Clifton Sepulveda was born in Nashville, Tennessee. His father was born in Puerto Rico, and his mother, who is of Welsh descent, was born in Lebanon, Tennessee.  

As a talented athlete, Clifton’s youth was filled with many different activities including golf, wrestling, baseball, archery, geology, Boy Scouts, music, and dance. He qualified for the world championships in archery at just 16 years old.   

When he wasn't outside playing sports, he could be found exercising, drawing, or building an Estes Model Rocket to shoot into the sky. 

His parents also nurtured his love of the arts, and he was encouraged to be creative in all things.

Toward the end of Clifton’s high school career, he was asked to join the cheerleading squad as a “lifter” along with several of his buddies. They were the first male cheerleaders in the school’s history. 

It turned out that he was pretty good! Cheerleading even took him to the University of Kentucky where he was selected to join the squad while pursuing his studies in Elementary Education.

After leaving college and searching for his path, he made his way into the dance world. There he found his calling. Dance became his passion.  

Eventually he moved to South Florida and began working at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Palm Beach. At the studio, he became a popular, much sought after teacher and a solid team member. 

After two years, his future changed dramatically. Mar Martinez walked in one morning. Clifton thought, “Here comes my next bronze student.”  

It would be an understatement to say he was wrong! Clifton and Mar became dance partners. Through much hard work and dedication, they have achieved so much in a very short time. They have won several events across the country and even made the finals in large events like USDC where they placed 4th.  

Clifton and Mar show so much passion, musicality, and love on the dance floor that they always enchant the audience. Their elegance and flair is so engaging that they were asked to perform at the prestigious event known as Blackpool in England in 2015.

They both have a burning desire to continue to become better dancers. They also share a passion for helping people and love sharing the joy of dance with others. 

Having trained with some of the top dancers in the industry, Clifton brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and technique to his teaching. 

His Fred Astaire Dance Studio offers a wonderful environment to share this knowledge and allows him to enrich people’s lives through the magic of dance.

       Some of Clifton’s coaches include:

  • Armando Martin-Four time United States Ten Dance Champion
  • Valentina Kostenko-United States Smooth Champion
  • Tomas and Isabella Lewandowski-United States National Professional Latin Finalists and Latin Showdance Champions
  • John Ford-Ballroom Hall of Fame Member
  • Martin Lamb-Blackpool Champion
  • Michelle Officer-United States Smooth Finalist
  • Bruno Collins-United States Smooth and Rhythm Champion, British Exhibition Champion
  • Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow-World Exhibition Finalists, Unites States National Cabaret Champions
  • David Elkin-Three time British Exhibition Campion, Unites States National Cabaret Champion