ROXANNE MAIER (Owner)
~Tango, Salsa, Salsa Rueda, Swing and all styles of Ballroom
Roxanne Maier has been a social and competitive dancer and teacher since 1985. Beginning with Ballroom dance and Swing, she competed successfully in all forms of partner dance from 10 dance champion (latin and smooth), street swing and salsa. Her Ballroom and Latin coaches were Stephen and Lindsey Hillier, Hazel Fletcher, Pierre Alaire, Dianne Gingerich, Sam Sadano, Linda Dean, Bob Madeiros, Ron Montez, Bill Sparks, Tim Auclair, Ramiro Gonzales, Chris (“no bones”) Jones. She retired from professional competition in 1999. After retiring Roxanne and her husband opened Convergence Dance and Body Center studio in Richmond Heights/Clayton area and sponsor many local events.
She expanded her love of dance and learning when she dicovered Argentine tango. After a milonga in New York, and an initial tango lesson from Daniel Trenner, one of the dancers who helped re-introduce the dance to North America, Roxanne pursued tango with a dedication and passion that continues to this day. Since 1997 she has made regular trips to Buenos Aires and studied with Argentine master teachers/dancers including, Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, Juan Carlos, Rudolfo & Maria Cieri, Miguel Angel Zotto, Osvoldo Zotto & Lorena Ermocida, Pablo Inza, Pablo Villarazza, Dana Frigoli, Chicho Frumboli, Susanna Miller, Alicia Pons, Carlos Gavito, Maria Frangelini and Dany “El Flaco” Garcia.
Roxanne brought her knowledge of this unique dance back home and in addition to year-round classes at Convergence has taught solo and with a partner at Tangofest and Valentango, the two largest dance festivals in North America.
Roxanne has brought many master teachers to the Saint Louis area for workshops, advanced level classes and dance events. In addition to special classes, Convergence Dance and Body Center hosts weekly practicas, and weekly milongas, providing students with multiple opportunities to practice and grow as dancers. She brings her experience and love of dance, music and puzzles into the classroom. Her classes are technical and precise but her method makes it logical and fun which allows students to get back to the enjoyment of listening to great music while dancing.
Convergence also hosts an annual dancers immersion course in Buenos Aires every year in March that has grown in popularity to the point of selling out the last two years! Her background is extensive and she is the founding dancer of the tango community in St Louis.
In her desire to dance forever she encountered the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM of exercise in 2009 and offers private and semi private lessons in this exciting new training method in the new studio location. If you want to be able to dance forever, you need to try it. If you want to be healthy and and continue not only to do what you love but to improve, you need to try it. Whether you are a dancer, golfer or runner you want complete freedom of movement and this can help you achieve that.
DR JC MAIER (Owner)
Dr. Maier has studied the human body and nutrition for over 30 years and has enjoyed a lifelong participation in athletics and physical fitness. As a chiropractic physician, he understands the body and how it is supposed to move. He wholeheartedly embraces the chiropractic philosophy that in order
for the body to function properly, it must move properly. And as a former teacher of music and of dance, he takes the time to educate each patient about their particular situation and the best approaches for care management.
Dr. Maier has been trained in various techniques and styles of care including Diversified, Logan Basic, Activator, FAKTR®, Cox Flexion-Distraction, Thompson, and Loomis Institute of Enzyme Nutrition. If you like the good ol’ fashioned crackand pop or prefer a softer, easier approach, he has the appropriate technique for you.
He has also studied various forms of ballroom and social dancing since 1996. After discovering Argentine Tango in 1997, he has traveled to Argentina numerous times to study with the old masters as well as today’s rising stars. His experience as a dancer, combined with his extensive knowledge of the human body, makes Dr. Maier’s treatments effective and a favorite among dancers both young and old.
~Tango, Salsa, Salsa Rueda, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia,Cha Cha, Folkloric and Social Ballroom
Robert McKenney was born into a dancing environment. He grew up around the idea that people danced together in an embrace to music of many different origins. He decided at 16 that he wished to participate in dancing largely due to the interesting people and cultures that he encountered through the art and practice of dance. He began his studies with his mother at age 16 and in a short time was assisting in classes. Robert has studied worked with expert teachers in the U.S. as well as several master teachers in Argentina who have shaped and influenced Argentine tango and Latin dance.
Robert has traveled to Argentina three times, has assisted on the annual Convergence Dance and Body Centers tours to Buenos Aires and has immersed himself in the culture and dance world of Buenos Aires by studying with Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Pablo Inza, Sabastian Arce and Mariana Montes. Robert is heavily influenced by the early style of Geraldine Rojas and Javier Rodriguez. In addition he has studied the art of teaching and structure of dance from his mother Roxanne Maier and Daniel Trenner. Robert has an incredible fundamental knowledge of social dancing that is unique for his years, plus a cultural knowledge of Argentina and the Spanish language. Robert now teaches year-round classes with his partner Roxanne Maier. He has taught workshops which cover everything from fundamentals and technique to advanced level tango in St. Louis and has also taught at workshops in the mid west like UMKC. He is also certified to teach Argentine folkloric dance. He is a young man with an incredible fundamental and technical knowledge of social dancing that is unique for and because of his age.
In addition to teaching, Robert has danced and performed all over the United States and Argentina and regularly performs in the St Louis area. He has danced everywhere from the popular, historic Muny Theater to Busch Stadium in front of thousands of people, as well as performing regularly in the St. Louis area.
Robert has a passion for the music and because of this has been very influential in developing an extensive musical library that has something for everyone from Reggaeton to classic golden era tango. He has been invited to DJ in Chicago for several New Year’s Eve events, to Kansas City for the Spring Fling tango festival, and to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to various tango events and milongas. He is a popular local DJ, and can be found playing music at The Ritz and The Tango Lounge every month
~ Competetive and Social Ballroom
Born into a family of award-winning dancers, David shared his family’s love of dance early on. At age 11, he began competing in national ballroom dance competitions. By age 13 he began assisting in teaching Latin dance classes for other children, where he soon discovered he also had a passion for teaching dance. With this dual passion for teaching and dancing, he quickly became both a professional instructor and a pro competitor—a decision requiring countless hours of training under recognized national and world champions.
With nearly two decades of experience and skill in teaching, partnering and competing, his Ballroom dance students in every age and level of dance have received “Top Student” national championship and scholarship awards in competitions from coast-to-coast recognized by the National Dance Council of America and the prestigious Dancers Cup Tour. This successful partnership has earned David numerous local, regional and national “Top Teacher” awards.
David and his professional dance partner were finalists in national competition in the American Smooth division and championship Rising Star events. Along with competing, David performs and partners with local pro and amateur dancers in expositions and charity events such as Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, Dancing in the Loop, Forget-Me-Not Ball and performances with the Glen Miller Orchestra and many others.
David’s performing and teaching success is grounded in his philosophy that “if you want to dance, the only thing stopping you is you.” Whatever his student’s goal—exercise, hobby, wedding, performance, competition, achievement of a life-time skill—David’s goal is for his students to find they can dance and have fun doing it!
~ Bellydance and Ballroom