Studio Owner & Director
Certified Professional Dance Instructor
- Hometown – Vermilion, Ohio
- Education – Bachelor of Science in Physics from The Ohio State University and Associate of Dance Degree in American Smooth and Rhythm from Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA)
- How I got started dancing – I took a social dance class in college and got hooked!
- Why I love teaching dance – I believe that dance has the power to transform our lives and help connect us to other people in a positive and uplifting way. I love helping people achieve their dreams, and it brings me joy to see them having fun as they grow and develop as dancers.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – I’m so very grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to build Revolution Ballroom. After many years in the ballroom industry I was delighted to create my vision of the perfect dance studio: immaculate, spacious rooms, the finest dance floor, fun music, and instructors who are knowledgeable, professional, caring, and excited to share their love of dance with their students. It is you, our students, who make it all possible, and so we thank you for your support, dedication, and the joy you bring to our studio!
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Salsa, Bachata, & Argentine Tango) – I really enjoy partner dancing as an artform. Because you’re dancing with a partner you get to work as a team to create a beautiful and unique expression to the music. You get the chance to develop your connection and communication with others. And I love the variety that ballroom dancing offers. I enjoy dancing all night to a variety of music and dance styles, everything from an elegant, graceful Waltz, a fun and bouncy Swing, an intimate Argentine Tango, a fast and flirty Cha-Cha. There are seemingly endless styles of partner dancing, and I enjoy exploring them all!
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – Reading, running, and yoga
- Most people are surprised to find out that…I was a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps.
- Favorite treat – Ice cream!
Certified Professional Dance Instructor
- Hometown – Mt. Juliet, TN
- Education – B.S. Biomedical Sciences
- How I got started dancing – I have been dancing since I was in elementary school. After graduating college, I took an opportunity to become a professional competitive ballroom dancer and have been instructing ever since.
- Why I love teaching dance – Growing up in a military family, we were constantly moving. The one thing that stayed consistent in my life and helped me to make friends no matter where we lived was dancing. Dancing is an unspoken universal language that crosses boundaries and can be used to form connections with others all around the world. Over years of teaching, my favorite aspect of this career has been seeing people’s faces light up as their confidence grows in their dancing, especially amongst couples. Being a passion of mine since childhood, it is something that I truly love to share with those with whom I come in contact with. With every student I teach, I hope that they too will fall in love with dance as much as I have.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – The staff and student body are very friendly and welcoming and the studio has a floating dance floor.
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Ballroom, Rhythm, Salsa & Bachata) – American Smooth – when done with correct technique, it has the same smooth feel that one gets when gliding over ice. The dances (waltz, tango, foxtrot) all have their own unique personality that can speak to any mood that a dancer may be in.
American Rhythm – these dances (rhumba, cha-cha, swing, bolero) are sexy, fun, flirtatious, and exciting. High energy and enthusiastic, they can be dance to almost any song on the radio today.
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – My other passion is medicine.
My other interests is photography, woodworking and hiking.
- Most people are surprised to find out that…I really enjoy using power tools and building furniture
- Favorite treat – My favorite treat is any type of homemade fruit dessert…ie, fruit tarts, apple pie, etc.
Belly Dance Instructor
- Hometown – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Education – Bachelors in History from High Point University, Applied Science in Zoo and Aquarium Science Technologies from Davidson County Community College
- How I got started dancing – I saw a belly dance for fitness video tape in a magazine and played that video for a year until I saw a belly dance troupe at a fall festival and joined that class which turns out was only 25 minutes from my house.
- Why I love teaching dance – Belly dance gave me so much confidence and it forms a tight relationship with women I would not otherwise hang out with. That inward self assurance and friendship is something I want to make available to other girls and women.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – It’s organized and professional. There is stellar communication within and without, opportunities and professionalism that I have not found or seen anywhere else in Beaufort.
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Belly Dance) – Belly dance is designed for a woman’s body and is good for the body. It works for all sizes, ages and shapes. It is gentle yet tones and strengthens. It can be started at any stage in life. It provides a positive glimpse into another culture. It can be performed alone, as a duet or in a group. The costuming is fabulous. Belly dance makes you feel beautiful. After only a few weeks the frustration of not knowing what to do or how to do the moves goes away and each challenging movement is met with excitement now that your mind says “I will be able to do that” instead of “I will never be able to do that”, as the mind tends to think in the very beginning. The music range is wide and tempos are varied. There are fun props to add to the dance. You can wear glitter as an adult and it is acceptable.
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – I love to read many different things and watch history documentaries. I’m working on my family chart that my grandmother started that goes back to the 1700’s. I love traveling and doing nothing with my husband, Allen and dog, Pecan Pie. I also enjoy animal training.
- Most people are surprised to find out that…I am an ambivert
- Favorite treat – brownies and York peppermint paddies.
- Hometown – My father was in the Air Force when I was a child so I moved quite a bit. I settled in Memphis, Tennessee as an adult and lived there until moving to Beaufort in 2004.
