Frank & Angela Gillitzer / Absolute Danz
Frank Gillitzer, co-owner of Absolute Danz, began to dance at the age of 7. He was the United States Amateur Male Champion in American Smooth and International Standard and Latin in 1998.
From 1992-98, he was the United States Junior Amateur Male champion in American Smooth and International Standard and Latin. Prior to that he was the United States Amateur Junior Smooth and Rhythm champion from 1990-93. He also served as the United States Amateur Preteen champion from 1989-90.
When he turned professional in 1999, he continued his national success, becoming the United States Sixth Top Teacher in 2002. He also was named the Dancer’s Cup Circuit Top Teacher in 2003. He has taught and coached dance throughout the United States. He has received training from the best teachers and coaches in North America and Europe.
He has also taught and lectured dance to college students at Kansas State University, Missouri State University, Ohio State University, Kent State University, and Marquette University.
Frank is an active member of the National Dance Council of America, National Dance Teachers of America and Professional Dancers Federation.
Angela Gillitzer, co-owner of Absolute Danz, has been dancing since the age of 3. Angela has studied ballet, jazz, and tap for 15 years. She performed at two half-time championship football games, the Citrus Bowl in 1998 and the Outback Bowl in 1999. She also danced with the Wisconsin Dance Team that performed at Walt Disney World in 2001.
In 2004, Angela began to focus on ballroom dance. She began as a social dancer and quickly realized that competitive ballroom dance was her passion. She received private coaching from Suzanne Gelinas, former Canadian 10 dance Champion, former world cabaret champion and Star Search International Grand Champion, as well as other nationally and internationally ranked coaches. She began to compete in 2007 and has consistently placed within the top six competitors in each competition she has entered. In 2006, Angela became a certified Zumba instructor. In 2013, Angela co-lead “Zumba Day by the Bay” at Lambeau Field for the Guinness World Record attempt of over 5,000 people. In February 2015, Angela became a certified LaBlast Fitness Instructor from Louis van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” She is also proud to start the 1st LaBlast Fitness class in Wisconsin on February 19, 2015!
Frank and Angela began competing in the Professional American Smooth Division in January 2009. They competed in over 60 competitions throughout the United States, Hawaii and Canada and have consistently placed in the top 12. They have received countless hours of tutelage from Suzanne Gelinas from Montreal, Michael Mead from England, Toni Redpath from Australia, Edward Simon from New York, Mazen Hamza from Delaware, Izabella Jundzill from Poland, Anna Trebunskaya from Russia, Jonathan Roberts from California, Louis van Amstel and Maximiliaan Winkelhuis from Denmark.
In 2012 they welcomed the birth of their daughter and took a small break from competing professionally to focus on the studio and their daughter. Frank and Angela went back to competing in 2014 and still placed in the top 12 in major competitions. In 2015, they welcomed the birth of their son. After a small break, they went back to competing and place 29th in the world at the Blackpool Dance Festival in Blackpool, England. Frank and Angela still receive coaching from the top dancers in world and continue to bring the best dancers in the world to Absolute Danz.