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Dance Instruction


Argentine Tango. The Tango Milonguero
(DVD) GV1796.T3 A7385 2007x
Presents the basic steps and moves of the tango milonguero (closely danced tangos as danced in the crowded milongas of Buenos Aires).
Ballroom Dancing Basics
(DVD) GV1751.B19896 2005x
Presents basic step-by-step instruction on six dances: waltz, foxtrot, rumba, samba, merengue, and night club sway.
Dance Today! Samba
(DVD) GV1796.S25 D36 2007x
An "active lifestyle makeover" instructional video with Quenia Ribeiro. She also offers a Samba Reggae Workout.
Discover Dance. Ballroom
(DVD) GV1751.D5724 2005x
Ballroom dancing instruction program for beginners, covering: waltz, social foxtrot, social quickstep, and tango.
Discover Dance. Latin
(DVD) GV1751.D5726 2005x
Beginner-level instruction on ballroom dancing, covering: cha cha, rumba, social rock 'n' roll, and social samba.
Lambada Me: Step by Step
(DVD) GV1751.L3625 2005x
Instruction on lambada dancing, the "forbidden" dance, which combines elements of samba and merengue.
The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa. Part One, Beginners
(DVD) GV1796.S245 Q533 2005x Pt. 1
Presents beginner-level instruction on Cuban salsa dancing.
The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa. Part Two, Intermediate Salsa Dance Lessons
(DVD) GV1796.S245 Q533 2005x Pt.2
Presents intermediate-level instruction on Cuban salsa dancing.

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Pittsburgh Region

  • Absolute Ballroom of Pittsburgh
    Located at 6617 Hamilton Avenue near the intersection of Penn Avenue and 5th Avenue at the north edge of Shadyside.
  • Alloy School
    The Dance Alloy Theater School has merged with the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater to form the Alloy School which offers dance classes taught in a fun, creative and non-competitive environment by master teachers.
  • August Wilson Center Dance Academy
    Classes, designed for everyone from youngsters to adults, are on Saturdays.
  • Ballroom Dancing at Arthur Murray
    Located in McMurray and Monroeville
  • Bell School of Irish Dance
    The Bell School of Irish Dance offers weekly traditional Irish dance classes for young boys and girls ages five and up to and including adults. It has locations in the North Hills and in Greensburg.
  • Burke School of Irish Dance
    Certified by the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland, the Burke School of Irish Dance provides instruction in traditional Irish Step Dancing at weekly lessons held at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill. Classes are offered for boys and girls, ages 5 and up, and teenagers.
  • Calliope
    This folk arts organization offers classes in music, dance, and crafts.
  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center
    Located in Carnegie PA, CPAC offers Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Modern dance classes for both children and adults.
  • Centro Flamenco de Pittsburgh
    A cultural organization whose aim is to increase awareness of and teach Flamenco culture in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Coal Country Traditions
    Coal Country Traditions (CCT) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional music and dance, particularly that of the south-western Pennsylvania region. Coal Country Traditions sponsors dance classes in Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Salsa, Appalachian Clogging, and Argentine Tango and regular dances in Swing, Latin, Argentine Tango, and Vintage/Ragtime dance.
  • Community College of Allegheny County
    Offers dance classes in its noncredit, community courses
  • Dance Workshop by Shari
    Dance Studio serving the south hills of Pittsburgh. Instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and acro for all age levels. Award winning competing and performing troupe.
  • East End Kids
    East End Kids is a teen song and dance ensemble that trains in Monroeville and performs throughout the Pittsburgh area.
  • Father Ryan Arts Center
    Offers classes in dance, music and theater in McKees Rocks.
  • Janet Miller's Dance Pittsburgh, LLC
    Professional ballroom, latin & fitness dance instruction in Mt. Lebanon and Dormont.
  • Khafif Middle Eastern Music and Dance
    Performance company teaches dance classes in Pittsburgh and WV, as well as around the country.
  • La Roche College Dance Department
    The La Roche College Dance Department is a ballet-based program offering a Bachelor of Arts Degree in professional performance and pedagogy.
  • Laura Lynn School of Dance
    Laura Lynn School of Dance is a locally owned and operated dance school that provides the people of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas with professional dance classes and lessons at competitive prices. Offers Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe, Modern, Preschool, and Adult classes.
  • M&M Dance Academy
    Beginning dance classes in jazz, tap, ballet, gymnastics in Monroeville PA.
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School (PBT School), the official training institution of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, is recognized as one of the nationís finest schools for dance education and training.
  • Pittsburgh Tangueros
    A Corresponding Academy of La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina, the Pittsburgh Tangueros offers classes in the Argentine Tango, as well as weekly dances.
  • Pittsburgh Youth Ballet School
    The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet School guides young dancers through the world of ballet from pre-school levels to professional levels.
  • Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance
    The Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance offers certified instruction in traditional Irish stepdancing to children & teens, including a Tir na Nog, or creative movement class, for pre-schoolers from the age of 4 years. Classes are held weekly in Dormont and in Johnstown, PA. The Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance is sanctioned by An Coimisiun le Rince na Gaelacha, Dublin Ireland.
  • USA Dance, Pittsburgh Chapter
    USA Dance's mission is to expand the dance education of beginner Ballroom and Latin dancers and further promote the positive effects of dancing to youth, singles, couples, social, and competitive dancers of all experience levels. It is open to all who wish to participate at any level.
  • Yanlai Dance Academy
    Yanlai Dance Academy (formerly Oriental Star Dance School) is a professional dance school in the tri-state area teaching its students a unique range of dance forms including fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary dance and traditional folk and classical Chinese dance.

Web sites

  • An American Ballroom Companion
    An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress, from circa 1490 to 1920. It includes the full text of the documents, as well as 75 video demonstrations of the dances.
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studios
    Franchise dance studios with locations in downtown Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Wexford and McMurray.
  • Ballroom Dance Group
    You can learn some basic Waltz, Fox Trot, or East Coast Swing steps and patterns with the Ballroom Dance Group's free Learn Online page. Or you can download video clips or audio clips to help you get started.
  • Dancing for Busy People
    Uses the Community Dance Program (CDP) method of providing dances using simple basic terminology that they define here.
  • The Dancing Master, 1651-1728, An Illustrated Compendium By Robert M. Keller
    See dance instructions, plus tunes, for the that time period, generally in England, as well as a method for comparing the different dances.
  • National Dance Association
    The National Dance Association is one of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
  • USA Dance
    Formerly the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association
    The nation-wide organization of competitive, college and social Amateur Ballroom Dancers in the United States. Their website can put you in touch with a local chapter.