Bonita started her classical training on scholarship with the Pennsylvania Fine Arts Program for Gifted Students where she studied ballet and contemporary dance. She danced with the Dick Wilson Afro Cuban Dance Company and crossed over into ballroom dance at 19.
She is a three time United States Finalist, Vice Champion in Ballroom and U.S. Bronze medalist in Rhythm. She toured internationally with Dancing Nights and performed in Osaka, Japan, with guest performances for Fashion Aide Japan, and in the U.S. for The American Ballroom Company, Joffrey Ballet’s collaboration with Attila Glatz Concert Productions, and Cincinnati Pops.
She has choreographed for PBS specials, Columbus Foundation, and various other convention and promotional events.
Bonita served on the Arthur Murray International Dance Board, as Regional Dance Director, and on the creative team for the company’s exhibition syllabus. She is a National Ballroom judge with a Fellowship in the five disciplines of ballroom dance.
Maura started ballroom dancing at the age of 4 in the small, picturesque city of Brindisi in Southern Italy. It all started with watching the Italian version of Dancing With The Stars and falling in love with everything she saw, from the dancing to the sparkly dresses.
Once she started her dance journey, Maura found her biggest challenge was to find a partner. Unsurprisingly, it was difficult to find a boy interested in ballroom dancing. But with a little luck and promise of candy + homework help, it worked. With her partner of 10 years, Maura accomplished great results in competitions all over Italy and Europe.
Her love of all things dance saw Maura through many challenges both on and off the floor, including bullying in her adolescence. However her passion grew stronger than ever during these tough times and drove her to become an Italian Ballroom Dance Champion in the International Standard division.
To further pursue her dance career, Maura moved to the United States four years ago where she has since expanded her repertoire to now include American Smooth and Rhythm. Adapting to this new lifestyle, and a new language, has presented an exciting new challenge for her.
But, for her dance passion, Maura would do anything… and that’s exactly what she’s done!
Joshua Tilford was born in Dallas, Texas on August 18, 1982. His family encouraged him at a young age to participate in sports and performing arts. From the age of 4 through adolescence he played competitive soccer, track and field, baseball and basketball. During this time he also sang in numerous choirs, acted in school musicals, and became one of the best French Horn players on a state level.
Excelling at Music, Performing Arts and Sports were central to his development and led him to his current career.
Academically, he enjoyed reading and science for his formative years, which lead him to study Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University in Missouri as well as English Literature at Miami University of Ohio.
A strong desire to heal, help, teach and perform led him to his current career. He found ballroom dance after his studies at University and has been a continuous student of music, movement, and performance while building his business and becoming one of the top Pro-Am and Professional competitors in the U.S.
He has been a recipient of numerous awards and championships, most notably a consecutive six-time top 10 teacher in the World ProAm Dancesport Series, a three-time Global Dancesport Series top teacher, as well as winning many Rising Star and Open Professional events on a state and regional level.
He currently owns and operates Dance Manor, a studio located in North Avondale and lives there with his wife, two daughters and a Pug.
Jeremy and Desiree’ Mainous
Jeremy and Desiree’ Mainous are the Franchisees of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Montgomery. Jeremy started his dancing journey as a Swing Kid in the 90’s and started at Arthur Murray nearly 20 years ago. Desiree’ began dancing at the age of 3 with Ballet, Tap and Jazz and found her love for Ballroom at Arthur Murray’s in 2004. Together, they opened their franchise in 2010 and continue the love of sharing the joy, happiness, peace and passion of partner dancing to every student who walks through their door. They are also the very proud parents of their amazing son, Jameson Styles Mainous (age 9) and would like you to always remember to Dance With Your Heart and Dream With Your Feet.
Christian was first introduced to Ballroom Dancing at a community college in high school for Physical Education credits. It was here the spark was first lit.
Christian went on to continue his education at Cedarville University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. Continuing his education, Christian earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Wright State University.
Fast forward several years when the dormant spark truly burst into flame when a good friend invited Christian to Phoenix Rising Latin and Ballroom for a social dance party. Upon meeting the owners, he shared his desire to pursue ballroom dancing competitively and that desire remains strong to this day.
His achievements include 2018 Michigan Dance Challenge Argentine Tango Championship Finalist, 2018 Cleveland Dancesport Challenge Best of the Best Theatre Arts Winner, and 2018 Ohio Star Ball Best of the Best Theatre Arts Finalist.
When he is not dancing, Christian enjoys cooking, entertaining friends and family, watching movies, and listening to Skillet, Nightwish, and Three Days Grace.
Leigh started dance lessons in her teens when she was a competitive figure skater. As much as she loved the ice, the ballroom floor became her home. She hung up her skates for dance shoes and never looked backed. Leigh began teaching ballroom dancing full-time 13 years ago. She opened up her own studio, the Cincinnati Ballroom Company, with her dance partner, Brian McNamee in 2009. Her studio has grown substantially in the years since, and she continues training with the best of the best in the Ballroom world in the International Latin, American Rhythm and Smooth Styles. She competes with her students in Pro/Am competitions and has choreographed and performed for numerous events locally. Her studio has been featured on many news programs & television shows. Leigh and many of her students can be seen dancing in the 2015 critically acclaimed film, “Carol”.
Aside from teaching Ballroom full time, choreographing collegiate Ice Dance teams and coaching Ice Dancers from all over the region, Leigh stays very busy raising her two boys, a Freshman & Senior at Kings Local High School. After her oldest son enlists in the United States Airforce at the end of May 2021, Leigh has decided to no longer compete Pro/Am. Instead, Leigh is actively working with regional Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Neurolgists to integrate Ballroom dancing as a therapeutic activity for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases, a cause very close to her heart since her own father’s diagnosis 5 years ago.
Leigh strongly believes that ballroom dancing enriches the lives of those of all ages and abilities. She has seen, first-hand, the mind/body connection dancing can bring to the individual. Leigh also knows how important ballroom dancing can be when used as an instrument for couples looking for a deeper connection together.