Leonard Thurman

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Official Certification to 2nd Degree Black Belt

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Official Black Belt Salsa School Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Email: lurmanthe3rd@gmail.com

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Certified 2nd Degree Black Belt

Leonard Thurman - 2nd Degree Black Belt Salsa Instructor - CERTIFIED

 

Leonard I. Thurman III, LTJG (USN)

Born in California and raised in Las Cruces, NM Leonard never had any intention of dancing in his life until he took his first ballroom dance classes at NMSU in 2008. In grade school he was a musician until his graduation at LCHS. He turned down his scholarship opting to explore politics and history until his fated first dance step. Following his friend, Robbie’s enthusiasm to learn to dance, he soon gave his political aspirations for the life of a dancer. The following semester he auditioned and became a dancer in the NMSU Dancesport Company. Over the course of the next 3 years, he switched his major to dance, became president of the Dancesport Company, and coached intensely with longtime mentor, Betty Burgess with the aspiration of becoming a United States Champion. After spending countless hours studying, practicing, performing, and competing he went on hiatus to spend a year of study in China. Upon returning he finished out his last year before graduation on the Finals Podium at the 2014 USA Dance National Championships.

Upon completion of his degree, Leonard chose to stay in Las Cruces to begin his professional career. Along with building his schedule of students, he created a strong local Latin Dance community from scratch which culminated into a wildly successful Latin Dance night at Amaro Winery – which is still is going strong today. He also founded and directed “La Pandilla Feliz” Casino Rueda Group which performed for numerous community functions and large events which included the Las Cruces Salsa Festival, the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival, and the Denver Salsa Congress which Edie was a guest performer with the group.

Seeking personal and professional growth, Leonard raised community support to train  with Edie to earn his Black Belt Salsa Instructor Purple, Blue and Dance Business Management Certification. During this time, he sought the possibility of making Denver home. Fortuitously he discovered Colorado Dancesport (The top ballroom dance studio in North America), spontaneously interviewed, and was hired on the spot. In 2016 he moved to Denver as a Staff Instructor at CDS and continue his work in the BBS System. In record time he built his Student Schedule at CDS and taught students across the spectrum of backgrounds and motivations including training a student to the Bronze podium at the World Argentine Tango Championships. He also managed to achieve a finals podium on the Professional American Rhythm Circuit at the Colorado Star Ball.

In 2019, Leonard decided to take a different direction in life. He enlisted in the United States Navy and a year later was accepted to Officer Candidate School and graduated with a commission as Naval Officer September 11, 2020. In parallel with his career, he is also engaged with flight training steadily amassing proficiency as a pilot.

While Leonard is currently retired from a career in dance, he still dances Salsa every chance he gets. He also serves as guest instructor and takes on private students when his schedule allows.

The honor of being awarded the Instructor Black Belt by Sensei Edie “The Salsafreak” is of no small significance. It is an affirmation to the culmination of Leonard’s dedication and exploration of Latin Dance meeting with the profound study and application to the identity of the Black Belt Salsa approach to his own dancing and instruction of Salsa. It is his personal promises not only to embody the spirit of a Black Belt but to also strive to be open to new experiences and to learn something new. The Black Belt is not the end all be all – it is simply acknowledging the journey thus far and a new beginning.

Respectfully,

Leonard I. Thurman III, LTJG (USN)

 

Black Belt Dance Instructor Certification Belts, order of progression to Black Belt.

Minimum Training Hours are Listed Below.

If an Instructor Trainee is not able to complete the minimum requirements for Belt attainment, any remaining hours will be billed at their regular private lesson rate / fee per hour either with that instructor, or any other qualified BBS instructor.

You may contact any Qualified BBS Trainer from the “Find Trainers” Menu above.

