Danceville, USA opened on East Lincoln street six years ago in January 2014 and has since spread the joy of dancing to District visitors from both near and far. We spoke with owner Keith Michael Denlinger about teaching people to dance, what he’s learned owning a dance school, and why he loves being part of the Short North Arts District community.

What do you tell people who think learning to dance is intimidating?

The hardest part is walking in the door! After that, we take care of the rest. Anything new and unfamiliar can be intimidating, but I believe life is best lived stepping out of our comfort zones. The best part about it is we teach new students every single day; your situation is shared by many. The magic happens in the uncomfortable.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching people to dance?

The most rewarding part of teaching is the sheer joy students experience taking their lessons. Just ask any of them, it is life changing and transformative! Dancing is a cure all. Anxiety? Dance. New hobby with your partner? Dance. Upcoming wedding? Dance. Want to exercise? Dance. Want to meet people and make friends? Dance, dance, dance!

How many people have learned to dance at the school over the last six years?

Over 2,000.

What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned in the first six years?

This community continues to grow and thrive, which you can see from the constant transformation and city planning. The growth is off the scales, development doesn’t stop; just like the studio, it’s always growing and moving forward. I love that! Once you’re welcomed into the neighborhood, what an incredibly supportive environment it is!

What is your best/favorite memory related to the dance school?

Participating in the Pride Parade, coming down High Street and entering into the Short North Arts District. We felt like Hercules coming home! We got all of High Street dancing. Incredible!

Danceville, USA is located at 47 E. Lincoln St and is open for Short North Safe dance lessons daily; click here to view the schedule of classes.