Paula Iacono

<span style="color: #800000;">Paula Iacono</span>

Paula Iacono, LISTD in the Ballroom and Theatre Arts branches of the I.S.T.D. and is the Founder and Director of the Iacono Ballroom Center, located in Amherst, New York. Paula has been a professional member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, ISTD, since 1991. Since then she has also acquired her Licentiate and Judging degrees in the Ballroom and Theatre Arts Branches of the I.S.T.D.

Paula's dance training and performance background spans five decades and includes stage, television and ballroom competition. Ms. Iacono is a former ballet dancer from Boston, Massachusetts. She was conservatory trained at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Boston Conservatory, the Cambridge School of Ballet and the Boston Ballet. Ms. Iacono has worked for numerous choreographers where she has had the privilege of dancing a variety of genres that include modern ballet, Jack Cole, Martha Graham and musicals including West Side Story, Oklahoma and Fiddler on the Roof.

While in Buffalo Ms. Iacono has appeared on PBS, Channel 2, Channel 7 and Fox TV. She has performed for Upstage New York, Theatre in the Square, Zodiaque Dance Company, UB on the Green, The Arts in Education Institute of Western New York.

Paula started her training in Ballroom dance while completing her BA degree in dance and theatre arts from SUNY Buffalo. It was during this time that she also trained, competed and performed in Theatre Arts and American Rhythm, later moving on to compete in the International Standard Division placing as finalist in competitions across the United States and Canada.

From 1988 – 1995 Paula also served as a performing and teaching artist with the Arts in Education Institute of WNY. While with the Institute Paula performed in commissioned pieces and taught aesthetic education in schools throughout WNY. Her love of dance also lead her to help start up the MUSE Program, an arts organization that brought music and dance to schools in the Western New York area.

Phoxay Bouthsavong, AISTD

<span style="color: #800000;">Phoxay Bouthsavong, AISTD</span>

Phoxay Bouthsavong is a Senior Instructor with the Iacono Ballroom Center.  He has been with the studio for fourteen years and holds his Associate Degrees in the International Standard and the American Ballroom Branches of the ISTD, Imperial Society Of Teachers Of Dance. Phoxay is passionate about his chosen career and has always enjoyed growing as a professional dancer, teacher, and performer. He is well known for his patience and fun, easygoing personality and making his students feel comfortable learning challenging material. Phoxay enjoys helping his students achieve their personal goals whether it be training for competition, performance, learning to social dance or prepare for a wedding.

Phoxay also holds an Associate Degree in Architectural Drawing. After graduating from college, Phoxay worked as a Draftsman and, although he liked technical work, he also enjoyed theatre and the arts. This led Phoxay to audition for a teaching position with the Iacono Ballroom Center where he found that he had an untapped talent. Phoxay soon came to realize that his love of dancing, teaching and performing was something that he wanted to do as his full-time career.

Phoxay has competed with his students in both American and International styles in major US Competitions, Puerto Rico and Canada. His performance background includes: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, UB on The Green, The Buffalo Ballroom Theatre, Television, Buffalo's Dance Reality series for Fox TV, and various community events.

Why I Dance: "Dancing for me started out as a way of making a living. I applied to a dance studio not really thinking that anything would come of it; just thinking that it would be an easy paycheck. As soon as I stepped into this world of ballroom dance I was immediately drawn to it and taken with it. It was the first time I truly felt free and inspired by what I was doing. I felt dance allowed me to express myself in ways other careers of my life never had in the past. There is a certain satisfaction that I feel when I am dancing or performing that exhilarates and makes me want to strive to be a better dancer and performer."