About Sacramento Dance Center

In 2011, ballroom enthusiasts Bill and Bobbi Roth founded Sacramento Dance Center to provide a welcoming place for Sacramentans to enjoy ballroom dancing. After years of bringing quality instruction and friendly social dance to the Sacramento dance community, they turned ownership over to Evgeny and Victoria Malko. Evgeny and Victoria have been with Sacramento Dance Center since its beginning, and seek to honor the legacy of the founders, continue to provide excellent training and a friendly atmosphere, and make Sacramento Dance Center an exceptional place to dance.

Our Dance Instructors

Evgeny Malko

Evgeny is one of the premier dance teachers in the Sacramento and Bay Area region. Evgeny graduated from St. Petersburg University with a Masters degree in Ballroom Dancing and Performing Arts. The Russian Federation awarded him the qualifications of Instructor and Choreographer in Creative Arts, Master of Dancesport (Ballroom Dancing and Ballet). Evgeny and his brother have produced numerous dance theater productions. Evgeny has also won a number of Professional Rising Star Championships.

Victoria Malko

Victoria is one of the top professional dancers in the United States. She and her partner won the Smooth Open Professional Championship at San Francisco's International Grand Ball, placed fifth at Los Angeles' World Embassy Ballroom's Open Championship, and placed sixth as Open Professional Smooth Finalists at the 2014 U. S. National Ballroom Dance Championship. Her students have placed as finalists at the Pro/Am Senior Open Championship level. Victoria is a sought after dance coach, travelling regularly on the international circuit to give private coaching session and conducting workshops for amateur and professional couples.

Wesley Horn

Wesley is a native of Florida where he owned a Ballroom Dance Studio before moving to California in 1977. Wesley is an experienced Ballroom dancer and instructor. He and his wife Jackie began hosting our Wednesdays Tea Dance a few years ago and have built it into a successful program. For the class prior to the Tea Dance, Wesley spends 2 weeks on each dance, rotating amongst Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, East Coast Swing, and Bossa Nova.

Kat Painter

Kat Painter is an Advanced-level West Coast Swing dancer and has over 25 years of dance experience in various forms of dance styles, including Country, Ballroom, Swing, Latin, Line Dancing, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and others. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Dance and has been teaching couple dancing for over 20 years. As a competitor, Kat actively participates in the World Swing Dance Council, the Country Two Step Tour, and the United Country Western Dance Council circuits. In 2018 Kat took the 1st place in the Advanced World Swing Dance Council Championships and in the Advanced/All Star CTST Jack and Jill Divisions at the United Country Western Dance Council Worlds Dance Championships.  Kat is a professional dance instructor who is known for her focus in lead-and-follow techniques.

Monika Stoneking

Monika Stoneking started her dancing career as a 6 year old in Poland.  She trained in Ballet as well as International Latin and International Standard Ballroom dancing.

She has competed in America and Internationally.  Her competitive career highlights include placing 1st in the Phoenix Dance Challenge, placing 2nd in the San Francisco Open, and placing 2nd in the City Lights Ball of San Jose. 

Monika has more than 20 years of experience in competitive Ballroom and Latin Dancing.  She has applied her experience to Pro-Am partnerships as well as teaching students and wedding couples.

Monika is currently accepting new students – individuals and couples – for International Latin, Standard competitive dancing, Wedding dancing, as well as social dancing.

Hunter Stephens

Hunter is currently a professional Latin competitor dancing with his partner, Killian Stephens. He began ballet training while living in Utah and Arizona and then went on to study ballroom focusing on the smooth Latin dances. Hunter has trained with Louis VanAmstel, Ashley Delgrosso, Corky Ballas, Rick Robinson, Gary McDonald, Inna Berlizyeva and Toni Regrave, just to mention a few. We are thrilled to welcome the addition of Hunter to our team of talented professional instructors.

Lance Oliver

Lance has been teaching couple dancing for over 24 years.   His focus is on social partner dancing, including Ballroom, Rhythm, Argentine Tango, Hustle, Salsa, and Swing.  Lance is well known for his ability to help students to relax and to really enjoy dancing.

