About Our Studio

Ballroom Magic offers better value with quality and personable instruction.
Come visit us! Experience an evening of dance with friends, and learn a new skill.

Katy & Russ

katyoct2013Before starting in Ballroom Dancing, Katy studied Ballet and Modern Dance for 12 years. She holds a BA degree in studio art. Katy started teaching Ballroom Dancing at Arthur Murray over 40 years ago, and then opened her own studio.





Russ holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and brings his invaluable expertise in sound equipment, which adds to the experience of a top quality mix of music. He has been teaching ballroom dancing for over 25 years.


The Studio

The Ballroom Magic studio was located in Hopatcong, NJ for 20 years. We moved into our current space in 2009. Our 1,800 sq. ft custom built ballroom features a sprung dance floor, professional sound equipment, mirrors and elegant décor for a pleasant dancing experience. The dance space is named the Frank Duval Ballroom in honor of Katy and Russ’ former teacher and mentor.

Dress Code

Wear comfortable clothing to the lessons. Friday socials are business casual, no blue jeans or cut-offs please. Special dress codes for our theme parties will be announced.

Ballroom or Latin dance shoes. If you do not have dance shoes, please bring along a pair of smooth soled, preferably leather, comfortable shoes, like dress shoes or loafers. For ladies, flats or a heel less than 2.5 inches in height, no spiked heels. Please no sneakers or rubber soled shoes or boots with rippled soles.

If you do not own dance shoes, we provide dance shoes for sale at a discount, $60-$75, depending on style.  Call us to make an appointment for getting footwear.