Dance instructors in Grand Strand area

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.

Ralph and Kathy

Ralph Hunn
Affordable Dancing
308 65th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Phone 843-602-4498

Email: [email protected]


Ralph Hunn

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 is pictured with his student Kathy Fortner.

Jason Raimey

Jason Raimey is a Professional Ballroom Dance Instructor trained in the following styles of dance: American Smooth and Rhythm and International Standard and Latin. He has been teaching for over 19 years in the United States and abroad.
Jason trained and competed for Fairmont State University located in Fairmont,WV. He was among the first to become  a Dance Fellow and earn his certification  in the art of ballroom dancing. During this time Jason competed in both in the US and around the word.

For the past 12 years, Jason has had the honor  of coaching The Spats Youth Dance Sport Foundation an organization with the goal of making dance affordable to youth.  The  focus has been on children’s dance programs where he has taken groups of children to many competitions in the Southeastern U.S. Jason has taught dance in both the public, private and homeschooling communities. He  continues to be a Professor of Dance for Hillsborough College, a guest instructor at studios and dance workshops around the country.

His philanthropic work, achievements and affiliations in ballroom dance world have enabled him and his students to be designated as an honorees at many prestigious dance events. Many of Jason’s students have went on to become professional ballroom dance competitors, teachers and studio owners in their own rights.
Jason lives just above the South Carolina boarder  in Leland, NC and teaches in both Little River, SC and Wilmington NC area on a regular basis.

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. Sal is teaching for the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society at the Brunswick Senior Resource Center in Calabash NC.  The classes  are temporarily halted because of Covid. 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.

Clara Formoso

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 at her own studio, By the Sea.By the Sea Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio is  located at 1145 Robert Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach.

meetup: Ballroom & Latin Dancers of Myrtle Beach.

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.

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

Sandra Lucas-Hyde

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.

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”

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

Newell DeFreest

Newell is the area’s newest ballroom instructor, teaching at By the Sea Latin and Ballroom Dance Studio in Myrtle Beach. Newell has been a ballroom and country dance competitor and instructor for more than 10 years.
He has traveled the competition circuit professionally, training over 10 pro/am country dance world champions and winning the 2019 UCWDC Division 1 World Championship. He has made a new home in the Myrtle Beach area and is ready to continue spreading his extensive knowledge and love of dance.
He teaches ballroom dances in the American Rhythm and Smooth and International Standard styles, competitive country dance, swing, salsa and social dancing.
Newell DeFreest
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