Elliott Genovia

Elliott has been a Latin Club dancer and teacher for 20 years. He has trained with many highly regarded performers, including Raul Ante, Scott Patterson, Isabelle Rodriguez, and Ava Apple. Elliott continues to hone his dancing and teaching skills by attending frequent training sessions with many professionals.

Elliott is expanding his capabilities in Kizomba with Emile and Nika Carter, Salsa on 2 with Ava Apple, and Bachata/Salsa through his membership in the Island Touch franchise.  Elliott teaches for Genovia Dance at public and private venues in the Sacramento area.  

 

We are proud to have Elliott on our staff at the Sacramento Dance Center (SDC) in Rancho Cordova.

Steve Lupi

 

Steve has specialized in Argentine Tango for over 17 years as dancer, instructor, choreographer, and musician.  He has studied with numerous world-renowned Argentinian maestros and performers -- stars of film (The Tango Lesson, Tango, Valentina's Tango, etc.) and Broadway stage productions (Tango Argentino and Forever Tango).  Notable and influential instructors include Mariam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo (winners of Fox's Superstars of Dance and choreographers for So you Think You Can Dance), Gustavo Naveira and Gisele Ann, Fabian Salas and Lola Diaz, Guilermina Quiroga, Claudio Villagra, Hugo Patyn, Maria and Carlos Rivarola, Junior Cervila, Nick Jones, Diana Cruz, Nito and Elba Garcia.

 

Steve conducts workshops, coaching, and private sessions, as well as performances both privately and publicly in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas. His approach emphasizes developing proper technique, exploring innovative figures, and application to music.

Our Students

Hear it From the Dancers

Best place to go dancing in Sacramento. Biggest & best dance floor in the area. They serve wonderful refreshments at all their social dances. Dances are on Fri. nights, & Tea dances on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. Wednesday dance is for dancers who love to have fun, be with like minded people, dance to fun ballroom music. They do theme dances occasionally. If you haven't been yet, please try it soon. They are undergoing some changes that promise your best dance experience yet.

Jackie Hunter

Best ballroom dance studio in the Sacramento area! I am a competitive Latin dancer, and Sacramento Dance Center (SDC) has the best Pro-Am instructors I have ever worked with. Also, the Smooth instructor, Genya, and his Professional partner, Anna, were recently finalists in Blackpool! Lots of talent here and a beautiful studio with many dance rooms.

Karen Garrett

Great place to learn how to swing dance. I really like the instructor for the west coast swing dance class on Monday nights. Very skilled and the dance moves are very useful and fun. No social dancing after the lesson is over, so I have to practice at other venues.

Aaron Klapheck

Unlike other studios, Sacramento Dance Center's classes are 55 min. to 1 full hour. The weekly Sunday Newcomer class from 4:30 to 6 PM is a fantastic deal for people who want to learn to social dance quickly, since a supervised practice session after the 1 hour class is included in the price of only $8. Staff and regular customers are very friendly and welcoming. The place is beautiful. The teachers really care about the students' progress. Their special events are full of fun. What's more do you want in a dance studio? Sacramento Dance Center is BAR-NONE!

Michiko Cantor

Top notch instruction from excellent teachers who are also amazing dancers and wonderful people. If you've ever wanted to dance, this is a great place to take your first steps... and if you're looking to improve your dancing or you're looking to add to your dancing arsenal, it's also a great place to work on achieving those goals. I've had both group and private lessons with Aleksei, Victoria, and Genya. They never disappoint! 😊

If you have always wanted to learn how to dance, need that beautifully choreographed wedding dance, or want to take your dancing to the next level, look no further than Sacramento Dance Center!! The Owners and Instructors are incredibly caring, patient, and have multiple decades of high quality dance instruction. Not only that, but the owners and Instructors are/were world and nationally ranked competitors (top 5)!!! Don’t believe me, come down to the studio and check it out: your only regret will be that you didn’t come to Sacramento Dance Center Sooner!

You can’t beat the quality of the facility and more importantly, of the instruction you will receive. Whatever your dance goals are, this is the best place to achieve them!
If you want a safe, clean, fun place to dance...look no further.

Best place to dance or learn to dance in the Sacramento area!

Want to learn more about how other dancers experience our Dance Studio? Contact us today.

11270 Sanders Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

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