Let's get up and dance!























Maria Neri

Founder / Artistic Director
Coach / Choreographer

Founder and Artistic Director of Universal Dance Studio, Maria has been dancing for over 35 years. She lives in Montreal and moved here from New York City. An expert in both American Style Ballroom and Latin Dances, she has competed at a national and international level.

She was the Fred Astaire Eastern Canadian Champion in Theatre Arts for 5 consecutive years. She competed in the United States, placing in the top 3 in Exhibition Cabaret Show Dancing. And she was the 5th Place Winner in Blackpool, England World Championship in Exhibition Cabaret representing Canada out of 14 Countries.

A coach, choreographer, actress, and performer, she is a woman of many hats. However, what newcomers notice first is her kind and welcoming demeanor to her students old and new, from all walks of life.

Randolph Graham

Instructor, Salsa, Bachata, Tango, Kizumba

Randolph is an ’s versatility makes him an invaluable part of Universal Dance Studio. At a Friday Social Dance, you can find him teaching a class, running the DJ booth, or doing some photography and videography to capture the magic of the night.

He started dancing in 2016, and advanced to become a teacher only a year later. His dancing specialties are Argentine Tango, Bachata, Salsa, and Kizomba. You can see his fantastic photography work around the studio and online. It would be his pleasure to share his dancing skills with you!

Jonathan Tremblay

Instructor, Salsa, Bachata, Hustle

Jonathan is a dance teacher with over 18 years of dancing experience and 15 years of teaching experience. He focuses on Hustle, Salsa, and Bachata, but he is also proficient in many other dance styles.

Jonathan is an experienced instructor who is dedicated to helping his students learn and improve their dance skills. Whether you are a beginner looking to try something new or an experienced dancer looking to refine your technique, Jonathan is the perfect dance instructor for you!

Vadym Shevchenko

Instructor, Latin & Ballroom

Vadym is a professional dance teacher with over 30 years of experience in dance and 15 years of teaching experience. He was a Dance Studio owner in the Ukraine.

Vadym is certified as a professional international Ballroom and Latin dancer from the World Dance Council (WDC) in Europe.

In 2010, after passing the exams, Vadym received the license of an international judge from the dance association RUTA (Ukraine). He has competed in many international competitions, placing in the top 6. He is a dance coach, training competitive level students.

He focuses on Ballroom and Latin dances, but he is also proficient in many other styles, such as American smooth and American rhythm social dances. He is a choreographer who has created many shows with professional dancers in the Ukraine. His speciality is creating beautiful first dances for young wedding couples.

Vadym is excited to share his knowledge and skills of dancing with members of the Universal Dance Studio community.

Rebekah Dennis

Music Instructor, Piano and Clarinet

Rebekah is a pianist and clarinetist with almost 20 years of performance experience and 6 years of music teaching experience. She recently graduated with her Master’s in Music Education from McGill University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Chapman University in California, USA. Rebekah has previously taught at multiple music studios and after-school community music organizations, and has also worked as an instrumental music coach for several middle school and high school music programs. Moreover, she performs regularly and has played with the McGill Wind Orchestra, The Chapman Orchestra, Chapman Wind Symphony, and Symphony Irvine.

Rebekah has taught private piano and clarinet lessons to children ages 4 and up, as well as adults of all ages, for the past 4 years. She also has experience teaching group music classes for piano and music theory, and can accommodate any ability level. Rebekah is excited to share her expertise and passion for music with members of the Universal Dance Studio community!


When invited onto the dance floor, something magical happens an unspoken language that is universal and understood by all. Though everyone is an individual and different in their own special way, dancing unifies people so they can be more at one with the world and everyone in it.It is the communication of the soul! Dance is an art, a sport and a social activity that everyone should have to stay connected with the human spirit. It is the one thing that can not be replaced by technology.It is inevitable that positive changes will take place in both you and your life. Everyone around you will notice the change. Dancing is that powerful!


Our mission is to change the face of dancing bringing people together one step at a time in a unique environment, promoting education and individual growth, while realizing the magic and beauty of dance.


Our vision is to bring happiness to everyone through the magic of dancing “One step at a Time” in an environment where we believe everyone is YOU-nique.