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on August 16, 2017 with Comments Closed

Cathleen Rhodes

USA Dance Charlottesville President

 Ballroom Dance Instructor

Cathleen’s mother encouraged her to learn to dance from an early age, shuttling her to and from ballet, tap, and jazz classes. Her father never missed a recital, and her older brother was forced to endure them.  After the death of her father, the bread winner of the family, she was required to retire her dance shoes for a long while.


Still, every time Cathleen heard music, she had to dance.  As a tween, she attended Catholic Youth Organization’s dances.  And when she became a teen, living in New Orleans, she was able to attend dances with live music; Irma Thomas, The Neville Brothers, etc.  I don’t think she understood how blessed she was to have that original “soul” music at her fingertips.


Later, in her 20s, Cathleen answered a want ad for dance instructors for the Arthur Murray School of Dance.  She was hired, and a dancer/instructor was born.


There were many twists and turns in her career; such as, suspending her teaching and dancing to raise a family, but Cathleen always returned to her love of dance.  In Charlottesville, Cathleen helped open the Berkmar Ballroom, later joined Terry Dean’s staff, taught at the Senior Center (still does), and now has joined Adam Mehring at Smooth Sailing Ballroom.


When Cathleen is not dancing, her favorite thing to do is watch others learning and enjoying the art of dance. “It is a sheer joy to watch my students grow into the best dancers they can possibly be.”

January 2017 Dance – WCS Demo by Kristin & Keith

on February 1, 2017 with Comments Closed

WCS DEMO by Kristin Wenger & Keith Stremmel at our January 2017 Dance. Thanks again Fred Viebahn, for recording this fabulous WCS demonstration and posting the video on Youtube!  Here is the link:       “BEACH NIGHT” video Thanks Fred Viebahn, long-time USA Dance Board Member, for making this You Tube photo montage of […]

Thank you, Terry Dean

on March 14, 2015 with Comments Closed

Terry Dean, Thank You Sometimes late at night when all is quiet and I’m supposed to be falling asleep, I hear my husband, Dale, whisper:  “You’re thinking about dancing again, aren’t you.”  “How do you know?” I always ask.  “Because you’re completely still, and holding your breath again,” he says.  We’ve been having this exchange […]

Dennis & Louise share Cha-cha!

on January 26, 2015 with Comments Closed

What an amazing and packed evening this weekend, as we rang in the new year! Check out the lovely Louise and Dennis as they share again the special advanced International Cha-cha step they taught this weekend.

Yuletide Adventures!

on January 18, 2015 with Comments Closed

What a blast it was to see so many of our own dancers from here in Charlottesville, Richmond, Lynchburg and beyond at the Yuletide Ballroom Competition and workshops in Washington D.C. this past weekend! How inspiring were Mirko and Edita, and all the other professional and amateur competitors! What a great way to start the […]

NBC29 Covered our Last Dance!

on August 26, 2014 with Comments Closed


bodega ballerina speaks… from within our own dance community!

on May 16, 2014 with Comments Closed

Maria Santos writes about growing up with professional ballroom dancer parents, and how she feels about dance today!