American Smooth Coach
Briana Haft was brought up in Huntington Beach California, and was born to dance. With her natural rhythmic aptitude and musicality, she started formal dance classes at the age of 2 1/2 and continued on with training in classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern/contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, pas de deux, pointe, and musical theater. Having received the title of Miss Teen Dance in 1999, and Miss Dance of Southern California in 2002, she continued on to complete her degree in dance. As a principle ballerina for Ballet Repertory Theater, she performed in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and many others. Her choreographic versatility earned her students placement into top National Ballet Companies including ABT New York City, San Francisco Ballet, and Ballet West.
She then continued her training in International Ballroom and Latin, as well as American Smooth and Rhythm. In 2010 she won she won United States Pro/am Closed Silver Championship title, United States Pro/am Open Smooth Championship title, United States Pro/am Grand Championship title, World Pro/am Rising Star title, and World Pro/am Open Smooth Championship title. Since turning professional in 2011, she has continued to teach and choreograph assisting in shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”, and the stage production of “Where’s My Money”. She currently works for the prestigious and highly renowned choreographer, Shannon Mather, and is a main instructor for her at Mather Dance Company.
Titles & Accomplishments
- U.S Open Pro-Am Smooth Champion
- U.S. Pro-Am Rising Star Smooth Champion
- World Open Pro-Am Smooth Champion
Briana’s graceful style and diverse dance knowledge base comes through in her video coaching. She helps dancers expand their training by introducing elements from her strong dance background and showing how they can be applied to create a well-rounded ballroom dancer.