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Dan Caballero – Director

Dan’s career has taken him through most aspects of the industry including teaching, competitive dancing, choreography and Club ownership. Among his competitive accomplishments, he became a United States Champion in the South East. As a member of the International Dance Board of the Arthur Murray organization, he was responsible for the creation of syllabuses, training and examination of professional teachers. His career in choreography included spectacular Dance Numbers for famous fashion designers shows.

Currently Dan is a Dance Master and coach for the whole of the TC organization and owner of the Baton Rouge TC Dance Club since 1975.

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Rick Carpenter- Owner/Manager
Rick was born in a small town in northeast Mississippi. In high school he gravitated to the arts. He was a member of the band later becoming drum captain. During his junior year he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and The Order of the Arrow. After graduating, he attended Northeast Mississippi community college majoring in speech and theater education with a minor in music. During his first 2 years at college he served as president of both Delta Psi Omega and the Wesley Foundation. Upon graduation, Rick moved to Baton Rouge, changed his major at LSU to Editorial Journalism. In 1984 he was awarded the Presidential medal of Merit for work within the Republican Party’s media department. Rick studied and worked as a regional trouble shooter for the Pizza Hut Corporation. Rick started at T.C. Dance club in 1990 as manager and eventually owner/manager. He has received numerous awards both for Dance and business. At present he holds the honor of having sustained his place in the $100,000.00 Club since 1992. Currently Rick enjoys working on innovative teaching methods, choreography, and staff training. Outside of the club, Rick works as the Club promoter, charity event organizer and community relations. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and travel.
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Lara has been dancing for most her life. She started at an early age, doing ballet, jazz, and lyrical. In high school, her dancing continued, as she was part of a competitive dance team. When she attended Kansas State University, she joined the KSU Swing and Salsa Club, where ballroom dancing began to peak her interest. After transferring to Louisiana State University, she joined the LSU Ballroom Club. While there, she helped to choreograph club routines, competed in local and collegiate dance competitions, and then went on to become the club’s instructor. Upon graduation from LSU, Lara decide to make ballroom dance her career and has been an instructor at TC Dance Club ever since