The More you Dance, the Better Life is
Led by world-champion ballroom dancer James Williamson, Blue Moon Ballroom is centrally located just west of the Gervais Street Bridge and close to all the interstates. We have three separate ballrooms for lessons, workshops, parties, and special events—making us the most diverse ballroom dance facility in the Midlands. Whether you're dancing on your own or have a partner, life is always better on the dance floor.
Meet Our Staff
Jim trained in the Arthur Murray method of ballroom dancing and has been teaching since 1986. His style of teaching is fun and relaxed, with a little humor sprinkled in.
Jim placed first in the Florida Gator Classic Dancesport Championship,
the Costa Rican National Dancesport Championship, the Sunshine State Dancesport Championship, and the Millennium International Dancesport Championship with students in all levels of experience. He was trained by Patrick Johnson (ten-dance world champion), Sergio Moya (top international competitor), Michael Richenbach (retired regional director and owner of Arthur Murray Studio, Ft. Myers, Fla.), and David Hamilton (theatre arts world champion). Jim is also author of “A Ballroom Dance Teacher: How to Find a Good One, How to Be a Great One,” found on Kindle and Createspace.
A former dance therapist, Zan is a longtime dancer and dance teacher. She is trained in the DanceAbility method for working with people of various abilities and certified by American DanceWheels to teach Wheel One ballroom dancing to wheelchair-bound people. In addition, she is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science as well as a certified life coach. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
General Manager/ Instructor
Mike moved to Columbia from Charleston in fall 2019. His resume includes certification in the Arthur Murray syllabus and years of teaching and choreographing with the Arthur Murray Ballroom in Charleston as well as with Ballroom Dance Charleston. As a ballroom instructor, he has trained several generations of social, competitive, and exhibition dancers
Eric is DVIDA-certified in American Bronze Rhythm. In addition, he has trained in the Fred Astaire dance method. He teaches all ballroom dances. He earned his MMA at the University of Memphis.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have two-left feet and no sense of rhythm. Can I still learn to dance?
Trust us when we say we've never met anyone with two left feet. Our instructors happily work with people of all levels of ability. If you can breath you can dance. Come in for a free intro lesson and we'll prove it to you.
Do I need any special clothing or shoes?
For beginning dancers, we recommend comfortable clothing and shoes that fit well, have good support, and have a smooth sole. As you advance in your dancing, you'll probably want to purchase your own dance shoes. You can order these through us at a discount.
How often should I schedule my lessons?
We encourage our students to follow a three-phase program so try to do at least one private lesson per week; at least one group class per week; and our Friday night practice dance parties. Our ballroom dance packages all include group classes and practice parties.
What is a Practice Party?
Our Friday Night Practice Parties are your chance to practice the dances you're learning in a relaxed, social atmosphere. You'll get to meet other dancers of all levels while dancing to a curated playlist of ballroom favorites. For now, parties start at 7:30 and end at 9:00 p.m. We have a 6:30 p.m. group class as well, so you can really make an evening of it. We provide snacks, sodas, bottled water, and beer—feel free to BYOB, too. Cover is $10 or one Blue Moon Ballroom punch-card punch (punch cards are supplied with lesson packages).