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Chad Brooks, ISTD

Oregon's only internationally certified Latin and Ballroom Dance Instructor through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (London, England) - the most prestigious organization of dance teachers in the World!

Chad has trained students from Newcomer up through Open Professional, including students in 9 World Championship Final events. Many of Chad's students go on to become professional dancers and teachers including:

  • Two time World Theater Arts Vice Champion, and Rising Star Latin Finalist - Jessica Lindsey
  • The current Artistic Director for the Utah Ballroom Dance Company - Haley Wayt
  • Dance With Me Studios (New York, NY) 2015 top female instructor - Alona Torvarnova
  • Current member of World Champion Formation Team (UVU Ballroom Dance Co) - Angela Ray
  • Professional Aerial Performer - Courtney Stevens
  • Two principal instructors for DanceSport Northwest studio - Alexandra Adriano and Norbert Teston

No matter what your dance dream is... Chad can guide you to seizing it!

Jessica Lindsey

During her 8 years as an amateur competitor, she danced in the Ballroom, Latin, Rhythm, Smooth and Theater Arts styles (both in Pro/Am and Amateur), and achieved 5 World Championship Finals (in Theater Arts, Latin, and Ballroom), including two World Theater Arts Vice Champion titles in 2012 and 2013. Following her 2013 World Pro/Am 10 Dance Final appearance (2nd in Latin, 7th in Standard, 5th overall) she turned Pro and began competing in Open Professional Latin with her coach and husband, Chad Brooks. They have competited from LA to New York, including two appearances in the Rising Star Latin Finals at the New Jersey State Open and the California Open.

As an instructor Jess trains women to find their inner diva and gives them the tools to be elegant and sensual when they dance. She inspires youth to excel and achieve their dreams and reach out to connect with their audiences. When she trains men they discover how to use their power to connect their movement to their partner and turn dance into a truly scintillating conversation.

Whether you're brand new to dance and need a patient and compassionate voice to help you on your journey, or an experienced dancer wanting to shine on the floor... Jess can make your dreams come true!

Intention Based Training

Why do YOU want to dance?

Intention Based Training

Intention Based Training is the product of years of dance instruction theory, combined with real world experience in training dancers to the highest levels of DanceSport. We realize that WHY you are doing something is much more important then WHAT you are doing. We approach every single private and group lesson with the knowledge and skill to teach the person/people... not just a syllabus or lesson plan. When you ask a question, we'll give you an informed and specific answer to guide you in your dancing.

Actions versus Steps

BE CAREFUL OF THE TRAP! Steps and patterns are a necessary part of dancing, but knowing more and more steps - no matter how complicated and flashy they are - does not mean you're a good dancer. The only way of improving your dancing is to improve the habits your body uses to create movement.

We will train you from the beginning to have beautiful form and lines, and will work on developing the strength and flexibility you need so that when you want to do that hot new step... you're not only able to do it, you're able to make it look sexy!

Get Down to the Basics

All through college I'd have Master Classes and Private Lessons with many of the world's best dancers, coaches, and judges (Slavik Kryklyvyy, Karina Smirnoff, Corky & Shirley Ballas, Victor Veyrasset, Heather Smith, Lee & Linda Wakefield, and more). The universal feedback was always this - work on the basics.

We absolutely love doing eye catching, jaw dropping stunts, but we also embrace the fact that no matter how good your tricks are, dance becomes amazing on the back of how well your individual actions are. We focus on Hip Actions, Leg Lines, Arm Styling, Chest & Rib Isolations, Foot & Ankle Articulations and more. When all of your body is in your control, you have absolute freedom to transcend movement and create art!

Pro/Am and Competitor Training

We don't just teach you to dance... We train you to be a dancer!

What is Pro/Am

Dancing With the Stars is a reality TV show built on Pro/Am dancing. Across the world there are thousands of students who train, perform and compete with their professional partners. The difference between the show and real life though, is that we're all normal people, and there are not rude judges making strange critiques of your dancing (we know, we are part of the judging community in real life).

You don't have to be a celebrity to dance with a pro!

Amateur Training

If you're one of the lucky ones that has found a partner to compete with, we can absolutely train you to shine on the dance floor. We have a proven record of producing quality dancers at Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice, Pre-Champ and Championship levels in International Latin and Ballroom as well as American Rhythm and Smooth. We have also trained competitive Salsa dancers and have even worked with the Texas State Champion Pole Dancing Duo. If it's dance you do with a partner, we can help you make it better!

Advice on finding a partner

We know finding the right partner can be tough (Chad went through 13 different partners during his 10 year competitive amateur career). Luckily, we've discovered the secret sauce to what makes a good partnership.

What your partners current level is at the time you begin your partnership is mostly irrelevant. What matters the most is that you have a compatable vision and dream, and that you have a functioning practice schedule. All other details will work themselves out if those two elements are in place.

Performer Training

Reach out and touch somebody!

Let your light shine

There is something that happens when you take the stage. A light fills your body and causes a solitary vibration from deep within your soul. With the skill, the choreography, and the music you harness that power within you and summon the courage to lay your inner self before your audience. You form an instantanious intimacy with everyone there that is the heart of every artistic expression known to humanity. Whether dancing for an audience of a few dozen, or a stadium of thousands, you walk away from the experience humbly glowing with appreciation for the truly divine gift that comes from performing.

