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ilona tessmer-willis
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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.

Choreographer Stepsheets

A Simple Cha Cha  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) Jan. 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: "Baby I Love you", by Ronettes (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) Minutes 2:48 - BPM: 114

AB Poison Ivy  ilona tessmer-willis - July 2017 (USA)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: "Poison Ivy" - Coasters. 2:44 - BPM: 137

Ain't Nothin' Better  ilona tessmer-willis (USA) Aug 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: "Ain't Nothin' Better" - The Stickers (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) 3:40 - BPM: 148

Baby Be My Love Song  Ilona Tessmer-Willis - USA (June 2015)

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: "Baby Be My Love Song", by Easton Corbin, (3:10 Minutes, 156 BPM)

Bachata Improver  ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) June 2016

    64 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: "Eres Mia" Romeo Santos (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) Minutes: 4:11 - BPM: 125

Bachata Line Dance   Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) July 2015

    64 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: "Esta Noche" by Raulin Rodriguez (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) 4:38 - 116 BPM

Boogie Jive Riot  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) Feb 2015

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddies [4:02Mins - BPM: 160]

Box Step Waltz  ilona tessmer-willis (USA) May 2016

    36 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Any Slow Waltz aka English Waltz

Cowboy From Hamburg  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) Jan 2015

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Truck Stop: Der Wilde, Wilde Westen (The Wild, Wild, West) [2:58 -148 bpm]

Cuba  ilona tessmer-willis (USA) April 2018

    64 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Improver   Music: "Cuba" Gibson Brothers (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) BPM: 122 - 3:56

Dance The Boogie Woogie  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) March 2016

    64 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues" by Charlie Daniels Band - 157 bpm - 3:17 mins

Delicado Samba  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) April 2015

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: Delicado by Percy Faith and his Orchestra (2:52- 104 BPM)

Dov'e L'Amore  Miko Febe Yamamoto (Indonesia) & ilona tessmer-willis (USA) February 2018

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: "Dov'e L'Amore" - Cher (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) 3:47 - BPM: 133

Drinkin' Dark Whiskey  Ilona Tessmer-Willis (Mar 2015)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Improver   Music: Drinkin' Dark Whiskey - Gary Allan [3:02 - BPM: 176]

Drinking Town   Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) October 2015

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: "Drinkin' Town With A Football Problem" by Billy Currington (Google Play • AmazonMP3 • iTunes) 4:12 - BPM: 122

Easy 2 Step  ilona tessmer-willis (USA) April 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: "Guitars,Cadillacs" Dwight Yoakam (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) 3:05 - BPM: 172

Easy Beginner Dance   Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) August 2015

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Beginner   Music: "Sweet Nothin's" by Brenda Lee (Google Play • AmazonMP3 • iTunes) BPM:122 - Min: 2:26

Easy To Remember  ilona tessmer-willis (USA) August 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Ultra Beginner   Music: "He's So Fine" Chiffons (Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3) 1:56 - BPM: 145

Everybody Can Rumba   Ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) Nov. 2015

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: "Save the Last Dance for Me" by The Drifters (Google Play • AmazonMP3 • iTunes) [2:30 - BPM: 144]

Foolish Girl  ilona Tessmer-Willis (USA) June 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: "She's A Fool" by Lesley Gore [2:11 - 120 bpm]

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