Jeff’s Credentials

A renowned, award-winning ballroom dance teacher

By the late 70’s, Jeff had won thousands of dollars competing in Club Disco Hustle also  winning New England, North American, & US national Pro -AM Championships.  The Disco craze soon subsided, he began competing in American and International dance competitions. 

Jeff turned professional in July of 1984 after winning the Gold closed level at the North American Championships. Jeff was a finalist in the Canadian Provincial Basic & Standard Professional Latin Championships, won the New England Professional American Smooth Championships, finished 2nd in the Rising Star Closed Latin North American Championships.

Two separate times at the Eastern United States Championships, in both the Professional Open American Smooth and Professional Open International Latin Divisions, Jeff was a finalist.  His greatest pride is the more than 30 Top Teacher Awards he has won and having kept his position consistently in the list of the Top 75 teachers in North America.  

In March, 2000 Mr. Allen began as a columnist for Dancing USA magazine. The articles appear in the feature heading called “The Dance Lesson.”  Michael Fitzmaurice, Publisher/Editor of Dancing USA magazine, writes in the Editor’s Note of the April/May 2000 issue: “A new addition to the Dancing USA family is Jeff Allen, the author of the hugely successful Quickstart to Dance series.  Jeff possesses an encyclopedic mastery of dance technique, the ability to teach like your favorite professor and the skill to write like the best selling author he is.  He has generously agreed to become a featured columnist focusing on dance fundamentals.  One thing is for certain: Jeff makes people better dancers and has the awards to prove it.” 

Jeff is a National Examiner with DVIDA, Pro-DVIDA, and is an expert in Teacher and Student Syllabus Training and holds Membership credentials with the North American Dance Teachers Association and the Pan-American Teachers Association.  He also holds Associate credentials with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.  Jeff no longer competes in the Open Professional Divisions but he does compete with his students in various Pro / Am divisions. 

His books include: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ballroom Dancing ”, “Quickstart to Social Dancing” ©, “Quickstart to Tango”  and “Quickstart To Swing”©, also “The Complete Guide to Slow Dancing.  Jeff Allen is available for coaching and judging as he continues to offer the highest standard in teaching beginners and advanced students including teachers and professional performers.

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