Meet the Team
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
I am originally from Yerevan, Armenia where I started dancing at the age of 7. My passion for dancing started with traditional Armenian dance then broadened to a love of Latin dance at the age of 12. Under the supervision of renowned Armenian dance teachers, I was able to broaden my skills and decided to further my studies at the Armenian State Pedagogical University. I graduated at the age of 22 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dancing Art.
In Armenia I performed on 'Dancing with the Stars', 'So You Think You Can Dance' and danced on numerous stages in many venues as a professional dancer, including for audiences numbering in the several thousands.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with both children and adults who inspire me to become a better dancer and teacher every day.
Ricci-Lee Hotz began her dance career in 2008 at the age of 16 after her 11 year competitive gymnastics career in Arizona. Ricci immediately fell in love with dancing and began training and competing as a college and pro-am dancer, even running the University of Arizona’s ballroom club. Ricci was a top finalist in both collegiate (rhythm and smooth) and open pro-am in American rhythm.
In 2017, after Ricci received her master's degree in nutrition and became a Registered Dietitian, she moved to Colorado to pursue her competitive professional dance career in American rhythm while also teaching and competing with students in multiple styles and running her private practice. In the past 6 years of her professional career she has been a professional American rhythm rising star and open finalist at multiple competitions across the country.
She now lives in Minneapolis and is excited for her professional dance journey to continue growing in Boston competing with Arko and continuing to share her love of dancing with students of all ages and levels through teaching. She cannot wait to continue helping students achieve their dance goals. She will be available for lessons in Boston with students frequently each month.