Elite Ballroom Academy
Receive a $195 voucher, good for three hours of private dance lessons, for $97.50. A 50% savings. Enjoy!
Elite Ballroom Academy's Stefano Placidi and Jamie Barrett would love to work with you. With a collective 40 years experience in the ballroom world, our team can help you feel comfortable at your next social event or take you all the way to the competition floor!
Private lessons or dance parties! Elite Ballroom Academy will fit your lifestyle.
Elite Ballroom Academy's lead instructor is internationally acclaimed Stefano Placidi. Stefano is the third generation of passionate dancers, born in Rome Italy, to a legacy of dancers. He began dancing in his parents dance school at the age of 6, and at age 8 started competitive dancing with his first partner. As a 16 year old he won his first Italian Championship, and at age 17 he began competing internationally in Standard, Latin and 10 Dance styles. He also won his first 10 Dance Italian Championship in that year.
During his years as a premier international competitor, he accomplished an impressive record of success in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, The Netherlands and other venues throughout Europe. Among the most notable and recognizable successes are multiple First Place Italian Championships in the Latin, Standard and 10 Dance categories throughout his competitive years. He also accomplished significant results around the world at major international competitions He and his partner were also named to the “Top 12” pairs in the IDSF World ranking.
Elite Ballroom Academy's owner is Jamie Barrett, who began dancing in 2007 and it was love at first step. It wasn't long before she realized she was a natural and became trained to teach in 2009. After working at several ballrooms in the Columbia area, Jamie opened The Dam Ballroom in February of 2016. Due to the outpouring of support she received, the space needed to grow, so she transitioned to the new space and changed the name to Elite Ballroom Academy in December of 2016
Currently, Jamie teaches the American Smooth and Rhythm dances (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Vienese Waltz, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Rumba, Mambo, and Bolero), as well as Hustle, Salsa, West Coast Swing, and Samba.