I started dancing ballroom at 48 years old, and took up Tango after I had a private lesson with professional Tango instructor and choreographer Carolina Zokalski. She inspired me when she said I would be an excellent dancer because I could improvise. I had custody of my daughter Shannon by myself for several years, and when she left home,  I was all alone and depressed, so I threw myself into Tango for some therapeutic stress relief. Worked for me!

The first class I taught was Valentine’s Day 2002 at the Wilmington Athletic Club. Charlie, the manager, had seen me teach women from the front desk after classes and rather than being upset for taking them away from their work, he asked me to teach! I’ve taught Waltz, Fox-Trot, Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango and am now teaching Salsa on 2!

From that first class, I learned how much fun people could haveand noticed when they left class, they felt a little bit better about themselves as individuals and as couples. And hopefully, like my student, Heike, said in her testimonial about her and her husband’s experience, a spark could be rekindled between them. After all, as Carolina also taught me, Tango is a dance of connection not steps.


Demos and Classes

  • Ramada Inn, 2003, “Adios Nonino”, with Sommer
  • Wilmington Athletic Club, 2003,Waltz and tango at Womans Health
  • Expo w/ Barb B., “Mary Jane” by Alanis Morrisette and “Verano Porteno” by Piazolla
  • Wilmington Yoga Center, 2004, Tango Vals & Viennese Waltz, “waltz for eva & che”
  • Latino Festival, 2005, Main Stage, “Moulin Rouge Tango” w/ Noelle
  • Cameron Art Museum, Sept. 2006 for showing of Carlos Saura’s Tango, “Milonga Triste” w/ Alison Larmee
  • Cameron Art Museum, April 2007 prior to film Abrazos, “Overture from Forever Tango” w/ Jackie Ring
  • Festival Italia at Silver Coast Winery, Nov. 2007, “complainte de la butte” by Rufus Wainwright, tango Vals w/ Becky from Silver Coast
  • Wacky Wednesday, 12-12-07, “Chau Paris” by Piazolla w/ Jessica

Lesson and Group Classes

  • Cameron Art Museum – Tango Series
  • Caffe Phoenix lessons
  • Union Cafe–lessons and Milongas
  • Brunswick Plantation Tango series
  • SoHo Steakhouse
  • Port City Health Club and Spa
  • Wilmington School of Ballet
  • O2 fitness clubs–Wilmington and Cary
  • Spa Health Club/ Peak Fitness–Wilmington
  • Wilmington Athletic Club
  • Gold’s Gym Long Leaf Mall Location
  • USA Ballroom-Wilmington-milonga lesson
  • The Dance Co-Operative
  • Wilmington Ballroom Danzsport
  • Wilmington Yoga Center
  • Salty’s Restaurant
  • Bluewater Grill
  • Prima/Bijou Restaurant
  • Fox and Hound
  • City of Wilmington Halyburton Park
  • City of Boiling Spring Lakes–Community Center
  • Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation

Kent has studied with the following Principal Instructors for Argentine Tango

  • Jak Karako and Metin Yazir of Baila Tango, NYC
  • Carolina Zokalski and Diego Falco
  • Fabián Salas
  • Fernanada Ghi and Guillermo Merlo
  • Alex Krebs
  • Kelly and Facundo Posadas
  • Planet Tango
  • Eric Jourissen
  • Vincenzo y Adrianna Madrid, Spain int. vals

and the followingViennese Waltz and American Fox-trot Instructor

  • James Willard