Dance Lessons

Sue Montera

Sue Montera teaches ballroom dance classes in Marietta, Ohio at the Marietta Dance Academy 108 Front St, Marietta, OH 45750.  There are sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers. Courses usually run 10 weeks, and cost $100.  Private lessons are also available on a limited basis.

Contact Sue Montera for more information at


John Polasko – All About Dancing

John Polasko has been ballroom dancing since 1990.  John took private lessons in Cleveland, Ohio and Mesa, Arizona.   He moved to Marietta, Ohio in 2016 and wanted to promote dancing in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  He started out volunteering his time teaching ballroom dance at the O’Neill Senior Center in Marietta, Ohio and expanded his lessons to the Marietta Dance Academy in the summer of 2019 and to The Amputee Center in the fall of 2022.

As of September 2022, John is teaching ballroom dance on the 2nd-5th Saturdays of the month, and on Mondays at 4pm

Saturday Lessons and Dances are located at  The Amputee Center, 2311 Ohio Ave. Ste B, Parkersburg, WV 26101

2nd – 5th Saturdays of the month
6:15-7:00 Lessons
7:00 – 10:00 Dances

Monday lessons are 4 pm at e  O’Neill Senior Center located at 333 4th Street in Marietta

Walk-in’s welcome.  Or, you can sign up for group dance lessons by calling John at 440-263-4324 or email him at

$5 per lesson – Come to one class or ten classes and pay per class.  on Saturdays, 50% of the proceeds go to The Amputee Center!  So you can dance AND support a great non-profit!

Private Lessons are available.


Peter Ianniciello  – Group Ballroom Lessons

Peter will be teaching group ballroom dance lessons at the newly opened MOVExercise  in the Dils Center  521 Market St, Parkersburg, WV 26101, USA

Lessons require a partner. If you don’t have a dance partner, please call Peter Ianniciello for availability at 304-588-1027.

Each Monday at 7pm beginning February 3 thru March 23, 2020
The beginner program is an eight (8) week course covering the essential components of Ballroom Dancing. The Waltz and Rumba will be taught to familiarize students with both smooth and rhythm styles of dance.

Tuition $160 per couple (limited to 8 couples)

Each Thursday at 7pm beginning February 6 thru March 26, 2020
The Intermediate program is an eight week course oriented to dancers who wish to improve the style and character of their dancing. A basic understanding of Ballroom Dancing is a prerequisite. Waltz and Rumba will be used to teach intermediate techniques.

Tuition $200 per couple (limited to 6 couples)

Classes will be held at Mid-Ohio Valley Exercise located on the 2nd floor of the Dils Building at 521 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101
Members of M.O.V.E. (Mid-Ohio Valley Exercise) receive a tuition discount of 10%.

If you have questions regarding the group classes or if you’d like to schedule private lessons, please contact:
Peter Ianniciello @ 304-588-1027

Shag Lessons

Join us Thursday evenings at American Legion Post #15 near Memorial Bridge as we learn or polish a step from our instructors, Mike Goodwin and Pattee Perkins.

Visit for more information about our club.


Swing Lessons

Visit for information on swing lessons by Kevin and Dee Twohig.

5 thoughts on “Dance Lessons”

  1. Iam 55 years old I still have the dream to really dance I would like to learn so I can conpete before I GET ANY OLDER I HAVE THE BEAT IN MY FEET JUST NEED SOMEONE TO REALLY MAKE IT COME ALIVE.E-MAIL ME WITH MORE IMFORMATION MAKE MY LIFE TIME DREAM COME TRUE

  2. I am 24 years old and have always loved ballroom dancing. My father and I have polka danced (unprofessionally) for at leas 12 years. Unfortunately, my husband is never home to take lessons with me. Is there any remedy for this or are all classes on a couple based status. I may not be physically able to do lifts or be swung around like a scat cat but I would love to do more with music then sing quietly where no one can hear me.

    1. Hello! I also grew up polka dancing with my parents! Unfortunately the lessons are couples based so you would need to find a dance partner. I haven’t had any luck in the past trying to connect dancers online.


  3. Hello, I’ve moved to PKB…I’m a former professional dancer in LA/NY…I’ve won ballroom competitions also…anyone know of a male dancer, who’s at a high level?
    Thank you!

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