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  • To someone looking in, it may seem like an easy task to find a competitive dance partner; however, that could not be further from the truth. Finding a dance partner is harder than finding a spouse. Fortunately, Emilie and Val came from an amateur competitive dance......

  • Valery Ganiev was born in Russia in a small town known for exploration, extraction, and exportation of oil where his parents were in the oil industry. When he was ten, his family moved to West Siberia to further their careers. Val continued to pursue academic......

  • Upon arriving in Augusta in 1991, Emilie began teaching International Latin at Augusta Ballroom where she let them know that she planned to open a ballroom dance studio herself soon. It was not long until she met Teena Marie who had recently moved to Augusta, too.......

  • As The Ballroom Dance Center prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary and the 21st anniversary of the professional partnership of Emilie Tobias and Valery Ganiev, this is the perfect time to share our story with our dance family and friends. You may know that Emilie’s......

  • Since childhood, Anna’s life has been centered around dance and horses.  She began studying Ballet at the age of five, adding other dance forms over the years, which included Jazz, Tap, Modern Dance, and Ballroom. Anna holds a Junior Associate of Dance Degree in American......

  • We are happy to welcome Kaylee Gresham as an instructor at The Ballroom Dance Center. She will be assisting Emilie Tobias in teaching the Youth and Teen Ballroom and Rhythm Dance Camps this summer. Kaylee began dancing when she was two years old and has......

  • So, you’re getting married!  The first dance, a time-honored tradition at the wedding reception, should be a memory you will cherish forever!  Allow The Ballroom Dance Center to help you prepare for that special moment.  Whether you have a little time, or you are planning......

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  • Social dance is being offered on Tuesday at 6:30 p. m., and it will be taught by Emilie Tobias.  This fun group class is designed for adults who want to be well-rounded social dancers. All levels are welcome, but the material will be focused on......

  • This week we would like to introduce you to Curtis and Liz Klebba. Curtis is a retired Navy Chief who still works for Uncle Sam, and Liz is a style coach and wardrobe consultant who runs her own business, Closet Play Image. When they are......

  • Hi, my name is Sandra Parson, and I have been taking lessons for two years and four months at The Ballroom Dance Center (BDC).  Joining the BDC is the best decision I have made for this portion of my journey in life.  A seed was......

  • Eve Turner has been dancing at The Ballroom Dance Center since November 2018. This year she decided to compete at the Augusta Dance Challenge with her instructor, Glenn Gordy. She placed as the Top Student in both the Newcomer and Bronze Divisions for her age......

  • The “Villains” show may be over; however, we continue to get rave reviews from everyone who attended one of the performances, or in some cases, both performances. It was obvious from the quality of the show that there was much preparation beforehand by the staff,......

  • If you have never had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Phil and Maureen Chandler, you do not know what you are missing. They first met in 1962 at a youth club in England when they were 16 years old. After 59 years......

  • If you could spend your wedding anniversary any way you wanted to, what would you choose to do? Well, Lee and Patty Goolsby spent their 26th anniversary dancing at The Ballroom Dance Center! With four children, ages 14, 17, 21, and 22 all living at......

  • Kimberly had always dreamed of dancing, but when you have five children and a career, sometimes those dreams must be put on hold.  It was not until her two youngest children, who are twins, graduated from high school and encouraged her to find a hobby......

  • Bob and Susan are from California, and they met each other serving in a worship group at their church.  They say they were friends before they fell in love because neither of them thought the other one would be interested.  Bob finally made the first......

  • As fate would have it, one of Lauren’s friends invited her to a Friday night dance at The Ballroom Dance Center.  Not only was it the catalyst for her to begin ballroom dancing, but she met her future husband Paul at a Friday night dance. ......

  • A calculus book began a romance that has lasted 47 years including 42 years of marriage!  If you ask Jay, he will tell you that he asked Joyce out 10 times before she finally gave in and went out with him.  However, ask Joyce the......

  • Zack is a native Augustan, and he has worked as an emergency room nurse for the past 10 years.  His mom and dad live in Augusta as well as one brother.  He has another brother who is in the Air Force and lives in Arizona. ......