Adelaide Ponte UsdinOriginally from Brooklyn, New York, Adelaide Ponte Usdin grew up in a world full of exposure. From different cultures and experiences, to all kinds of dance and movement. This is what led to her introduction to ice skating at the age of 10. The free movement and athletic challenges that skating presented, established Adelaide’s dream, the Olympics. Her training in Ice Dancing became rigorous with many hours of cross training in other styles of dance such as Ballet, Theater, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, and Ballroom and Latin. With Ice Dance Olympians Denis Petukhov and Melissa Gregory in Connecticut and with Olympic coach Marina Zoueva in Michigan, Adelaide continued on working towards her dream.
While juggling school and skating, it became obvious to Adelaide that skating wasn’t going to be a lifelong career for her, so she decided to focus on her true love—Ballroom and Latin Dance! Having studied and competed in all four styles on the Pro / Am circuit for 3 years, this promoted her interest to start teaching ballroom and latin dancing. In the fall of 2018 she began her teaching career and instantly fell in love with the joy it brought to her. Adelaide works with students at various levels, and helps them reach their goals and push them past their comfort zone.
When Adelaide she is not dancing, you can probably find her practicing at the studio, working out and taking dance classes in other styles, traveling, competing, spending time with family and friends, being with her dogs, and reading. Adelaide is a very driven person but spreads her love of dance by laughing and making jokes with students. As her mantra states, “Dance has brought me so much joy in my life so I naturally want to spread that love to all of my students.”