Tino began dancing the day after his 5th birthday. Today he is one of the most sought after coaches in the business.
Being the son of World Champion parents, Tino became a World Professional Ballroom and Latin Champion himself at the 2010 Astaire World Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
He is very proud to be the only Professional World Champion in Michigan. In June of 2018, he also became a Grand Finalist at the World Peabody Championships in San Diego, California. He has been a member of the National Dance Council of America since 1982, is certified in all levels and all styles of every Ballroom and Latin dance, and has accumulated over 150 First Place Top Teacher Awards in his illustrious career. Tino is a Certified Adjudicator and is a 4-Time United States National Open Professional American Style Smooth & Rhythm Champion, capturing 113 Open Professional Smooth & Rhythm Championships across North America. After high school, Tino attended the University of Michigan where he studied dance with their dance team, the Amazin’ Blues.
Many years later, he returned to U of M to become the Coach for their Ballroom Dance Team, and lead them to several National Championship titles. In 2004, Tino was asked to become a United States Olympic team coach/choreographer for an Olympic bound Ice Dancer who ultimately competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Tino represented Detroit on the internationally acclaimed TV show “Dance Fever”, as well as having gotten the chance to perform with Juliet Prowse on the international TV show “Championship Ballroom Dancing”. He has been coached his entire career by the best in the business….the incomparable Sam Sodano. While Tino enjoys working with students of every background and level, his favorite part of dancing is competing.
“There’s nothing like taking a student from their first steps on the dance floor, to a Top Student Award at a major competition. To watch someone grow, not only as a dancer, but as a person in that period of time is what drives me as an instructor. Just be careful….if you tell me you want to be a Champion, I’m going to be aggressively motivating you to help make it happen”. Tino currently runs the largest Dance Partner Search page on Facebook with over 20,000 members.
When not in the studio, Tino is also a Professional Show Dog Trainer and Handler as well as a licensed Real Estate Agent with a Master’s degree in Real Estate Marketing.