"Behind every dancer who believes in themselves is a dance Instructor whom believed in them first!"
The Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre uses a medal system (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) and the Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA) Syllabus to teach group classes and private lessons. The DVIDA Syllabus is recognized by the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), United States Terpsichore Association (USTA) and many more national and international organizations. All classes are taught in six week sessions starting with Intro and continuing through Silver. Special Workshops are offered through out the year by Asheville Ballroom Instructors and visiting coaches and professional choreographers. All classes, except for the Special Workshops, meet once per week for 50 minutes.
Ballroom Intro 1,2 & 3 and Bronze I Classes:
The Ballroom Intro 1-3 classes and the Bronze I class are six week classes and concentrate on basic rhythms and patterns of the 6-Major Ballroom Dances, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing. Beginners start with Intro 1 which requires no prior dance experience! We rotate the class so no partner is needed, everyone dances! Students who are taking the Intro Classes have an opportunity during the six week session to take one fifty minute private for $35 with one of the class instructors. It is highly recommended that students purchase this $35 private which will enhance their learning experience here at the Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre!
Bronze II, Bronze III & Bronze IV Classes:
Bronze II, Bronze III & Bronze IV classes continue teaching the 6 Major Dances, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Swing and Cha Cha. These classes are challenging and fun! Students will begin to work on style and techniques with your basic patterns. These classes requires completion of Intro 1-3 and Bronze I or permission from the Instructor. Students will remain in each Bronze Level class for 18 weeks. Each Bronze Student who is taking the Bronze II, Bronze III & Bronze IV classes have an opportunity during the six week session to take one fifty minute private for $35 with the Bronze II, III & IV class Instructor. Students are highly recommended to purchase this $35 private which will enhance their learning experience here at the Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre!
Secrets To Silver Class:
The Secrets To Silver class is designed to familiarize students with dance concepts, dance components, and the technique that develops the unique characteristics of each dance. Students must be in the Bronze III/IV Program to join this class. Students who are taking the Secrets To Silver Class have an opportunity during the six week session to take one fifty minute private for $35 with the Secrets To Silver Class Instructor. Students are highly recommended to purchase this $35 private which will enhance their learning experience here at the Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre!
Requires the completion of Full Bronze in all dances being offered or permission of the Instructor. This class concentrates on the excellence of technique, styling of movement, and the Silver patterns from the DVIDA Syllabus. Silver students have an opportunity during the six week session to take one fifty minute private for $35 with one of the Silver Class Instructors. Students are highly recommended to take this $35 private which will enhance their learning experience here at the Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre.
The Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre Instructor’s and visiting Ballroom & Country Professionals periodically host Workshops throughout the year. During this time, we try to offer special workshops that are usually 1-2 hours long concentrating on a specific dance or dance technique.
SPICY Salsa, Bachata & Merengue
w/ Elena & Rick
Youth Class w/ Kem Overby
Kem Overby, a certified Grand Master, began his career in 1975 as an assistant in a college disco class. Over the next 4 decades Kem was able to train with some of the top Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, and Independent coaches in the world.
He began judging students in 1980 and judging teachers in 1981.
Specializing in Pro/Am competitions mainly, Kem's teams have won hundreds of Top Student, Top Teacher, and Top Studio Awards.
On the Pro/Pro circuit, he was a Rising Star finalist and Open Championship finalist.
Earlier this year, Kem began competing Pro/Am and Pro/Pro on a National Country Western Circuit.
Currently Kem is certified to judge Championship Levels in American Style Rhythm and Smooth as well as Championship Level International Latin and Standard. He is also a registered Examiner for Dancevision.
His duties include the training of teachers, along with giving exams for the teachers when they are ready to be certified as Professional Dancers.
Kem gives full credit for his success to his students.
Country- w/Judyanne Campbell & Lee Starr
Ballroom Bronze II & III w/ Judyanne
Judyanne Campbell grew up in Rochester, N.Y., where she started dancing at the age of six. She is ballet and jazz trained, and has performed on countless stages and venues through the years. Dancing has always been a large part of her life, from Performing Arts to certification in Aerobic Dance Fitness. So, when she came to the Asheville Ballroom in 2006, it didn’t take her long to realize that her next dance venture needed to be as an instructor in a ballroom. She is truly grateful to have been given that opportunity.
Through the Asheville Ballroom she received her Terpsicore Certification. Judyanne now teaches group and private lessons in American Smooth, Rhythm, all the Country Dances. No matter what your dance goals are, social, competitive, wedding day, or just to “give it a try”, Judyanne can help you to realize them.
Judyanne has a deep desire to be the best instructor she can be. She wants to elevate each student to their highest potential through a fun and productive learning process. If you are thinking about learning to dance, or polishing up your skills from past experience, be prepared for one thing; the bite from the “dance bug” is contagious, but it doesn’t hurt….not a bit!
You may reach Judyanne at 828-231-2773 or
Lee Starr- All the info on the AMAZING Lee Starr COMING SOON!!!
Ballroom Intro I, II, III & Bronze I- w/
Elena & Wayne
Elena Pashina Binder a certified DVIDA Ballroom Dance Instructor, Professional Performer and Competitor.
Elena started her dance career at the age of 7 in Russia. Since then she has competed and performed nationally and internationally.
Elena was honored to be one of the Dance Partners and Instructors in Local Dancing with the Stars two years in a row.
