19 July 2013

Professional Profile: Sharon and Marko Pekkarinen

Sharon and Marko Pekkarinen are the owners of the popular ACT American Style smooth and rhythm DANZON Dance Studio, and founders of ASDAC (American Style Dancing and Competition) – The Outback Crown, now in its third successful year of bringing together dancers from all around Australia.  Sharon and Marko have been dancing together for 17 years, with a string of titles under their belt. They are qualified professional teachers with the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD). Sharon has recently added to her qualifications by attaining her professional Fellowships in both smooth and rhythm styles in the USA this year, achieving an amazing 98% near perfect score in her professional assessments. Together, Sharon and Marko have been four times ACT professional On2 Salsa champions. Sharon and Marko strive to make a difference in their students’ lives by fostering a love of dance through quality teaching, and creating a sense of fun and enjoyment through their events, as well as building up a sense of community with their students, staff and extended dance network.

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