Babette Brown is originally from Salzburg, Austria. She started to dance at the young age of four and continued with Ballet, Jazz, Modern Stage and Flamenco.
At the age of sixteen, Babette got introduced to the world of Ballroom and Latin Dancing. She became very successful in the following years and started to compete in National and International Open Championship Competitions.
During this time, Babette was studying law, first at the University of Salzburg and then in Innsbruck, Austria. She was also successfully working as a Fashion Model with agencies in Salzburg, Munich, Athens and Milan.
When Babette came close to finish University, she had to decide which direction to choose for her life. Even so she has been very successful at law school and at one point even achieved best in class, she chose to follow her heart to pursue a Professional career in Ballroom Dancing.
Because there was no suitable partner for her in Austria at the time, she started to venture world wide. She found her match in the USA in 2000. When the short but successful partnership split up she came back to Europe to take her Professional Exams and to find a competitive partner again.
Babette found a new partner in London in 2001. They travelled all over the world to teach, demonstrate and to compete. Together they were Scotland’s Number One Professional Couple and represented Scotland at all Major International Championships.
In the beginning of 2009 Babette decided to retire from active Dance Sport and Shows and put her energy into new ventures.
Babette has not only been successful as a dancer, she also made herself a name as a business person.
In 2005, Babette took over the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Jupiter, Florida and within a couple of years the studio was top studio on the region as well as one of the Top National Studios.
In the End of 2009 Babette opened her second studio in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Her main goal was to grow a studio from the ground up as well as being able to achieve the leadership skills as well as the experience to be able to lead more than one people intensive business at the time. After successfully building up her second studio while restructuring her original studio in Jupiter, Babette sold Boynton Beach as a successful business in November 2012.
In 2011, Babette launched her own skin care line BB PALMBEACH. With her experience in modeling and her passion for motivating and empowering people this has been an exciting new venture for Babette.
Since Babette retired from active dancing she has been the Choreographer for multiple Shows and Showcases. Some of her productions were:
“A tribute to Michael Jackson” for the fred Astaire Dance studio in West Palm Beach
“Walt Disney” for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Sarasota
“Burlesque” for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Jupiter
“A tribute to Broadway” for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Jupiter and Boynton Beach
“Variety” for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Sarasota
“Fantasy” for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Palm Beach
Babette has been working as an adjudicator as well as coaching and mentoring her professional staff and Competitive dancers.
Babette has been invited as a featured guest speaker to Fred Astaire Regional and National Seminars as well as to other renown organizations such as the Maltz Jupiter Theater, the Palm Beach Rotary Club and the Blind Institute of the Palm Beaches.
In 2012 Babette decided to yet again follow her heart and to step back onto the dance floor.
Babette took the opportunity to dance with Dmitry Nikolaev and to continue to train, explore, perform and enjoy the beautiful art and sport of Ballroom Dancing. Together they represented Dmitry’s home country of Belarus and they were nominated to represent Belarus at the WDC World Latin Championships 2013 in California
Babette has been working as a fashion Model in Europe from 1992 – 2000.
Today she is available for special bookings only and has been elected spokes person for Belisi Fashions and Belisi RX Skincare.
She was featured in a Full Page spread for Belisi Fashions “Simply the Best” – a South Florida Lifestyle Magazine (2009) and a Commercial for Belisi RX Skincare in 2010
Babette has been feature model for Too Jeffrey Apparel which is an online based designer and retailer as well as for Spectrum Fitness Clubs in California.
Babette has been elected feature model for the new evening wear line of Elle Couture by Elle Dance Studio in Atlanta.
Babette is experienced in Fashion and Editorial shoots, catalogue, commercial and promotional work.
Babette is currently developing her acting skills and made her debut in the short film “Love not Equal to LA” in 2015. (IMDB)
Professional Life and Wellness Coach: Babette expanded her experience as a coach to the field of Life and Wellness Coaching. She loves to help and inspire people. Within her work as a professional dancer and dance coach she found that everybody’s reality starts with a single thought. Everything can change according to the way a person thinks and perceives the world around him or her. “Wether you think you can or cannot, either way you are right”. In 2014, Babette went back to school and added the title “CPC” – Certified Professional Coach to her resume and founded “Freedom2Think” for her life coaching clients.
In 2014, Babette sold her Jupiter Dance Studio and, together with her partner and husband Dmitry Nikolaev, decided to move to Los Angeles to continue to pursue their dreams.
In the End of 2014 they founded Herzog Dance Studios and opened the doors to their first location in Los Angeles in the end of March 2015.
Scottish Professional International Latin Champion
Scottish Professional Ten Dance Representative
Scottish Professional International Standard Representative
British Open Professional Ten Dance second Place
Ohio Star Ball Rising Star International Latin Finalist
National Fred Astaire International Latin Champion
National Fred Astaire Open Standard Second Place
Fred Astaire World Championships International Latin second Place
Three times National Fred Astaire Open American Smooth Championship Finalist
Southeastern States Open Professional Smooth Finalist
Florida Superstars Open Professional Smooth Finalist
Southeastern States Open International Latin Finalist
San Francisco Autumn Classics Professional Latin Finalist
Hotlanta Dance Championships Open International Latin Finalist
Austrian Open International Latin Championship Finalist
Russian Open International Latin Finalist
2 Times Austrian Latin Formation Team Champion
3 times European Latin Formation Team Championship Finalist
2 times World Formation Team Championships 7th Place
WDC World Professional Latin Championships 2013 – California (for Belarus)
WDC World Professional Latin Championships 2006 – California (for Scotland)
WDC World Professional Latin Championships 2004 – Florida (for Scotland)
WDC World Professional Latin Championships 2003 – Austria (for Scotland)
WDC European Professional Latin Championships 2006 – Gera,GER (for Scotland)
WDC European Pro Latin Championships 2004 – Orebro,Sweden (for Scotland)
WDC European Pro Latin Championships 2002 – St. Petersburg,RU (for Scotland)
WDC European Pro Latin Championships 2001 – Mannheim, GER (for Scotland)
WDC European Pro Ten Dance Championships 2003 – Duesseldorf,GER (for Scotland)
WDC World Pro Ten Dance Championships 2002 – Duesseldorf,GER (for Scotland)
WDC World Pro Ten Dance Championships 2001 – Hong Kong,China (for Scotland)
Babette is registered with the WDC, NDCA and the Terpischore Association Teachers of Dance