T H E T E A M
Bridgette Maria Bogedain
Bridgette started dancing at 3 and became a dance instructor at 17. She began her professional dance career at 18, when she was hired by Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988 and became Arthur Murray’s Dance Director two years later. Bridgette trained the staff and students of the Arthur Murray in Honolulu until 1992. She was certified through Arthur Murray Bronze through Gold Level and was certified Turpsiqore through Sheila Slone, Director of the Turpsiquore Dance Council. Bridgette Maria and her partner 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.
In her teaching, Bridgette specializes in Salsa, Mambo, Authentic Latin, Bachata, Merengue, Argentine Tango, Kizomba, Ballroom, Swing, Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Ballet, and Ballet Barre.
Bridgette has trained with top coaches from all around the world in all styles of dancing. Her 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.
After Hawaii and her time at Arthur Murray, Bridgette continued her professional dance career with the Washington Dance Club in Seattle, Washington, where she worked from 1992 through 1995. In Seattle, Bridgette and her partner John Rigby trained for two years with Ludmilla and Stanislov Popov, who were 10 Dance Champions from Russia.
In 1995 Bridgette moved back to where she grew up, Scottsdale, Arizona, to start Dance Time Studio and B&B Productions. She has taught dance independently ever since, instructing thousands of students throughout the years.
Bridgette has performed on television, on Channels 3, FOX 10, 12, 13, 15 and Cox Cable, and has been honored to perform Salsa, Argentine Tango & Latin Dance all over the United States and around the world.
She also had the great opportunity to choreograph and perform for the premiere of the movie Take the Lead for the Phoenix Film Festival. She 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.
Her passion to teach dance spreads to all ages, including the dance program she started for the Boys and Girls Club. To help keep kids off the streets, she taught them to dance, giving them a fun goal to work towards as she inspired them to 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. In 2014 she began teaching Latin and Tango courses at Paradise Valley Community College as well.
In 2014 Bridgette went back to school full-time to complete her two-year 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.
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.