Whether you’re mesmerized by the fast, crisp footwork of the Quickstep or in love with the lilting style of the Viennese Waltz on this season of “Dancing With The Stars,” you may want to consider signing up for some ballroom dance lessons of your own. Dance-infused television programs like “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” have increased the popularity of ballroom dance with local dance studios through the Pittsburgh region seeing a rush of students eager to jive, rumba and waltz your way to ballroom success. Dance instructors say it doesn’t matter whether you’re a social dancer or you were gifted with two left feet; everyone can learn to ballroom dance and dance classes can be a great way to begin. Not only will you learn the most popular ballroom dances, but you’ll also get fit, make new friends and develop self-confidence all while having fun! If you’re ready to give the tango a try or the salsa a spin, put on your dancing shoes head to these five Pittsburgh area ballroom dance studios.
Absolute Ballroom Dance Center Of Pittsburgh
6617 Hamilton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Regardless of your skill level, age or dancing experience, there’s a place for you at Absolute Ballroom Dance Center of Pittsburgh where beginners are welcomed with open arms. The studio’s eight dance professionals specialize in a variety of dance styles, including International Standard and American Smooth ballroom dances, salsa, Argentine Tango, Latin and West Coast Swing that can be learned in either group classes or private lessons and practiced at the center’s social practices. Stop by Absolute Ballroom Dance Center of Pittsburgh on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for its $10 all-you-can-dance nights. Absolute Ballroom Dance Center’s 6,000 square-foot facility is located in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood.
Dryden Dance Center
1948 Painters Run Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Those who train at the Dryden Dance Center in Pittsburgh’s South Hills praise ballroom coach John Dryden for his accommodating teaching schedule and thorough knowledge of the ballroom dance world that he so passionately shares with all who lace up their dancing shoes for a spin around his studio. Even those who come to Dryden Dance Center with little rhythm or confidence on the dance floor will find the poise and assurance within themselves to ballroom dance with the best of them. From newly engaged couples looking for tips to prepare for their first wedding dance to competitive ballroom dancers who desire one-on-one private instruction, Dryden Dance Center has a dance curriculum to help you achieve your dancing dreams. Learn a variety of dances then kick up your heels at the studio’s many themed dance parties and events scheduled throughout the year.
Steel City Ballroom
702 Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228
Although Christopher Roth, owner and director of Steel City Ballroom, can’t promise to make you a star, his professional instruction at this premiere Pittsburgh dance studio will help you learn to dance like one. With packages that cater to the soon-to-be married, competitive dancers and social dancers, you are certain to find lessons suited to your needs. At Steel City Ballroom, the basis of all lessons to make learning to dance simple and fun, which means flexible studio times and packages, group classes and dance party-style practice sessions. Steel City Ballroom is located in Pittsburgh’s South Hills neighborhood next to the Mt. Lebanon municipal building.
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Night And Day Dance Studio
3312 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
If you’re simply looking to be able to stay upright while grooving at your next party or wedding, consider signing up for a no-cost, no-obligation lesson at Night and Day Dance Studio off of Babcock Boulevard. As the social dance specialists, Night and Day Dance Studio instructors will get you waltzing and foxtroting faster and less expensively than you can imagine. Attend one of the studio’s dance parties where you can not only try out your new dancing talent but meet fellow dancers and improve your skills as well. If you fall in love with dancing, you can continue on to learning more advances dances and styles, including ballroom, swing and Latin through private lessons or group classes.
5604 Solway St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
The atmosphere of Swing City and its 4,000 square-foot, non-smoking studio is all about fun. Dance away the night with DJ and live band performances where you can show off the latest dances you’ve been working on with instructor Bobby D. Study the swing dance, cha-cha, polka and more ballroom dances during Saturday nights where you’ll make new friends and maybe even find a dance partner to practice with. One-hour beginner dance lessons are just $11 per class and are followed by a three-hour dance party. Swing City is located in the Wightman School Community Building in Squirrel Hill.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.