Physical Taining
Black Belt Salsa Curriculum, Instructor Training and Certification

Baby Blue Belt – Instructor Assistant
Description:
Instructor-in-training, serving as an “Apprentice” to Primary Instructor(s) for Group Classes. Duration of apprentice-ship is up the to school

Hours: Individual School’s Decision

White Belt – Intro
White Belt Certified prior to 2012. Coaches may choose to certify as BBS Professional Instructors through the upper Belt Levels

Hours: Contact Edie to upgrade you to your appropriate Instructor Level

Edie, The Salsa FREAK Testimonials - Salsa Curriculum and Instructor Training and CertificationPurple Belt – Instructor Trainee
Description: How to Teach Groups and Privates. At this level, a student will have gone through the initial minimum of 24 to 30 hours of core instructor training.

Hours: 20 Hours of Physical Training hours to date

Salsa in Denver - Black Belt Salsa,, Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!Blue Belt – Primary Instructor
Description: How To Teach both lead and follow of the the SYLLABUS CURRICULUM.
At this level, a student will have passed the minimum 24 to 30 hours of training on the fundamentals of teaching, coaching, the BBS course syllabus, and student class management

Hours: 30 Hours of Physical Training (50 Hours of Physical Training to date)

Brown Belt – Senior Instructor
Master of Spins (2nd pass of the curriculum with Spins applied)
Description:
At this level, a student will have passed the minimum 24 to 30 hours of advanced instructor training on both lead and follow, of SPINS. They have the option of teaching instructor courses or regional workshops, directing studios and/or becoming state or regional representatives.

 Hours: 30 Hours of Physical Training to date (80 hours of training to date)

Edie, The Salsa FREAK Testimonials - Salsa Curriculum and Instructor Training and CertificationRed Belt – Chief Trainer – Master of Men and Women’s Styling (3rd pass of the curriculum with Spins applied)
Description:
Have passed the minimum 24 to 30 hours of advanced instructor training on both lead and follow, of STYLING. They have the option of teaching instructor courses or regional workshops, directing studios and/or becoming state or regional representatives.

Hours: 30 Hours of Physical Training (100 hours of training to date)

DBM Certified Academy Graduate
Description:
How to Profit in a Major Way. May be taken at any time as part of, or outside of the Black Belt physical training program. The DBM is a requirement for Red /Black Belt. Those whom have already taken the course prior to 2012 are required to take the new course as soon as possible. Contact us for your Continuing Education Certification Discounts

Hours: 28 Hours of Business Training

Red/Black – Senior Trainer
Description:
DBM Certified, and Local Expert. Have proven personal integrity, trust and commitment to the Black Belt System and DBM Academy. Have passed the minimum 24 to 30 hours of advanced instructor training on both lead and follow, of MUSICALITYProvide leadership insight and strength to the system, their regional teams, and studios worldwide

Hours: 80 Hours of Physical Training (140 hours of Physical Training to date)

Black Belt -Master of Lifts and Tricks
Master of Spins (2nd pass of the curriculum with Spins applied)
Description:
DBM Certified and Regional Expert Congress instructor, Performing Dance Team Leadership Choreography International Competitions. A minimum of 180 to 250 hours and two years of physical BBS Upper Belt-Level Instructor training and teaching

Master Instructor 1st Degree Black Belt
Hours: 40 hours (180 Hours of Physical Training to date)

40 hours


Black Belt -Master of Performance & Choreography
Master of Spins (2nd pass of the curriculum with Spins applied)
Description:
DBM Certified and Regional Expert Congress instructor, Performing Dance Team Leadership Choreography International Competitions. A minimum of 180 to 250 hours and two years of physical BBS Upper Belt-Level Instructor training and teaching

Master Instructor 2nd Degree Black Belt
Hours: 50 hours (210 Hours of Physical Training to date)

40 hours


Black Belt – Master of Competition Strategies
Master of Spins (2nd pass of the curriculum with Spins applied)
Description:
DBM Certified and Regional Expert Congress instructor, Performing Dance Team Leadership Choreography International Competitions. A minimum of 180 to 250 hours and two years of physical BBS Upper Belt-Level Instructor training and teaching

Master Instructor 2nd Degree Black Belt
Hours: 60 hours (270 Hours of Physical Training to date)

40 hours


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