Life is Better in the Ballroom...
Founded in 2011, Blue Moon Ballroom is a full-service dance studio and event rental venue in centrally located just west of the Gervais Street Bridge West Columbia's Historic River District. Led by world-champion ballroom instructor James Williamson, Blue Moon Ballroom offers lively group classes and private lessons in all the popular social dances—Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Salsa, East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Samba, Bolero, Tango, Mambo, Merengue, Viennese Waltz—as well as Carolina Shag, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Line Dances, Hustle, and so much more!
Come find your dance.
Along with classes and lessons, we offer venue rentals of three dedicated ballrooms for lessons, workshops, parties, and special events.
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Located at Blue Moon Ballroom
Meet Our Team
Jim was trained and certified 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.), David Hamilton (theatre arts world champion). Current coaches include Tony Prado (#5 World Competitor, MC, Adjudicator), Kem Overby (Grand Master Instructor, Adjudicator), Max Sinitsa (3 Times Undefeated U.S. Amateur American Smooth Champion, U.S. Professional Rising Star Champion, U.S. Professional Standard Semi-Finalist).
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 and Dance for Parkinson's methods 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. As a modern dancer in New York, Zan trained with Martha Graham, Mary Anthony, Thelma Hill, and more, and had leading roles in several independent films and off-Broadway musicals. Zan currently coaches the Carolina Ballroom Dance Club. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Eric has been teaching ballroom for seven years and is certified in American Bronze Rhythm through Dance Vision. In addition, he has trained in the Fred Astaire dance method in Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola. He teaches all ballroom dances and club dances and has competed around the state of Florida. Eric also has also choreographed for such high school and community productions as West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Seussical the Musical, and Footloose the Musical. He earned his master of music arts with a specialization in classical voice at the University of Memphis. Private voice lessons are also available in the studio lounge by appointment.
Social Media Lead/Photographer/Videographer
Jeff Driggers has been in video production since 2004 when he started making his own films in highschool. He loved it so much that he went onto earning a degree in Radio, Tv, & Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, he ran his own video/photo production company and worked in Hollywood as a post production coordinator and social media manager. On top of filmmaking, he was an actor who had roles in a feature film, commercials, and tv shows. He moved back to his beloved hometown of Columbia where he enjoys acting in theatre, painting, and dancing at the Blue Moon Ballroom.