Meet Your Instructors
American Ballroom Instructor
Sherwood Leo Denmon, Jr. (aka: Woody). Woody has been instructing different styles of American Style Ballroom and Latin dances for 10 years. Throughout his four years teaching career he has choreographed many first dances for wedding couples, father daughter dances, and showcases. He teaches variety of ballroom dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango, as well as multiple Latin dances such as the Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing. The dances he enjoy the most are the fun and sexy Salsa, the hot and exciting Tango, and the flirty Cha Cha. He really enjoy dancing but nothing is more exciting to him is to a students face light up when they have learned a dance and performed in front of crowds and enjoyed themselves.
Country & Western Dance Instructors
Brian & Melinda Evans
Brian & Melinda are no strangers to the Country World. They have completed in the United Country Western Dance Council UCWDC event. They have been teaching for 5 years.
West Coast Swing Instructors
Cindy & Mike Norge
Cindy & Mike has been teaching and completing in the World Swing Dance Council (WSDC) for 8 years. They travel to different workshops and takes private lesson from Pro West Coast Swing Instructor to better themselves as dancers and instructors.
Deborah “Dede” Anderson
A native of New York City, Dede found Salsa Dance in her junior years in school that became a newfound love that progressed to her adult years. During this period, she was approached to join and tour abroad with The LaRocque Bey Dance Theater African Dance troupe at age 14, she won contests at the Stardust Ballroom, The Roxy, Copacabana and local social parties, as well as paired with a partner creating Salsa routines for Latin Dance events, and provided private instruction for couples and groups. Additionally, here in her home of Hampton Roads, Dede found a way to incorporate dance into her Vinyasa Yoga sequences after attaining her RYT-200 Yoga Instructor Certification and training through Zenya Yoga Academy here in Newport News, with a self-created “Yoga Dance” format incorporating Latin Dance. She has taught at Garden of Zen, Zenya, and a major corporation as part of their Wellness Program. Dede has also studied Modern, Improvisational and African dances, as well as helped to warm up the NYC Marathon Runners while honing her Jazz Dance skills at the Broadway Dance Center under Sue Samuels and Frank Hatchett. Dede loves to share her passion and love for Salsa, especially with beginners to the dance, showing how you can express yourself, have fun, get great exercise and share something with a community of others in Newport News, the Peninsula and anywhere!
Elizabeth has been Zumba certified for over 2 years and has taught at various locations throughout Newport News. She is looking forward to continuing her Zumba passion at Country Bootleggers and can’t wait to start teaching. She is married to her wonderful husband for 12 years and they have 2 beautiful daughters. She grew up in Newport News and still lives with her family. She currently is a HR Analyst for a government contractor.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Margaret has the moves in her veins… She’s discovered a way to merge her Latin heritage, experience dancing Latin rhythms, and passion for sports and fitness through Zumba®.
Margaret used to work in Marketing at an Insurance Company but she left the corporate world to raise her two beautiful daughters with her husband Kevin. After moving to VA, she fell in love with Zumba® realizing the incredible energy that she had after each class. That would keep her coming back for more and more! Her weekly classes, quickly become three and four weekly visits. Margaret was having so much fun, in addition to noticing the huge physical, emotional and mental benefits, that she decided to take it to the next level and become an Official Zumba® Instructor.