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Meet the Avant Instructors

Kristin Sutton

Kristin Sutton

General Manager/Hip-Hop/Jazz/Tap/Zumba

Kristin Sutton has been dancing in some form or another for the past 40 years. Kristin began her dance education with Encore Dance Center in Augusta under the direction of Keltie Collins. At the age of 16 Kristin was introduced to Rhythm Tap at Oak Street Dance under the tutelage of Laurie Chaisson. She taught tap, jazz and hip hop at Feet First Dance in Gardiner, Maine from 1998-2002. Kristin has danced as a member of of Rhythm and Sole Tap Company, Rhythm Factor Dance Comapny, and Red Hot & Ladylike Dance Company. Kristin is the current dircetor/choreographer of G-tric Dance Crew and teaches Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Zumba at Avant Dance and Event Center in Westbrook, ME.

Polina Kirilova

Polina Kirilova

Ballroom

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

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.

Polina teaches all four disciplines (Ballroom, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm) from beginning to award-winning competitive level.

Ramon Campos

Ramon Campos

Ballroom, Salsa, Breakdance

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 both in multiple competitions. He has judged big events like "Hip Hop International Mexico", "Boogie Master Mexico", "Who's Got the Flavor, Morelia" and 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 where he taught Ballroom, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Breakdance.
He continued his training in International Ballroom and Latin in Germany and US, continuing to train his students on all levels as an independent dance instructor.
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.

Wendy Edwards

Wendy Edwards

Salsa

Wendy grew up in Maine and began dancing ballroom in 1997 and discovered salsa shortly thereafter. She owes her introduction to salsa to Seemore Johnson of Costa Rica who is now part of the Hips on Fire Team (formerly of Boston, MA; now in Barcelona Spain). Wendy began her studies with him and continued to learn from as many different sources as possible. She has been teaching for 10 years, and has attended Salsa Congresses in Boston, New York, and Connecticut. When she travels she makes it a point to check out the local clubs!