He is dedicated to his students and considers them part of his family. Michael prides himself in his ability to manage a successful business. He is committed to supporting others in improving their health and well-being through dance and fitness. ariana before Picture 054 Giving back to the community is very important to Michael. In 2004, Michael was the first President of the founding board of the United States Ballroom Foundation, a not-for-profit organization developed within the ballroom community to support victims of terrorism. He was recognized by the USBF for "his service, dedication, and never ending support to the ballroom industry, and continuous contribution to the success of the charities", including the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He has personally set up performances with his students for the elderly in senior communities. Innovative Dancesport is also a major sponsor for the Two Battles Against Rare Cancer Foundation. Michael can be seen in the full-length motion picture, Love N Dancing, written and produced by his former student, Tom Malloy. image Michael was also featured in the TLC show Ballroom Blitz, which aired nationally in 2014.

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