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Who We Are

About the Studio

Ballroom & Beyond, now proudly owned by Phoenix Performing Arts Gym, is committed to becoming an exceptional ballroom dance studio with a transformative mission. We strive to empower individuals through dance, enriching their lives in profound ways. By surpassing conventional dance instruction, we take our students “beyond” the ordinary, offering private lessons suitable for solo dancers, crafting personalized wedding dances for your big day, providing group classes that foster socialization and fitness, encouraging competition as an exhilarating hobby, and nurturing performance skills through showcases. Our aim is to redefine the dance experience and inspire a journey of self-discovery through movement and artistic expression. As we embark on this exciting journey, stay tuned for the introduction of additional dance styles, expanding our vision of what performing arts can offer.

With over 30 years in the Ballroom industry, Ballroom & Beyond can handle any dance request needed!

Why Choose Us

About The Owners

Ballroom & Beyond proudly announces that it is now under new ownership, with Nick and Mandi taking the reins. We are incredibly enthusiastic about this transition, and we can’t wait to embark on this journey with our beloved dance community. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Jaki for her unwavering dedication to Ballroom & Beyond, which has made it the vibrant and welcoming space it is today. With fresh energy and a commitment to fostering the arts, we aim to build upon the existing legacy and bring exciting new developments to our dancers and the wider community. Stay tuned for updates, and we look forward to sharing this exciting journey with all of you! Learn more about the new owners below!

The Heart and Soul Behind Our Studio

Nick Bloxsom-Carter

Co-owner
Instructor

Nick, a Los Angeles native, has been dancing and teaching for over 17 years. He has training from top professionals including Shirley Ballas, Mia Michaels, Nappy Tabs, and Adam Shankman and has been seen on SYTYCD S9 and DWTS as well as many other TV shows. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s in business and dance. Nick has directed, judged, choreographed, and taught at countless dance companies, competitions and studios across the nation. He’s performed with companies such as the UVU Ballroom Touring Company, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, Vibe touring company, and Equality Utah. While not at the studio, he is sought out for his award winning choreography, elite training, and unique coaching style.

Nick has over 20 years of acting experience, most notably in a Sinclair Gas national commercial, as well as many notable shorts (Sense of Perception) and features (Muddy Corman). Starting in the theater, Nick immediately took to Shakespeare, starring in Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. Quickly after, he used his dancing and singing skills to star in Musicals such as The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow) and West Side Story (Riff). Later, he was seen on ABC, CBS, and FOX shows and learned much about the process, story, and nuances of commercial television. Nick has trained with elite veterans in Los Angeles in Film and Theater, as well as Salt Lake City, and is happy to be based in Denver to continue his craft and to teach aspiring students. Nick enjoys playing any and all sports, as well as keeping fit by horseback riding, fighting styles, cycling, and hiking. He is looking forward to directing, producing, and acting in his own projects as well as others in the future!

Mandi McKinlay

Co-owner
Instructor

Mandi, a Hawaii native, has been dancing and teaching for over 20 years. She has training from top professionals including Katusha Demidova, Jonathan Wilkins, and Shirley Ballas. She has toured and won international titles with the Utah Valley University Ballroom Touring Company as well as national titles individually. She has performed with many Utah dance companies and has been featured in shows with the Utah Symphony and Good Things Utah. Mandi is also an accomplished costumer and seamstress and has costumed countless shows and events. Along with her artistic credits, she is renowned for her business credits as well. She has been the Operations Manager and Executive Director of multiple businesses and teams, and is looking forward to being a part of the Ballroom & Beyond family. In her free time, Mandi loves spending time with her dogs and Nick, reading fantasy novels, and cooking (since she trained as a chef at a Michelin star restaurant in LA).

Mandi

Matthew Hayes

Instructor

My name is Matthew, I’m 30 years old, my favorite dance is Cha Cha, and I specialize in American Smooth and Rhythm. I was introduced to ballroom dancing by my grandmother when I was 5 years old, and I’ve loved it ever since. Through my childhood, I spent more time studying jazz and musical theater as I performed with my schools show dance and show choir teams, but returned to the ballroom world as an adult. I love all aspects of teaching and competing in ballroom, from helping a student get a step for the first time to making callbacks on the competition floor.

