The staff at Arthur Murray Dance Center Dayton look forward to making your venture into ballroom dancing one of your best experiences ever. Experienced and personable, they love ballroom dancing and love teaching!
Tim and Barbara Haller owned and operated the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Dayton, Ohio from 1984 through 2004. After a few years of residency in Connecticut, the Hallers returned to the Midwest and resumed ownership of the Dayton Studio in 2008.
They are not only the Franchisees for the Dayton market, but also the Master Franchisees for the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex.
Tim and Barbara are four-time United States Professional Ballroom Theatrical Arts Champions, with an impressive competitive and performance career. (See About the Owners). Despite their many awards, Barbara Haller states her greatest pleasure is in seeing how the dance experience at Arthur Murray's alters people's lives in such a positive way.
While the Arthur Murray Dance Studios have been operating for 100 years, Tim and Barbara Haller are pleased to note that the Dayton Franchise has been operating continuously since 1946.
Aaron started learning to dance at 3. His parents put him in Ballet class and he never looked back! After his professional performing career with Dayton Ballet, he made the switch to ballroom starting with Arthur Murray Dayton Studio.
Aaron spent a few years in Florida practicing and competing with the Orlando Arthur Murray Studio, but quickly embraced the opportunity to return to Dayton where his family resides. He loves teaching and truly appreciates the process of helping others learn to dance.
Amanda was born and raised in Eaton, Ohio. As a child she took classes in tap, ballet, and jazz. As an adult she took salsa lessons and always love to go out dancing, but never thought about pursuing it as a career. She was working in the food industry when she met Barbara Haller and Quinton Mac Adam. Barbara offered her a job on the spot!
Amanda's favorite part of her career is hearing people say how dancing has changed their lives, as it has changed hers!
Lynn is a native Daytonian and enjoyed dancing and competing in both ballet and tap during her formative years. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to reintegrate her dance skills within the Arthur Murray family.
While Lynn works with new students who have chosen to "stop watching and start dancing" she also brings terrific organizational skills to the faculty with a great background in business management. She enthusiastically helps students discover the many benefits of good dancing and simultaneously helps keep our instructors focused on the tasks at hand!
Lee Burchett grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio. He has been with the studio for over a decade and is a most accomplished instructor.
Prior to becoming a ballroom dance teacher, Lee studied music, musical theater and ballet extensively, making him a great fit for Arthur Murray's.
Lee has been a successful competitive dancer on the circuit in both American Smooth and International Standard. His greatest joy, though, is being able to pass his love of dance on to others.
Tsali first started dancing in college and fell in love with it rapidly. He experimented with other forms of dance, but enjoyed ballroom dancing the most. He was instrumental in forming Kent State University's first social dance club. The college has now expanded this club to a competitive team.
After college, Tsali joined the Arthur Murray family as a dance instructor. He subsequently transferred to Dayton Arthur Murray Dance Center and is happy to be a part of the Cincinnati-Dayton Arthur Murray organization. His mission is to spread the joy and life altering benefits of dance instruction to everyone.
Olivia grew up in Tipp City and in high school she took jazz, tap, and hip hop classes. Olivia took dance classes into early adulthood and took a break so she could go to nursing school. After graduating nursing school, Olivia was at a bridal expo for a girlfriend and saw the Arthur Murray stand and immediately signed up for classes and never looked back. After being a student at Arthur Murray for a year, she decided to go on a whim and ask Barbara for an employment opportunity. Barbara and the staff welcomed her with open arms! It has been a journey transitioning from nursing to dance but she is finally happy pursuing dance again. Having the full support of her family to continue dancing as a career has been nothing short of exhilarating.
Joining the Arthur Murray team has allowed Olivia to be able to combine her two passions; dancing and helping others. She loves seeing students achieve their goals and hearing how dancing is improving their lives.
Ramon is a native of Nicaragua. He began a stellar ballet career at the age of eighteen with The Academy of Movement and Music. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in dance performance, Ramon went on to perform as a soloist and principal dancer with Richmond Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland and the Dayton Ballet, among others.
Ramon is excited to bring his unique skill set to the ballroom world, where he is already in demand as a partner and coach. He is excited about the prospect of extending his dance career into our wonderful world of ballroom!
Kate joins our faculty as a vibrant young administrative assistant who also dances! She studied ballet for eight years as a child and participated in lots of team competitions while doing so.
With her formal dance background she has progressed rapidly as a student, competing at CDDC and performing in her first stage show. She will continue to pursue her ballroom training with us, when not behind the front desk!
Kate lives in Beavercreek with her husband Matthew and her cat, Jonesie.