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Modern Steps School of Dance

Bringing Ballroom Dance to Your Life!



James Clemens--Owner, Instructor

Jim began ballroom dancing in 1984 in Huntsville, Alabama.  He moved to Naples with his wife Tammy, where they opened Modern Steps as their own dance studio in 1989.  In addition to teaching at the studio, Jim competes in pro-am competitions around the world with his students and is also a favorite emcee on the competition circuit.  But his favorite pastime is social dancing, where he is free from judges and specific criteria, and can use his creativity to make the dancing fun for himself and his partner.






Tammy Clemens--Owner, Creative Director

Tammy started dancing at age 3 doing tap, jazz, ballet and modern lyrical dance.  She is a former undefeated Regional & National Champion in American Smooth, American Rhythm and International Standard.  She is also a former United States Bronze Medalist in American Rhythm.  She and her husband, Jim Clemens founded Modern Steps in 1989 to serve the ballroom community of Naples.  Her greatest joy is being the Creative Director of the studio's annual showcase production.



Evins V. McCord, III  "Mac"--Instructor

"Mac" to his students and friends, was born in Alabama, the son of an army pilot.  He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Plant and Soil Science.  He moved to Naples in 1998 and began dancing socially in 2001.  He started teaching ballroom in 2011.  Since beginning his professional career, he has become Southwest Florida's top competitor in Theatre Arts, taking top honors at the Sunburst Ball in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2012, Spring Fl ing in Tampa, FL in 2014 and at Swing into Summer in Naples in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Jennifer Schooley--Amateur Teacher/Competitor

Jennifer has been bringing dance to the Naples community for many years.  She is a favorite at our group classes and is always looking for new students who want to learn to dance.

Justinas Maliauskas-Instructor

Originally from Lithuania, Justinas competed with the Lithuania National Latin Formation Team in Europe and North America.  He teaches all styles of International and American ballroom.

Eden Blythe-Fitness Instructor