The Real Ballroom
♦ dance studio ♦
Move to the Beat
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Swing Those Hips
Let loose and learn some new moves at The Real Ballroom Dance Studio! You could be a beginner or you could be an experienced dancer. Your goals could be social or competitive. No matter what style of dancing you are interested in: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, or Salsa we have options perfect for you!
Private Dance Lessons
On a Private Dance Lesson, an individual or couple works with their own teacher. Each lesson is tailored to fit your unique dance goals. We go at your pace and focus on the dances you are interested in learning. Private lessons can be scheduled by appointment Monday through Saturday.
Group Dance Classes
In this type of class, one instructor teaches a group of students. We offer a rotating selection of dances and levels each week. Our group classes are structured to reinforce fundamental skills, while challenging you with unique, fun combinations appropriate for your level. Feel free to drop in!
During our dance parties or "socials," we play a variety of music and dance a variety of different dances. This is an opportunity to put it all together, let your hair down and just dance! This is the best way to get ready to go dancing in the real world. If you're looking for someplace to dance in Tampa on a Friday night, dance with us!
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Group Class Calendar!
Contact us for more information about our Group Classes.
Private Lessons are available Monday through Saturday
ALL of our classes are available both in studio and on Zoom!
Online Dance Classes Available
We are available for private and group
lessons in studio.
If you prefer to dance at home, please contact us for more information about our
virtual dance lesson packages.
Wedding Dance Lessons
From the First Dance to the last, and all the dances in between, let us help you with ALL of your special dances. Whether your style is: simple, romantic, fun, or exciting,
we will help you create a wedding dance that is
We also enjoy developing Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dances. Wedding Party Dances. Reception/Party Dancing.
Anniversary Dances and more!
We look forward to bringing your vision to life on the dance floor!
What Our Dance Students Say
"I am 73 years old and began dancing a couple of years ago to be able to perform at my daughter’s wedding. I went in scared as could be due to bad experiences when younger. I had instructors in other schools younger than my daughter with no wisdom and little experience. Frankly, it was horrific. I can’t tell you how many times I couldn’t wait to leave those lessons and threatened to quit.
After a host of trying and unfortunate experiences, I was referred to Karena of The Real Ballroom for lessons. And it was at that point that the whole thing changed for me. Not only did I gain a great teacher, but a great friend. Both Karena and Danilo have been so supportive, knowing just when to push me a little more, and to be there when my confidence hits bottom. The patience and compassion are never-ending. The pace is just right, and when I hit a wall, we stop, and she explains exactly what’s going on for me and encourages me to keep going. The wisdom and experience of this pair are incredible. And now I look forward to lessons twice weekly, and those lessons seem to finish so quickly because it’s so much fun for both of us."
~ Larry V
“Karena and Danilo are excellent teachers as well as accomplished dancers. I would highly recommend them whether you are just starting or just needing a few dance pointers. They are experts in it seems every kind of dance. They seem to just love to dance , and are great people.”
“Danilo and Karena make learning to dance lots of fun! They are both really good at clearly explaining all the howto's of dance steps while their laid-back manner makes the learning process very comfortable but still challenging enough to be interesting—Just not ever confusing. Anyway, it's just so cool to have dance instructors who teach a
variety of dance steps to add to your personal charisma. And, of course, you can apply 'em to express yourself and how you relate with your dancing partner(s) and the music in about any way you care to. That's because both Danilo and Karena encourage their students to not only dance very skillfully but as another means of social and personal
enhancement. This testimonial describes our (Glenn and Sheryle) experience from taking dance lessons from them over a year. They are wonderful teachers!”
~ Sheryle R.
“I had my first lesson with Karena in September of 2010, and we danced pro-am in our first competition together a few weeks later. Watch Karena dance for 30 seconds, and you’ll know she’s a great dancer. Take a lesson with her, and you’ll see she’s also a great teacher, which is much harder. She has taught me many different styles and levels of dance over many years, when I was at very different places in my life. She understands, as great teachers do, that different people learn things in different ways. And I have yet to see someone that she couldn’t teach.”
~ Tom M
“I take most of my lessons with Karena, but Danilo is always around to offer his two (or three) cents. He has been an enormous help with choreography, styling, encouragement, and adding a masculine touch to my dancing. And don’t miss his group classes. They are always entertaining.”
~ Tom M