Ballroom Wedding Dance Lessons NYC

First dances by Peter Jones ---- If you can walk you can dance!

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"Peter Jones is a fantastic teacher, lots of fun to work with!"

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Wedding First Dances

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Wedding Dance Lessons with beginners in mind. Grace, poise and elegance! Learn to dance easily

One on One Lessons NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Chelsea/Flatiron District

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Who studied with Peter/BWD?

Tony Award winner Patina Miller (Broadway's PIPPIN); Kenneth Cole; Eric and Lara Trump; one of Peter’s couples danced on the Rachael Ray Show with DWTS LOUIS VAN AMSTEL; Peter danced with Rosanna Scotto on Good Day NY, AND was the dance instructor on the First season of A&E's Married At First Sight!


Please Note: 24 Hour notice required to cancel or reschedule a lesson.

Private dance Lessons are one on one sessions with an instructor but do not guarantee a private room.


As seen on A&E's FYI Channel : 'Married at First Sight teaching Jamie Otis and Doug

Manisha and Alex with Dancing With The Stars Louis

Van Amstel on the Rachael Ray show

Nick and Dawn's Independent Film: The First Lesson

See Peter on LXTV/ NBC's "I Do"

and on Good Day New York

Advice Featured in New York Magazine: Wedding Issues since 2005


Its your wedding dance: simple steps or a choreographed extravaganza, we'll help you out!

Learn Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa,

Wedding Waltz, Swing, Tango,

Bolero, Viennese Waltz, Slow dance,

2 Step, Nightclub or Freestyle


Some important notes about your First Dance and first song ....

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WHO STUDIES WITH PETER?   Among thousands, ...

Patina Miller (Tony award winner: Pippin) and David MarsEric Trump and Lara Yunaska; Tom Mendoza (Vice Chairman NetApp) and Tai Rodriguez,  A&E FYI's channel Married At First Sight's  Jamie and Doug


5.0 star rating 9/10/2017

Peter totally blew us away in what he was able to teach us..., and while we definitely would have benefitted from more lessons to pull things together more, the time we spent was definitely worth it and gave us great moves to not totally embarrass ourselves during our first dance.  We had so much fun!

5.0 star rating  4/11/2017

 my wife and I waited until the last minute to organize a wedding dance. We were able to figure out some times for a 5-lesson set and Peter had us off and running. Working with Peter was especially great and we are likely to sign up for follow-up lessons just because we had a lot of fun in the process

5.0 star rating 3/5/2017

We loved working with Peter! My husband and I waited until the last minute for our dance lessons, giving us only a few weeks. Peter was able to work with our schedule and in a few short lessons had us doing the box step, salsa, turns and dips! Our dance went so well at the wedding, everyone was impressed.

5.0 star rating 12/16/2016

My fiancée and I went to Peter to learn a "first dance" for our wedding. Neither of us had taken dance classes before, but Peter was able to overcome that (and my two left feet) and helped us design a routine that we could learn. With Peter's help, patience, and lots of practice, we managed to pull off our first dance without any major errors. I would certainly recommend Peter to anyone looking for a dance teacher.

5.0 star rating with Valerie 8/26/2016

We signed up for a 5 pack of lessons with Valerie and that was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process. 

Neither of us have ever taken formal dance lessons so this could have been a disaster! Thankfully Valerie was a better instructor than we could have ever dreamed of. She is sweet, patient and most of all makes the lesson so fun. The hour lessons flew by. I could see us taking more lessons in the future as a fun way to spend some time together

5.0 star rating 10/18/2015
Peter Jones is a fantastic teacher, and lots of fun to work with! He has a low-pressure, straightforward style of instruction that really helped us prepare for our first dance at our wedding. We would strongly recommend him to anyone, including beginners. Thanks so much, Peter!

