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What is The Manhattan Ballroom Society?

The Manhattan Ballroom Society was founded by Stephen Dane in 1997.  The Society offers group classes and private instruction and runs social dances on Friday nights.  We are committed to furthering the art of American social dance and to sharing its joy with a new generation of dancers.

Executive Director Stephen Dane grew up in a family of dancers.  His grandmother, Sis Anagnostis, was an icon in the dance world.  She taught for over 50 years, organized several national competitions, and served on the Boards of dance organizations.  Steve helped teach classes at her dance studio in Yonkers for many years.

After Steve graduated from Lafayette College as a McKelvy Scholar with a BA in Biology, he decided not to pursue a career in medicine, but instead to follow his passion in dance. Steve is Past President of The New York Society of Teachers of Dancing, the oldest all-ballroom organization in the US, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.  Steve has been a delegate to the National Dance Council of America and has taught numerous Master Classes for New York Society.  Steve has also taught at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, City Center, SUNY, Westchester Community College, the New York YWCA, the Yonkers Department of Parks and Recreation, and Macy’s Tap-o-Mania, among other places.

Steve has been invited to teach on cruise ships and at resorts throughout the US, and has held workshops for various organizations, including the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Lafayette College, Morristown Memorial Hospital, and the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL).  Steve has been featured on “Good Morning America” (ABC), “World News Now” (ABC), “Good Day New York” (FOX), on the TV show “Come Dance With Me” with international celebrity Belinda Lee, and served as a dance consultant for CoverGirl commercials.

Steve has helped share the joy of ballroom dance with thousands of people over the years, and would love to have you join our family of dancers!  C'mon, give it a try!!



Looking for a fun place to learn how to dance,
without the big crowds and the pushy salespeople in a big studio?

Looking for a place where you can feel at home,
where you are treated as an individual and not just a customer? 

A place where you get personalized attention?

Then The Manhattan Ballroom Society is for you!

We feature top quality instruction, a relaxed atmosphere, small class sizes, and convenient Midtown East, Midtown West and Upper East Side locations.

Sign up for one of our courses, or just drop in any Friday for our Dance Parties.

The Manhattan Ballroom Society believes that dancing is a special joy
to be shared with everyone!  Give us a call: 917-734-4778