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Hidden Gems: Meet Corinne Smith of Ballroom Avenue

Today we’d like to introduce you to Corinne Smith.

Hi Corinne, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My journey into the dance world began at the age of 8 when my parents decided to learn how to Ballroom dance as their date night together. At the time my older brother was my dance partner until I turned 13 and convinced some friends to do it with me. Over the years I fell more in love with dancing and with that my interest in competing was sparked.

At 15 years old, I participated in my first dance competition and decided that dancing was going to be a big part of my life. I went on to compete in all four styles of American Smooth, Rhythm, International Standard and Latin winning 3 amateur titles in 2010 and 2011. Although I did not have an interest in going to college I ended up going while continuing my competitive dancing and graduated from Dominican University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in Performance: Dance.

Over the next few years after graduating, I continued my competitive dance journey and training in Atlanta, GA before moving to Columbus, OH to compete in the Professional American Smooth division. After 10 years of teaching in different studios, I decided to start my own business teaching dance (Ballroom Avenue) and couldn’t be happier on this journey as a business owner. I love what I do and sharing it with others every day.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has not been a smooth road, opening up a business that requires a lot of face to face and hands on work mid pandemic was not easy. Although the journey was a little bumpy in the beginning it was worth it for where I am at today.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I created my business Ballroom Avenue to bring the joys of dancing into peoples’ lives whether it’s for a wedding, competition, or a hobby. Ballroom Avenue provides private dance instruction, group classes and can provide mobile dance instruction at a party/business event. With over 20 years of dance experience and 10 years as a Ballroom dance teacher, you’ll get quality dance instruction. What sets me apart from others is my ability to adapt depending on what a client is looking for and making sure that each lesson is customized to what the client needs. For those of you that are nervous about trying something new or think you have two left feet don’t let it deter you from trying to learn how to dance!

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I am working on getting my master’s degree in applied exercise science to help better understand the body in a way that has been slightly different than my dance training.

Pricing:

  • $65 for Two 45 minute private lessons

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Joseph Moorer

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