Get to know more about Cat’s Ballroom | Staff, Studio, and Students

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Hi, I’m Cat, and I’d like to tell you about Cat’s Ballroom. In the fall of 1999 I signed up for a salsa lesson and ended up falling in love. With dancing! And as with every great passion, I wanted everyone else to feel that same joy. Fast forward past years of training and hard work (mostly fun) and now I get to do that every day. I opened Cat’s Ballroom in 2013 with a vision of providing high quality dance instruction in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. When you come to Cat’s, I want you to feel as if you’re among friends. And if you don’t laugh at least once while you’re here, I haven’t done my job!

Of course, no man (or woman) is an island, and I’ve had a lot of help. My dear friend and mentor, Jose “Jesse” Munoz helps out with lessons, choreography, and music editing. He has been dancing and performing for over 30 years and is an amazing dancer (and a lot of fun too). Marsha Bloss (another dear friend) competed professionally with Jesse for many years and is an invaluable source of dance information and advice. My son, Jared Woods can usually be coerced into helping out with lessons, parties, and pretty much anything else that needs done. And finally, my students, some of whom have been with me since before I opened the studio, bring me so much joy and pride. Their enjoyment, gratitude, and willingness to pitch in never cease to amaze me.

Meet Our Students

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Daneen & Eric

“We couldn’t be happier with our experience at Cat’s Ballroom. They helped us create a special first dance for our wedding. Our lessons turned into fun date nights and they provided us with a skill set we never thought we would have to show off on our wedding day!”


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“I have been taking lessons from Cat for several years. The reasons I continue are the same reasons I started.

  • Dance instruction by excellent teachers.
  • Friendly and fun atmosphere.
  • Stress management.
  • Socialization – place to meet good people.
  • Great way to exercise and get your 5000 steps.”

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Brenda & Herman

“Ms. Cat has a way of making the dance lessons all about you. She personalize our lessons based on our abilities, needs, and goals and while gently pushing us to the next level as a dance team. We love her amazing teaching style. She is able to adapt to our individual personalities to help us learn complicated elements of dance, all while keeping it fun, easy, and comfortable.”

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