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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 Tito Hernandez, previous dance director of the NC Theatre Conservatory. 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 thirty 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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Antoinette Santoro

Reynaldo Perez

Hometown:Veracruz Veracruz Mexico
Reynaldo Perez was born in Veracruz Veracruz Mexico and began his dance education at the age of 16 years at E.V.E.D (Veracruz Dance School Artistic Director Laura Bravo) .As a young dancer, Reynaldo was the winner in many major competitions in Veracruz Mexico as part of a small dance company, 3 Danza Comtemporanea (Artistic Director, Enrrique Aroniz). Mr. Perez moved to the Capital to keep his dance studies at Ballet Nacional de Mexico (Artistic Director, Guillermina Bravo).

At the age of 21, Reynaldo moved to CancunQ.Roo Mexico to keep working in his professional career. He was hired as a principal dancer and choreographer in a theme park, Mexico Magico and some of the all-inclusive resorts choreographing shows for the night-time entertainment.

At the age of 27, he started his ballroom dance education where he took dance coaching with world-class dancers like Rosendo Fumero, Bill Sparks, Gocha & Shorena Chertkoev, Frank & Vicky Reagan, Bill Davies, Karina Smirnoff and Elena Grinenko, to mention a few.

He is certified with Fred Astaire and the Imperial Society Teachers of Dance. For the last 19 years, Reynaldo has been all over the country, teaching and competing Pro and Pro-Am, receiving the 2003 Over-all Bronze Open Pro-Am Championship Award at the N.D.C.A (National Dance Council of America, which is the Official Governing Council of Dance and Dancesport in the USA) with his students Karen and Steve Worrel In Reynaldo’s words, “:I enjoy dancing and teaching people how to move in order to celebrate life through dancing…there is always a good excuse to move to the rhythm of good music.

Welcome Reynaldo Perez to A Step to Gold International Ballroom!

Riccardo Pacini

Riccardo Pacini with his wife Sonia Spadoni placed 2nd in the Italian Open Combined 10 -Dance Championships in 2010 and placed in the top three is some of the most prestigious competitions around the world such as: The UK Open, the German Open Championship and the Disney Cup in Paris, France. They also placed 2nd at the World Latin Show Dance Championships. In 2014, they won the Italian Open Championships Latin dance style when they decided to move to the USA.

Welcome Riccardo and Sonia to A Step to Gold International…true professionals.