Photo courtesy Dutton + Kin
Photo courtesy Dutton + Kin
Ballroom Bliss offers a personalized twist on traditional ballroom dance instruction. With decades of combined experience, we are the only studio in town that specializes in preparing novice dancers for their big day. Catered to your personal taste and abilities, we’ll help you come up with a first dance that is uniquely YOU.
The company was founded in 2011 as a partner dance division of Philly Dance Fitness. Students who were frustrated with rigid protocols and expensive packages at other studios began asking for help preparing for their first dance. Thus, a sister company was formed with the same values as Philly Dance Fitness: flexible, fun, affordable and beginner-friendly options for anyone wanting to learn social dance. But we especially love the opportunity to bring engaged couples together on the dance floor!
No matter what experience you have, we’ll help you feel comfortable moving to the music. In addition to ballroom basics and partnering skills, we offer custom choreography services. Whether you want to do an elegant waltz, an upbeat swing or a ballroom/hip-hop mashup, we can create a routine that perfectly compliments your music, abilities and personalities.
Our instructors are trained in a myriad of styles, so we can find the best moves to match any song. Just a few of the styles we teach include: waltz, foxtrot, tango, rhumba, salsa, bachata, swing, cha cha, and Lindy hop. If we don’t have an instructor with a strong background in what you’re looking for, we’ll refer you to someone else who does. Most importantly, we’ll make the learning experience FUN!
Though we primarily offer one-on-one lessons, we’re also happy to lead classes for groups of friends or bridal parties. We also occasionally put together small group series and special events, such as our Ballroom Romance workshop for Valentine’s Day. Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops!
Deborah had her first taste of partner dancing through a high school swing club. While perfecting her swing-out, she went on to learn American smooth ballroom dances, West Coast Swing, Argentine tango and salsa. Fueled by her never-ending desire to dance, she founded Philly Dance Fitness in 2010, which runs a multitude of innovative programs in Center City and virtually. At Ballroom Bliss, Deborah relishes the opportunity to create a more personalized experience with her students. She especially enjoys combining her years of experience in both ballroom and folk dancing to create custom choreographies that are super accessible to beginners.
Kira has taught dance for more than a decade and has been with Ballroom Bliss since 2015. She holds a Masters of Education and loves to nerd out over adult learning styles. She’s also professionally trained in the American ballroom syllabus, including waltz, foxtrot, rhumba, tango, mambo, bachata, samba, salsa, merengue and swing. As a hobby she trained in Lindy hop, blues, and Argentine tango. As a life-long learner (she’s just taken up Muay Thai and isn’t very good at it YET) she knows what it’s like to constantly be a beginner. That’s why she loves teaching beginners and tailoring each dance lesson to their unique learning styles and goals.