Tobi Kretschmer

“Dancing is universal. It transcends language, bringing people together through movement and touch.”

Originally from Germany, Tobi grew up being inspired by his parents’ dancing. Every Friday they would return from their lessons, move the living room table to make room, and practice what they had learned. As a young boy, Tobi would watch the moves they were doing, then try them out with his mom. Tobi began taking formal lessons at age 8, and he holds many state and regional titles in Germany, including the German 10 Dance Youth Championship. Tobi moved to New York in 2005 and his more recent competitive accomplishments include Rising Star Champion at the New Jersey State Open and finalist at the Commonwealth Classic.

Tobi loves helping his students evolve from raw beginners into developed dancers who can put their own personality into the dance, and watching the transformation that occurs when students accomplish something they once felt was impossible. He has choreographed and coached over 250 couples on their wedding dance and made the dreams of many students come true on the competition floor. He has worked closely with top dancers from the famous Alvin Ailey dance company in New York City and helped dancers on the show “So You Think You Can Dance” including Jacob Karr, who went on to win his season’s show. Tobi is also a two-time guest teacher at the New Jersey Academy of the Performing Arts and a four-time guest teacher at PACE University in New York City. Tobi is an accomplished instructor who also brings his silly side to lessons making the process of learning to dance fun!

Specialties: Adults, Wedding Couples, Youth, Ballroom, American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, International Latin

Teaches: Adults, Wedding Couples, Youth, Two Step, Country Waltz, Social Swing, Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Bolero, Paso Doble, Jive, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz

Locations: North Austin, South Austin

Private Lesson Tier: Master Level Instructor