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About Diane

Diane Jarmolow is an innovator in the field of ballroom dancing whose passion is providing the resources people need to become outstanding professionals and dance studio owners.

She founded the Ballroom Dance Teachers College in 1992, which offers Teacher Training, Certification Preparation and Business Consulting to aspiring and working ballroom dance professionals at all levels. Her program, the Ballroom Dance Teachers College Curriculum is her greatest accomplishment to date – a 300-hour ballroom teacher training program available to dance studios, teachers and dance enthusiasts.

Diane is the author of Teach Like a Pro: The Ultimate Guide for Ballroom Dance Instructors, a book for both new and experienced dance teachers. She co-created (with Kasia Kozak) the Move Like a Champion training, book and DVD for all ballroom dancers to help them better understand how their bodies work so they can “operate” their own bodies to produce beautiful movement. She is the creator of the remarkable Salesfree Sales Workshops and Audio Program designed for dance teachers to build authentic, long-term relationships with their students.  She has been teaching ballroom dancing since 1978, and has trained hundreds of teachers, including U.S. and International dance champions. She is the founder and former owner/director of the renowned Metronome Ballroom, San Francisco’s “Best Place to Learn to Dance.

She is a DVIDA® National Examiner, and created the original, rigorous, innovative system of professional certification exams which has set a new standard for professional excellence in the industry. Diane is a multiple winner of the “Top Teacher” award at national competitions, a member of the DVIDA® Artistic Advisory Board, a DVIDA® National Examiner, and a DVIDA® Certifying Expert. She has multiple professional certifications with USISTD and U.S. Terpsichore Association.

Diane offers individual and group dance and certification coaching, studio business consulting, and DanceSport adjudication. She is also available for hire to teach seminars and workshops at your studio or event.

Diane is clear in her vision to set out and help others. She completes this with such grace, ease, and poise
— Kathryn Moody, In the Mood Dance Studio, Raleigh North Carolina
I greatly admire the unambiguous clarity and consistency of the DVIDA manuals. Undoubtedly a tribute to a great amount of work and thought by Diane Jarmolow.
— David Phillips
Diane and I connected in January 2014 when I decided to pursue my ballroom teaching certification. We are on opposite sides of the US so our lessons are via Skype. I have always prided myself with having good communications skills, but her teaching style, along with her content, has been highly instrumental in improving my teaching skills and communication with ‘less is more.’ Removing words/or replacing words and phrases has created better results for me and my students. She is a warm and caring instructor, mentor and friend.
— Pam Wood, Ballroom Made Simple, Salisbury Maryland