Melissa Rose Smith

Melissa Rose S.

Washington, DC
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
*REDUCED RATE until April 7*
Regular rate $95/hr, reduced to $75
Currently offering online lessons only

Learn to dance for your wedding, social dancing, or just for a fun way to stay active! I teach several styles of Latin and Ballroom dance.

My lessons focus on connecting with your partner and being in tune with his or her movements. A proper connection makes it easy to quickly learn new steps, and to move together as naturally as possible.

For online/video lessons: You might think a partner dance would be hard to learn online; to learn to lead or follow well, it's important to have tactile feedback in order to feel the relationship between your movement and the results from your partner, and vice versa.

However, with attention to body mechanics and a focus on alignment and movement technique, you can still learn a lot online. Especially if the thought of group classes is intimidating for you, starting with online lessons can help you learn some basics at your own pace (or even help sort out your feet!) before jumping into a group lesson. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

About Melissa Rose S.

Melissa Rose is an independent dance instructor in Washington DC. She teaches wedding choreography and social dancing.

Melissa is currently only offering online lessons, in-person lessons are discontinued until further notice.

Styles include:

Argentine Tango
Ballroom: Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, ChaCha, Swing
Latin/Club: Salsa, Bachata
West Coast Swing
Country Western

Pricing reflects rates for individuals and couples. No additional charges for a couple. Additional fees apply for groups of 3 or more.


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9 Reviews
Emily & William K.
Profile-location-online Online

Melissa has filled all our expectations and more! She is a great virtual teacher and it feels like she is actually there teaching you. She has been helping us with our first dance off wedding and we just completed our 5th lesson: we already have a lift, diol, multiple turns, and feel comfortable with this dance!

Posted Mar 9, 2021
John T.
Profile-location-online Online

Melissa is an awesome teacher, very patient, skilled and insightful. I would highly recommend selecting her if you have the chance!

Posted Mar 8, 2021
Allyse ..
Profile-location-online Online

Malissa was extremely knowledgeable and made tango easy to understand and do! My husband and I can’t wait for our next class!

Posted Oct 24, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

So far she is amazing and we look forward to our future lessons. She’s helpful, informative, and makes us very comfortable!

Posted Apr 19, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great first session! Melissa made us feel at ease and was very nice to work with.

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Lyle W.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I enjoyed it. Very nice. Very patient.

Posted Oct 27, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Excellent instructor

Posted Mar 19, 2018
Larry & Victoria M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Melissa was very personable and led us thru the lessons at our pace. We had a great time on our first lesson and are looking forward to the next one.

Posted Oct 28, 2017
Kelli L.
Profile-location-online Online

Great instructor. Melissa really knows how to teach you how to dance.

Posted May 26, 2017

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Jul 2011 - Present


Wedding Dance lessons, social dancing lessons Ballroom, Latin, Argentine Tango

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