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 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.“
BJ is a cultural catalyst, consciousness evolutionary, truth teller, mystic, loving presence, community co-founder, ballroom dancer, and rad mama. She's been dancing since she was a wee one, and is grateful in the past few years to be joining others on the journey of partner dancing as a shared expression of joy and connection. She is a certified DVIDA Pro Instructor, and is excited about this new open-minded adventure in ballroom with Missy. She grew up in Mississippi, went to high school and college in the SF Bay Area, and has lived in Asheville with her family since 2004.
Ballroom Ballyhoo offers dancing education of varying types!
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 a pleasure!
Answers from the team:
#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! Our number one goal is to create a longstanding, open-minded community of dancers who can have fun, practice, and advance our partner dancing skills together for years to come.
#2: Do I have to have a partner?
The Answer is "NO". We are one big dancing family and will rotate partners, so you do not have to have a dancing partner.
#3: What should I wear?
You can be as sassy as you want, but most of all, we really want you to be comfortable. As for shoes, just know that 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 dancing classes held?
Most of our group dancing classes are held in the Parish Hall at The Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan Street, Asheville, NC.
#5: Where do I park?
On Tuesday evenings parking in Biltmore Village is pretty simple. Free street parking is available, as well as at the credit union parking lot after hours.
#6: Are Private Dance Lessons available?
The answer is "Yes." Missy and BJ are both phenomenal dance instructors. They are gentle teachers who just want you to have fun without all the pressure for perfection.
#7: 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. Traditionally the leader has been the male and the follower has been the female. In our classes, gender norms do not apply, so feel free to choose whatever role you would like. It will be necessary for you to stick to that role throughout classes.
We also offer:
Private dance lessons:
"Dance nights" out on the town
All Star Dance Camp
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