Gwen Burton is the Founder of Spotlight Ballroom and Founder and Director of the nationally recognized Professional Ballroom Teacher’s Academy. She is also the Founder, Director and Head Choreographer of the award-winning Spirit in Motion Dance Company. She holds professional certifications with High Honors in both the Smooth and Rhythm styles from Dance Vision International Dancer’s Association. Gwen began teaching Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dancing at UC Davis in 1992, where she still teaches, while earning her Bachelor of Science degree and pursuing further dance training. She fell in love with dancing and became a full-time teacher and choreographer to share her passion with others. Her teaching, choreography, performance, competition, and judging experience is extensive, in areas as diverse as Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Ballet, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban Dance.