Allen began his competitive ballroom Latin dance career at the age of 12. His coaches noticed his talent and he quickly accelerated to a high proficient level in competitive International Latin. With extensive training and coaching by world class instructors and daily practices, Allen became a USA Dance Youth National Finalist in 2007 and 2008 as well as a California Regional Dance Youth Champion in those same years. He traveled to England participating in a few prestigious competitions such as Blackpool Dance Festival and International Dance Championships in 2008 where he made top percentile out of hundreds of candidates. Allen and his partner Amanda became finalist in Las Vegas’ most challenging competitions called the Nevada Star Ball, and placed top 7 in Boston’s Yankee Classic.
After Allen retired from his very successful competitive career, he went on to win ABC’s Ballroom Battle on the popular TV show, Dancing With The Stars. While on the show, Allen spent many hours training with professional celebrity dancer, Cheryl Burke. Since then, he has been on tour with Dancing with the Star’s Ballroom With a Twist, traveling all over the United States and dancing alongside celebrity dancers such as Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff. He has made several television appearances on local news channels and the Spanish equivalent of Dancing with the Stars on Estrella TV called Mi Sueno es Bailar. Allen and Amanda had the privilege of performing alongside the famous Gypsy Kings at a fundraising red carpet gala event. They starred in a corporate short film that has been distributed to many companies studying how dance is the key to a healthy lifestyle. This talented couple was also filmed dancing a “Great Gatsby” themed performance on a TV episode of the “Fab 40’s” on Bravo. Allen and Amanda also appeared on Fox 29 reality dance TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Allen is very passionate about teaching and enjoys passing down information from his experiences to his students. He focuses mainly on performance, musicality and connection inspiring his students to push themselves in becoming the best dancers they can be. Allen motivates his students in not only dance, but also in reaching their life goals. He teaches his students positive thinking and team work and enjoys seeing their results consistently improve.