- Education – My undergraduate degree was in Political Science. I graduated from Law School in 1975. I also studied foreign languages at the University of Memphis (Spanish, French & Russian).
- How I got started dancing – A belly dancer from Chicago moved to Memphis in 1972 and tried to make a living as a teacher. I took lessons from her for several months, but she soon ended up moving back to Chicago. I knew belly dance would appeal to me, and it really did.
- Why I love teaching dance – I love the camaraderie with my students. I have met so many nice women through my classes who I would never have known otherwise.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – It is by far the best place I have ever taught because of the support of the owner and the facility itself. It is a welcoming oasis with tasteful decor and great mirrors, floors and sound system.
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Belly Dance) – Belly Dancing is ancient yet modern. It is based upon standard moves from the Middle East, but each dancer can add her own personality to the dance. I think it is the most feminine of dances and appeals to one’s sense of the exotic. Costumes and props (such as veils, swords, zills or canes) are fun to wear and add variety to the dance. And, of course, I love the music.
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – I enjoy cooking, painting, acting, animals & nature, languages, science, and travel. I am a Master Naturalist and a member of the Beaufort French Club.
- Most people are surprised to find out that…actually, a couple of things. If the person is not aware that I was a lawyer, they are surprised to find out the belly dance teacher was once a prosecutor. I also spent 15 years as a docent at the Memphis Zoo and people can be surprised when I start lecturing about wild animals.
- Favorite treat – I could eat Mexican corn chips and cheese dip every day.
Learn more about Kay at: www.bellydancebeaufort.com
Line Dance Instructor, Certified Soul Line Dance Instructor, Certified Group Fitness Instructor
- Hometown – Born in Petoskey, Michigan and grew up on St. Helena Island
- Education – Bachelors & Masters in Elementary Education & Reading Instruction/Supervision from Clemson. Masters in Educational Administration from University of South Carolina
- How I got started dancing – As a majorette in the St. Helena High School Band
- Why I love teaching dance – I love teaching, I love dancing so when I retired from Beaufort County Schools, I put my two greatest passions together.
- What’s great about teaching at Revolution Ballroom – The facility and staff are equally warm & inviting. When a dance studio has ample room, lighting, and mirrors; it makes the instructor’s job so simple.
- What’s great about the dance style I teach (Line Dance) – Line Dance brings a diverse group of people together to learn and share dances. You don’t need a partner and will meet new friends while constantly building community. An added benefit is the fun-filled exercise for the body and mind. And most importantly, anyone can learn Line Dancing!
- Other interests, hobbies, & passions – Though dance is my greatest obsession, I love history and culture and am an avid art collector.
- Most people are surprised to find out that…I’ve written an autobiography titled “I’m Black And I’m Proud, Wished The White Girl.”
- Favorite treat – Old-school Mary Jane candy
Learn more about Lynn at: www.familyslidedancers.com
- Hometown: Fairfield, California
- Education: Some college
- How I got started dancing: I always loved dancing as a child but my love for dancing started when I took a Jazz dance class in high school to fill an elective. In my early adult years I spent a lot of time Country dancing which eventually grew to teaching line dancing, the Two Step and Waltz.
- Why I love my job as Office Manager: This type of work is what I am best at. After my first phone conversatin with Marcia I knew this was the job for me. I enjoy helping Marcia keep the studio going so she can focus on teaching.
- What’s great about working at Revolution Ballroom: The first time I walked into the studio I could feel the amazing environment. I am enjoying meeting new people and I love to see the passion for dancing from both the teachers and students. I most love being able to see the joy in others as they dance. It makes me smile every day.
- Other interest, hobbies, & passions: Reading, DIY craft projects
- Most people are surprised to find out that: I am actually an Army spouse (not Marine).
- Favorite Treat: Dark chocolate covered cherries
Front Desk Staff
- Hometown: Atlanta, GA
- Education: Beaufort High School
- How I got started dancing: My mom loves to dance, and it runs in the family.
- Why I love my job as a Front desk staff: I love meeting new people, and watching the combination of dance moves on the floor. When I hear the music, and see everyone thriving off of the beat, it makes me happy.
- What’s great about working in Revolution Ballroom: The closeness it brings me to people learning to dance
- Other interests, hobbies, passions: I play viola, and love to run
- Most people are surprised to find out that: I have a twin sister
- Favorite treat: Green Tea Mochi (Japanese)
Front Desk Staff
- Hometown: Atlanta, GA
- Education: Beaufort High School
- How I got started dancing: My mom and sister love to dance and I picked it up from them
- Why I love my job as a Front desk staff: I love seeing new people learn to love to dance as much as Marcia loves to dance!
- What’s great about working in Revolution Ballroom: Everyone enjoys themselves and keeps the environment up-beat and friendly
- Other interests, hobbies, passions: I play the violin, love to read, and study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Most people are surprised to find out that: I play with the Beaufort Symphony Adult Orchestra
- Favorite treat: Milk Chocolate Truffles