Our dance instructors are nationally certified pros. We also bring in coaches, champions and judges to enhance your learning experience.
Benji Smith - Owner / Instructor
Benji Smith began teaching ballroom dancing in 1990, while in College at UNC-Wilmington . In 1991, he came to Memphis in a make-or-break career move. In his first few days, he realized he would be successful in Memphis. With hard work,long hours, and dedication, Benji became the top dance teacher and, with his wife Beth, a winning ballroom dance competitor. He has also partnered many students at various dance competitions across the country and abroad. His specialty is developing new students in to top performers.
Always looking to the future, Benji strived to learn every detail of the dance business, so that one day he would have his own. In August of 2000, DanceSmiths, Inc. opened it's doors. Their studio was part of a national chain until 2013, when they mutually agreed to part ways. Benji holds his certifications in high regard. He is certified C+, D+ with United States Terpsichore Association.
In business he has received many Top Teacher honors: Most lessons taught, most referrals, and most lesson sales. Earning the trust and respect of his dance students played a key role in his success. All of this was accomplished with a simple philosophy: Win/Win/Win. A win for the students, a win for the studio, and a win for the teacher.
Beth Smith - Owner / Instructor
Beth Smith began dancing at age 5 in Crown Point, Indiana. After moving to Memphis in the fourth grade she continued to dance through out her child hood, taking lessons at Patricia Williams School of Dance. Beth began doing Country Western dancing in 1990, focusing mainly on line dancing. She was first introduced to ballroom and Latin dancing when her mother invited her to a Guest Party at a local ballroom dance studio. She began taking ballroom lessons, eventually realizing that ballroom dance would be a career choice. She had two very different options in mind: 1. Teach at the local ballroom studio or 2. become a dancer for Disney. Luckily for us all, ballroom won!
Beth worked furiously at getting her teaching credentials in order, completing the American Style Syllabus in only 2 years. She is certified C+, D+ with United States Terpsichore Association. It was during that time that she began competing professionally in ballroom dancing with Benji.
Frances - Instructor