Testimonials & Reviews

Trinnette Nelson
Trinnette Nelson
John is a wonderful teacher, with encyclopedic knowledge of dance styles and techniques. He tailors his instruction to the person or couple he is working with and their needs. He is kind, thoughtful, and fun to be around. An excellent choice for dance instruction. Trinnette and Craig Nelson
Barbara Gabriel
Barbara Gabriel
Excellent classes! I love learning the correct way to do these dances. Turning technique is so important and makes dance more fun and more safe. John brings so much joy to the dances and his way of teaching! So happy and grateful to have his expertise, knowledge of dance and history of dance!
janet wolfe
janet wolfe
Great class, great teacher . Even the warm-ups feel like dancing.!
Mellie Yooz
Mellie Yooz
Learning dance with John Ross has been a wonderful, enlightening experience. My understanding of ballroom dance technique has dramatically increased and I am enjoying it so much. Private lessons are well worth it and he has very fair rates- especially if you buy a package. I look forward to my weekly lesson, and especially the opportunity to dance with him!
Abra Dominguez
Abra Dominguez
100% recommend! He is a wonderful dance instructor! My partner and I both learn very differently and he is patient and understanding and somehow works well with both of us! The lessons are fun and upbeat, and he also does group dances!! If you're getting married soon, or just want to connect with your partner again, definitely give him a go!!
Miranda Limonczenko
Miranda Limonczenko
Amazing! So compassionate and great dance teacher. Could not recommend higher.
Gayle Forster
Gayle Forster
John is a master! His enthusiasm is infectious, his teaching technique is technical, passionate, patient and I have enjoyed the benefit of learning dance from John for ten years!! I am so fortunate to learn from him…
Samson Geller
Samson Geller
John Ross is the most knowledgeable dance teacher that I have encountered ! His skill at communication and demonstration have been enormously beneficial to me . As a man, I don’t normally choose male dance instructors but as a dancer who wants to learn to be a strong leader I highly recommend John !
H.C. Arts
H.C. Arts
John is an amazing dance teacher and a wonderful person. I love learning from him. Anita Selinger
Sharon Rios
Sharon Rios
John is a dedicated and highly skilled professional teacher. His group classes are lively , clearly presented and address multiple levels . I feel fortunate to have enjoyed private instruction with John, tailored to my personal learning style and interests.

Here are a sampling of the many messages from appreciative students over the years. If you would like to submit one of your own, please write a Google Review or visit our Contact Page.

From Couples

Such a professional program

John Ross is an amazing dancer who are able to share his expertise and love of dancing and we get to reap the benefits. John is a fabulous instructor, and we look forward to every lesson we have with him, and always leave feeling so fortunate we found him…

Kat & Mike

We feel like we have a second home there.

This year has had its ups and downs, but dancing kept us focused on something positive. We feel lucky to have found someone as special as you to teach us not only to dance, but to experience joy. The community that you have created at the Ballroom is so special we feel like we have a second home there. Thank you for all you have done for us and for providing such a great sanctuary away from the hectic lives we lead most every day.

Chris & Heather

Words cannot convey!

Words cannot convey the appreciation and thanks for all you have done for us while learning to dance at your school, John. The joy you create and instill, and your inviting warm support creates such liberation from daily burdens. Thank you for being a part of our nurturing village. You have no idea the happy influence you have shared with our family.


talented, professional

We just wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff of instructors and assistants. They are talented, professional, and never fail to make John Ross Dance a relaxed, fun place to spend time.

We look forward to taking more classes in the coming year.

Diana and Larry R.

extraordinary teacher and person

John, you are an extraordinary teacher and person. Thank you for your kindness and consideration – always.

Amy & Steve

He is simply The Best Dance Teacher in the area!

When John Ross first opened, we were fairly new to the local dance scene, and had been hearing many good things about John from other dancers. We were immediately impressed and have been with him ever since. That was more than 15 years ago!

This year, we have become even more impressed with him than ever before.

He is simply The Best Dance Teacher in the area!

Jean (& husband)

John is a fantastic teacher.

We’d been wanting to take Salsa lessons for years and were fortunate enough to discover John! John is a fantastic teacher – he is patient, clear, and extremely skilled, and most importantly, holds true to the spirit of dance. His teaching style is very accessible, and his enthusiasm is contagious!

One step leads to another . . . We wanted a special dance for our wedding, and John helped us to create something sensual, classy, with just enough flair. We nailed it! Thanks John!

Steven E & Victoria B.

From Brides & Grooms

Our foxtrot done to Frank Sinatra at our wedding was a crowd pleaser. Thank you for making our special day perfect with the routine you taught us!

