Since 1996, Francisco and Stacey Martinez have been training teachers who now travel the world with successful, lucrative careers teaching dance. With this ability to create “stars,” they have added the demanding, challenging and fully accredited DVIDA curriculum to their already proven, highly successful teacher training program.
In the dancing world, Francisco and Stacey are most well known as the creators of the video series, The 2-Left Footer’s Guide to Dancing Salsa.
Stacey Classically trained in ballet, jazz and tap and later Latin and Ballroom dances, Stacey’s commercial television career started young, being featured in national commercials, television shows, and as Miss Teen California USA. She is most well recognized in as a child actress in the long running McDonalds “You Deserve A Break Today” campaign and as a regular for many years on American Bandstand.
Francisco came to Los Angeles as a Ballroom instructor and established a career in Los Angeles stage productions including “”Fiesta Tango,” “America, America” and “Rumba.” He continues being featured in multiple commercials and music videos including Placido Domingo, Dwight Yokum, and in the film “Haunted Mansion”.
As a couple Francisco and Stacey have traveled all over Europe, North and South America in celebrity events performing in commercials, film and television with highlights at their hometown Hollywood Palladium, and live on stage at the Hollywood Bowl opening for Earth Wind & Fire.
As evidenced by the instructors and students coming from their studio, their true love is to teach dance. Their practical and personable teaching style is carried out daily in The Dance Family Studio through their highly trained instruction staff who add the “personalized” element while continuing to far surpass industry standards in teaching dance. Join us!