Eddie Ares

Dance Champion, Choreographer & Coach. Owner, Academy Ballroom Atlanta; Co-Founder of Atlanta Ballroom Dance Theater; Organizer of Hotlanta The Classic; Founder of the Global Spectrum Circuit of ballroom competitions and the SSS Pro/Am Club; co-founder and contributing editor of the Pro/Am Voice newsletter; co-founder of Spotlight Dance Videos.

Early Life


Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Eddie grew up with music and Latin rhythms. He moved to New York at a very young age and began dancing as a teenager. He moved to Atlanta in his early twenties and joined the Fred Astaire Dance Studios organization to become a professional dance instructor. Eddie immediately became one of the top instructors in the world-renowned organization.



While with Fred’s, in addition to training students, he began choreographing shows which gained him national recognition as a dancer and choreographer. Eddie has since choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance (FOX), Dancing with the Stars (ABC) and for DeVyne Stephens, CEO of UpFront Megatainment. Eddie is one of the most sought-after choreographers and coaches for top professional teams, pro/am teams as well as amateur teams in the United States.


Pro Titles


Pro/Am Titles


Amateur Titles

Championship Titles

After achieving the ultimate goal of becoming a United States & World Professional Champion, Eddie turned his focus to Pro/Am dancing and continues achieving titles with his Pro/Am students today. In addition to his Professional and Pro/Am titles, Eddie also has numerous United States and World Pro/Am finalists.

Professional Championship Titles

  • Professional World Mambo Champion
  • United States Professional American Rhythm Champion
  • United States Professional Theater Arts Champion


Pro/Am Championship Titles (43 Total)

  • 1 United States Open Rising Star American Rhythm Champion
  • 1 Unites States Open South American Showdance Champion
  • 12 United States Open American Rhythm Champions
  • 10 United States Open International Latin Champions
  • 9 United States Open American 9-Dance Champions
  • 4 United States Open American Smooth Champions
  • 2 World Open American 9-Dance Champions
  • 2 World Open American Rhythm Champions
  • 2 World Open American Smooth Champions

Amateur Couple Championship Titles

Titles won by amateur couples for whom Eddie coached and choreographed all routines:
  • 2010 United States Open Amateur American Smooth Champions
  • 2010 World Open Amateur American Smooth Champions
  • 2003 United States Open Amateur American Rhythm Champions
  • 2003 World Open Amateur American Rhythm Representatives in Prague, Czech Republic



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