Her Students range from beginners, wedding couples, performers, and competitors
Elena's Dance Style: American Rhythm, International, and Club (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata)
Elena teaches the following classes at Asheville Ballroom and Event Centre:
Salsa/Bachata/Merengue (Beginners)-Tuesdays at 7pm
Salsa/Bachata/Merengue (Intermediate)- Tuesdays at 6pm
Ballroom (Intro I)- Thursdays at 7pm
Ballroom (Intro III)- Thursdays at 8pm
Ballroom (Bronze I)- Thursdays at 9pm
Wayne Tipton began dancing in the late 1970s during the disco era and it was then he developed a love for the sport.
He took up ballroom dancing in the mid 2000's and became a DVIDA certified instructor shortly thereafter. He has traveled this great land of ours competing and winning in both Ballroom and Country competitions nationwide and has enjoyed every minute of it!
Wayne specializes in the Ballroom dance styles, Country dance styles, and the Club dance styles such as Hustle, Bachata, Salsa and the like.
Wayne also loves working with beginners and is highly sought after by couples needing help with special events such as couple’s wedding dances, mother-son dance, father-daughter dance, and other special events such as prom night.
Secrets2Silver- w/Katherine Wu
Silver- w/Kelly & Katherine
Bronze IV- w/ Kelly Spradlin
Katherine Wu has been dancing for over 30 years and has been teaching since 2004. As a student, she competed successfully in the Open American Smooth and International Standard Pro/Am divisions in several national competitions. She also competed professionally in the Rising Star & Open American Smooth divisions, and currently competes with her students in local and national competitions. She is certified with the DanceVision International Dance Association (DVIDA) through the Masters level in American Smooth, the Grand Master level of American Rhythm and the Associate level in the International Standard and Latin. She continues to work towards her next levels of certification in both the International and American styles.
Katherine loves helping her students reach their dance goals at any level, from the first-time dancer to wedding couples to those who have been dancing for 20+ years! Seeing the lightbulb turn on for someone, as they feel their body flow in sync with another, is one of the most rewarding moments of her teaching day! Katherine is very excited to be a part of the beautiful Asheville Ballroom and looks forward to making many more fun dance memories here!
Kelly Spradlin began competitive Ballroom dancing as an amateur after college. After winning a National Title as a student dancer she started her professional career in Florida. As a professional Competitor, Kelly’s is a former Southeastern US Champion in American Smooth and Rhythm (multiple years), and a National Finalist in the International Standard Style of dance. Upon moving to North Carolina, Kelly owned and operated the Carolina Ballroom Company in Asheville, and after attending Law School, the Blue Ridge Dance Center, with two locations in Asheville and Johnson City, TN. Kelly established and coached the Blue Ridge Formation Dance Team comprised of 20 Amateur Competitive Ballroom dancers who performed and competed for 10 years, many who continue to dance with the Asheville Ballroom. She produced, wrote and choreographed benefit shows in IL and NC for multiple Not-for-Profit organizations.Kelly loves teaching and performing with students. As a Pro/Am teacher Kelly and students have won many awards traveling throughout the US, including: Male students winning Championships, Scholarships and Top Student Awards; Kelly winning Top Teacher Awards, with highlights as Reserve National Circuit Champion and Multiple Top Awards at the Heritage Ballroom Classic Championship held in Asheville. At the Asheville Ballroom Kelly teaches the Advanced Social Dance Classes, and Private students by appointment. Kelly Spradlin and Katherine Wu organize the Halloween Dance Festivals.
West Coast Swing- Amy & Jason Barnes
Amy Barnes – Swing, Line, Country and Ballroom Dance Instructor
Amy Barnes has been dancing up a storm since she took her first free line dance lesson in a country bar. Country dancing lead Amy to the Purdue Ballroom Dance Team where she competed on the college circuit in American Style Smooth and Rhythm dances. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Amy returned to competitive dancing and joined the IUPUI Swing Cats, Fine Liners line dance team, and started entering in West Coast Swing Jack and Jill contests.
Today, Amy lives in Asheville, North Carolina and teaches American Style Ballroom, Swing and Country Western Dancing with her husband, Jason Barnes. Amy also travels with Jason, teaching and competing throughout the United States and internationally.
In January 2012, Amy danced Pro Am at the UCWDC WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIPS. She, with her student Matthew Embler, won the Jr. Teen Male Newcomer overall world title.
Want to schedule a lesson with Amy? Need dance shoes?
When is Amy or Jason coming to your town?
Go to Jason and Amy’s personal website www.westcoastswingzone.com
Jason Barnes is certified in American Smooth & Rhythm as a dancer & teacher. He is also a choreographer, MC, coach, judge, DJ, and performer, who has won over 350 titles over his 18 year dance career. Along with a West Coast Swing, U.S. Open Team title, and the 2-Step Across America National Championship, Mr. Barnes has earned many Top Teacher awards.
Jason is tall. He’s not the most politically correct teacher in the business, but that is one of the many things that make him unique. “Students come to classes to learn something. I want to make sure we all have fun at the same time. My classes are not like a lecture in college.” He encourages group interaction with back and forth communication in his workshops. “Never be afraid to ask me a question or tell me a joke.”
All of our amazing Group Class instructors above ALSO teach Private Lessons as well as the instructors in which we have listed below.
Private Lessons are available throughout the week and on weekends by appointment only and can be scheduled for the individual student, couple or may be shared by up to 4 people and enable you to concentrate on your specific needs and goals.
Don’t hesitate to ask your Instructor for details.