Our primary offering is our group classes on Tuesday evenings. Our group classes provide a supportive dance environment for all people and all levels of experience.
In our beginner classes, you will learn the basics of 5 partner dances: Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Hustle, and the East Coast Swing.
After completion of this basic level, we continue to build upon that foundation with technical skills and complex step patterns.
Whether a leader or follower, you will learn to feel the beat of the music, connect with your dance partner, and move harmoniously around the floor. What fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
#1: Is Ballroom Ballyhoo exclusively for LGBTQ individuals/couples?
Absolutely not! Ballroom Ballyhoo is open to ALL regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious background. Everyone is welcome!
#2: Do I have to have a partner?
The Answer is "NO". We are one big dancing family and will rotate partners.
#3: What should I wear?
Just be comfortable and as casual or sassy as you want to be. Shoes that slide on the floor are recommended. Sneakers with sticky, rubber soles and open back shoes can make dancing difficult. A sturdy, flexible, non-sticking shoe is best.
#4: Where are group classes held?
Most of our group classes are held in the Parish Hall at The Cathedral of All Souls, Angle and Swan Streets, Asheville, NC.
#5: How do I know what role I will be dancing – leader or follower?
We encourage each dancer to be thinking about what role they are interested in. In our classes, gender norms do not apply, so feel free to choose whatever role you would like.
Private Lessons & Other Activities
Private Dance Lessons:
Whether it's one-on-one or couples, private lessons are tailored to the needs of the students.
Each couple deserves to celebrate their love with their very own dance. Our instructors can help you perfect a dance for your very special day.
"Dance Nights" out on the town:
We occasionally gather in and around Asheville to boogie, socialize, and show off our dancing skills!
All Star Dance Camp:
We take a group with us from Asheville to the All Star Dance Camp near Memphis. It is such a blast every year! And a fabulous way to boost your skills and confidence.
Ballroom Ballyhoo was created by four friends: Missy Lindsey, Brad Wilson, BJ Harden Jones, and Rosa Lee Harden.
We believe ballroom dancing has the ability to bring folks together regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs. Given these beliefs, we thought it would be a great idea to start ballroom dance classes that are inclusive to everyone, including those of the LGBTQ community.
Ballroom Ballyhoo was born in January 2017, when we held our first dance classes.
We strive to create a long-standing, open-minded community of dancers who can have fun, practice, and advance our partner dancing skills together.
Missy Lindsey, Instructor
Missy Lindsey has been dancing since she was three years old. She studied ballet, tap and jazz with the Fletcher School of Dance in Asheville for 18 years. She continues to have coaching sessions to stay current in today’s dances. She has been competing in Ballroom and Country Western Dance professionally for over 20 years.
Missy has been teaching ballroom, country western, swing, salsa and various other dances in Asheville North Carolina, Hendersonville North Carolina, and the Greenville, South Carolina area for over 26 years. Missy prides herself in producing hundreds of social dancers, and many competitive champion dancers in the area. Traveling around to many different locations enables her to reach more people in all the different areas of North and South Carolina. Her motto is that “dance has something for everyone.“ dance classes