About Us

Lania Berger
Manager/Franchisee

Lania Berger - Manager/FranchiseeLania Berger’s professional dancing career has had her dancing on the Castle Stage of Walt Disney World Florida and Tokyo Disneyland Japan; she has also danced in the Christina Applegate movie, “Just Visiting”, the cable TV show “Jackson Street”, Studio 10 TV, Fox News, Daytime, The List, So You Think You Can Dance, and several independent films. Her ballroom career started in 1998, when she won her first Swing Championship. From there she went on to compete in American Rhythm, American Smooth, and Freestyle Salsa. She has been an open professional finalist in Atlantic City, Manhattan, LA, Hawaii, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and at the prestigious Las Vegas World Dance-O-Rama.

A recipient of the World’s Top Arthur Murray Ballroom Specialist Award, World’s Top Arthur Murray Executive Award, multiple Arthur Murray International Community Service Awards, Outstanding Facility Award, Gold Level Excellence Award, and the coveted Arthur Award, Lania is proud to be the Assistant Area III Chairperson for the Arthur Murray International Organization.

The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the year, AMPH is proud to have been a featured dance facility on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars! BBC Worldwide searched the Tampa Bay area for a studio to shoot the practice sessions in. Impressed by the large floor, beautiful space, friendly staff, and great reputation in the community, AMPH was selected. For three weeks former WWE star, Chris Jericho, and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, practiced their Cha Cha Cha and Quickstep at AMPH. Additionally, AMPH’s staff and studio have been featured on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance for their charity work with Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, and have been recipients of many Top Studio Awards during the Tournament of Champions.

 

 

David
Dance Director / Instructor

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Originating from Orlando, David has been with the Arthur Murray Company since he graduated high school. He has had the privilege of teaching at Arthur Murray Palm Harbor since the very first lesson in 2008.  Since helping to open the studio he has risen through the ranks to become the studio Dance Director and a Professional Competitor.

David’s dancing has been showcased on Studio 10 TV, Fox News, and Daytime Television.  He was also seen on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance, dancing with his student from Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind.  David has lead his competitive students to top Scholarship Awards, Dancing with the Local Stars Championships, and even a half-time Latin Dance Show for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football Team.

It’s no wonder the ladies find it a joy to follow David!David has been awarded the prestigious Arthur Murray Top Specialist Award on multiple occasions, signifying his great ability to help new students learn their very first steps on the dance floor.  He has a joy and a spirit that shines on his lessons transforming his students into confident and comfortable social dancers or strong and expressive competitors!  He takes great pleasure with working at his students’ pace and watching their dancing grow.

Watch David’s Episode of On the Ballroom Beat Here!

Misha
International Instructor

Misha - International Instructor Born in Moscow, Russia, Misha was trained by some of the world’s greatest Ballroom Dance coaches from a young age. This training, coupled with Misha’s extraordinary talent, have been the perfect mix for worldwide success! Misha is proud to have been part of the elite Top 50 World Couples in the IDSF World Ranking list. He was also a Finalist for the prestigious Russian Cup, an honor achieved by few.

An International Champion in Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Netherlands, France, and Finland, Misha has an extensive background in Ballroom and Latin Dancing that make him a world-class dancer! He has been a finalist in more than 40 international competitions all over the world, and Arthur Murray Palm Harbor is proud to have him sharing his extensive knowledge with our students!

In addition to being a world-class competitor and dancer, Misha is a patient, creative, and fun instructor. He is proud to have helped his students achieve their dancing goals, from high level competitive goals, to simple goals like being able to dance in the kitchen with a loved one! With a Masters degree in Sports, Misha does a wonderful job of making even the most advanced steps simple and fun to learn.

 

Watch Misha’s Episode of On the Ballroom Beat Here!

 

Megan
New Student Director

Megan - Receptionist/Instructor Megan joined Arthur Murray Palm Harbor through the Arthur’s Intern Program in the Spring of 2013. With her extensive dance background in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical, coupled with her effervescent personality, the end of her internship marked the beginning of her Arthur Murray career.

The Runner-up of Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars 2014, Megan enjoys helping her students to shine on the dance floor! At the Arthur Murray International Dance Convention Megan competed in the Jack & Jill competition in the hustle and salsa, and studied with some of our industry’s finest coaches. Training with Champion dancers such as Maria & Hunter Johnson and Miriam Larici & Leonardo Barrionuevo, Megan has become a great ballroom dancer, but more than that, a great teacher. In fact, when So You Think You Can Dance judge, and television and silver screen star, Jenna Elfman came to prepare for National Dance Day, she took a private lesson with Megan to brush-up on the Beginner’s Flash Mob choreography!

Megan has been seen dancing on NBC’s Daytime and The List. She has danced on the Palm Harbor Main Stage during the Citrus Festival. But for her, the most rewarding part of teaching at Arthur Murray Palm Harbor has been helping beginning dancers to gain confidence and comfort social dancing, because Megan knows first-hand how dancing can change a person’s life.

 

Zachariah
Instructor
The winner of multiple national and world youth championships, including the USA National Championships 2012, Zachariah has had a special love for social and competitive ballroom dancing for as long as he can remember. With additional training in ballet and jazz, his teaching methods are multi-faceted and easy to follow. In addition to the competition floor, Zachariah has been seen dancing on the Home Shopping Network’s Ballroom Marathon.

 

 

 

Brandon
Front Office / Instructor
brandon_profileBrandon’s enthusiasm for dance is infectious! As a member of the Arthur’s Interns program of 2016, he had the pleasure of working with coaches such as West Coast Swing Champion, Jimmy Mulligan, co-creator of the Zouk syllabus, Jessica Holty, and his Murray Mentor, Ekaterina Vaganova from Dancing with the Stars Italy. A featured cha cha dancer on NBC’s Daytime, Brandon loves to perform – singing, acting, and especially dancing.

 

 

Sarah
Front Office / Instructor
sarah_profileSarah joined the Arthur Murray Palm Harbor team through the Arthur’s Interns program in the spring of 2016. She has since performed with the AMPH team on NBC’s Daytime, and competed in the Murray Mentor Dance Competition. A proud member of the International Thespian Society, Sarah serves as a mentor in the theater department at Countryside High School. When Sarah is not ballroom dancing she enjoys gymnastics, hip-hop dancing, and reading. Sarah is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Arthur Murray Palm Harbor team, and looks forward to helping her students improve their lives through dancing.

 

Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars Season 12
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke of DWTS Season 12Arthur Murray Palm Harbor is proud to have been a featured dance facility on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars! BBC Worldwide searched the Tampa Bay area for a studio to shoot the practice sessions in. Impressed by our large floor, beautiful space, friendly staff, and great reputation in the community, Arthur Murray Palm Harbor was selected. For three weeks former WWE star, Chris Jericho, and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, practiced their Cha Cha Cha and Quickstep in our facility. You can see segments of their practice sessions in our facility throughout season 12 of Dancing with the Stars, on Insider, Entertainment Tonight, and WWE Smackdown.

Check out the youtube link to see our beautiful facility:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc-U7wpLs7o

We are the studio with the deep maroon walls and the juke box in the background. (The other studio is in L.A.) So why not dance where the stars do? Come to Arthur Murray Palm Harbor . . . As seen on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!

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