Meet Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center

Meet Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center

As one of our newest business members, Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center, I recently had a chance to speak with them about their business. Avant Garde Ballroom is the premier dance studio in the North Bethesda area serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Avant Garde Ballroom has a state-of-the-art studio with knowledgeable dance teachers offering classes designed for all types of individuals.


Avant Garde Ballroom opened 2 years ago, becoming part of a tight-knit ballroom community. They provide high quality instruction, offering a variety of dance classes: “survival class,” which provides basic dance lessons for beginners, “Latin club class,” which teaches salsa, merengue, and “Wedding Ready,” which is specially designed for wedding couples and various classes for competitive dancers.  They take pride in the expertise of their dance professionals, moreover, the dance studio has brought in top-knotch dance coaches including Louis Van Amstel, world champion and also known as a Dancing with the Stars’ Professional. It is a great place for people to come unwind after a long day at work or a place to continue a date night after enjoying a nice dinner.


The owners of Avant Garde Ballroom have over 30 years of experience. Nick Short owned a dance studio in Bethesda for over 30 years and sold it in 2004. He wanted to continue offering first class dance instruction for all people in this community. Co-owner, Slava Sergiev, came into the business with many years of competitive dancing and instruction under his belt. And Michaela “Pinky” Puno who was asked by Nick Short and Slava Sergiev to join the studio could not resist joining this wonderful experience.  Having lived and worked in the area for years, they knew that this was a great location to have a dance studio. They often hear people say “we didn’t know you were here,” which is why they want to branch out and get to know the business community around them. Parking and access to Nick Short’s previous studio in downtown Bethesda could be troublesome and when he and his partners found their current location, they knew it would be the perfect place. The parking opportunities are great. As well, there is good access to the Metro. And as the new more restaurants, shops, and other amenities continue to pop up, more people will be attracted to the area. Avant Garde Ballroom hopes to become part of this thriving community.

They also offer a youth program that has proven successful. The program shows that dancing is more than just fun. Dancing has major health benefits, providing a great opportunity to get physical activity. In addition, it promotes good manners, positive self-esteem and confidence, and social skills as well as improves academic abilities.

Avant Garde Ballroom also offers rental opportunities for a variety of special events including: wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations (Sweet Sixteens, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceañeras, etc.), anniversary parties, graduation parties, fundraisers, and more.

FoWF members are invited to Avant Garde Ballroom’s Guest Party. Check out more information about the party below:

“Come one, Come all!

Avant Garde Ballroom’s Guest Party

Friday, October 24, 2014

7:30 pm -10:00 pm

Admission is free to all Friends of White Flint!

We want to meet you and share with you the wonderful world of ballroom dancing

There will be hors d’Oeuvres and refreshments, performances, and mini-dance classes throughout the evening.”


It’s the perfect opportunity to meet their talented staff and owners – see what they are all about!

For more information about Avant Garde Ballroom, you can call (301) 881-1436 or visit their website.

Rebecca Hertz


Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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