You can never have enough lessons!  Even seasoned dancers continue to learn and refresh.  Beginners should not be intimidated, it’s never too late to learn and BDPS can connect you up with the best instructors up and down the Grand Strand. Group lessons provide you with all the benefits: physical, mental and social. While being in a social group, you are being physically active, burning calories doing a weight bearing activity and challenging your brain memorizing steps, all at the same time!  Did you know the New England Journal reported that frequent dancers (30 minutes a day, 4 days a week) had a reduced risk of dementia by 76% compared with those who rarely or never danced?  Private lessons are also an option with most of the instructors in the area.

Paul McTaggart

Paul McTaggart –  Carolina Dance Partners (843) 798-2639

Not only is Paul McTaggart a talented singer, musician, entertainer, magician, performer and certified dance instructor but he is also, along with Charlene Dougherty, the co-founder of the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society.

He has all of the qualifications that you are looking for in dance instruction – however, It’s not about him – it’s all about YOU and your dance goals.  Beginner or experienced, couples, singles, weddings, cruises, Carolina Dance Partners covers it all.

Do you want to meet new people and make new friends? Do you want a light form of exercise and burn calories? How about expressing yourself with music or being invited to more parties – you can have all of this with Carolina Dance Partners – Group Classes for beginners and advanced dancers, Private Lessons and Regular Dance Parties are available.

Do yourself a favor and to go to [email protected] and request your FREE dance newsletter, the Grand Strands longest running established ballroom dance publication, released weekly since 2013.  Everything that you will need to know is right there – information about Myrtle Beaches favorite group classes, dance parties and events.

Email:  [email protected]


Phone: 843-798-2639

Sal Teta

Sal Teta’s love for ballroom dancing started over 40 years ago as a student at an Arthur Murray studio. He quickly progressed into a competitive dancer winning many awards in both American and International Style Dancing.  Over the years he has taught for Fred Astaire, Arthur Murray and numerous private studios before going independent.  He has taught group classes at Sea Trails and for the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation.  He currently teaches private lessons in Little River. Sal is teaching for the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society at the Brunswick Senior Resource Center in Calabash NC.  The classes  are currently being  held on Monday afternoons at 1 pm.   These lessons are free to Brunswick and Horry County seniors aged 50 and over.  For more information on these classes contact the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society.

Email: [email protected]  phone 843-333-7112  cell  843-249-1647

 Clara Formoso

By the Sea Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio is  located at 1145 Robert Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach

Clara Formosa is a certified  professional Ballroom and Latin Dance instructor with over 40 years of teaching experience.  She has also been a Pro Am Competitor, Performer and Choreographer.   She teaches group classes, private classes and is a wedding specialist.

There is studio dance party, usually on the last Friday of the month (No party in November or December)


meetup: Ballroom & Latin Dancers of Myrtle Beach



Ralph Hunn, owner of Affordable Dancing, is an accomplished professional dance instructor and competitor. A native of Heidelberg, Germany, Ralph Hunn immigrated to the U.S. in 1972 and began professional ballroom dance training under Arthur Murray in 1976. Ralph continued to teach ballroom dance independently and with Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Today, Ralph instructs ballroom dance at By the Sea Dance studio, and at Core Fitness 1141 Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach. Ralph’s company, Affordable Dancing, offers Latin and Ballroom styles at affordable prices, making dancing accessible to everybody! His approach to Latin and Ballroom Dance instruction is unique – no contracts, and rates are very affordable. Most importantly, dance is fun!

He has a brief online Registration and Interest Form for those interested in being contacted about future scheduled groups, events, or being added to his contact list.

The link is:

Ralph can be contacted by:
Ralph Hunn
Affordable Dancing
308 65th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Phone 843-602-4498

Email [email protected]



                      R & R DANCE

Rainee and Ro are award-winning choreographers and professional dancers who have over 20 years of combined teaching experience in Latin Dance, Hip Hop, and Kizomba. They teach master classes and choreograph competition numbers throughout the U.S. and have performed professionally for Disney, “Legends in Concert”, “The Wonderettes”, “The Dean Martin Variety Show”, and E’clatez Dance Company. The two own R&R Dance and are Co-Producers of Evolution Dance Festival. When they’re not dancing, you can find Ro at Pirates Voyage, Rainee at WBTW News 13, or both of them at home preparing for their new baby girl expected to arrive on November 3rd.

Email:  [email protected]   phone  843-503-8616

           DAWN HOLDEN

I taught  country dancing in Las Vegas for 20 years.I also teach all styles of ballroom dancing to include all Latin styles. I specialize in swing dancing and have competed in Swing for 5 years now. I’ve also done several Ballroom competitions. My newest endeavor is choreographing wedding “first dances”

Several years back due to a neck and shoulder injury I went to yoga school, fell in love with the fitness world and have now been certified in mat Pilates and Bootcamp. I opened up a small studio for dance and fitness several years back in Fitness for 10, managed and did both classes in the fitness and dance realm.


Find us on FB DYP Dance and Fitness
“You Have To Dance Before You Can Dance”


Email: [email protected]

Phone : 843-602-7197


Group class is held Tuesday evenings at 7:15 in the Aerobics Room at the Mega Fitness Center in the Galleria Shopping Center off Lake Arrowhead Road in Myrtle Beach.


                           RON AND BETH BLANKENSTEIN  

Beth and Ron have enjoyed ballroom dancing for the past 22 years. Ron was trained in Dance Vision International Dance Association syllabus and became an instructor in 2005.  He taught for Queen City Ballroom in New Hampshire until retiring to South Carolina in 2014.  Beth and Ron currently teach private/group classes and wedding choreography at Tidelands HealthPoint in Pawley’s Island.  As Charter members of the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society, Ron and Beth are active in promoting Outreach Dances for South Strand area senior residential care communities.  They can be reached at [email protected] or by phone: 603-261-6229.



Jim Sterner
Elite Entertainment of the Carolinas, North Myrtle Beach SC
Our dance instruction company, DanceLink USA, has been teaching people how to dance since 1972. We are dance instructor professionals, and we teach people how to dance from the basics up to advance training.  From a beautiful ballroom dance to a country line dance, a steamy Latin tango to beach music Shag, we turn any two left feet into grace and beauty on the dance floor.
Phone 1-843-281-1102




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