Carousel Ballroom

Carousel Ballroom

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2 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
11 years in business

About this pro

Carousel Ballroom is a welcoming community of persons who enjoy the art of ballroom and Latin dance, as well as the social aspects of dancing.       Both individuals and couples are welcome at Carousel Ballroom.
     Our commitment to excellence in teaching has made us the premier studio for Ballroom and Latin dance in the Delaware Valley.
     
We offer the finest instruction in ballroom and Latin dancing anywhere in Chester County, West Chester, Exton, Downingtown, Coatesville, Wilmington, and the surrounding area.
     Unlike many other ballroom dance studios, we understand how you value your dollar.  Our events are reasonable in price, and are pay-at-the-door.  We do NOT require that you purchase costly memberships, nor do we require that you sign up for packages of level dance lessons costing thousands of dollars.
     
Carousel Ballroom is an elegant studio with a fine wood dance floor that makes dancing away an entire evening a joy!   It is the perfect location to rent for special events like holiday parties, adult socials, birthday and anniversary parties, reunions, and small weddings.  Upon request, we can offer DJ services, dance lessons, and catering services.
     Our students speak highly of Carousel’s teaching as well as of our fun Carousel community of dancers.  AND our dancers voted us the #1 dance studio in the Daily Local’s Reader’s Choice Awards three years in a row.

Carousel Ballroom is committed to your enjoyment of social dancing through group and private lessons and dance parties, all with optional participation.  We do not hold competitions which can be very costly enterprises for students of dance, as many other studios do. 
     We do NOT use level teaching (bronze, silver, gold).   Instead we encourage our dancers to excel to their best potential and teach using methods gleaned from experience and success through thirty five years. We equally encourage persons new to ballroom and Latin dance and experienced dancers.

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West Chester, PA 19382
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Our commitment to excellence in teaching has made us the premier studio for Ballroom and Latin dance in the Delaware Valley.
     We do NOT use level teaching (bronze, silver, gold).   Instead we encourage our dancers to excel to their best potential and teach using methods gleaned from experience and success through thirty five years. We equally encourage persons new to ballroom and Latin dance and experienced dancers.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Carlos Maldonado has had an extraordinary career as a dance instructor for more than thirty years.   His career began in his early twenties, when he applied for instructor training at an Arthur Murray studio.  Beginning the class with 27 other students, the demanding routines and rigorous standards culled out all students but one: Carlos Maldonado.  It was then that he was certified as a Bronze Level Instructor.  Carlos continued his instructor training to become certified as a Silver Level Instructor, equivalent to a B.A. degree in Dance.
He reached the extraordinary level of Gold Level Instructor in his mid-twenties, which is equivalent to a Masters Degree in Ballroom Dance.  As the same time, he trained to compete in ballroom dance, but found he had an aptitude and talent for teaching.  Further training merited him certification as an adjudicator (competition judge) and choreographer.
In the thirty years since beginning his instructor training, Carlos has taught thousands of students the fine points of ballroom and Latin dancing.  His private and group lesson students, alike, proclaim him to be the area’s best dance teacher for ballroom and Latin dancing, from the Fox Trot to waltz, from salsa to tango.  He has taught men and women of all ages: engineers, accountants, teachers, secretaries, business owners, CEOs, attorneys, nurses, and many others.  


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Intro to Ballroom and Latin Dance: $12 per person at the door, all welcome, no partner needed.  Intro group classes are currently held Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm. 
Beginner 2 group lessons: $15 per person at the door, held Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm.
Intermediate and Advanced group lessons, $18 per person at the door, held Wednesday or Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 pm.
Private lessons are scheduled at the students' convenience.
Please check our website or call for more information.


How did you get started teaching?

Carlos career began in his early twenties, when he applied for instructor training at an Arthur Murray studio.  Beginning the class with 27 other students, the demanding routines and rigorous standards culled out all students but one: Carlos Maldonado.  It was then that he was certified as a Bronze Level Instructor.  Carlos continued his instructor training to become certified as a Silver Level Instructor, equivalent to a B.A. degree in Dance.
He reached the extraordinary level of Gold Level Instructor in his mid-twenties, which is equivalent to a Masters Degree in Ballroom Dance.  As the same time, he trained to compete in ballroom dance, but found he had an aptitude and talent for teaching.  Further training merited him certification as an adjudicator (competition judge) and choreographer.


What types of students have you worked with?

Carlos has taught thousands of students the fine points of ballroom and Latin dancing.  His private and group lesson students, alike, proclaim him to be the area’s best dance teacher for ballroom and Latin dancing, from the Fox Trot to waltz, from salsa to tango.  He has taught men and women of all ages: engineers, accountants, teachers, secretaries, business owners, CEOs, attorneys, nurses, and many others.  
Carlos's partner, Suzy Keenan, has been teaching for eight years, and specializes in helping wedding couples and beginner students to feel comfortable and enjoy their dancing.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Carousel Ballroom's Beginner Practice Dance is held usually on Friday evenings, once a month.  Our Intermediate students come out to help and encourage beginner students with their dance.  Our students are friendly, welcoming, and encouraging to each other, and especially new students.

All are welcome at our dance parties and lessons, no partner is needed. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Carefully interview the studios in your area.  Some studios work on the Bronze, Silver, and Gold level dancing, which can be very costly and take considerable time to advance through the levels.
Carousel Ballroom encourages dancers to advance at to their best potential.
Consider your goals for dancing.  Do you want to learn to dance socially, or do you want to compete in dance competitions?  This will influence your selection of a studio.  
Carousel Ballroom specializes in social dancing, although we sometimes have spotlight dances to encourage our private lesson students.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Do you enjoy music or have you played a musical instrument? 
Do you enjoy dancing?  Are you apprehensive of dancing?
Are you getting married, and need wedding dance lessons?