Our Staff

Debbie Sullivan

Debbie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She started her dance career at age 18 and quickly fell in love with ballroom dancing. A few years later, she fell in love and married Jim Sullivan.

Debbie has traveled all over the U.S. teaching, competing, performing, and judging. She and her husband opened their DanceQuest studio 14 years ago. “We wanted to offer the community a safe and comfortable environment to learn how to dance.”

Debbie believes that teaching someone to dance is so rewarding and life changing for both the teacher and the student. Dancing is great for your mind, soul, and body. When you are dancing, all the stresses of the day seem to melt away.

Jim passed away in January of 2010 from leukemia. “Thanks to God, to my wonderful staff, and to my students, DanceQuest is still going strong. Come join us to see how much fun dancing can be!”

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” — Vivian Greene

Dana Heitman

Dana was born and raised in Southern Minnesota and grew up on a family dairy farm. He moved to Tennessee in 1999 when he tried out dancing as a New Year resolution. Dance is something that started as a hobby and progressed into a profession that shaped and changed his life every day after.For Dana, it is a great joy to see people grow and develop not just in their abilities but also in life. Dance is something that if you commit to has the power to change and enrich your life every time “Life is always better with Dance!”

Swing dancing is Dana’s passion and finds its way into all his dancing in some form or fashion. He believes that dance is great when the music takes over, and you marvel at creating or being something you were not five minutes or five seconds ago.

The best part of dance for Dana is that every partner is different and every dance is unique. Everyone represents a story that is shared with their partner as well as everyone around. It is pure joy…you cannot be unhappy when you dance. It lifts you up and can take away any worries or problems, if only for a moment.

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way!” — Thomas Paine

Jeff Cobble

Jeff was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He has been dancing over a decade and started teaching ballroom dancing in 2007.

Jeff thinks dancing is fun and enjoys watching his students progress and improve at something they were not sure they would be able to do.

Smooth dances are Jeff’s favorite, especially the Waltz, but he has a lot of fun with rhythm dances as well. He mostly enjoys the partnership aspect of dancing: two people working together to move as one couple. He likes working on technique to improve the “lead and follow” experience for both partners.

Jeff’s primary focus is to help his students become versatile dancers who can dance with any partner, anytime, anywhere and to help his students reach their dancing goals.

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” — Wayne Dyer

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