What Dance Does

The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing...

Dance is more than movement; it’s a transformational experience that touches every aspect of your life. Whether it’s finding confidence on the dance floor, losing weight, rediscovering purpose, or simply embracing the fun of moving to music, ballroom dancing offers endless possibilities. At Ballroom & Beyond, we’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible impact dance can have. It’s not just about preparing for a special occasion; it’s about embarking on a journey that enriches your life in profound ways. So, take the step, embrace the rhythm, and let dance transform you.

Your Dance Journey Begins Here

Let's Dance!

Dive into the world of dance with us! Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or stepping onto the dance floor for the first time, we’re here to guide you on your journey. Fill out the form below to get started on your dance adventure, inquire about our classes, or book your first lesson. Let’s make your dance dreams come true!

Please complete the form below with your details. Our team will be in touch to discuss how we can build your dance experience to your needs.

Stacy CasonStacy Cason
23:41 16 Nov 23
Nick is INCREDIBLE!! I have been taking ballroom lessons from him for 5 months so far, will compete in my first competition in 3 weeks, and none of that would be possible without this studio. Nick is SO patient and talented! Mandi is organized and wonderful administratively and as a coach. Love them!
Katie O'ConnorKatie O'Connor
23:24 14 Nov 23
I love Ballroom & Beyond! Nick has been teaching me for 6months and is such a positive and encouraging teacher, I really enjoy coming to his classes. Nick takes the time to foster a sense of community and has big plans for group lessons and showcases. Mandi is proactive in keeping us up to date with studio news and is available to help out students that need extra guidance! Everyone I have met that works here is very talented and I’m so happy to be part of this community.
Laurie FieldsLaurie Fields
19:17 13 Nov 23
If you want to grow as a dancer Ballroom and Beyond will exceed your expectations. Personally, I took private lessons to learn how to partner dance. Nick, my coach, immediately worked with me at my own level to grow my personal skill set while making me super comfortable AND causing me to have somuch fun!!! Mandi and Nick have created a community where I have made connections with others that have similar interests. If you want to grow your competitive OR social dancing skills, this is the place to do so in a safe, fun, caring environment. For me, dancing with Nick is the highlight of my week because I walk out smiling each and every time. If you are reading this, my advice is to make an appointment, then just dance 💃 🕺 You will be thrilled with your choice!!!
Christal DemastusChristal Demastus
13:10 13 Nov 23
Learning to dance at Ballroom and Beyond has been the greatest experience! I truly felt stuck before I decided to pursue ballroom competitions. I never saw myself as a graceful or beautiful dancer. This studio has started to change that, training here has been the best choice I could have made! Nick and Mandi are both absolutely wonderful in answering all of my questions and Nick has been an incredible instructor! I am so thankful I found Ballroom and Beyond!
Laura Peszek BoettgerLaura Peszek Boettger
23:45 24 Mar 23
I have a lot of wedding vendors on my list to leave reviews for, but Jaki needs to be my first stop. Jaki taught us a waltz for our first dance at our wedding, and performing it in front of our friends and family on our wedding day was beyond magical. I think my husband said it best when he told me, with 100% seriousness, "that was the best moment of my life." Run, don't walk, to Jaki's studio. She is a kind, patient, hilarious, insanely talented teacher and overall fantastic human being. We have four left feet between us and she got out of us, in under six months, a dance that many guests at our wedding declared "professional." We were so proud of how hard we had worked to make it perfect, and it was such a beautiful way to express ourselves and our love. We're continuing lessons with her just for fun because we had that great a time learning from Jaki (and we miss hanging out with her).
Michelle SalyerMichelle Salyer
20:03 09 Jun 19
We had a great experience with our teacher Jaki here! Just a little over a month before our wedding she helped choreograph our dance to "La Vie En Rose" by Louis Armstrong, and she did an awesome job. She was quick to feel out how quickly we could learn, and she came up with a dance that was simple enough but still would "wow" our wedding guests. When the big day came, we danced in front of 130 people for our reception intro, and they were all standing up to get a look, and then at the end we received a huge applause, it felt amazing. Thank you Jaki!
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