125D Outlet Point Blvd
Columbia, SC 29210
This class meets from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM every Monday night, except major holidays, and covers basic patterns and technique of waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba, swing, cha cha, salsa/mambo, merengue, and hustle on a rotating basis. Cost is just $7.00 per person per night; no advance notice or registration required.
This class meets from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM every Tuesday night, except major holidays, and covers basic patterns and technique of one particular dance each month. Cost is just $7.00 per person per night; no advance notice or registration required.
Meeting every Thursday night at 7:30, this class focuses on techniques of movement for ballroom dance, including both smooth and rhythm. Cost is $7.00 per person per night; no advance notice or registration required.
We teach private lessons by the half hour (25 minutes) or hour (55 minutes) from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM Monday through Friday. Please call for rates. Private lessons are taught by appointment and require a simple registration form and payment in advance of the lesson(s).
We will happily arrange to teach group or private lessons at a location other than our studio according to our availability.
We are not equipped to accept credit or debit cards. However, we will gladly accept cash or personal checks.
Owner & Instructor
Paul began his ballroom career at the age of 19 under the guidance of Sal Marino at Fred Astaire's of Columbia and received his considerable training from, among others, national theater arts champion and former national dance director for the Fred Astaire dance schools, Pete Taylor; international ballet champion, as well as ballroom coach and adjudicator, Sarwat Kaluby; three time undefeated American style ballroom champions, Lee and Peggy Santos; and five time national rhythm champion, Susie Thompson. In January, 1991, he opened his own studio, Columbia's Ballroom Company, and over the past twenty-two years has built a solid reputation for excellence in teaching. His students consistently garner top marks in competitions across the US, including the American Star Ball (New Jersey), the Grand Nationals (Miami, Florida), and the Carolina Classic (Raleigh, North Carolina), while he himself has earned innumerable top teacher awards, and together they have often brought home top studio honors. In addition to the competition and showcase routines he has choreographed for his students, he has lent his vision to productions of Grease, Songs for a New World, and Nothing but Nat: a Nat King Cole Review; coached and choreographed for competitors in the Miss South Carolina pageant; choreographed and performed for a local trade show featuring Morgan Fairchild; and donated his time performing in fundraisers for various non-profits, including the AIDS Benefit Foundation and the Lexington County Arts Association.
Jamie Barrett, Instructor
The newest member of the Columbia's Ballroom staff, Jamie Barrett, has quickly proven she can keep up with the boys! What began as an amateur hobby with her husband turned into a professional passion, with intensive training from studio owner and director Paul Lagatore; national theater arts champion, as well as professional ballroom coach, judge and scrutineer, Pete Taylor; and five time national rhythm champion and internationally recognized ballroom adjudicator and coach, Susie Thompson. As the daughter of educators, she has a penchant for teaching, the merits of which are testified to both by the first placements of her ballroom students in regional competitions from Augusta to Asheville, and by the collegiate success of her three home-schooled sons: one a Clemson graduate with a Master's in English from Old Miss, the second holding a Master's in Architecture from Clemson, and the third currently enrolled in the University of South Carolina. In addition to her busy teaching schedule, she still finds time to help her husband, Mike, with the family business, The Carolina Trader, locally owned and operated for thirty-five years.
Tracy Steele, Instructor
Lexington resident, Lexington High School alumni, and graduate of Furman University, Tracy Steele has been a professional instructor with Columbia's Ballroom Company for over 15 years, in addition to having served as adjunct dance faculty for Midlands Technical College and USC Sumter. He has appeared onstage or behind the scenes as a performer or choreographer in over 40 productions for Columbia area theaters, including: Spamalot (Lancelot), King Lear (Kent), Some Like It Hot (Choreographer); The Servant of Two Masters (Florindo Aretusi); Miss Saigon (Choreographer); Pride & Prejudice (Mr. Bingley); Grease (Choreographer), Plaid Tidings (Jinx); South Pacific (Lt. Cable); The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert); Gypsy (Choreographer); The King & I (Choreographer); The Secret Garden (Albert Lennox and featured choreography); Twelfth Night (Sebastian); Othello (Montano); Man of La Mancha (The Duke/Dr. Carrasco);Ragtime (Younger Brother); MasterClass (Anthony Candolino)';Bye Bye Birdie (Albert); Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph); and The Pajama Game (Sid). He serves as a tenor soloist and cantor for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Columbia, is an active member of the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, and is president of the newly founded Broadway Bound Vista Theater Project (a non-profit community theatre organization).
125D Outlet Point Blvd
Columbia, SC 29210