Our Team

Tampa’s preferred dance studio team.

World-Class Dance Instruction

The Hip Room Dance Studio brings the joy of dance to Tampa Bay with our world-class instructors. With expertise ranging across a wide spectrum of fitness and dance styles, our instructors have danced socially and competitively around the world – and are now bringing their knowledge and skills to the floor for you.

The Hip Room Founders

Rita Bauer

Founder and Director of Operations

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Rita spent 20 years working in the financial services industry as Vice President of Trading and Operations for an investment management firm. While she still proudly retains her cheesehead heritage, she fell in love with beautiful Tampa Bay, moving here and investing in the community as a business owner in 2006.

Her years as a business leader have given her a deep knowledge of Operations and Human Resource Management, making Rita the brains behind the business of The Hip Room Dance Studio.

But she’s not all financials and operations. Rita is passionate about dance, and is a constant student of the art form. As a founder, Rita’s insight as a dance student was the pivotal force that inspired The Hip Room’s student-centric approach to dance instruction.

Matthew Garfinkle

Founder, Dance Instructor and Communications Director

Matthew loves to dance! It’s as simple as that. Since he was very young movement and dance have been his passion. As a professional, he has focused his career on sharing that passion with others, helping his students fall in love with life through dance.

A certified ballroom instructor with more than 20 years of dance experience, Matthew’s approach to dance is entirely focused on the experience of his students, teaching them the styles of dance that they want to learn and building on their strengths throughout their dance lessons. He is adept in many styles of dance including Ballroom, Latin dance, Social dances, Hip Hop, and more.

As a founder of The Hip Room, Matthew brings energy, enthusiasm, and his exceptional knowledge of marketing and communications to the Tampa dance studio. His goal is to help each and every one of his students find happiness, health and joy through dance.

The Hip Room Dance Instructors

Ballroom Division

Hector Quiles

Ballroom Dance Instructor

I was born in Chicago, but I didn’t get involved with dance until I was attending college in Massachusetts. My University had a ballroom dance club, and my buddy literally had to drag me there.

Until that point in my life, dancing was never something that I had an interest in. As I started to go to the classes, I realized that dancing was actually fun. I was hooked; I attended every meeting of the club for the rest of the semester, and in the spring, they organized a trip to go watch a local competition. The competition was something I had never seen before in my life. Everyone looked like they were having the time of their life. It was then and there that I knew that dancing was something that I wanted to get really good at.

After college, I moved to Kentucky, and continued my dance journey, taking lessons with all the top pros in the area. I competed professionally in the International Standard division, and later, American Rhythm.

Needing to further my dancing, I moved to Florida about 8 years ago, and I continued to progress. Here, I have competed in both International Latin and Standard. My dancing has taken me to places all over the world, and deciding to do it as a career has been the best decision of my life.

The Hip Room Dance Instructors

Hip Hop and Dance Fitness Division

Dreama Davidson

Director of Hip Hop

Life revolves around the stage for Dreama Davidson. With over 28 years of dance experience, her career has proven to become a undeniable success. Under the direction of some of the industry’s Greatest ,most seasoned Choreographers and Producers, Elaine College,Nancy Hutson,Glenn Packard Douglas,Brian Friedman ,Dave Scott, ImmaBEAST and Don Holder to name a few,Dreama is constantly perfecting her style,technique and knowledge on the path she has chosen. She takes great pride in all of her accomplishments such as choreographing and performing for Busch Gardens Theme park,Music Soul Soulchild tour, Neyo, Brandy Norwoord, Brooke Hogan, NFL Buccaneer Pro Cheerleaders, VH1 and a multitude of specialty industry shows abroad.

Dreama was represented by the world renowned dance agency Bloc South, co-
artistic creator of VYB dance company, dance captain and feature lead actress for the broadway style musical Katonga of Busch Gardens Theme park Tampa Bay. Her greatest achievement thus far is being CEO of Dreama Big Dream LLC. where she instructs hundreds of individuals in hiphop and jazz dance as well as fitness training for all ages, along side her apparel company Do Better Daily, which gained notoriety worldwide. Determination,strong work ethic,and dedication encompass the promising career Dreama Davidson has established for herself in a profession demanding only the best.

Angel “Staccato” Guzman
Hip Hop Director

Areis Evans
Cardio Dance Instructor

Becca Rosenthal
Pound Instructor

Christina Castillo
Hip Hop Heels Instructor

Courtney Bumgarner
Pound Instructor

Lorena Pineda
Hip Hop Instructor

Jorge Alvarado
Dance Fitness Instructor & Fly Girl Fitness

Rachel Barenie
Pound Fit Pro

Stephanie Biernat
Dance Instructor

Tiffany Meeks
Dance Fitness Coordinator

Sophia Higgins
Pound & Dance Instructor

Valerie Raybon
Cardio Dance Instructor, ReFit

Vanessa Aviles
PiYo Instructor