Jill & Steve

You have shared with us a memorable time in our lives, and you will be with us throughout our Wedding Day and after, as we share the beauty of dance.

Michael & Lisa

You have made a positive and special contribution to a very important event in our lives.

Erwin & Kathy

Thank you for teaching us the basics of ballroom dance. Our first wedding dance was perfect!

Carissa & Jarrod

You made our special day SO memorable. Our wedding waltz was something we’ll NEVER forget!

Jay & Gretta

John helped us compose a beautiful First Dance for our wedding! Our regular dance class continues to be the perfect opportunity for my wife and I to go out on a date each week. We’ve made new friends and learned something new in each class.

Justin and Melissa E.

Thank you for making dance lessons so much fun! We loved it!

Mike & Jeannie

The routine you came up with was brilliant.

We would like to thank you a million times over for your help getting us ready for our big day. When the time came to plan our wedding, we both agreed we should make it special. The routine you came up with was brilliant, and with the private lessons you were able to work with us and polish it up nicely. With all the stresses that come with a big wedding, we weren’t able to practice as much as we hoped, but even so, we pulled it off. The “surprise” second bride and groom dance was an absolute hit, and everyone loved it. We knocked it out of the park; it was a major highlight of the night, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

So thank you John, for sharing and teaching your art. Your passion for dance is evident in your lessons, and it is inspiring.

Nick and Stephanie A.

We came to the right place.

Deciding that we needed dance lessons to learn leading & following for our upcoming wedding, we booked several private lessons with John. We found him to be such a delight to work with! His wonderful ability to teach in a supportive manner made us feel relaxed enough to learn – and enjoy it at the same time.

Hoping to master a routine for our first dance, we came to the right place. John was masterful in putting it together and guiding us through each step. Thanks to his help, we know we will have so much fun at our wedding, instead of dreading that First Dance with everyone watching.

Thanks John! We’ll be back soon for Salsa lessons!

Megan G & Fiance

From Men

When talking with you, I feel like I am talking with the pilot in command of a 747. Being in your presence is inspirational. A true professional. Your fantastic class has only gotten better with age! Second time around, and if I can, a third time. Your enthusiasm is stellar John!

Kyle A. (SSU Student)

Your sense of humor and joy about what you teach is infectious.

Merle R.

Most dance teachers that I have interacted with don’t really encourage beginners in the world of dancing.

I have been walking taller this week as a result of the inspirational things you said to us during last week’s class. Your comments about posture, poise and class lifting us up – emotionally too! For some of us learning the etiquette that is a part of dance, touching and in some way connecting, if only briefly, with one’s partner – is a part of the lesson.

Your sense of humor and joy about what you teach is infectious. I appreciate the person that you are, and how you teach, and I look forward to taking more classes with you. And of course, to tell others about my experience.

Carl Vale

Many thanks for being such a great coach.

During the time that you taught me, not only did I make progress in ballroom dancing, I also learned other wonderful lessons from you. No one could ever doubt your talent and skills to teach. More so, in my experience, the sincerity with which you taught me, and your diligence, put you in a class by yourself. You are indeed a credit to your profession.

Many thanks for being such a great coach, your wonderful demeanor, your patience with me, and most of all for treating me as well as you did. The time I spent training under your guidance shall be remembered as one of the most pleasant learning experiences of my life.

With much respect from the bottom of my heart,


Dance class keeps me sane every week. I don’t know what I would do without it, and you.

Jonathan (SSU Student)

From Women

The workshop was magic; good medicine for us. What a gift you share! I am so happy to have the opportunity to waltz with my husband.

Janet P. Female Dance Student

I loved your class so much! I never want to stop dancing.

Meredith (SSU Student)

There is more joy in my life.

Dancing connects me to my heart center – there is more joy in my life since attending group classes, private lessons, and weekend dances at John Ross Dance!

Julia E.

I can’t thank all of you enough.

After losing my husband it was hard for me to go out without the partner I had since I was 18 years old. John and his staff were so kind and giving of their talent and time! I have spent many fun evenings at the dances. I can’t thank all of you enough.

Micki K.

The best thing that has happened to me in a long time.

I wanted to say thank you for teaching me to dance in the last year. It is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. Like all teachers, you often don’t know the impact you have on a student’s life. All those metaphors about staying connected, finding one’s balance . . . they all apply. Thank you for your patience, for sharing your talent, and making me realize that I don’t need a partner to dance.

Cecile K.

I haven’t had that much fun dancing since I was a third this age!
Thank you for making my 60th Birthday such fun!


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