About Zenergy Dancesport & Our Instructors

Zenergy Dancesport is a collaboration of instructors that have been dancing their entire lives and working in the industry for over 30 years! They are from all over the country, and have come together to bring you their joy and passion for dance, health and well-being!

James Williard

James moved to the Denver area 5 years ago and jumped right into the Theatre and Ballroom communities in the metro area. He has performed in “Secret Garden” and “Hello Dolly” with Performance Now The​atre Company, “Billy Elliott with Breckenridge Backstage Theatre Company, and “Swing” with the Platte Valley Players in Brighton, and is currently assisting in the choreography of “She Loves Me.” James has been teaching and choreographing ballroom dance for over 27 years. His titles include World Cup Finalist, USA Rising Star Finalist, and Triple Crown Champion in the American Smooth division. He also has a bronze medal in the Theatre Arts division in the United States Dance Sport Championships. He is grateful for all of his faithful students and looks forward to growing zenergy dancesport in denver!

Ashley Melville

Ashley's mother first enrolled her in dance classes while she was still in diapers! Throughout her childhood, she competed in contemporary dance in Los Angeles, where her high school dance team won the National Championship at USA Dance in 2004. Ashley also studied regularly at the prestigious EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood.

Despite her MBA and background in finance and economics, Ashley's true passion remains dance, so she started ballroom and latin dancing in 2013 to continue advancing her knowledge. Ashley uses her extensive dance background to share the joy of dance with others!

Alain Giessel

Alain moved to Denver from Richmond, VA in 2013 when he was stationed at Buckley Air Force base. While serving, he attended a group class with a friend, and began studying with James Williard and Ashley Melville. Having discovered a newfound passion for dance, he began teaching! His favorite dances are Country Swing and Waltz.​

Heather Johnson

Heather is an outgoing entrepreneur. She took up dance purely as a way to get out, but it evolved into a passion. She has since taken her love of dance to the professional level where she can share her love of dance with others! She moved to Denver from Minnesota in June of 2017, and previously taught at Fred Astaire Dance Studios.

Hannah Sutherland

Hannah is an instructor at Zenergy Dancesport and is a native coloradan! She has been dancing for six years, and her favorite dance is the Waltz. Hannah specializes in teaching couples, because she loves developing non-verbal communication techniques with her students! Along with dancing, Hannah loves to read and write, and spend time with her close family and friends. 

Sina Ebersole

Sina is the owner of Tilly's Dance in Longmont, and has been ballroom dancing for the last 16 years. She finds she is happiest when on the dance floor! She has taught at franchised studios and independently. After competing and performing, she has found that her true passion lies in teaching people how to find their own balance and confidence in music. The beauty of non-verbal communication between two people always astounds her, especially when she is working with couples.

Sue Wagner - GROOV3

Sue grew up dancing in southeastern MI, took a hiatus during and following college, and luckily found dance again while living in the Colorado mountains. Sue is primarily a fan of hip hop, she has been known to try out ballroom, pole, and almost any other style of dance. "Dancing brings me a lot of joy, just being present in my body with no thoughts other than the moves and having fun." Sue is thrilled to have found Groov3 in Denver. She loves the non-stop format that is easy to learn and a great workout. When not dancing, Sue is an Accountant by day and a frequent world traveler.


Nadine Heinen - Kickboxing

Nadine Heinen has been fighting and training for 15 years. 

Nadine began fighting in NYC in 2006 with fighter Lamont Johnson who was a consultant on the movie of Tupac’s life, “Notorious”. She spent hours a week working one on one with him before moving to California and working with stuntman Tony Messenger and fighting instructor John Pesce. She also spent 5 years with instructor Jack Murphy of Jack’s Fighting Gym in Newark, DE. Nadine is certified to teach group fitness through the National Academy of Sports medicine and specializes in Kickboxing instruction.


An avid runner, weight lifter, and for the past three years, competitive ballroom dancer, Nadine has a passion for fighting, fitness and dancing. A vegetarian as well, Nadine is a national animal advocate and member of PETA. “I really believe you have the power to be whatever you want. To feel good and look good, no matter what your age.” “I want to share my passion of fighting and learning the Mauy Thai moves with others. It will change your outlook and improve your confidence, along with toning you body.”