STUDIO OWNER & INSTRUCTOR
SPECIALTY - AMERICAN SMOOTH & RHYTHM
Jake Lavender was born in Asheville, NC, where he studied ballroom dance starting at age 10.
In 2006, Jake moved to Alexandria, VA, where he taught at the top Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the World under the tutelage of United States 9-Dance Champions, Joe & Leisa Howard.
Jake was one of the top male dancers in the company, a five-time Top Teacher recipient at the organization's largest events, professional competitor, and Master-Certified Instructor. Here, he competed in both American Smooth & Rhythm styles, performed countless shows, and traveled all over the World competing with students, including trips to Rome, Venice, and Monaco.
In 2014, Jake returned to his hometown with then-fiance Meghan and opened Asheville City Dance. Together they currently compete in the professional American Smooth division, organize the Asheville Dance Classic, and are the artistic directors of Dancing with the Local Stars.