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Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts

The Mark Ballas Studio is a premiere partner dance school located in beautiful sunny Pleasanton, California and the best part is you don't need a partner to start!


Styles Offered:

The full curriculum for International Standard and Latin as well as the American Style Ballroom and Rhythm dance instruction are offered at this location. We offer a wealth of expertise in all of the popular partner dances including: West Coast Swing, Salsa, Bachata, and much more!

Whether your goal is to start a new hobby, or you are just looking for a way to relieve stress and relax, Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts is the place for you!


How to get started:

We offer private and group lessons. Whether you are just starting out, or have been dancing for a while, our professional instructors make dancing fun and easy to learn!

If you would like to try us out please call 925-403-4109 to schedule your Introductory Lesson. Please see the location section for additional contact information.


What do you do at Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts?

We are a professional dance studio, specializing in teaching all the popular forms of partner dancing in both a social and competitive format. We offer Private and Group instruction combined with Social Dance parties to help provide a well-rounded learning experience.

What style of dance do you offer?

  • International Latin: (Jive, Samba, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo)

  • International Standard: (Slow Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Tango)

  • American Rhythm: (East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Bolero)

  • American Smooth: (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz)

  • Popular Social Dances (West Coast Swing, Salsa, Bachata, Night Club 2 Step)

  • Country: (2 step, Polka, Country Swing)

  • Fitness: 

  • Junior Classes ages 5-15 (Ballroom)

  • + More (if there's a style not specified please ask!)

When is the studio opened?

  • The studio is open 7 days a week by appointment

  • Group Classes schedules vary Monday-Sunday 

  • Private Lessons are by appointment only

Weekdays:   Tuesday-Friday 11:15am-9:00pm

Weekends :  Saturday and Sunday 11:15am-6:00pm

How much does your studio cost?

Cost varies depending on how you choose to purchase your lessons. Get started with our special introductory offer of 2 Private classes, 1 Group Class, and 2 Consultations! Call us to ask about our student and senior specials! 

Do I need a partner?

A partner is not necessary to start dancing.

In a private lesson setting you will be dancing with your instructor. Group classes will always rotate partners.

What do I wear?

  • Clothes: Wear something you are comfortable moving in. This ranges from athletic wear to business ccasual

  • Shoes: For your first few lessons a dance shoe is not necessary. However, try to pick a shoe that has a slick bottom to it. You do not want your shoes to stick when you try to slide them along the floor. Rubber bottoms are not the best option whereas Suede bottoms are the optimal choice. If you feel that your shoes are sticking to the floor during your lesson or class you may ask to borrow our special dance socks or purchase them at the front desk.