5.0 star rating 9/28/2015
We signed up for a series of 5 lessons with Peter to learn how to dance for the first dance at our wedding. Our experience was wonderful from start to finish. He responded promptly to emails and texts and was willing to work with our busy schedules to coordinate lesson times. We told him our first dance song and he taught us the basic steps for how to dance to it in our first lesson. Over the next four lessons, he built on that by adding various flourishes (turns, extra steps, dip, etc) in increasing complexity. He was fun, worked with our ability level, and helped us feel comfortable and more confident on the dance floor. We appreciated that instead of having a strictly choreographed routine, we instead learned how to dance and bring in embellishments as we wanted, which definitely helped with our anxiety on the day of the wedding (and also gives us the ability to dance to other songs as well, which a choreographed routine would not do). Ultimately, our first dance was fun, polished, and we were proud to sho

5.0 star rating 6/26/2015
Don't usually leave reviews, but that dance lesson was phenomenal.  Peter deserves more credit for what he's doing  Never had a dance lesson before and never considered myself even close to capable. but after the fastest hour of my life I felt comfortable with my little stable of moves. Can't wait for the next lesson. I was worried we wouldn't be dance-worthy before our wedding in 8 weeks, now I think we might be able to add some flourish. Will be recommending him to anyone else looking for dance lessons

5.0 star rating 4/17/2015
My (now) husband and I took five lessons with Peter before our wedding. He was a great instructor and was incredibly patient with both of us. He started out with basics and built on them with each lesson. My husband actually picked up on it faster than I did, which was really impressive. Peter put his instructions in terms we could understand and didn't overwhelm us with technicalities. 

By the end of our fifth lesson we both felt comfortable dancing together. I think you might be better off starting earlier than us and taking a few more lessons with Peter. However, when the big moment came and we were on the dance floor in front of all our guests, I think we looked pretty fantastic. My husband led me through all the steps Peter taught us, even the one we had the most trouble with...the swizzles! We received plenty of applause and cheers when it came to the two different styles of spins and especially during the dip. 

Thanks so much Peter for making our first dance special! You were great to work with!!

5.0 star rating 4/12/2015
My fiancee and I have four left feet between the two of us, so we knew we needed to attend a dance lesson or two before our wedding.  There is nothing worse than watching a couple do the "highschool hang" for 3 minutes: you know, where the couple just hugs and sways back and forth. 

We contacted Ballroom Wedding Dancing and ended up taking a private lesson from Valerie.  She was incredibly helpful and a very knowledgeable teacher.  She made everything accessible by modeling the steps for us and working with us individually until we felt comfortable doing it on our own.  She was also warm and understanding when we needed a lot of repetition to get it right.

We'll definitely be going back for more!

5.0 star rating 10/3/2014
Four weeks before our wedding date, we decided we should probably take a formal dance lesson or two so we don't bore our guests with our first sloppy slow dance. Peter was on time, courteous, and super fun. Most importantly, he was amazing on his feet! We ended up signing on for two more classes with Peter, and he helped us to prepare a 1-2 minute first dance which we felt comfortable with. I would definitely recommend Peter for anyone looking for a few quick lessons, and for ongoing lessons as well.I am probably the worst dancer that ever lived, and by far the most frightening part about my wedding was the first dance with my wife. She signed me up for 5 lessons with Peter, and it was one of the best decisions we made (apart from marrying each other of course.)

The lessons were clearly structured, and Peter didn't overwhelm us with information - he slowly added steps and built up our confidence, and made sure we spent 5 hours of real practice on how we wanted to dance. 

The end result? Our first dance wasn't the anxiety-inducing, error-prone disaster I thought it would be, but a very fun time with my wife and I. I very strongly recommend Peter for all folks who are learning to dance, no matter how good (or terrible) you are.

Thank you Peter! We had a wonderful wedding...and our dance was a hit. The band leader (who has done hundreds of weddings) said we were the best he's ever seen. oh yeah...we will definitely stay in touch & refer you to friends... we were shocked how well the dance went too! Go figure! so a big thanks to you sir.

-Charlie and Tamera





Geoff and I want to say "thank you!" for helping us with our first dance. It was great! We had a little stumble on the first salsa transition but the second went off without a hitch. My favorite part was at the end of the dance when we went in for our kiss and then he spun me out and somehow we ended up facing the band'. Oops'. It got a good laugh and we just turned around and bowed/curtsied for the guests. It was great. Geoff was so chill and smiley you would've been proud.

-Morna and Geoff


Amy and Matt on NBC's "I Do"

Fiona and Wilson break into an amazing Bob Fosse (Chicago) dance Peter choreographed for them! (See their amazing reception's entire dance at



Anna and Rad:  Everything was a complete success and our dance(s) wowed the audience. See our Waltz and Salsa Thank you so much for your wonderful instruction!



