Shannon Quintanilla is the partner and spouse of Arthur Murray instructor and Kennesaw studio owner, Jose Quintanilla. Together, the pair have competed in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions. Shannon will be dancing with Doug Weiss.
Doug Weiss is an interior designer who has had the great privilege of living, working and thriving in the Atlanta community. He founded Douglas Weiss Interiors in 1996 and has worked with homeowners in the South East and the Pacific North West. Throughout his career, Weiss has participated in numerous charity design events, designing rooms in many Show Houses for The Atlanta Symphony, Childkind, The Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. Doug also served on the Board of DIFFA – Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS, and participated as a designer for several years in Dining by Design. In 2013, Doug was co-chair of The Atlanta Opera Ball, which was the most successful fundraising Ball in their history.
His work has been featured in publications such as Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, The Atlanta Home Book, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Décor, Trends and Tradition Home. His work has also appeared in coffee table books including Designer Showcase and Visions of Design, which highlight interior designers across the country.
Doug is originally from Vancouver, Canada and started his career as a professional ballet dancer in Montreal then moved to New York and Washington before finally retiring in Atlanta in 1991. His dance career offered the incredible opportunity of performing throughout Canada, United States, Europe and even Africa.
Despite having a background in dance, Doug is excited about the challenge of Dancing Stars of Atlanta. According to Doug, there is a great difference between ballet and ballroom.
“As a ballet dancer, I was paid NOT to move my hips,” says Doug. “In ballroom dance – and in particular some of the Latin dances – it’s ALL about the hips!” Doug is looking forward to learning an entirely new style of dance as a dancing star in support of Alzheimer’s research.
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