T H E T E A M
Bridgette Maria Bogedain Rivera
Bridgette Maria Bogedain started dancing at 3 years old and became a dance instructor by the age of 17. Bridget Bogedain began her professional dance career at the age of 18, when Bridgette was hired by Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Honolulu Hawaii in 1988 and became Arthur Murray’s Dance Director by the year 1990. Bridgette began training the staff and students of the Arthur Murray in Honolulu Hawaii, until year 1992. Bridgette Bogedain was certified through Arthur Murray Bronze through Gold Level and was certified Turpsiqore through Sheila Slone, Director of Turpsiquore Dance Council. Bridgette Maria & John Rigby became dance Champions in Salsa, and Lambada in 1990 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Bridgette’s dance studies and background include: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Gymnastics, Hip hop, Tap, Salsa, Mambo, Authentic Latin, Bachata, Bachata Sensual, Argentine Tango, Kizomba, American Smooth, International Latin, Ballroom, Standard, International, Swing & Country.
Bridgette has trained with top coaches from all around the world in all styles of dancing. Some of Bridgette’s favorite coaches include Danel y Maria Bastone, Pablo Gonzales, Salvador, Alfredo Fitziano, Stanoslov & Lyudmila Popov, Rick Venezuela, Terry Leone, Patrick & Wendy Johnson, Geoffrey Fells, Chris & Denis Morris, Sam Sadano, Bob Powers, Forrest Vance, and Jose Antonio, Carolyn Belko, Carlyn Sikes, and Marivic Wrobel.
Bridgette continued her professional dance career in Seattle Washington, and worked for Washington Dance Club in 1992 to 1994. Where she had the wonderful opportunity to train with 10 dance champions Stanislov & Ludmilla Popov.
In 1992 Bridgette was hired by Washington Dance Club in Seattle Washington where Bridgette and John Rigby trained for two years with Ludmilla and Stanislov Popov who were 10 Dance Champions from Russia. Bridgette worked for Washington Dance Club until year 1995 and then moved back to where she grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Bridgette had the wonderful privilege of performing on television on Channels 3, FOX 10, 12, 13, 15 and Cox Cable Channels. Bridgette specializes in Salsa, Mambo, Authentic Latin, Bachata, Merengue, Argentine Tango, Kizomba, Ballroom, Swing, Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Ballet, and Ballet Barre.
Bridgette also had the great opportunity to choreograph and perform for the premiere of the movie “Take the Lead” for the Phoenix Film Festival. Bridgette has choreographed several show routines for many professional dancers, dance production companies, commercials, cable television, amateur dancers, wedding couples, quincineras, bar mitzvahs, and many social dancers.
Bridgette started and opened her own dance company and dance studio in 1995, and has worked and taught and worked for herself for many years. Bridgette has the opportunity to instruct thousands of students throughout the years. Bridgette started Dance Time Studio and B and B Productions Incorporated in 1995 and has been teaching thousands of students ever since.
Bridgette has always been inspired to teach all ages to dance, and was inspired to start a kids dance program for the Boy’s and Girls Club. Bridgette has volunteered to help young kids who are not able to afford dance lessons. Bridgette made it her mission to help get kids off the street, and give them a goal to work towards that was fun, that would teach them to dance, and would inspire them perform.
In addition, Bridgette was referred to Scottsdale Community College Dance Department to teach the Latin and Social dance courses in the fall of 2012. Then in 2014 Bridgette was hired by Paradise Valley Community College to teach the Latin and Tango Courses at PVCC.
In 2014 Bridgette went back to school full time to complete her 2 years Yoga Certification, Yoga Therapeutics Certification, Nutrition and Wellness Certification, and Exercise Science degree. Bridgette is still in the process of finishing her course work at Scottsdale Community College, and has had the wonderful opportunity to learn and study from some of the best teachers in the field of Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Nutrition, Meditation, and Exercise Science.
Bridgette has had the wonderful opportunity to perform all over the United States in Salsa, Argentine Tango & Latin Dancing.
Thomas with Student
When he's not traveling around the world as an engineer, Thomas loves to dance and teach dance. He has been Bridgette's student for thirteen years and her assistant for seven. Through Bridgette, he recently became certified to teach Argentine Tango & Authentic Latin Dance.
At Dance Time Studio, Thomas’ mission is to make a difference in people's lives though dance and inspire them to pursue their dance dreams.