Freddie’s love of dancing began when he joined a performing arts group in college, which led him on tours throughout the US and Europe. After receiving his B.S. in business administration, his interest turned to ballroom dance by way of a newspaper ad: “Dance Instructors Wanted – Will Train.”
After teaching in dance studios in Salem, Virginia, and Omaha, Nebraska, Freddie decided to start his own studio here in Berryville. As a division of The Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts, Freddie’s clientele grew steadily until it was necessary to relocate to a larger space.
At Social Graces Studio, Freddie’s enthusiasm, humor, and emphasis on fun have continued to inspire people of all ages to put on their dancing shoes.
“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made of.”
Maria first entered the dance world when her parents put her in a ballet class at the age of three. She ended up studying ballet for over 12 years but decided to take a break in high school. It didn’t last long, though… Freshman year of college, she joined the ballroom dance and swing clubs and learned fast. She eventually joined leadership and began teaching her fellow students, and began to wonder if she could make a career out of it.
Soon after graduation, she joined Social Graces and has been happily teaching here since 2018. Maria values her ongoing education so that she can be the best possible teacher for her students.
In addition to going deeper into the knowledge of dance, Maria also enjoys learning psychology so that she can give her students the best physical, mental, and emotional benefits that dance has to offer. Maria believes that ballroom dance has something to offer everyone; we just have to figure out what you want to get out of it!
DVIDA Master Smooth Ballroom 2021
DVIDA Associate Rhythm Ballroom 2019
B.A. in Communications from Grove City College 2017
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful; that will be my life.”
— Elsie De Wolfe
Timothy started classical training at the age of eight. He spent some years with the Kirov Academy of classical ballet. He also trained in Broadway-style dance, including tap and jazz. He has since worked with Disney cruise lines, Hershey Park, and more.
Timothy now brings his lighthearted approach to life and dance to Social Graces Ballroom Dance Studio. And we are glad to have him. Come try a lesson with him today.