Leo Mora & Christina Garced

Leo Mora: Originally from Costa Rica, Leo's desire to dance derived from his passion and admiration for the art, as well as his longing to hold a smoking hot chica in his arms at a salsa nightclub. Leo was a street dancer who started out social dancing however, he was quickly scouted out because of his natural talents. He started his professional career at Arthur Murray International over 10 years ago which is where he met his partner Christina. He is a certified and award winning instructor, sought after coach, full Championship Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and certified Master Examiner with Arthur Murray International . No stranger to the stage or screen, Leo was last seen on WE TV as the featured dancer on David Tutera’s “CELEBrations”, dancing a salsa with Vanessa Williams.

Christina Garced:  Studying dance by the age of three, Christina has a diverse background in the performing arts including many styles of dance (modern, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop) and a Bachelor's Degree in English Theatre from New Jersey City University.  However, growing up in her parents’ Arthur Murray Dance Studios, ballroom dancing has always been an integral part of her life. Christina decided to pursue her professional career in the American Style because of its boundless creative and uninhibited nature. Recognized not only for her choreography, Christina is also a certified and award winning instructor, as well as a full Championship Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and certified Master Examiner with Arthur Murray International. 

Leo and Christina decided to embark on their professional dance journey together in the American Style Smooth Division at the end of 2009.  Their partnership reached early success, and within their first year as a competitive team they found themselves in the Arthur Murray World Smooth final in addition to bringing home the title of Rising Star Smooth World Champions.  Soon after, they decided to add on the American Style Rhythm dances to their repertoire which led them to many career highlights and successes. 

As United States American Style 9-Dance finalists and 2X Arthur Murray 9-Dance Champions, Leo and Christina have had the honor of performing and teaching up and down the Northeastern coastline as well as numerous venues around the United States. Not only limited to the American Style, Leo and Christina are also known for excelling in the specialty or club style dances such as Salsa, Bachata, and Hustle. Among their competitive ballroom dancing successes, they have also been cast as featured performers on major TV network shows such as: WE tv’s David Tutera’s “CELEBrations”, TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and HGTV’s House Hunters. 

Career highlights and awards: 

  • United States 9-Dance Finalists
  • Millennium Dancesport and Ohio Star Ball 9-Dance Bronze Medalists 
  • 2X Arthur Murray 9-Dance Champions
  • 2X Jesse Smith Memorial 9-Dance Award recipients 
  • Arthur Murray World Professional Smooth and Rhythm Finalists