Ballroom Dance Schools

Tucson, AZ

No matter your age, body or ability… give us your focus, time and effort and we will transform you into a dancer.

Quality Education

We strive for your premier education and ours too. Progressively mastering our skills with professionals all around the world so we can bring it directly, to you.

Special Events

Experiences and events that are unique to our community. From the real Dancing with the Stars to celebrity stage shows, we step it up a notch and put Tucson on the map of stardom.

Full Service

From dance shoes to dance competitions, we provide opportunities for you to experience the full spectrum of dancing. Every step of the way we will ensure your service is none other than VIP.

Our Training

We teach from the Dance Vision International Dance Association Syllabus (DVIDA ©). This sanctioned education program is recognized by the National Dance Council of America and United Country Western Dance Council.

Training everyday to be the most qualified instructors, dancers and competitors, not just in Tucson but in the entire industry.

Your teachers our passionate about this craft and having a good time.

However, our lessons do begin to fully book out one to two weeks in advance. Reach out to us now, and we can put something on the books a few weeks out.

  • Private Lessons 60%
  • Performance/Competitions 20%
  • Social Dancing 15%
  • Group Classes 5%

Good dance education consists primarily of private dance lessons with education tailored directly to what you want to do, how you want to use your dancing and what kind of dancer you want to be (functional, comfortable, confident or competitive).

Most students never think they would want to compete or even perform. Nonetheless ask a stranger to cut a rug. You will find that the fear of those things quickly fade. Your training will prepare you to achieve anything your heart desires. Whether that is dancing with the one you love or socializing with new found friends. Performing to your favorite song, or striving to be the very best at a world class event.

We are practitioners.

We DO what we teach every, single, day.

Stacey Ellen Newman

Stacey Ellen Newman


A Tucson native, she is founder, co-owner and President of Ballroom Dance Schools. Stacey’s life’s passion has always been to educate.  A veteran of the entertainment industry, Stacey works with proficient dancers famed by Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and the world renowned stage show Burn the Floor, to bring Tucson some of the best dance experiences in the world.

Professionally competing in Country Western dance (UCWDC) as well as, Ballroom, Latin and Swing with all ages of students. Stacey is actively training towards her Country Western World Championship, with none other than her professional and life partner, Lucas. Stacey will make you laugh as much as she makes you think and is profiecient in all styles.

Kelli Iannarino

Kelli Iannarino

Dance Instructor

Just arriving from New York, Kelli’s animated personality is fired up and ready to teach Tucson. Although she is passionate about teaching wedding couples to dance as fast as a New York minute, Kelli truly understands how to grow your dance education from strong, undeniable foundations. It is no question that she will have you dancing Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata and Argentine Tango as fierce as her Italian routes.

Kelli looks forward to putting on her cowgirl hat just as much as her ballroom gown and only needs you to call to get you started.

Melissa Stirton

Melissa Stirton

Chief Administrator/Dance Instructor

Beginning from age five, Melissa has been dancing, in many different styles. Combining her passion and career together, Melissa now rises quickly through the Country Western (UCWDC) and West Coast Swing (WSDC) rankings, as a professional dancer. Having passed her Global Professional Dance Instructors Association (GPDIA) exam in 2017, Melissa actively continues her education towards teaching as well as judging.

Competing in Ballroom, Rhythm, Latin and Swing for over 10 years has made Melissa well known for being fun to dance with both on and off the competition floor.  

Lucas Tanner Aldrich

Lucas Tanner Aldrich

Dance Director

Lucas Aldrich is a full time dance professional with over a decade of competition and teaching experience. After years in musical theater and show choir he desired to pursue an education in medicine, psychology and the study of the human body in motion.

It was in 2005 when Lucas discovered that Ballroom Dance gave him a unique opportunity. In a rare combination of his passions for the arts, medicine and music; Lucas formed new and unseen philosophies on movement and human body mastery.

Lucas will lead you on the dance floor and inspire you off. He leads our entire staff in education as well as the staffs and students of many other studios across the country.

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