Thank you very much for the lessons. Our first dance was incredible! We loved every second. 

Ali & Leonard Cooperman


We're married! Thanks for ALL of the dancing help (and pre-marital counseling) at times ;-) As the dip attests (How about those arm stylings!) the first dance went GREAT, thanks to you! All of our family and friends were duly impressed! Thanks for everything!

-Maureen and Tom



Kate and Scott: Simple and relaxed! Easy.

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Thank you for the lessons. Our first dance went perfectly - and everyone loved it. We are recommending you to our friends- and will let you know when we have more time to do lessons. Thank You! Lisa and Jared


Our first dance was fantastic, and all of our family and friends were truly impressed! We had so much fun, and we're really going to miss our hour with you each week. Thank you so much for making us feel comfortable, not only during our lessons, but dancing in front of other people as well! We felt great on our wedding day, and we owe it all to you! Kate and Dan


The dance went off perfectly, without a hitch! We nailed it. Really set the tone for a fantastic and fun wedding. Thanks for all your help! Justine and Jason


Your lessons really paid off! We didn't mess up!, and we got a standing ovation!! Everyone was really surprised. Thank you for making our day so very special :-) It was great! Hilary


I don't know what we were expecting when my fiance and I showed up for our wedding dance lesson but it certainly wasn't Peter. He was this fun, quirky guy who made us feel really comfortable right from the start. By the end of the hour, we were box stepping like pros! If we had more time (wedding is 2 weeks away!) we would definitely consider going again. He broke down the steps easy for us and helped tailor it to the song we were planning for our first dance. He even went so far as to help us figure out how we'd recover if we got nervous and made a misstep. Despite his best efforts, Future Husband had a good time, although I'm sworn to secrecy that we went. :)


I'd always had trouble getting into the rhythm of different dance styles, but when my fiancee and I signed up with Peter to help prepare for our wedding dance, everything just sort of fell into place. Within the first hour I'd gotten down some basic Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, and Rumba moves, and things have been going great ever since. Peter has a patient, supportive teaching style that makes it easy to relax and not overthink things, and he breaks everything down into pretty easy-to-follow parts. Definitely check this guy out if you want to do a lot more than just awkwardly sway around for your first dance!


We had SO much fun preparing our wedding dance with Peter! He made it so easy for us to meet and practice and we had such a great time learning together. He let us pick our song and worked with us to create the ultimate, memorable dance. Luckily I am only getting married once but I would definitely do it all over again! THANKS!


Prior to tying the knot my wife (then girlfriend) and I always always had difficulty on the dance floor - specifically, she is a great dancer and I pose a threat of injury to everybody else on the floor. Fortunately, we found Peter when preparing for our wedding. He choreographed a dance that demonstrated my wife's ability while simultaneously concealing my incompetence and then he patiently and kindly taught us the routine. In the end, the wedding dance went off without a hitch and people actually complemented me on my performance (a first I assure you). For those reasons, and so much more, I would enthusiastically recommend Peter to anyone preparing for the big day.


Peter is the Dance Doctor!

What an amazing experience taking lessons with him was. And despite all my predictions, our dance went perfectly. Thank you Peter! George/Mary


Your lessons really paid off! We didn't mess up!, and we got a standing ovation!! Everyone was really surprised. Thank you for making our day so very special :-) It was great!
Chris and I cut up the floor. Everyone was extremely impressed. Thank you so much for your patient hours hours of teaching. We felt like Fred and Ginger because of you! 
Kat and Chris 
Many thanks for re-introducing us to our feet... and the rhythm they managed to tap out! ... everyone was quite impressed with ourFirst Dance. We looked like pros (sort of.) It was perfect.....we totally stunned our friends and relatives! Success!!! Thanks again. 
Peter is a wonderful dance instructor. Both of us had two left feet and rarely danced when we went to weddings. We were given the lessons as a gift, so that our first dance wouldn't be a trainwreck! Peter is an excellent instructor, extremely patient. We ended up buying a few more lessons and truly looked forward to them. It paid off too. Everyone loved our first dance and said how elegant we looked. We want to go back so Peter can teach us the Tango now! 
Lisa and Rick 






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