Wendy started out dancing ballet and tap with the Mavis Pakenham School of dance at the young age of eight. Her love of the art gave her the incentive to seek other forms of dance and she quickly fell in love with Ballroom dancing. In 1991, Wendy started teaching at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, to later become DanceSport Dance Studios, where she taught Ballroom, Latin, Rhythm, Country Western and Swing.  Wendy taught and competed for several years before taking a hiatus to start a family. Now, with a wonderful family in full swing, she has returned to the dance floor. Wendy enjoys teaching couples, singles, adults and children as well as performing in showcases, doing choreography and competing.

Two-time Pro-Am U.S. Champion

Eric Mortenson has been teaching ballroom dancing professionally since 1990.  As a certified instructor, he as won many Top Teacher awards in ballroom dance competitions throughout the United States.  His competitive students have won numerous top placements.

Eric teaches all styles of dance including American Smooth and Rhythm, International Ballroom and Latin, Country and Western and Night Club.  He enjoys teaching couples and singles the social aspects of dancing as well as the competitive.

If you are interested in preparing for a special event, a wedding, or you would like to become a better social dancer or a competitive dancer, call Eric.  He likes to make your dance lessons fun and enjoyable no matter what your skill level or dancing goals!

Carmel Mortenson, a certified Ballroom Instructor since 1990, loves to teach all styles of dance including American Smooth and Rhythm, International Ballroom and Latin, Country and Western and Night Club.  She has also been a qualified trainer of dance instructors for many years.


Not only does she dance with her students competitively, she also enjoys helping couples or fathers and daughters prepare for their wedding receptions.  Carmel makes her lessons fun and enjoyable!  She teaches singles, couples and groups at all skill levels.  Call her today to experience her love of dancing and expert skills.


Golden is the owner and Director of Best of Ballroom.  In thirteen years, he has set a standard of ballroom dance accomplishments that few studios in the Nation can claim.  Since inception, his students have competed in all levels, from Bronze to Gold, at dance competitions across the world.  These students have won countless Top Student awards at various events and many of them have been awarded dance scholarships to some of the most prestigious universities in the United States.  He has won numerous Top Teacher awards throughout his career. In 2011 Golden became two time U.S. Rhythm pro-am champion at the United States DanceSport Championships.


Golden teaches private lessons as well as group classes for adults and children. His teaching style has made Best of Ballroom become the most elite dance studio in the state of Colorado for ballroom and Latin dancing. Come in and see why!

Professional Dance Instructor

Professional Dance Instructor

Professional Dance Instructor

Professional Dance Instructor

Professional Dance Instructor

Professional Dance Instructor

Wendy Weatherill

Clint Dean

Eric Mortenson

Nathan Bales

Yvette de la Torre

Carmel Mortenson

Sheila Ragan

Office Manager

Owner/Director/Professional Dance Instructor

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Nicole Worbington is the Social Media and Marketing Director for Best of Ballroom Dance Studio. She is in charge of website material and design as well as the postings on Twitter and Facebook. Stop by Best of Ballroom to see why this is the best place to dance in Colorado Springs!  

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Yvette de la Torre is a certified dance instructor that is passionate about what she does.  She teaches everything from Ballroom to Latin, Country, Weddings, Special Events, and Salsa. Her students range from all ages and dance levels. Yvette desires to take her students to the level they want, whether it is in competing, performing, or socially dancing. Early in her career, Yvette has already taken students to compete and place first. As an active community dancer, she has helped many students enjoy the experience of being trained and confident on the floor! No partner is needed as she offers classes for singles, couples, and groups. Yvette also has a flexible schedule to make it convenient for you to get your lesson in as soon as possible! 

Meet Nathan Bales, professional ballroom dance instructor and competitor at Best of Ballroom. Nathan found the world of dance at the young age  of eleven when he began hip-hop dancing. He enjoys all styles of dancing, but four years into his life as a dancer he found Best of Ballroom and became apart of his new dance family. At fifteen, he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life - be a professional ballroom dancer and teacher.


Currently, Nathan competes professionally in American Rhythm with his partner and wife Jaclyn Washington. He teaches American Rhthym and American Smooth which include (but not limited to) dances such as Cha-Cha, Rumba and Swing as well as Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot. Nathan teaches people of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to advanced dancers, his goal is to make you a better dancer while giving you a great dance experience and putting a smile on your face. Come in and see why Best of Ballroom is the place to be!‚Äč

Clint Folkerts started his dance career more than a decade ago at the Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance.  After serving in the military, his dedication and discipline also served him well in becoming a proficient dancer and soon thereafter a teacher at the studio.  In addition, his love of dance inspired him to also become an accredited ballroom teacher at the Best of Ballroom studio in Colorado Springs along with putting his skills to the test as a ballroom competitor. He has touched countless lives over the years through his passion for dance.