World class coaching, in the palm of your hand.
Hi Dancer! Welcome to DanceSport Place, from your “virtual studio” owners, Erik & Melissa Cyr. We created DSP for competitive dancers, just like you, whether you are a pro-am, amateur or a pro teacher of competitors. Throughout our own personal journeys in ballroom as junior competitors to professional competitors, and now coaches of competitors, we often thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if…”
Yes, it would! So, DanceSport Place was born, sharing our passion and bringing together training and inspiration that dancers need to succeed.
“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained.” -Fred Astaire
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.” -Vladimir Horowitz
Success as a dancer is personal. For some, winning is everything, for others, the journey of progress is the reward. Either way, becoming your best starts with good training and continues with your personal effort.
At DanceSport Place, we provide outstanding coaches for the best training and the inspiration of seeing these masters at work.
By dancing with us here beyond the ballroom, you’re showing the determination you need to achieve your success in dance; whatever it may be!
What we teach
Ballroom & Latin
Smooth & Rhythm
Technique & Artistry
Timing & Choreography
Training beyond the ballroom
We’ve spent our lives in the ballroom world, starting as childhood amateurs, turning professional and becoming teachers. At every stage, we looked for guidance, wanting to know more and be better, but it’s not always as easy as having a desire. Can you relate to any of these?
- I wish I could take more lessons, but they’re so expensive.
- How can I be more ready for my private lessons, and get more out of them?
- I’d love to learn with other coaches, but I feel like I’d be “cheating” on my teacher…
- Is there any tool or method that can help me practice more effectively?
- How can I get more confident and fell more free to express myself on the dance floor?
- What can I do to strengthen my teaching and stay updated?
Or if you’ve ever just thought: I’d love to have everything I need as a competitor in one place!
Good news; you’re in the right place!
“I came into the ballroom world with a strong background as a professional dancer in theatrical dance; tap, ballet, jazz. I was SO surprised to find I needed to learn a whole new set of skills! This was confusing, frustrating and a little scary!Dancesportplace.com was the perfect link to connect me with expert videos that could demonstrate and explain the techniques I was missing. I credit Erik, Melissa and the world class instructors at dancesportplace.com with helping me “find myself” in the world of ballroom, which led to winning many championships and ultimately led to a World Title! I strongly endorse this program!”
“I always loved dancing. There is always more to learn, styling, technique. Dancesport Place is a great resource to help you improve and grow as a dancer with videos by some of the top pros. I like having access to that. It is great to learn from others who have a different perspective or way of teaching that helps me have that “aha moment” when I finally understand what I need to do. Thanks Erik and Melissa Cyr for providing a video library with videos by some of the best!”
“My dance practice usually revolves around rehearsing my competition routines, but there is more to dancing than choreography! I’m glad I have Dancesport Place to reference and gain ideas on what I can work on beyond choreograph review. I like that their video library can be searched by topic or dance style, so I expand my knowledge of a certain technique or explore new dances. The videos are well done and taught by world class professional dancers. It’s like having a personal coach available to you 24/7. If you’re a competitive dancer, Dancesport Place is the perfect tool to give you that extra edge on the dance floor.”
How much will I be able to learn from a video?
To be a great dancer, you can’t learn by video alone. But, to make the most of your live lessons and practice, video is a fantastic and affordable tool for reviewing and expanding your knowledge.
If you’re a serious dancer, using video should be one of your tools of the trade.
DanceSport Place is not intended to take the place of live lessons, but rather help you get even more out of your valuable lesson time.
I've just started competing. Will the videos be too advanced for me?
No. Newcomers through professionals always go back to the basics! We have videos that cover basic techniques, introduction to styling, and timing on many patterns and dances.
I'm an open level dancer. Are the videos too basic for me?
We have videos for dancers at every competitive level. Our coaches are world class and at the cutting edge of dancesport. They share with our members the advanced partnering and dynamic concepts that have made them champions.
You’ll find videos that cover advanced topics for open level dancers, but you may even want to check out our basic videos as well. After all, even top professionals always go back to the basics!
My coach doesn't want me to learn from any other coaches. Why is that?
That’s not unusual! Your coach is looking out for your best interest, and wants you to have only accurate and correct information.
What makes us different is our coaches are all World and National Champs/Finalists, and have proven their mettle as competitors and teachers. Chances are our coaches might even be guest coaches at your studio!
You and your local primary coach can be confident that what you learn here will be an accelerator to your learning on your live lessons.
I already have a lot of dance DVDs. How is DanceSport Place different?
Although DVDs can be helpful, we know the best way to learn is with ACTION. Most people watch DVDs from their couch, but DanceSport Place goes with you anywhere.
That means you can dance along with our videos right there in the studio (or wherever!) and practice as you are watching–just like a live lesson.
Also, we know you have a life outside of dancing! Our videos are short (about 5-15 minutes long), so you can learn whenever you have a free moment.
How does membership work?
DanceSport Place members have access to our entire video library, for as long as they subscribe with a monthly/annual membership. We release new videos exclusively for our members.
Our unique subscription service provides our members with the latest training for competitive dancers from our renowned coaches for a fraction of the cost of traditional lessons. Read more about our coaches here.
Click here for our membership options.
Is payment a recurring charge or a one time purchase?
We offer both options. We offer tiered membership rates, which are automatically charged every month until you cancel. There is no long term commitment with our monthly subscription and you can cancel at any time before the next billing date.
We also offer 6 month and annual subscription options. These options auto-renew each billing period unless you cancel prior to the billing date.
Click here to see our membership options.
DanceSport Place, founders Erik and Melissa have over 69 years combined experience in the ballroom world! Erik started at the tender age of 5 , and Melissa in her teens. Their lives have been built on ballroom.
They’ve experienced all facets of competitive life, from dancing amateur, to professional, and coaching their own successful competitive students.
As professionals, their competitive highlights include National Canadian Latin Finalists and U.S. Rising Star Latin Couple of the Year.
Their pro-am competitors have won numerous accolade including World Pro-Am Latin finalist (A division), World Pro-Am Rhythm Champion (C division) and World Pro-Am Smooth finalist (C division).
Erik & Melissa are the resident Latin coaches at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in Southern California. Erik is the choreographer and coach of the OCSA Latin Formation team, which has ranked 3rd in the U.S. National Formation Team championships.
Outside of their ballroom careers, Erik & Melissa are happily married and have 3 wonderful kids.
Training beyond the ballroom.
One Step Better, Every day
Just a few minutes a day is all it takes to learn from our world-class coaches.
Our short, actionable videos help you get one step better, every day.