Ron Montez Goes To Greece - American Style

In January of 2004, Nick Nafpliotis, of Alma Latin Dance Studio and Palladium Dance Sport Center in Athens (yep, that?s two studios), contacted Dance Vision about the DVIDA American Style Syllabus. Nick was so impressed with the videos that complement the manuals and the certification process that he immediately purchased the DVIDA Starter Kit and implemented the DVIDA system in both studios. The staff watched the videos and studied the manuals over the course of several months and in November, Ron Montez went to Greece for 10 days, certifying 21 Teachers and 44 Students. To say the least, this was a huge success for Dance Vision, making its mark overseas.

?Everybody was very happy and excited about the exams. They were organized well and both students & professionals loved Ron. Despite the anxiousness of the first time, Ron was very understanding and cooperative with everyone and that helped a lot. He was not only an excellent professional but also a great person. It is not an exaggeration to say that everybody who took a test would like to give it a go again in the future. We definitely want Ron back in 2006 for more DVIDA exams. At that time our professionals will be tested in the Silver & Gold levels, and we hope to have many more students than now.? Nick Nafpliotis

"In all my travels throughout my dancing career, I have never visited Greece. For this reason, along with many others I looked forward to this special trip. My purpose for this visit was in the capacity of examiner for the Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA).

I didn't know what to expect although Wayne Eng, President of Dance Vision had pre-warned me that there were an incredible number of exams scheduled.

They were especially interesting because all the exams scheduled were in the American syllabus, both rhythm and smooth.

I was extremely impressed by the thorough preparation by the candidates in virtually all cases. The exams were conducted in English, another point that impressed me very much as anyone can imagine.

I discovered that the dance schools in Greece value the American style of dance to a high degree and use it primarily. They have fully realized it's benefits in it's flexibility, social adaptability and pure enjoyment.

There were many excellent exams and among them the former Greek national Latin Champions Stamatis and Vanessa of Palladium and Zorica of Alma Latina.

I was honored to have my wife Karla join me after I had been working a few days, and we were guests for some wonderful dinners. We experienced some new tastes and Greek specialties. We also shopped and visited the old city, the Acropolis and viewed some Olympic sites along with the Parthenon. Overall a very memorable experience!

My congratulations and many thanks to all candidates who performed with a high degree of professionalism. Special thanks to Nick & Zorica of Alma Latina for their excellent planning, scheduling and hospitality.

Also, my appreciation to DVIDA organization and it's extremely vital role in establishing a standardized system of syllabus with examinations for our profession." Ron Montez

CONGRATULATIONS TEACHERS & STUDENTS!

Professionals
Vanessa Nomikov ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate & Master ? High Honors
Evangelia Vandorou - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? High Honors
Lara Hatzigeorgioy - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? High Honors
Dendias Stamatis - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate & Master ? High Honors
Irianna Sklavounaki - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? High Honors
Ellie Katherine Rightweiser - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? High Honors
Ariana-Despina Kangelaridis -- American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? High Honors
Anna Papaioannou- American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? High Honors
Elena Linardki - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? High Honors
Zsorica Lukic-Nafplioti - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate & Master ? High Honors
Agnieszka Czapla - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate & Master ? High Honors
Georgia Zeta Boura - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate & Master ? High Honors
Athanasios Yiannakopoulos - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate & Master ? High Honors
Anna Polizou - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate & Master ? High Honors
Evangelia Stergiopoulou - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Associate ? Honors
Chrysa Theriaki ? American Style Junior Associate ? Honors
Theoni Panousopoulou ? American Style Junior Associate ? Honors
Chryssa Fragopoulou ? American Style Junior Associate ? Honors
Anna Skiada ? American Style Rhythm Bronze One Dance ? Cha Cha/Rumba

Students
Christoforou Stratos ? Full Bronze ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Joanna Karagiannis ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Eva Bourama ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth
Costas Karavalis ? Bronze II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Theoni Panousopoulou ? Full Bronze ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Catherine Podota ? Full Bronze & Silver II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Joanne Kolotourou ? Full Bronze ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Anna Skiada ? Full Bronze ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Anna Skiada ? Silver II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth
Lea Koyrmoyli ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Anna Limoner ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Chrissa Fragkopoulou ? Full Bronze - American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Eva Bourama ? Full Bronze ? American Style Rhythm ? High Honors
Katerina Samonas ? Bronze I - American Style Rhythm ? High Honors
Despina Dasiou ? Bronze I - American Style Rhythm ? Honors
Helen Athimaritou ? Bronze II - American Style Rhythm ? Honors
Evdokia Nestoriadis ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Panagiota Nestoriadis ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Julia Nikolidakis ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Stella Pantelia ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm
Maria-Phoebe Lekka ? Bronze I ? American Style Smooth
Afroditi Mandalakas ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm
Litsa Samonas ? Bronze II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth
Elpida Naflipoti ? Bronze II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth
Vasiliki Evdemon ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? High Honors
Katerina Samara ? Full Bronze ? American Style Smooth ? Honors
Manolis Tsironis ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm
Fivos Sarris ? Bronze II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Tina Theodoritsis ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Korina Leventakis ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm ? Honors
Maria-Helen Efthimiou ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm
Elena Yialozoglou ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth
Maria Leventakis ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm
Aggeliki Maragaki ? Bronze I ? American Style Rhythm ? Honors
Areti Morfiadaki ? Silver II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? High Honors
Mariana Papaglastra ? Bronze II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? High Honors
Souliotis Panagiotis ? Bronze II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth
Panagiota Papadimitriou ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm ? High Honors
Stella Kapsabeli ? Full Bronze ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? High Honors
Maro Sklavounou ? Silver II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? Honors
Zoi Sintihaki ? Full Bronze ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? High Honors
Marikita Stini ? Bronze II ? American Style Smooth
Marikita Stini ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm ? Honors
John Tsamis ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? High Honors
Christina Pavlou ? Bronze II ? American Style Rhythm & Smooth ? High Honors
Elena Makri ? Bronze III ? American Style Rhythm ? High Honors