Eric & Deborah Gillitzer
ERIC AND DEBORAH GILLITZER are the owners of Dance on Air, a locally owned business in Madison, WI, since 2001. They are the only USISTD and ISTD Certified Dance Instructors and Trainers in Madison, WI. As competing Professionals in International Ballroom and Professional Showdance, they had competed professionally in American Smooth and compete in many other styles (Rhythm, Latin, etc.) as Pro/Am with their students at ballroom dance competitions all over the nation. Though they have extensive training and have been teaching for over 15 years, they continue to work with the best dance coaches in the United States to improve their knowledge, technique, and competition style as they introduce new students to the romance and appeal of dance.
Deborah and Eric enjoy and continue to be very successful in preparing wedding couples for their memorable first dance together. They also perform regularly for professional showcases, charities and other events on a regular basis around Wisconsin, and had starred together in a local music video produced by John Urban and recorded by Mark Croft in 2010. You can see this on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBpsEon9fWo.
ERIC GILLITZER, an NDCA Professional, is certified as Highly Commended by the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD) in American Smooth Style Ballroom Dance and International Ballroom by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). He has a Licentiate Degree and is a USISTD Trainer for teachers who are pursuing their American Smooth USISTD certifications or International Ballroom ISTD Certifications. Eric also has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has been teaching ballroom dance professionally for 14 years and is competing as a Pro/Am teacher with his students in all styles of dance as well as competing professionally in International Ballroom and Professional Showdance with his wife, Deborah.
DEBORAH GILLITZER, also an NDCA Professional, is certified as Highly Commended by the USISTD with her Licentiate Degrees in American Rhythm and American Smooth Style Ballroom Dance. She also has achieved the highest level of professional certification, having earned a Fellowship in International Ballroom by the ISTD, and is the first person in the United States who is certified in the Viennese Waltz with the ISTD. She is a Trainer for teachers who are pursuing their American Smooth, American Rhythm, and International Ballroom Dance certifications with the USISTD. She is also a certified Zumba instructor and a certified PiYo instructor, two classes she enjoys sharing with her students as part of her favorite workouts.
Deborah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and has performed professionally in the Midwest as well as New York City. She has had dance training throughout her life in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Minneapolis, New York, Milwaukee, and all over the US. She co-founded the UW-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company and has experience performing and choreographing a large variety of dances (including Modern, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap, Stomp, African Dancing, and Hip Hop). She has performed in dance, theatre, musical theatre, opera, and has choreographed musicals as well as been in commercials and modeled. She has been teaching ballroom dance professionally for fifteen years and is competing as a Pro/Am teacher with her students in all styles of dance as well as competing professionally in International Ballroom and Professional Showdance with her husband, Eric Gillitzer.