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A Step to Gold International Ballroom

The Friendliest Dance Studio in Raleigh
At Least Our Students Think So!

A Step to Gold International Ballroom was founded in 2002 and combines two of Melanie’s greatest passions: dance and fitness. She has recently partnered with M. Smith Dance Company, a talented and driven performer straight out of California, to introduce Bungee Swinging to the Triangle area. This partnership and their love of teaching dance creates a winning combination.
A Step to Gold International Ballroom stands out among other studios as it offers an approach to wellness, targeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

“We make learning to dance easy and fun.”

Melanie’s Story


Melanie Dale is the owner and leading dance instructor based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Melanie has over twenty years of experience in the business. She has trained professionals for years and has an extensive background in American and International styles of ballroom dancing, having been trained by many of the GREATS from Europe and the US, including her former husband, the legendary, Larry Silvers, who was the first United States Professional Ballroom Champion.

For over twenty years, Melanie has seen students transform their lives on and off the dance floor. A Step to Gold staff is ready and willing to help you get started on your life-changing journey into the world of Ballroom Dancing. We work together as a team to ensure that you feel less intimidated and comfortable with the basics so that you can enjoy dancing with numerous partners in the quickest way possible.
We believe that private lessons coupled with group sessions and practice sessions are a sure-fire way to get the most out of your training. It is an indescribable experience to dance with an experienced partner.

So are you ready to start a new chapter in your life? To get fit and gain confidence? A Step to Gold International Ballroom can help you accomplish your goals and have fun while doing it!

Meet the A Step to Gold staff below!!


Jeff Beegle

Jeff was the previous owner and director of Classic Ballroom Dance Studio in New Jersey for nine years. He choreographed for and performed in hundreds of showcases and has been teaching for over 16 years. Jeff is also an experienced competitor and has placed first numerous times. He has studied dance and teaching of dance with Chris Thompson, Lori Woods Gay, John Nyemchek, Daphne Connaliff and Michael Keihm. Dance and the teaching of Ballroom dance has been his greatest passion for years and he expects that to continue!

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Andres Avila

Andres is originally from Bogota, Colombia. He started dancing in elementary school, training in ballet, tap, and jazz. Later in middle school, he began his training in South American folklore and Latin social dances, competing and performing all the way through high school.
His training in ballroom began after moving to America, starting in New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Nevada. Teaching and competing for 12 years for the top studios, he has experience in a variety of school settings from franchises to independent stand alones.

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Antoinette Santoro


Mindy Smith

Melinda “Mindy” Smith is the artistic director of a new performing arts company filled with innovative technology, intense music and stunning performers from all over the world. Mindy has an extensive dance background with weight training and martial arts mixed in. She is so excited about ASTG’s new Bungee Swing program!
She is proud to be here at A Step to Gold and contribute her creativity through the art of dance and performance. Mindy has had an exciting professional dance career performing for Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins and Ashley Simpson. As a Choreographer for films by Summit Entertainment, Mindy was selected to contribute to Step Up 4: Revolution in multiple scenes collaborating along side Jamal Sims, Christopher Scott, and Travis Wall.
Upon finishing her education in California, Mindy became a professional dancer with Goran Subotic’s contemporary ballet company Mystic Ballet. She has taught all ages from pre-school to adults and has been actively judging Dance Competitions and teaching all over the US. She also worked with Travis Wall choreographing for the Top 20 Dancers on So You Think You Can Dance.
She is happy to call Raleigh her new home.