VICTORIA KARAGIORGIS spreads Sunshine for a living. A Winston-Salem native and Tarheel graduate, Victoria is the NC/SC Sales Manager for Sunshine Beverages, a fast-growing beverage start-up. Victoria is also very active in the Greek community where she teaches Greek dance and is involved with many other youth programs. Being Greek, it’s no surprise that Victoria grew up in the restaurant business as her family owns and operates Little Richard’s BBQ. In her free time, she enjoys traveling (particularly to the beach) and spending time with her family and friends. With a heart for helping others, Victoria is excited to be a part of Take the Lead — and looks forward to working on her dance moves in the process!
EMILIO RAMIREZ has always had a passion for dance. Before ballroom he performed in musical theatre. With his upbeat and charismatic personality, he was in numerous productions where he developed great love and dedication for the performing arts. Being native to a Latin American culture, he deeply values his Mexican roots and rich history in music and dance. Emilio has received training and coaching from top dance professionals in the US and specializes in American Rhythm, including cha-cha, rumba, mambo, east coast- swing and bolero. He also has a great love for teaching. “Being a dancer is great, but for me it’s not enough. I cannot simply just show my gift. I have a bigger obligation to share my gift and for myself, being able to inspire people through the passion that I have for dance is a lot more fulfilling than anything else,” he says. Today he trains competitive students and is thoroughly involved in the Winston-Salem dance community. He aspires to start a school of dance in the future and continue to share his craft with the next generation of dancers.