mané & roger
We have both been dancing and teaching dance for decades!
Mané Rebelo-Plaut studied and competed in gymnastics for several years before studying ballet, jazz, and modern. She danced professionally with Lisbon Dance Company, Nicholas Rodriguez and DanceCompass, and in an Off-Broadway show.
Roger Plaut studied ballet from a young age and danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Zurich Ballet, and Washington Ballet.
In the Washington, DC, area, Mané and Roger performed with Eric Hampton Dance, Bowen McCauley Dance, The Washington Opera, and the Folger Consort.
After retiring from full-time dancing, we studied and competed in ballroom dance before focusing on West Coast Swing. We now participate in many WCS dance events every year, where we love to attend workshops, compete, and social dance into the wee hours!
We both began teaching dance when we were teenagers, working with children, teenagers, and adults. We have taught ballet, stretch, and floor barre at many dance studios and universities over the years, Most recently, Mané was an adjunct professor of dance at Georgetown University for two years, where she also served as the Faculty Artistic Director of the Georgetown University Dance Company. Mané was also an adjunct professor of dance at the University of Maryland for six years. In recent years, we have been teaching at Washington School of Ballet, Maryland School of Dance, and Maryland Youth Ballet. Currently, we teach private lessons from our home studio, including WCS lessons.
For many years, we have used our expertise in ballroom dance to help wedding couples with their first dance. We love helping couples create moments that they will always cherish!
We have led the organization of the WCS Flashmob in the Washington, DC, area for the past several years, and Roger is currently the coach of the WCS team dcRolePlay.
Outside the dance world, Mané runs her own interior design business, MRP Design Studio LLC, and her blog, Designing a Good Life..., and Roger is a microbiologist at a federal agency.