Solo Choreography

We LOVE to choreograph performance routines. Whether it's for your partnership, or you want to perform with one (or both) of us, we will craft an artistic expression that comes from you. Your life experience is what drives the emotional artistic expression from your dancing, and we thrive when we help unlock all that creative energy inside our students. Your solo can be anything you want it to be: fun, silly, loving, passionate, intense, angry, sensual... the only limits are what your heart is willing to show.

Social Dancing

Building community, once dance at a time!

Emphasize the Social

Dancing at a club, or on a cruise, or in your kitchen is a far different experience then a competition or a performance. The experience is more about the connection to another person. It's a shared internal experience. As such the rules and dynamics are more subtle in a social dance experience than in a competition or performance. In the end, your goal should always be to help your partner feel like they are the amazing person they are. If you help everyone you dance with feel great about their dancing, you'll always have a line of partners waiting for that magical experience with you!

The Big Picture

We can help you learn the steps so well that you'll understand how your partner feels when you dance them. Your partner will feel like they are a better dancer when they dance with you. We'll teach you how, when and where to connect your body to your partner to create amazing shared experiences. Steps will be a part of your training, but we promise we won't get lost in the falsehood that if you can dance fancier steps you're magically a better dancer. A simple side step executed with the inention of flirtation is far more powerful than all the spins and arm tricks you can muster!

Enjoy the Moment

You finally found the courage to ask that special person to dance, and you're heading to the dance floor together. This is the moment that makes or breaks the dancer. Are you going to be in your own head, thinking about impressing your partner with all your great moves, or the latest and greatest trick? Or are you going to be in a shared moment of spontaneity that will never be able to be created again? I know which moment I'd rather be a part of... I guess that's how I found such an amazing partner to share my life journey with.

What Dances We Teach

From Beginner's to Pro's - this is the stuff we knows

International Latin
Cha Cha • Samba • Rumba
Paso Doble • Jive
International Ballroom
Waltz • Tango • Viennese Waltz
Fox Trot • Quickstep
American Rhythm
Cha Cha • Rumba
East Coast Swing
Bolero • Mambo
American Smooth
Waltz • Tango
Fox Trot • Viennese Waltz
Club Dances
Salsa • Merenge • Bachata
Zouk • Kizomba
Night Club Two Step
West Coast Swing • Argentine Tango
Theater Arts
We are internationally known for our lift work, dips, and tricks
Country Dances
We recommend Jen Miller with Floorplay Dance. She's awesome!


Dance Testimonials

I have been dancing with Chad & Jess for a couple of years now, and the experience has been life changing. Under their expert guidance and with their un-ending kindness and encouragement, I have learned more about dancing, body awareness, and more about myself, than I ever thought possible. Together we have identified my dancing goals and dreams, we have put together mutual plans for reaching those dreams, and we have truly worked as a team. And I have worked harder and happier than ever at my dancing, moved outside of my comfort zone in so many ways, and have had the time of my life. And one of the huge benefits of working with either Chad or Jess is that you get the benefit of the other one as well. I do much of my training with Chad and compete with him, but train also with Jess who can provide additional input into my dancing skills, from the woman's perspective. For the fellas dancing or competing with Jess, they also get the benefit of Chad. They are simply an amazing couple, both professionally and personally, and I am more than honored to be part of their dance family.
- Andrea Nero-Jones
I have been dancing since I was seven, but meeting Jess and Chad was the best experience that I've ever had as a dancer. In two years under their instruction I grew as a dancer to the heights I never thought possible. I also very much appreciate that Edge allows kids my age to preform in different venues, compete and be part of a dance team. Jess and Chad inspire me to be a better dancer and a better person. They are thoughtful, considerate, and fun to be around; and they can teach anyone anything about dance! They show in a very gentle and supportive way how to unleash your potential and have fun at the same time. Because of Jess and Chad, all I want to do is dance! I'd recommend Edge Movement Arts for anyone who wants to learn how to dance regardless of age or skill level.
- Alexandra A. (age 15)
Great people to work with. Took me back to a time in my life when work and play was one and the same. Fun and funny!
- Jakob G.
Edge is all about helping you learn to dance and having fun while you do it. Four years ago, I had no dance experience when I took one of Chad's Latin classes. His expertise was immediately evident. Chad's technique is amazing. He'll show you how to do it and describe it using his understanding of anatomy and metaphor. Chad is patient too. :-)
- Christopher N.
When my husband died I decided I wanted to learn to dance properly, not just shuffle around the floor. So met Chad and Jess, who have been so great to me for the past five years. Dancing has improved my posture and balance. As an older woman I was showing signs of osteopenia and osteoporosis and after I was rescanned my doctor told me I was showing improvement and to just keep doing what I was doing! My next highlight came when I suddenly discovered that I could stand up and put my pants on! My strength and stability has increased enough that I no longer had to sit down to get dressed everyday.
- Margaret W. (age 80)