In the Beginning...

 Donna Barringer Neighbors began training for her ballroom dance career after graduating from Lynchburg College in 1977.   She started teaching in the Lynchburg & Roanoke s Arthur Murray Dance Studios in 1978.  She was transferred to Sarasota, Florida in 1979 and continued her dance career with the Arthur Murray organization, before going independent in 1986. 

 
1992 - Sarasota, Florida Studio Owner
She opened her own studio in Sarasota in 1992 and continued building a strong dance community.  She helped organize, support and promote the first USABDA (United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association) on the gulf coast of Florida.
 
2000 - Back in Lynchburg, VA

Donna relocated back to the Lynchburg area during the summer of 2000.  She brings with her over twenty-five years of experience in the field of ballroom dance. 

 
She's A Winner

(Pictured above:  Donna & Henry, a silver level amateur dance champion)
 
Donna has competed and won many events through the years with both professional and amateur partners. 

As a Nationally Certified Judge she is bringing the highest quality of ballroom dance to the central Virginia area. 

Group classes, private lessons and specialty functions are offered.     

New teachers are being trained to carry on the quality instructions expected by Donna. 

University of Virginia Ballroom Dance Staff



(Pictured above:  one of UVA's Latin Dance Teams)


Donna was invited to join the UVA Ballroom Dance Staff during the 2004 fall semester.  She is working as the technique coach, along with Peter Collins, Lee Santos and Gary Chovan. 

Donna trains both amateur and professional dancers in social, show and competitive styles of dance.   She teaches both the American and International styles of dance; from beginners to the above gold levels.  She coaches dancers from five to ninety-five years of age.

 

National Dance Competition Judge


(Pictured above:  Nina & Noah at the Roanoke Star Ball Competition)

Donna is a Nationally Certified Adjudicator through the National Dance Council of America and the North American Dance Teachers Association. 
 
The Forest Masssage & Wellness Center.

She is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker with an active and growing practice at 1296 Burnbridge Road in Forest, VA called the Forest Massage & Wellness Center www.forestmassage.com
All of the therapist are qualified and offer "Custom Designed" sessions.
 
2008 - New Studio opens in April
VaDance Studio is a 5,000 + Facility with an over 3,000 open ballroom.  The new facility incorporates Ballroom, Latin and movement classes.

Then facility is also available for rent for receptions, parties and corporate meetings.

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