Dancin’ Ballroom was founded by the Williams family (Ronald, Rema and Alan) who started their dance careers at a very early age in Richmond, Virginia. They are known as the first family of American Ballroom Dancing, a title they acquired when they were first named grand champion dancers in U.S. competition. Ronald Williams first moved to New York City, where he taught ballroom dancing at the Arthur & Kathryn Murray Studio on Fifth Avenue. He earned national accreditation in dance judging in 1972 and achieved similar distinction in several organizations abroad, rising to world-class status as a judge in 1984. He is a Fellow and Examiner of the World Professional Dance Association and a five-time representative/captain of the United States World Class Team. As a former President of the National Dance Teachers Association, he also served on the National Dance Board for fifteen consecutive years and was the American Judge for seven (7) world competitions. In Florida, he became business partners with Barbara Humphries (longtime ballroom dance instructor), together running a very successful studio in Lake County for decades. He was presented with the U.S. Dance Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 and inducted into the Millennium Dancesport Hall of Fame in 2009 along with his brother (Alan) and sister (Rema) as the first family of dance. Deciding to semi-retire, Mr. Williams turned his business over to Christopher McCain in 2015 and still serves as an instructor/advisor to the studio. Mr. McCain started ballroom dancing in 2010 and gave up his own business to take on the studio full-time, while being groomed for management. He and his wife, Nicole, now own the studio and have merged with Lorraine McTague, long-time owner/certified instructor of Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre in Albany, NY, to form the foundation of a national company. Lorraine has been in the dance business for her entire lifetime and one of her instructors, David Whittaker, worked also a long time for Ronald Williams. Mr. Whittaker brings his expertise in the stage arts division to the growing company. He started out as “Iowa’s First Certified Male Model”, became Mr. New York State Model in 1977, 2nd Runner-up in the United States Model Pageant 1977(Male) and PAM Award Winner for Best TV Commercial at the World Modeling Convention 1978. He has an extensive background in judging major beauty/talent pageants and was the Agency Director for John Casablancas Model/Talent Management in Orlando & Tampa, Florida for several years. We are proud to have a very experienced staff in both of our locations offering you the kind of instruction that you deserve.