Our professional dance instructors are from Ballroom Dance Portland. We wouldn't be able to have such a successful event without the help of these four brilliant dancers.   
Polina Kirillova

At the young age of 6, Polina started ballroom dancing and participating in competitions throughout Ukraine and Russia. She later moved to the United States where she continued to compete professionally in Ballroom and Latin before opening Ballroom Dance Portland.

Dancing is her passion and when sharing this art with her students, the subtle elements of correct form, posture, styling, and rhythm are all taught with the utmost care. Every person is different in the way they stand, move, and feel the music. Polina understands this about her students and instructs them to be able bring out their ability to the highest possible level while making her lessons fun and enjoyable for everyone. She teaches all four disciplines (Ballroom, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm) from beginning to an award-winning competitive level.

Ramon Martinez Campos

Ramon Martinez Campos' dance education started at the young age of 11 as a breakdancer and a Salsa dancer in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. He has competed in many cities all around Mexico and has placed 3rd, 2nd, and 1st in multiple competitions. He has judged big events like "Hip Hop International Mexico", "Who's Got the Flavor, Morelia", and many others.

He is the reigning champion of a competition called "Breaking Salsa" in Austin, Texas. Ramon discovered Ballroom Dancing in 2012 and soon became a certified Dance Instructor of the Arthur Murray Dance school in Mexico. While there, he taught Ballroom, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Breakdance. He continued his dance training with International Ballroom and Latin in both Germany and United States. Ramon now resides in Portland, Maine and enjoys teaching and performing with his students at Ballroom Dance Portland. Whether you are an advanced or a beginner dancer, he will help you to feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor.


Merissa Newton

Merissa grew up in New Hampshire and spent her early years as a competitive gymnast. She quickly fell in love with swing and salsa dancing while she was studying in college. She then decided to move to New Orleans where she took Lindy Hop Lessons from Nathalie Gomes for several years. Merissa also joined a local Salsa Dancing group.

In 2013, she moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a PhD in philosophy and was hired to teach ballroom at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Fairfax, Virginia. It was here that she realized her love for ballroom dancing, especially for performing in showcases and teaching. Salsa and Viennese Waltz are her favorite dances.

Merissa married in 2015 and moved to Maine with her husband, Peter. Peter is from Brunswick and coaches soccer at Bowdoin College. She’s excited to be apart of the teaching crew at Ballroom Dance Portland, while also currently teaching philosophy classes at the University of New England and at Southern Maine Community College.

Ian Rodgers

Ian began dancing at the age of 19. He previously practiced gymnastics and yoga, but dance combined his instincts for body control and spatial awareness as well as a passion for movement.

Throughout his dance career, Ian has been in productions of Don Quixote, La Bayadere, and has been The Nutcracker Prince and Cavalier in The Nutcracker for over 10 years. He has participated in many ballet partnering workshops. He has worked with several studios in southern New Hampshire and Maine including Sole City Dance, Northeastern Ballet Theater, the UNH Dance Company, Portsmouth School of Ballet, Neoteric Dance Company, and The Dance Annex’s Annex Contemporary Dance Company.

Now Ian enjoys teaching both Ballroom and Latin styles. He is great to make you feel comfortable on the dance floor even if you have no experience at all. He is a great person to go to for the Wedding Choreography.