“Dance Is the Hidden Language of the Soul of the Body.” -Martha Graham
Concierge Ballroom a was concept built out of the love for partner dance styles and the frustration of flexible and accessible options. Our main goal is to grow the ballroom dance community in Philadelphia. For students, we offer a variety of ways to learn almost 20 styles of dance in varying settings and price points. For teachers, we offer support and a place to teach for experienced independent dance instructors. For all dancers, we offer a beautiful open space to rehearse, perform and choreograph. Let us make our home, your perfect space.
Who We Are
Studio Owner/Dance Instructor/Performer/Choreographer
Colleen started dancing ballroom, latin and swing in 2005. What started as a hobby grew into a deep passion and desire to teach others. In 2011, she decided to leave her career as a molecular biologist and become a full-time instructor and professional dancer. Colleen now seeks to help others find greater fulfillment in life through dance. She founded Concierge Ballroom LLC in February of 2017 to make partner-dancing more accessible and approachable to Philadelphia and its surrounding areas.
Tomas’ love of dance is rooted in his love of music. As a trained clarinetist and vocalist for over 20 years, music soon gave way to movement and a desire to explore the connection between the two. After studying ballet, modern, jazz, and Afro-Cuban dance, Tomas began training in ballroom styles and was immediately drawn to the history, tradition, and application of partnered dancing. Since finding a professional dance partner in Colleen in 2012, he strives to enrich the lives of others through the culture of dance.
What We Teach
Considered the mother of present day dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the seventeenth century and made its way from England to the United States. An elegant, gliding dance in appearance, it is generally thought of as the template for ballroom dancing.
The Foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It is danced to big band music in 4/4 time. Also known as “Slow Foxtrot” in Europe and abroad, it has its roots in early 20th century New York society.
Tango is a ballroom dance that branched away from its original Argentine roots by allowing European, American, Hollywood, and competitive influences into the style and execution of the dance. Alternating between seductive and aggressive movements, it is considered by many to be “the dancer’s dance.”
The Viennese Waltz is the original form of the Waltz It’s the oldest of all ballroom dances, emerging in the second half of the 18th century influenced by German and Austrian dance styles. With its lively tempo and series of turns, bows, and curtsies; it is a must for the serious dancer.
The Quickstep is a fast and powerfully flowing dance, sprinkled with syncopation. The upbeat melodies that Quickstep is danced to make it suitable for both formal and informal events, although it is thought of as a very technically precise dance.
The Peabody is a ballroom dance that evolved from the fast Foxtrot of the ragtime era of the 1910s and 1920s. Whereas Quickstep garnered popularity in England and Europe, the Peabody enjoyed its popularity in the US.
Country Two-Step is a progressive partner dance known largely in the American South to country music. Sharing many elements in common with Foxtrot, this dance is much more lively and quick-paced with turns taken all across the dance floor.
The dance known in the United States as the Rumba is a composite of several dances popular in Cuba, including the Guaracha, the Cuban Bolero, the Cuban Son, and the Rural Rumba. Known for its signature rocking of the hips and stylized walks, many call Rumba the “dance of love.”
The Cha Cha originated in Cuba in the early 1950’s and refers to a style of ballroom dancing derived from the Rumba and the Mambo. Flirty, cheeky, and fun — the Cha Cha is as fun to dance as it is to watch.
The Bolero is a slow-tempo Latin dance that has been popular for over a century. A blend of sensual rumba and romantic waltz, its lyrical style and long beautiful lines can be breathtaking to watch.
Mambo is a Latin Dance of Cuba. Mambo was invented during the 1930s by the native Cuban musician and composer Arsenio Rodríguez, developed in Havana. A challenge for even the most advanced dancers, Mambo will make you clap and shout!
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in Cuba and Puerto Rico in the late 1890s. A distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances, the evolution of Salsa was in large part due to this mix of styles. Salsa is perhaps currently the most popular partner dance in the world!
Bachata is a dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean islands. Both the music and the dance have been influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia. There are as many styles of bachata as there are people who dance it.
Considered the national dance of the Dominican Republic, Merengue is an up-beat dance and musical style ideally suited to the small, crowded dance floors. it’s a dance that is easy to learn and essentially a must for parties.
The Samba is a rhythmical dance with elements taken from the Brazilian Samba danced during Carnival. The history of the dance began in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century and is known for its bouncing and traveling actions.
The Jitterbug is a kind of dance popularized in the United States in the early 20th century, and is associated with various types of swing dances such as the Lindy Hop, Jive, and East Coast Swing. It is also known to many as “Single Swing.”
East Coast Swing
East Coast Swing is a form of social partner dance. It belongs to the group of swing dances. It is danced under fast swing music, including rock and roll, boogie-woogie, and swing pop. It is often referred to as “Triple Step Swing”.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in the Lindy Hop. It is characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting it on a short list of dances that emphasize improvisation.
The Hustle is a catchall name for some disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to the partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco and pop music. It has some features in common with Mambo, Salsa and Swing — most notably spins and turns for both partners to fast, upbeat music.
Nightclub Two-Step is a partner dance initially developed by Buddy Schwimmer in the 1960s. It is frequently danced to mid-tempo ballads in 4/4 time that have a characteristic quick-quick-slow beat. Sways, rocking actions, and turns are the most popular common elements of this dance.
We listed the most popular dances. Want to learn a dance that you don’t see on here? Ask us! We might teach it.
Our mission is to grow the ballroom dance community in the Philadelphia area. We are here to support both students who are looking to grow and independent dance instructors who are looking for a home. We strive to be a one of a kind place where we welcome all that are seeking a safe place to express themselves.
30 South 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106