Lania & Michael Berger
Lania and Michael met while performing at Walt Disney World in Florida. Not only did their time with the Walt Disney Company further develop them as dancers and performers, but also inspired their high expectations of excellent customer service within their Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Their students’ experience is of the utmost importance to them.
In addition to her time in Walt Disney World, Lania also performed in Tokyo Disneyland Japan; the Christina Applegate movie, “Just Visiting”, the cable TV show “Jackson Street”, Studio 10 TV, FOX News, NBC’s Daytime, The List, So You Think You Can Dance, and several independent films. Her ballroom career started in 1998, when she won her first Swing Championship. From there she went on to compete in American Rhythm, American Smooth, and Freestyle Salsa. She has been an open professional finalist in Atlantic City, Manhattan, LA, Hawaii, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and at the prestigious Las Vegas World Dance-O-Rama. She is also the proud recipient of two Arthur Murray International Winner’s Circle Awards, which are reserved for the very top performers in the entire organization. Lania is proud to be the Assistant Area III Chairperson for the Arthur Murray International Organization. Lania and Michael are proud of their multiple Arthur Murray International Community Service Awards recognizing their extensive charity work with Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, the Junior Service League, and the Alzheimer’s Association. They are also the proud recipients of Arthur Murray International’s Outstanding Facility Award, Gold Level Excellence Award, Studio of the Year Award, and the coveted Arthur Award that recognized the development of the Arthur’s Interns Program, as well as the web-based television show, “On the Ballroom Beat.”
The Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year, Lania and Michael’s Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Studio was a featured dance facility on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars!” BBC Worldwide searched the Tampa Bay area for a studio to shoot practice sessions in. Impressed by the large floor, beautiful space, friendly staff, and great reputation in the community, Lania and Michael’s studio was selected. For three weeks former WWE star, Chris Jericho, and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, practiced their Cha Cha Cha and Quickstep on their dance floor. Additionally, their staff and studio were featured on Season 8 of “So You Think You Can Dance” for their charity work with Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind.