Kathleen Ilo

Kathleen is coming from a dance family and has been training and competing from very young age.

As an amateur dancer, she quickly moved thru the ranks in International style of dancing, picking up United States Champion titles in every level along the way. Her amateur career culminated with three consecutive World Champion titles. Since turning professional, Kathleen has traveled the world to train under some of the most renowned and prestigious coaches in the Ballroom and Latin. Kathleen has competed at nearly every major Championship around the US, and last year was a United States Open Professional Rising Star Latin Finalist.

She is currently competing professionally with partner Jonas Kazlauskas. At their first World Professional Ten-Dance Championships they became a World finalists after just one year of dancing together.

Along with being a current professional competitor in both Ballroom and Latin styles, Kathleen is also an active Pro-Am teacher and competitor with her students. She enjoys teaching any level student regardless of age and ability and she is also very active working with kids. Her competing students range from beginner level to championship caliber and they have been attending numerous competitions across the country in American as well as International styles. She was awarded Top Teacher title at the Indianapolis Open DanceSport Competition in 2013 and 2014. She has also been part of the Dancing like the Stars professional team.

Kathleen is also a graduate of the Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and Minors in Chemistry and Psychology and continues to work with IU dance team as visiting coach. She brings a refreshing, energetic, and well rounded persona to Starlite Ballroom, and with a new flourishing partnership with fellow Starlite instructor Jonas Kazlauskas, this is a team to be reckoned with!

Kathleen will be dancing with Dr. Merv Yoder.

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