Offering Ballroom Dance Classes in both American & International Styles of Dance
DENISE MAYER, BFA, AISTD
Discover the Joy of Ballroom Dance
Join our group classes for the perfect blend of socializing, meeting new people, mastering the art of leading and following, and learning steps inexpensively.
Address class issues, polish your dancing, and enhance your skills with private lessons. Private lessons provide a more hands-on approach with the instructor.
Join us on Saturday evenings from 8-11 p.m. for our dances. Put to use what you are learning in class in a supportive and social environment.
What to expect
With almost 30 years of dancers shaping our program, we offer a carefully designed curriculum.
Start with Beginner Waltz, Fox Trot, and Swing, then progress to Cha Cha, Rumba, and Tango. Join our inclusive community and embark on a journey of self-expression and connection through the power of dance.
Denise's journey in dance commenced at the tender age of three. This passion remained a constant throughout her formative years, encompassing ballet, tap, and jazz disciplines. During her high school years, she chose to immerse herself in modern dance, forgoing traditional physical education classes. This trajectory persisted into her time at the University of Illinois (U of I), where she diligently pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.
It was within the confines of the U of I that she was introduced to the captivating realm of ballroom dancing, an interest that has sustained her ever since. During this period, she affiliated herself with
the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (USISTD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD), organizations dedicated to the advancement of dance education and standards.
In a subsequent chapter, the USISTD chose to independently establish the American International Dance Association, marking a departure from the ISTD. Within this evolved dance landscape, Denise proudly holds membership.