J.R. Hipsky is an ISTD-certified international standard and latin ballroom dance instructor and co-owner of Dynamic Ballroom.
He began ballroom dancing in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where he didn’t know ballroom dancing even existed until trying a Jitterbug dance class at a church hall outside of the University of Pittsburgh campus just out of high school. That class quickly led to other classes and styles of dancing, which would eventually lead to a teaching position at a franchised ballroom studio in Pittsburgh. He started teaching in Pittsburgh and later moved to teach out of a franchised studio in Bethesda, Maryland as well for several years.
After spending a few years teaching social ballroom dancing, he became passionate about learning the competitive style of DanceSport, and International Latin and Standard styles of dance. He began competing as an Amateur dancer with a few different partners, becoming more and more obsessed with obtaining as much training in this sport as possible. At the age of 28, he decided if he was going to call himself a professional ballroom instructor, he ought to be learning from some of the best coaches the country, and even world, have to offer. In August of 2005, a friend drove him from Pittsburgh to New York City and he stayed there to train for six years. It was here that he met his dance partner and future wife, Christine. Together they trained in NYC for six years and were coached by many of the top professional DanceSport coaches in the world and competed in International Latin and Standard all over the country as well as venturing to England for the Blackpool Dance Festival.
Christine and J.R. were married in 2008. They continued to dance and compete in NYC, and in 2011 moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where they have finally been able to live out their dream of opening a ballroom dance studio. Welcome to Dynamic Ballroom!
Christine (Halter) Hipsky began her ballroom dance career as a senior in high school where she learned just enough of the basics at a local ballroom studio to spark her interest in the dance style. She then joined the Ballroom Dance Team at Ohio State University, where she competed in International Latin and Standard as well as American Rhythm and Smooth for four years, taking home the title of National Collegiate Latin Champion during her junior year. She cross-trained in ballet, modern and jazz with the Dance department at Ohio State.
After graduation she moved on to dance with the Cornell DanceSport Team. She coached a formation team and continued to compete at collegiate competitions. She also taught Cornell University’s Ballroom Dance course for two years and trained in ballet and modern with the Cornell Dance department, and began studying West African Dance. She auditioned for the Sabor Latino Latin Dance Ensemble and was cast in several numbers, including the dance styles: Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Tango and Latin Pop.
In 2004 she decided to take her dancing to the highest level and moved to New York City in search of some of the best training in the world. This is where she met J.R., and they began their Amateur partnership. Together they trained in NYC for six years and were coached by many of the top professional DanceSport coaches in the world and competed in International Latin and Standard all over the country as well as venturing to England for the Blackpool Dance Festival. In NYC, she also trained in Ballet, Brazilian Samba and African Dance, and pursued her Zumba certification and enjoys creating challenging, up-beat classes for dance and fitness lovers.
In 2011 Christine & J.R. moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where they have finally been able to live out their dream of opening a ballroom dance studio. Welcome to Dynamic Ballroom!