As a ballroom dance studio, social club, and event space, the Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club is waltzing its way into the hearts of devoted clientele
Nestled on Blue Valley Parkway, right off of 119th Street, sits a unique business that’s creating a vibrant community that transcends age, marital status, musical tastes, and grace…or a lack thereof. The Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club only opened its doors in 2015, but during that time it’s garnered the loyalty of dancers—both experienced and new—as well as those who’ve used the gorgeous space for their special events.
Amy Castro, a professional dance instructor for more than 25 years, recognized an opportunity for a contemporary social dance venue after teaching in the Kansas City market for eight years. So she began the Ballroom and functions as its owner and business manager.
“While there are other places to learn to dance, none offer all the features that today’s social dancer should expect,” she says. “We have experienced staff, a fun, engaging environment, and a facility with natural lighting, progressive sound system, modern furniture, stone countertops and contemporary design.”
The Ballroom is equally split between singles and married couples at the moment, which gives it a very nice community feeling, Amy adds. “Students range from trades people to professionals. People are drawn to our ballroom for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from personal to business.”
The Ballroom is open 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, with staff available for appointments during that time. All are certified, experienced, and trained to teach any type of partnership dancing a student would want to learn.
And unlike other ballroom dance studios, where instructors are independent contractors, all the instructors at Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club are employed full time, ensuring regular availability, accountability and stability. No packages are required, so anyone can stop in for a lesson or two without greater commitment.
The Ballroom is also unique in its design. Aside from the comforts of a cash bar, the sunlight space is warm, welcoming and geared for dancing on the gleaming floors, enjoying a drink at café tables, or lounging on the inviting white leather couches placed throughout. Both dancers and brides alike appreciate the spacious changing suite.
The venue is available to rent for weekend events. “Currently we have several weddings scheduled for 2016 and dates for 2017 are starting to fill up,” Amy says. “We’re priced very competitively and offer excellent customer service.”
Finally, the space also functions as a Social Club—a safe haven for dancers of all ages and skill sets. “We have weekly social dances, usually on Friday night, where students can dance with other students and practice their moves with their instructors,” Amy says. “It’s a non-judgmental group that encourages each other to get up and dance! We provide a cash bar to help make the first step on the dance floor a little easier.”
The Social Club hosted a cookout in July, offered live music over Labor Day weekend, and elaborate Halloween and New Year’s parties. At press time, plans are in motion for a Valentines’ Day special called the ‘Romantic Rumba Evening.’
The Ballroom offers a New Student Special for only $129, which allows students to experience its services, including private lessons, a group class, and a Social Dance night.
And it’s a worthy investment, as Sean Lyons can attest.
“There are few activities that are as good of an investment as dance,” Sean says. “It’s required me to understand much more than I ever had to in traditional sports, including balance, real control of my muscles, and functionality/range of movement in my body. More importantly, I owe the ballroom world a lot of my patience, understanding and ability to effectively communicate. I know that any investment that is put into it will benefit me until I die—hard to find that kind of return nowadays!”
For more information, visit OverlandParkBallroom.com.