Our Staff And Instructors
Wilson Barrera - Owner & Founder
Wilson Barrera has over 25 years of experience as a teaching professional, performer, competitor, coach, and choreographer. His solo performances have been acclaimed worldwide by audiences and critics alike. Wilson knew when he was just 16 years old that dancing would be his life.
Born in Colombia, South America, he began to attract the attention of the dance world when he performed as lead dancer in his own Folkloric Dance Company in Miami. This led to his close association with other celebrated dancers around the world, as he became a champion participant in competitions worldwide.
Wilson came to Sarasota in 1996 and founded Ballroom DanceSport Theatre as a professional, non-profit arts organization. This group established an educational dance program in Sarasota and Venice middle high schools as a credited activity. Three years later, in 1999, Wilson opened the first Wilson’s DanceSport International, Inc. studio offering dance events, lessons and competition-level instruction in a variety of dance styles.
“I want every student to feel good, look good and discover themselves all over again,” says Wilson enthusiastically.
His high energy permeates the studio atmosphere and proves that these are not merely empty words. You can feel the joy he has for dance and he shares it with everyone who walks through the door.
Klaudia Kusznierewicz - Instructor
Klaudia Kusznierewicz arrived in Bradenton January 2015. As a competing gymnast, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor, she learned the value of rigorous training. To help relieve the stress of competing, she studied theater and dance. She traveled throughout Europe with a Latin Dance Team performing in many exotic venues.
Klaudia is dedicated to her students and loves to see their smiling faces as they progress andachieve their dream of ballroom dancing.
Sean Mayo - Instructor
Sean was born and raised in Lancaster county PA. He's a true country boy! He is a marine veteran who served in Afghanistan as an infantryman. He came home and began dance as a student at Wilson's. Within a year he won his first competition and decided he wanted to become a professional dancer and instructor. He enjoys sharing the joy, love, and benefits that ballroom dance has to offer with his students. Sean is our lead male instructor.
Neyssa Sossous - Dance Consultant
Neyssa was born in Petionville, Haiti and moved to America at six years old. Growing up, she learned multiple styles of dances including ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. Now she's a ballroom dance instructor and loves that she can pursue a dancing career. Neyssa's goal is to help students find joy and fulfillment through ballroom dance.
Leah Smith - Marketing Assistant Manager & Dance Consultant
Leah is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, she moved to Bradenton in 2017 for a fresh start and new opportunities. She studied TV/Radio broadcasting at Huntington University. Leah loves doing marketing for the studio because she herself, is an active student and dancer. She started ballroom when she was just 12 years old and finds joy and fulfillment sharing her passion for dance with the community. Leah's other passions include figure skating, kayaking, and of course time on the beach. P.S. Ask her about having received two heart transplants.
Terry Mcmahon - Marketing and Building Manager
Terry is our man behind the scenes, he helps keep everything, and we mean everything running smoothly and effectively. He manages our successful marketing program, our website and so much more!