Brett grew up and still lives in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Through high school and college, Brett was found in athletic competitions and the stage. He was the captain of the Stevenson High School Midwest championship fencing team, capturing the regional title in saber. In addition, he was deeply involved in theatre as a writer, director, and actor. He attended Millikin University and was awarded an honors Bachelors of Fine Arts, summa cum laude, in theatrical directing with a minor in French. During college he wrote and directed several award winning plays and danced professionally. Prior to turning professional, Brett was the reigning American Smooth pro-am champion at Windy City Open and a finalist in American Rhythm at Windy City and the Chicago Crystal Ball.
After college, Brett began a career in teaching dance and professional competition. He has worked with countless students in the Chicago area. In addition, he has danced professionally at corporate and charitable events, as well as in dance exhibitions. He was the dance ambassador for Decatur, Illinois’ attempt to set the world record for the most couples dancing the tango. He was a choreographer and principal dancer at Millikin University’s Equinox and Solstice Dance Concerts, danced with Tiempo Tango Chicago, all while keeping up a national competition schedule with his partner in American Smooth. Also, Brett is fluent in French and teaches French to children to encourage cross-cultural appreciation. In is spare time, he is involved in fitness training, French language and culture taking classes, he a certified bartender with a wide repertoire of delicious drinks and enjoys driving fast Italian sports cars, including his family’s Ferrari.
How he got started
While a high school student, Brett attended a homecoming dance his junior and was “outdanced” by a close friend. Being the competitive athlete and performer, Brett though never again and found a local dance studio with one goal in mind: to never be outdanced ever again. He took lessons and quickly advanced to a competitive dancer, winning amateur and pro-am competitions and not being outdanced at prom. That was the beginning and now Brett is ready to be sure that you meet your dance objectives: improved self-esteem, better body image and weight loss, cardio, meeting new people, bringing together the mental and physical side of dance, competition or simply to look good on the dance floor.