Meet Our Staff

   Stefano is the third generation of passionate dancers, born in Rome, Italy. He began dancing in his parents' dance school at the age of 6, and at age 8 started competitive dancing with his first partner. At 16, he won his first Italian Championship, and at 17, he began competing internationally in Standard, Latin, and 10 Dance events. He won his first Italian 10 Dance Championship in that year.

   During his years as a premier international competitor, he accomplished an impressive record of success in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, and other venues throughout Europe. Among the most notable and recognizable successes are multiple Italian Championships in the Latin, Standard, and 10 Dance categories throughout his competitive years. He also accomplished significant results around the world at major international competitions  He and his partner were also named to the “Top 12” pairs in the IDSF World ranking.

   Stefano now turns his considerable talents to teaching, coaching, and choreography.  While Stefano has enjoyed great success as a competitive dancer, instructor, coach, choreographer, and judge, he will tell you his proudest accomplishments are his two children, Anna and Cristian.

Stefano Placidi
Head Instructor 

Jamie began dancing in 2009 and it has been a growing passion in her life ever since.  Jamie always dreamed of dancing competitively and enjoys traveling and competing with business partner Stefano.  She is excited to share her dream of ballroom dancing with the Columbia area.  With her husband, Mike, she is the proud parent of three sons.

  Jamie Barrett
Owner & Operator

Elite Ballroom is proud to introduce our newest instructor Stacy Yergens. Stacy found her love of dancing at the early age of 3, studying everything from tap to jazz, ballet, modern, and lyrical developing her skill set among them for over 18 years. Stacy began competing in a range of styles at the age of 10, winning many titles interstate and receiving national recognition. Stacy's introduction to Ballroom sparked her love and passion immediately as she found out quickly that it was her calling and passion. Her extensive dance background and passion drove her to teaching professionally to enable her to share her gift, love, and enthusiasm. 

 

Stacy's personal competitive achievements include 2014 and 2015 American style 9-dance finalists. Stacy's focus has since developed on sharing her skills with her local community.  Stacy is also the founder and director of SKY Dance Company, and founder of non-profit organization American Dance Foundation.

Stacy is thankful every day that she had the ability and possibility to impact people's lives so positively through sharing her passion and expertise for dance.

Stacy Yergens

    Instructor

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