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Love to dance? Then the Metropolitan Ballroom is the place for you! We are a privately-owned ballroom dance studio in Charlotte, NC that focuses the energies of its talented instructors on creating a welcoming, enjoyable atmosphere that caters to aspiring dancers of every skill level. We have a variety of pricing options and a great ballroom dance floor! Our goal is to make dancing fun and to provide a great workout. Those who are looking for a fun place to meet others interested in dancing and have a good time will enjoy our group social lessons and dance parties. Whether you are ...

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Get Your Little Ones Moving!

Children’s Dance Lessons in Charlotte, NC Are you looking for a way to get your child up and moving? Summer is almost over and school will be back in session, what better way to motivate your child than with dancing! Some children are involved in school activities, but if your child is unsure of what they like, or if they haven't found a sport they love, then ballroom dancing could be for them! Ballroom dance classes are a great way for your son/daughter to meet new friends and learn a new form of art. Our instructors are great with children and will ...

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Types of Ballroom Dancing

There are many misconceptions when it comes to ballroom dancing. The majority of them are derived from discomfort, “Will I be good enough?” or “What will the other people think?”. The great thing about ballroom dancing is that there are so many different types, you are bound to be good at least one! We picked a few of our favorite types and broke them down for you in terms of difficulty and pace. Foxtrot. The foxtrot is one of the more simple forms of ballroom dancing due to its smoothness and simplicity. But don’t let the simplicity fool you, this foxtrot is ...

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Strengthen Your Mind, Body and Soul – DANCE!

Latin & Ballroom Dance in Charlotte, NC Americans spend millions of dollars every day trying to maintain their appearance. We are constantly seeking out the next quinoa-kale salad, organic face moisturizer and the nearest gym so that we can maintain the highly sought after vision of youth and beauty. Americans spend a large portion of their time investing in their body, but what about exercising your mind? Your brain is just as important as your body, and most people forget that the brain needs exercise too. Recent studies have shown that dance is the best way to work out those mental ...

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Virginia State DanceSport Championships

USA Dance Organization in Charlotte, NC Metropolitan Ballroom has done it again with incredible results in Virginia. Congratulation to John Hall - Tatiana & Monette Manly - Ranko for doing so well in there Championships!! Congratulation to John Hall - Tatiana & Monette Manly - Ranko for doing so well in their Championships!!   See the rest of the photos on our Facebook page.

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Metropolitan Ballroom’s Hot Fun In The Summer Time Showcase

Latin Dance, Ballroom & More in Charlotte, NC Saturday Aug. 2nd 8pm - 11:30pm Metropolitan Ballroom Exciting action packed showcase filled with Waltz, Cha-cha, Swing, Hip Hop, and more. With music by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Elvis Presley and Keith Urban to name a few. There is even a "BollyWood" Dance number performed by our talented professional dancers! We will have an after party until 11:30pm with pizza and a full bar.  You definitely dont want to miss this event! Seating is limited – get you tickets now! Showcase Tickets SOLD OUT      

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Where are the Men…??

Jim Manly’s explanation as to why men in the U.S. do not dance.

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‘Dancing for a Cause’ – Q & A with Robyn Hamilton

Ballroom Dance Lessons in Charlotte, NC Robyn is the Director of Business Relations for the Democratic National Convention Host Committee. Robyn has been a complete joy to work with. She has the best attitude and her energy is absolutely contagious. We promise you won't regret watching her dance the Tango on November 12th! When the YMCA asked you to be a part of 'Dancing for a Cause,' what was your exact response? Are you crazy! Did you mean to ask ME? What has been the scariest moment thus far? The first lesson. Realizing that five lessons would not be enough! The uncertainty of if I could ...

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‘Dancing for a Cause’ – Q & A with Dr. James Howell

Ballroom Dance Lessons in Charlotte, NC 1. What were your initial thoughts when the YMCA asked you to participate in 'Dancing for a Cause?' I absolutely declined the invitation. I don't like the risk of making a fool of myself. 2. Have you danced prior to this event? Oddly enough, only twice in my adult life. Once as Clara's father in the Nutcracker, and once playing Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. So, evidently I only dance in front of large crowds... 3. What made you decide to keep this event a secret from your wife? Got the kooky idea that it would be ...

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Q & A with ‘Dancing for a Cause’ Stars

Want to learn more about the twelve prominent leaders that are participating in the Center City YMCA's 'Dancing for a Cause?' Stayed tuned as we will post interviews with each star. First up, Dr. James Howell: Senior Pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. James was the first star to come in for his initial lesson. He was hesitant and a little skeptical about what he was getting himself into. It turns out that James is extremely modest and doesn't know that he is a natural on the dance floor. We think he using ...

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Tsunami Surfing – Not!

Ballroom Dance in Charlotte, NC Japan Earthquake and Tsunami; Chilean Earthquake; Surfing in Nosara, Costa Rica; and Ballroom Dancing.  What do any of these have in common with the other!? Most people I meet think of me as that guy who loves to dance.  Many know that I am madly in love with my wife, Monette. Some know that I have a couple of college age kids that I am trying to launch.  But there is at least another side to me that isn’t often exposed.  I enjoy surfing! Yep, I surf the big waves of the Pacific Ocean every year just when ...

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Choosing the Right Dance Studio in Charlotte, NC

Children’s Dance Lessons, Latin Dance, Ballroom & More! Choosing a dance studio is just like selecting any other personal professional services company. You want to get the best quality and the best price – in essence the best value for your investment of your precious time and money. Being a student of my own studio, I understand what the concept of value means to both the serious and the casual dance enthusiast. This is also one of the reasons that I started Metropolitan Ballroom. Having been a student off and on for the past 17 years, and an officer of one ...

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Jim Manly’s Humble (and Funny) Beginnings

Taking Ballroom Dance lessons was one of those things that my wife and I were supposed to do with another couple to keep our marriage interesting and to give us an excuse to get out of the house every now and then. That was back in 1992 before Dancing with The Stars and other the other hoopla about dancing. As it turned out we should have taken those lessons because 2 years later we were separated and heading for a divorce.

There is a happy ending to this tale however…

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