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Ilona Tessmer-Willis

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Ilona Tessmer-Willis - Line Dance Choreographer
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Worked 18 years as choreographer and aerobic/strength training instructor at local YMCA. Worked 12 years simultaneously at newly built neighboring YMCA with mostly the same duties, (personal trainer, trained new instructors, department coordinator, oversaw Pro-Shop, Wellness Center/Weight Room attendant, Fit-Start Coach).

Interest in music came early, attended children's opera, then operettas, operas, musicals. Clarinet lessons at age 8. Was asked to join local Community Orchestra as high school student, while continuing in the high school band.

Interest in dancing came at age 4 or 5 as I watched the beautifully dressed ladies dance on the restaurant's dance floor every Saturday, (my first "dance" was "Blue Tango"---remember the applause. Had opportunity to attend Ballroom Dance Championships.

Dance lessons from early youth through college: tap, jazz, ball-room (resumed dance lesson as adult).

Interest in line dancing came when friend invited me to join her classes. Take lessons now with 2 instructors (country & work shop circuit). Love attending work-shops, as my schedule allows.
In 2016, had opportunity to teach 2 of my dances at a fundraiser/workshop. Although I enjoy retirement, am happy to teach on a short term basis (private lessons) when asked.
Choreograph dances in all rhythms & genres.

Ilona Tessmer-Willis has choreographed 67 dances, of which 7 have been co-choreographed. Their first published stepsheet on CopperKnob is I Like To Cha Cha from January 2015, with their most recent stepsheet of Drinking Songs in October 2022.

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Drinking Songs  Cathy Kaufman (USA) & Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - October 2022

    16 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Drinking Songs - Walker Hayes : (iTunes, amazon)

Vanita  Teri Rauschenbach (USA) & Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - March 2022

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: La mia vanità - Banda Piazzolla : (Apple music.com - Amazon.com)

AB Sweet Talk  Teri Rauschenbach (USA) & Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - March 2022

    32 Count    4 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Sweet Talkin' Guy - The Chiffons : (Amazon.com Apple music.com)

Little Things AB  Teri Rauschenbach (USA) & Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - March 2022

    32 Count    4 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Little Things - Bobby Goldsboro : (Amazon.com Apple music.com)

Jumpin' From Six To Six  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - October 2021

    48 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Jumpin' From Six to Six - Colin James : (apple music.com - amazon.com)

Baby It's Cold Outside Foxtrot  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - October 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Baby, It's Cold Outside (feat. Meghan Trainor) - Brett Eldredge

IT'S a NC2S  Teri Rauschenbach (USA) & Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - June 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver - NC2S   Music: Ain't No Sunshine - Deni Hines : (AppleMusic.com - Amazon.com)

I WANT (Je Veux)  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) & Russibell Seoh (KOR) - February 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Je veux - ZAZ

Cuba  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - April 2018

    64 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Improver   Music: Cuba - Gibson Brothers : (Google Play / iTunes / AmazonMP3)

She's Rebel With Cause  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - March 2018

    64 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: She's Named a Loser - The Sixties : (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3)

Rock N Roll Fever  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - March 2018

    48 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Rock'n'Roll Fever - Nicki & Freddi : (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3)

Dov'e L'Amore  Miko Febe Yamamoto (INA) & Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - February 2018

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: Dov'è L'amore - Cher : (Google Play / iTunes / AmazonMP3)

Salsa Rumba Mambo  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - February 2018

    64 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Como Me Duele Perderte - Gloria Estefan : (Google Play / AmazonMP3 / iTunes)

This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - February 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Very Beginner   Music: This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing - Trace Adkins : (Google Play / iTunes / AmazonMP3)

Music To Watch Girls By  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - December 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Music To Watch Girls By - Tom Gaebel : (iTunes or Amazon)

Put A Lid On It Charleston  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - September 2017

    64 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Put A Lid On It - Orlando Pops Orchestra : (iTunes, German Google Play)

AB Poison Ivy  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - July 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Poison Ivy - The Coasters

Got Troubles  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - May 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Very Beginner   Music: You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes

Easy 2 Step  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - April 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Guitars, Cadillacs - Dwight Yoakam : (Google Play / iTunes / AmazonMP3)

Learn To Samba  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) - March 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Chica Bacilona - Yano : (Google Play / iTunes / AmazonMP3)

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