About us

2012 Holiday DanceCarousel Ballroom is a welcoming community of persons who enjoy the art of ballroom and Latin dance, as well as the social aspects of dancing.  Both individuals and couples are welcome at Carousel Ballroom.

Our commitment to excellence in teaching has made us the premier studio for Ballroom and Latin dance in the Delaware Valley.

We do NOT use level teaching (bronze, silver, gold).   Instead we encourage our dancers to excel to their best potential and teach using methods gleaned from experience and success through thirty five years. We equally encourage persons new to ballroom and Latin dance and experienced dancers.

We offer the finest instruction in ballroom and Latin dancing anywhere in Chester County, West Chester, Exton, Downingtown, Coatesville, Wilmington, and the surrounding area.

Unlike many other ballroom dance studios, we understand how you value your dollar.  Our events are reasonable in price, and are pay-at-the-door.  We do NOT require that you purchase costly memberships, nor do we require that you sign up for packages of level dance lessons costing thousands of dollars.

Carousel Ballroom is committed to your enjoyment of social dancing through group and private lessons and dance parties, all with optional participation.  We do not hold competitions which can be very costly enterprises for students of dance, as many other studios do.  


Carousel Ballroom is an elegant studio with a fine wood dance floor that makes dancing away an entire evening a joy!   It is the perfect location to rent for special events like holiday parties, adult socials, birthday and anniversary parties, reunions, and small weddings.  Upon request, we can offer DJ services, dance lessons, and catering services.

Our students speak highly of Carousel’s teaching as well as of our fun Carousel community of dancers.  AND our dancers voted us the #1 dance studio in the Daily Local’s Reader’s Choice Awards three years in a row.

Carlos Maldonado has had an extraordinary career as a dance instructor for more than thirty years.   His career began in his early twenties, when he applied for instructor training at an Arthur Murray studio.  Beginning the class with 27 other students, the demanding routines and rigorous standards culled out all students but one: Carlos Maldonado.  It was then that he was certified as a Bronze Level Instructor.  Carlos continued his instructor training to become certified as a Silver Level Instructor, equivalent to a B.A. degree in Dance.
He reached the extraordinary level of Gold Level Instructor in his mid-twenties, which is equivalent to a Masters Degree in Ballroom Dance.  As the same time, he trained to compete in ballroom dance, but found he had an aptitude and talent for teaching.  Further training merited him certification as an adjudicator (competition judge) and choreographer.
In the thirty years since beginning his instructor training, Carlos has taught thousands of students the fine points of ballroom and Latin dancing.  His private and group lesson students, alike, proclaim him to be the area’s best dance teacher for ballroom and Latin dancing, from the Fox Trot to waltz, from salsa to tango.  He has taught men and women of all ages: engineers, accountants, teachers, secretaries, business owners, CEOs, attorneys, nurses, and many others.  

Carlos and his partner, Suzy Keenan, opened Carousel Ballroom on November 8, 2008, in West Chester, PA.
Call us today to find out how you can enjoy dance lessons at Carousel Ballroom: 610-620-5100.

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