David began his career with the Arthur Murray Organization as a guest, and then a student, in Nashville in 1975. He taught in Phoenix as Number One Teacher and Guest Getter worldwide for many years. He became a Duel Certified Examiner in 1980 and started judging dance competitions throughout the United States. David has competed ProAm and Professional in the American and International styles of dance. He has traveled all over America training and motivating Arthur Murray students and instructors. David was former Franchisee of the Woodland Hills Studio is currently the International Guest Director for Arthur Murray International. He is the co-franchisee with Joel Rieck of the Santa Monica Arthur Murray Dance Center. David is a Hospitality Team Leader for St. Monica Parish Community, and has been serving this parish for 15 years. In a short three years, Arthur Murray Santa Monica has become a Green Certified Business, winning the Sustainable Quality Award for Excellence in Sustainable Economic Development in 2016, co-produced Dancing with Our Stars for St. Monica Parish, co-produced the successful Sand and Sea Ball for the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation. We are proud members of the Santa Monica Chamber and David is a Membership Council Ambassador. We support our chamber and are proud members. Our mission statement is “Changing Lives One Step at a Time!”.
Joel Rieck began dancing at the age of 16, when he decided to pursue a career in musical theatre. He studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern and West African dance styles, and graduated from UC San Diego with a double major in Theatre and Dance. After performing and choreographing professionally in San Diego, he moved to L.A. to increase his opportunities. He walked into an Arthur Murray Dance Center in early 2006 to fulfill a New Year’s Resolution to resume his dance training, and one week later he was in the instructor training program. Since then, he has competed professionally at the Future Champion, Rising Star and Open Professional levels, and he has successfully helped his students to become finalists in their levels of competition. As the dance director of a top studio, Joel choreographed many exciting and creative routines for staff and students. Now, he has goals of becoming a certified examiner for Arthur Murray International, becoming a top competitive dancer and helping to make Arthur Murray Santa Monica the best possible place to be!
Eva Dobesch was born in the beautiful capital of Austria, Vienna.
At an early age she discovered her passion for acting and dance. Ballroom dancing is part of the Austrian culture which she already experienced in her mother’s womb. Like most other girls in Austria she took ballet, jazz and hip hop classes but she fell in love with the Viennese waltz at the age of 6 when she learned the dance for New Year's Eve. It is a tradition that on midnight everyone starts dancing to the famous masterpiece “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauß. Since then she couldn't wait to finally learn all different ballroom dances. In the meantime she joined a musical theater performing group and an English theater group with which she performed for many years. Finally, when Eva turned 14 years old her parents allowed her to go to the social dance school Elmayer and Rueff where she graduated with honors from Bronze, Silver, Gold & Gold Star in international ballroom & latin. Furthermore, she joined the debutante dance formation that opens the beautiful balls with a Viennese Waltz in a white dress. In addition she started competing with the Latin Formation team “TSC Schwarzgold”. After she finished Highschool she took her bags and moved to Los Angeles to attend the 2 year method acting conservatory program at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute without knowing anyone over here. Afterwards she worked as a personal trainer, zumba and dance instructor at Goddess Fitness Dance. Now she wants to share her love for ballroom dancing with everyone. For her dancing is the most important thing in life since it affects mind, body and spirit. She wants to help people overcome any obstacles in life through the power of dance. Live in the moment and dance through life.
After spending most of her life in Phoenix, Arizona working in Real Estate Sales, Hotel Management and Financial Management, Nicki moved to California where she discovered her passion for ballroom dance.
A blind date that consisted of Salsa and Bachata dancing was all it took, she was forever hooked! After the Latin Rhythm dances piqued her interest, she decided that it was her goal to never have to decline a dance invite ever again. If it's something that can be danced with a partner, she wants to master it and teach it. Although she enjoys all of the dances, a few of her favorites are Rumba, Cha Cha and Tango.
Before joining the Santa Monica team, Nicki began her ballroom career between the Woodland Hill's and Thousand Oaks Arthur Murray Dance Centers.
John Capobianco graduated Pepperdine University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Theater arts. During his college years he trained in many styles of dance including, hip hop, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, show dancing, salsa, and swing dancing. After graduation he walked into Arthur Murray Dance Studio Woodland Hills and became a student. It wasn't long after that he was welcomed and invited to be an instructor. Throughout his years of being an instructor at Arthur Murray, he has been awarded many accolades such as top specialist in the world. He has also won the Murray Mentor dance competition as both a new teacher, and later, as a Murray Mentor. Within a short amount of time he was given the position as Dance Director in the Woodland Hills Arthur Murray Dance Center. John now resides in the Arthur Murray Santa Monica location as Dance Director as well.
Born in Queens New York Ryan is an instinctive dancer, a person with extreme creativity and artistic sensibility. Armed with a razor-sharp tongue and gamblers courage he was an adolescent fixture in the New York City nightclub scene. Trying his luck at all the cities nightspots was a rite of passage for any young New Yorker. Ryan’s style is Elegant and sophisticated with a Manhattan flare. He earned his dancing stripes at the ripe age of 14 years old in the cities most infamous nightclubs. It was on these dance floors that Ryan would begin visualizing himself as a stylish dancer with presence and poise. Being a student and taking cues from the older dancers around him Ryan dressed up his dancing with eccentric choreography and styling. Ryan was developing his dance club presence and showmanship when he left New York to embark on his own to further his own original style. It was only after being urged by fellow dancers to put structure to his originality that Ryan’s dancing was able to truly blossom.
Ryan’s perspective on dance is very much connected to his spiritual being, he believes his ability to dance is a gift from god. Ryan’s dance education started under a disco ball and manifested into a full scholarship to one of California’s leading pre-professional ballet academies where he was schooled in a curriculum of classical techniques, gracefully guided by artistic director Diane Lauridsen’s artistic vision. Ryan embodies statuesque posture, long lines, and regal body carriage. Ryan’s nightclub upbringing combined with his formal ballet education makes him the ultimate instructor and nightclub etiquette specialist.