Meet Our Instructors
Andrey Gergel began his dancing career at the age of 12 in the Ukraine and holds several titles, including: Ukranian National Champion, European Cup Finalist, and US National Champion. Andrey moved to the United States to join Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Charleston in 2001. In 2006, Andrey established International Ballroom, Inc. and has been the owner/operator of 2 very successful dance studios in West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant. In 2016, upon the 10th anniversary of International Ballroom, Inc., his two studio locations have evolved into International Ballroom Dance Studios of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, continuing to provide the best dance instruction in the Low Country.
Lacey Bramblett has been professionally teaching ballroom dance in Charleston since graduating from Salve Regina University in 2004. She is currently the Director of International Ballroom Dance Studios of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. She began her dancing career with Charleston’s own Robert Ivey Ballet Company, where she grew up dancing for 15 years. Her passion for ballroom dancing began with Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Charleston in 2004, and she has been a part of the International Ballroom family since 2006. Lacey has competed professionally in both the Smooth and Rhythm categories, is a 4-time FADS National Champion, a 2-time World Mambo Championship finalist, as well as a Freddy Award winner. She is also the Writer, Director, and Formation choreographer for their annual Sottile Theater Showcase Production.
Jackie Hammes - Front Desk Manager
Jackie Hammes started dancing at a young age and was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader for several years. During college, she began concentrating in ballroom and since joining IBDS has been a silver medalist at both the regional and national level, champion of Dancing with the Stars of David, and a multi-year Freddy Award winner. Currently, Jackie is International Ballroom’s front desk manager for both the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant locations, though continues to dance and teach whenever she finds the time to take a break from her front desk responsibilities.
Maksym Sidak moved to Charleston from the Ukraine in 2007 to join International Ballroom, Inc. He has been dancing and competing throughout Europe since he was a child and feels that dancing is his life. Since becoming a part of the IBDS family, Max has added Regional Champion and 5 time Freddy Award winner to his long list of awards. He is consistently in the TOP 10 of the region’s instructors, and has many medaled competitive students under his training who attend such prestigious international competitions as the Heritage Dancesport Classic and the Ohio Star Ball.
Justin is a transplant to Charleston from New York City and is very excited to be dancing and teaching in a new place. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Theatre Performance and Dance, he has worked extensively as a dancer in all styles and has had the privilege to work with many acclaimed dance artists. He has traveled extensively, performing and teaching, and was a principal artist for three years with Core Project Chicago with whom he toured all over the country. He was employed for almost three years by the pros of Dancing with the Stars as a teacher/performer and explored the world of ballroom working with some of the best Latin and Standard Ballroom dancers in the world including world champions Louis van Amstel, Emmanuel Pierre, Yulia Baronovsky, Vadim Esterovsky, Natalia Skorikova, Tony Dovolani, Illias Venakovsky, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Justin has been with International Ballroom since January 2016.
James Meek has been professionally teaching and competing in the ballroom community for nearly two decades. He joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Charleston in 1999 as a student then teacher, and has been a member of the International Ballroom family since 2006. He is both a Regional and National Champion in the professional smooth and rhythm divisions. Introducing new people to the joy that he found through dance is the best part of his career as a teacher.
Galina was born in Chisinau, Moldova, where she made her first ballroom dance steps at the young age of 4. She has been competing in ballroom since the age of 5. Galina is a 5 time 10-dance National Finalist of Moldova in Standard & Latin styles. She joined International Ballroom in March 2015, and is excited about evolving, continuing her dancing career, and contributing her knowledge and expertise to our IBDS family.
Madelaine Hallman-Kenner grew up in a family of dancers; her parents being world masters in the United Country Western Dance Circuit and her grandmother still currently taking lessons at the studio. She has been dancing since she was 5 and teaching since she was 18. Needless to say, dance is a passion of hers. “I get to turn people into living, breathing art…it’s an amazing thing to be a part of!”
Travis Willert has been working for International Ballroom since 2006. Travis pours his heart into his dancing, whether it is in his showcase performances or dancing in the many regional and national competitions with both professional and amateur partners. Travis’ true passion, however, is to journey with his students through the countless life changing benefits that dancing provides.