from Dancing With the Stars


(New Zealand)
Brian Jones, with support from San Diego based Wendy Johnson and DVIDA, one of the officially recognised syllabi of American Smooth and Rhythm, has been promoting and running workshops throughout the country for those interested in expanding their ballroom, Latin American or social dance.
Brian’s interest in the American style developed a number of years ago after meeting Wendy Johnson while Wendy was on holiday in New Zealand. Following the launch of the Kiwi Classic Dance Competition in 2010 and the introduction of Pro/Am (professional with amateur) events, Brian approached DVIDA. He is now able to provide support through workshops as well as resource material via DVD and manuals to teachers and students interested in learning this exciting style.

Historical Development in Brief

Historically, American style ballroom (Smooth) was developing on the west side of the Atlantic during the same period as English style ballroom (Standard) was developing near the east side of the Atlantic. There was a lot of independent development within the styles as well as some cross fertilization. Competition seems to have started to dominate the development of English style fairly early (1920s), while American style was more rooted in social dancing as taught by the Arthur Murray studios and a desire to emulate the stage and screen dancing as epitomized in the Fred Astaire movies.

American Smooth Dances -

Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz

American Rhythm Dances -

Rumba (square), Cha Cha, Samba, Bolero, Mambo, Merengue, East Coast Swing

Wendy Johnson - International Judge, 3 time Choreographer of the Year (North American) Choreographer for ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ USA


Recognized by the National Dance Council of America. Recognized by the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, as their official American Style Syllabus

Bronze Beginner-Intermediate & Silver Advanced DVD’s