Instructors

Charles L Thomas / Owner and Certified Instructor

Certified ballroom and latin dance instructor that has been teaching men, women and couples how to dance for over 28 years all over the US and Canada sharing his love of dance and all the benefits that come with it.

Other achievements include: pioneering the first and only weekly same sex ballroom dance event in Palm Springs, invited to be a guest instructor at several venues including Palm Desert High School, the I W Club in Indian Wells, Palm Springs Pavillon on Wednesday nights as well as choreographed and performed at many charity events including Dancing with the Desert Stars and Dancing with Our Stars. Charles believes that classes and private lessons should be fun, educational and entertaining with proven methods that make it easy to learn by interrelating all the dances into one complete package while giving each dance its own look, feel and personality.  Premier Ballroom Dance  and has only the top instructors so that your instruction is the best! 

Elvia Gomez / Instructor and Event Organizer

Having quality and experienced instructors at Premier Ballroom Dance Studio is what we're all about. We are so fortunate to ballroom and latin dance veteran Elvia Gomez. She loves what she does and it shows while bringing with her over 32 years experience to everything she does not to mention a warm and friendly personality that makes everyone who's around her feel appreciated and welcomed. She is the creator and organizer of 2 benefit showcases a year  in December and in the Spring  as well as many other note worthy events. 


Van Spencer / Instructor and Choreographer

An incredible instructor with over 35 years experience we are thrilled to have this exceptionally talented performer and instructor at Premier. Van's resume is extensive. Using his talent to choreograph, perform and compete in numerous local, state and national competitions. A former Dance Fever and Star Search television show winner. He and his dance partner were also featured on numerous television shows including: David Letterman, Joan Rivers, Arsenio Hall, Regis and Kathie Lee and Sally Jesse Rafael. In Las Vegas, Van was a Solid Gold Live stage dancer, a performer in Cirque Du Soleil and had a gymnastic act at the Tropicana and an Ensemble Cast Dancer in DWTS for 2 Summer Live Tours. He's been featured in numerous magazines  including the Globe and People Magazine. 

Gary Gaulin / Argentine Tango Instructor

We're thrilled to have Gary join our studio. Licensed Chiropractor in Palm Desert. His knowledge of this sexy and sultry dance is extensive and now he's ready to share his knowledge with you. As a Chiropractor he has studied body and joint mechanics as well as the physics of the body motion. He also taught at Heald Business College in Northern California for 4 years, and continues to teach other Chiropractors the technique he uses in practice. For the last 6 years he has been studying Argentine Tango and it’s techniques. He brings a unique set of skills and methods to teaching this dance