Theo and Ganine have extensive careers in the dance and entertainment industry and are United States Dancesport Top Teachers.
Theo is a five-time U.S. Top Teacher in all four styles; Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, Latin; and three-times honored as Top Teacher at World Championships. Ganine is a U.S. Top Teacher and competitor, a broadway performer and former Rockette.
They owned the the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Broadway in New York City, where together they performed for The Rainbow Room, The Tavern on the Green, Ciprianis, The Copacabana, for Columbia Pictures NY premier of Shall We Dance, Lincoln Center's Midsummer Nights Swing, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.
Theo J. Derleth has produced and choreographed shows for stage, television and film. As an ambassador for the ballroom dance industry Theo reached around the world to bring top dance champions to the United States. He was a driving force and strong influence to the influx of foreign competitors in America by securing them visas, sponsorship, housing, training and employment. Many are now the top dancers representing the United States as well as teachers and studio owners. Theo has touched countless lives in the dance industry. Breaking down bordersn and encouraging the exchange of information, techniques and styles, the dance standard has been raised and will continue to grow. Theo and his student Bobbie Fitzpatrick are WDC World Pro/Am Ballroom Champions.
Ganine Giorgione Derleth is an artist, singer and dancer, her credits include original Broadway companies of The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Two For The Show, national Actor's Equity companies of 42nd Street and A Chorus Line, The Cotton Club, The Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors. She performed as a Rockette in the Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, was dance coach for Tony Bennett's music video "Steppin' Out", opening act for Sammy Davis Jr. & Jerry Lewis, Cleopatra for Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, and a member of the first United States Olympic Dance Corps. Ganine taught dance at Columbia University, Fordham University, Wagner College, College of Staten Island, and SUNY Brockport for Dance Rochester, as well as at her own schools where her students have gone on to have great success, winning national championships, and achieving professional careers. Ganine is the owner of Giorgione Fine Art, a member of the Marathon Business and Professional Women, and an advisory board member of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Since moving their family to the heart of the beautiful Florida Keys in 2003, long time Rotarians, Theo and Ganine have become very involved with their local community and helped create the Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Program to bring new business to Marathon. Helping to raise funds for Habitat for Humanitythey put on yearly dance performances at the D'Asign Source Gala. They started and performed in the "Dancing with our island stars" fundraisers in Islamorada to benefit art in schools, were the pro show in the Boca Raton "Dancing with the Stars" and invited back to judge and announce. Theo's column "Keys Culture" ran for years in The Weekly Newspaper. In 2010 they branched out to Fort Myers, FL where their Fort Myers Fred Astaire Dance Studio became the FADS National Top Studio. Happily returning full-time to Marathon in 2013 they moved Theo & Ganine's Dance Center to Gulfside Village, where their school also hosts Elite Martial Arts, Island Yoga, The Feldenkrais Center, and is home to the Giorgione Fine Art Gallery.