Kim Robertson is a professional  with

over 20 years of dance experience.  She

began dancing  at an early age as a

classical ballet dancer in her hometown of

Chico, California.  She  trained very seriously

for 10 years and performed in a number of

ballet's including "Swan Lake",

"The Nutcracker", and "Alice in Wonderland".

In 1998 her dreams in dancing took a

different direction after seeing the movie "Dance with Me".  She was completely inspired by the beauty and romance in ballroom dancing.  Within a couple years of this moment, she moved to San Francisco to begin training at the Metronome Ballroom.  Through time in Pro/Am and Professional competition in American Smooth, receiving her teaching certification through DVIDA, she has enjoyed 13 amazing years in ballroom dancing including 8 years of teaching all American styles of ballroom, latin and nightclub dances to men, women and children.

Kim welcomes anyone and everyone.  She loves to help students achieve their goals, become healthier mentally and physically and most of all fullfill their hearts truest desires.

Josie Forbes is a Certified Zumba® and Zumbatomic®  Fitness Instructor. She

has been teaching group fitness classes for over 25 years at various fitness clubs and locations. Her background includes teaching Low Impact, Step, Step Interval (with weights), Body Works, Aqua, Latin Impact, and now her current passion and favorite format… Zumba!

KIM ROBERTS

Ballroom • Latin • Swing • Freestyle • Wedding • Fitness

Phill Lowers began his dancing and teaching career in 1967 after returning from a tour of duty in Viet Nam.

He successfully trained and graduated from a teacher-training program with one of the top chain studios in

the world. 

Continuing his training for 10 years he learned the business from the ground up through teaching, director

of dance, staff training, supervising and managing winning many awards as Top Teacher, Top Supervisor,

Top Manager and Best Studio for the organization.


During this time he also competed in local and national dance competitions with students and with a

professional partner winning many First Place Awards. He and his amateur partner held the title of 10 Dance

Champion for two years in the Pro-Am Division. 

Going as far as he could go with the chain studio he headed for California to open his own school. He worked

for a short time in a small independent school and within a year in 1978 opened Phill’s School of Dance in the

city of Garden Grove, which eventually became Phill’s Ballroom Dance Studio in the city of Orange and has

been in Orange to the present making it the longest operating independent dance studio in Orange County. 

After opening his studio he continued with competitions as well as teaching but realized his passion was not in competition, but in teaching people to be able to go out to a club or a wedding and feel comfortable getting up on the dance floor. Putting his energy into teaching Phill has taught many satisfied students for over 30 years in Orange County. His studio was the first to offer, “first dance” wedding dance lessons. 

Phill has been successful not only teaching adults and senior citizens, but also has many happy teens and pre-teens. The studio is a private lesson dance studio offering one on one lessons so each individual student can progress at his level. There is however, one free group lesson available weekly in each dance level to complement the private lesson His studio has a 2300 square foot raised “wood’ floor, with a state of the art sound system, very cool AC for your dancing pleasure, skylights and a beautiful reception area for relaxing before or after
your lesson. 

PHILL LOWERS

Phill's Ballroom Dance Studio

NADIYA LOCKITCH

OUR INSTRUCTORS

JOSIE FORBES

Nadiya Lockitch began her dance career at

the age of 14 in the Ukraine and is still as

passionate about ballroom dancing as she

was since first stepping out onto the dance

floor. With a lot of hard work and determ-

ination she entered competitive dance

while in her teens, competing in both the

International Latin and Standard styles.

She climbed to 1st and 2nd places in local

and regional competitions and ultimately

won the Ukrainian National Championships.  

Along with competing, Nadiya also became a highly successful instructor and choreographer for younger competitors, many of whom went on to take top places at European level competitions.  In 2007, Nadiya was offered a position as a dance instructor at a franchise studio in New York. There she rounded out her ballroom dancing knowledge and capabilities by adding the American Smooth and Rhythm styles to her repertoire.  

During her time in New York, Nadiya competed in several Pro/Am and Professional competitions and performed in many dance showcases. She also trained many young students pursuing professional level dancing in the International style.

In late 2013, Nadiya relocated to Irvine, CA and is now enjoying teaching at Phill's Ballroom Dance Studio, where she is meeting many wonderful people and looking forward to helping students achieve there dancing goals and ambitions.