Kristin is a Colorado native, born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. By the age of 3 she knew that her dream was to become a professional dancer. With a family focused on athletics many of her activities growing up helped her develop the skills of a dancer. She was competitive through her high school years in speed swimming, downhill ski racing (junior Olympic competitor), gymnastics, synchronized swimming (junior Olympic Competitor), horse vaulting (national title holder) and the POM Squad.
Kristin attended college at Colorado State University earning her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology. During that time, she began her years of training and developing her skill set as a professional country-ballroom competitor. Kristin and her first partner Rex were undefeated in their time competing together, winning their way to the 2000 UCWDC Division I World Championship title and 2001 UCWDC Classic Masters World Championship title. She then partnered with Toby Munroe, and together they won the 2004 and 2005 UCWDC Classic Masters World Championship titles.
Her next partner was her husband Monty Ham. Together they won the 2013 Open Showcase World Championship title, remaining undefeated through the year in every dance.
Kristin has also been extremely active in competition with her pro-Am students and has earned the prestigious title of “World’s Top Teacher” 4 times.
She is a journeyman level certified judge for the UCWDC judging all levels of competition, Kristin received the honor of the Classic Choice award at the Colorado Country Classic in 2012. Throughout the duration of her career she has won several dozen national titles, Jack and Jill titles and top teacher awards.
Monty has been teaching anatomy of movement through dance for about 19 years, and teaching Martial Arts for close to 30 years. With a competitive background in various endeavors, he is no stranger to competition or movement dynamics.
His background includes physics (including 1st place state, 3rd place nationals), mathematics (1st place state and national competitions), and martial arts (7 years undefeated). After many years of competing, judging, and teaching couples dance, Monty won Open Showcase World Championships with his wife Kristin in 2013, taking first place in every dance for the entire competitive year.
As a professional competitor and champion in multiple dance styles, he continues his own education regularly. He has also won several top teacher titles at national events. Monty has experience as an emcee, DJ, judge, scoring analysis, and event director with several years directing Colorado State Swing Championships, event.
Kristin & Monty Ham
Monty and Kristin Ham have each been teaching dance for 17 years. They were married in 2005 and joined forces in teaching and competing. As they shared the same passions for their students, dancing, and teaching, it was a match made in heaven. They have developed a successful curriculum with an award-winning style of teaching that is logical, intellectual, energetic, humorous and encouraging all at the same time. Together, they are the 2013 UCWDC Open Showcase World Champions. Between teaching groups lessons, private lessons, and traveling nationally to numerous events and workshops they maintain a busy schedule.
“Dancing is an Oasis…”
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Beginner West Coast:
7:15 – 8:15 pm
Beginner Cha Cha:
8:15 – 9:15 pm
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Int/Adv West Coast:
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Kristin & Monty
One Sunday Per Month
HamJam Team Practice:
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Kristin and Monty
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