Ballroom Ballyhoo was created by four friends: Missy Lindsey, BJ Harden-Jones, Rosa Lee Harden, and Brad Wilson. They believe ballroom dancing has the ability to bring folks together regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs. Given these beliefs, they 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 dance instructors offer dancing education of all types! We offer:
Question 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.
Question #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.
Question #3: What do I wear?
You can be as sassy as you want, but most of all, we really want you to be comfortable, so wear what is comfortable for you. As for shoes, you can wear your fiercest dance shoes or just everyday shoes. Just know that sneakers and open back shoes can make dancing difficult so keep that in mind.
Question #4: Where are group dancing classes held?
Group dancing classes are held in the Parish Hall at The Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan Street, Asheville, NC.
Question #5: Where do I park?
As we all know, parking in Biltmore Village can be quite the adventure. Free street parking is available as well as at the credit union parking lot (when it's after hours, which it should be for our classes.)
Question #6: Are Private Dance lessons available?
The answer is "Yes". Missy Lindsey and BJ Harden Jones are PHENOMENAL dance instructors. They are gentle teachers who just want you to have fun without all the pressure for perfection.
Question #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 assuming as a dancer..either Leader or Follower. 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 accept choose whatever role you would like. It will be necessary for you to stick to that role throughout classes.