Fun. Community. Positive Environment.
These are but a few of the words that describe what you will take away from your experience with our studio. As a student, you will feel valued and accepted as part of our dance community. The word "Positive" is a driving factor in how we operate our business and how we choose to live our lives. It is a feeling that we strive to instill in each student, every time you walk through our studio door, whether you are with us for just one hour or years to come.
Any good teacher will tell you that it is the people that you meet and the goals that you help them achieve that make this job the greatest in the world. Seeing the expression on a person's face when they first start to dance is simply priceless. Knowing that I helped make that happen for them is a very uplifting feeling.
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Our teaching process
Positively Ballroom focuses on having fun while learning how to dance. Our program is designed with the regular person in mind, including people with "two left feet".
Our classes feature lessons on dance technique, leading/following and fun dance patterns, what we refer to as "The Art of Social Dancing". Class content is broken down into manageable pieces, which helps make it easy for you to learn and remember. We refer to this process as learning to dance "One Step at a Time." We also make sure to take time to review and practice as this helps to reinforce new material and remember previous training. Students rave about our low pressure environment, which they say creates an atmosphere where everyone can have a good time. Our process teaches students of all ages how to be confident and comfortable in a dance environment; how to listen to the tempo of music; select an appropriate dance for a song; and how to interact with other people in a positive way on the dance floor. We welcome a diversity of people and maintain a professional environment dedicated to dance education through "The Art of Social Dancing - One Step at a Time".®
Ryan is a professional Ballroom and Latin dancer with over 25 years of experience and was honored to have trained with nationally recognized Ballroom choreographer Bruce Hanson. Mary is a life long dancer with training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. She has been involved in Ballroom dancing for 13 years.
2002 Regional Pro-Am Latin champion
2003 Regional Amateur Theatrical champion
2005 Regional Pro-Am Theatrical champion
1995 regional (NC, SC & VA) Teacher of the Year recipient
2008, 2009, & 2010 Olympian award winner for teaching excellence
From an early age, Ryan's parents instilled in him the value of helping others. He continues to apply these values daily through his personal life and his business. Positively Ballroom provides leadership in a number of annual fundraising projects:
Dancing for the Arts benefiting the Carbarrus Arts Council
Thriller Food Drive benefiting Cooperative Christian Ministry
Dancin' in the Clover benefiting the 4-H Foundation of Union County
Stanly County's Dancing with the Stars benefiting The Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center
We are a company that is focused on making a positive difference in the lives of people through social dancing.