From the moment we poked our heads through the front door of the studio, we knew we were in a very special place where extraordinary instruction, attention to detail, and high energy rule! We drive three hours round-trip each week to refine our dancing skills and learn new ones. The stress from daily business life dissipates into thin air and the music engulfs us as we concentrate on the day's lesson. We leave sweating and smiling and looking forward to the next lesson. Even at our modest level of dancing we get compliments and sometimes even applause. Thank you, Inga and Robertas, for having the best dance studio in North Carolina.
Adam and Karin Piergallini
Hi, my name is Gabi, and I go to ballroom dancing lessons.
When you go to ballroom dancing lessons it is cool there because, when you dance it helps your posture, and also it’s a really fun experience. You can dance the Cha-Cha, Waltz, Samba, Jive, and many more! It’s really fun to participate in showcases because you can show off what steps you’ve learned so far.
Since I was about seven, I’ve been dancing ballroom dances, and now I’m nine years old now, so I’ve been dancing for almost two years now! I’ve had a really fun experience dancing at Elite Ballroom and I hope you will have a fun experience too!
I look forward to dance competitions as a way to focus on improving my dancing. For the past several years I’ve taken lessons & competed in Standard & Latin with Robertas and received Latin coaching from Inga. Their many years of intense dance training and successful competing as professionals has made them excellent teachers and coaches. It’s been a great experience. I’ve competed successfully, had fun, and improved flexibility and endurance. I'm very grateful Robertas & Inga are in our area.
Inga and Robertas give of themselves 100 percent to see that each of us improves, regardless of our skill level or our personal goals. A rigorous attention to technique is only the beginning. Add to that an unparalleled knowledge of music and the personality, emotion and grace expressed in each dance. They both know just where and when to make adjustments to your footwork, patterns and technique, making them ambassadors of high quality ballroom dance.
Unbelievable that we should be able to enjoy such talent in North Carolina and that they were making this their home, so very far from their country of origin, Lithuania! How is it that we were to be favored with such talent? In how many other places around the world had they lived, visited, and competed before they found their way to our dance community.
With both humor and intensity that serves our local, state and national dance community well, Inga and Robertas are a rare find and an incomparable gift!
Hi! My name is Lukas. I started ballroom dancing since I was six years old and now I am eight. My Ballroom dance instructors are...Robertas and Inga. Inga has taught me the...cha-cha-cha, the jive, the Rumba, the samba and the silver cha-cha-cha all to dance with my sister. The toughest experience was the jive. It was fun experiencing new dances with my sister.
It's always fun to participate in the fun showcases like when you see people with advance moves one day you are gonna be able to do those moves. And if there's some kid who looks up to you I would tell them do what you want to do. And that's my note.
P.S. Never say never.
P.S. You can do it.
After dancing American Style Rhythm for a year or so, I decided that I really would prefer to dance International Latin. So I began the search for a new dance instructor. Lucky for me I found Robertas Maleckis and Inga Sirkaite who carefully and patiently began teaching me Latin technique. And when Robertas and I competed Pro-Am Latin for the first time at Manhattan Dancesport Championships, we won first place in Bronze! I knew then that I had found the best possible teacher and coach for me. I have been dancing with Robertas for three years now and have since moved up to the Open Gold level of competition. I am amazed at my improvement and I still enjoy learning something new every lesson. Robertas and Inga know exactly how to get the very best from their students and they are always extremely positive and very professional in their approach. If you want to learn how to dance well and have lots of fun while doing so, I highly recommend Elite Ballroom.
North Carolina, especially the Triangle area, was presented a great gift from the world of dance in 2002 when Robertas Maleckis and Inga Sirkaite arrived to show their exquisite, professional dancing and teach those of us who wanted to learn and improve our dance.
Robertas has been my dance coach since then and he and Inga have instructed and supported me from an unskilled, unaware and awkward dancer to a more skilled, detailed and presentable person of dance. My thanks and appreciation go to them for this opportunity and accomplishment. I can say truly “I could not have done it without them.” Robertas would say to me “You can do it” and at the time he knew I could accomplish the challenge in dance but I didn’t and then did master the challenge with his instruction and support in the dance performance.
Inga and Robertas with their infinite experience, awesome skill and art of dance have done, do and will share this with each one of us who wishes to dance. Their dream of one day owning their own studio in the Triangle area has come to pass with the opening of Elite Ballroom in Morrisville, NC.
It didn’t take us long to fall in love with ballroom dancing. We quickly felt like home at Elite Ballroom because the teachers are so encouraging. All of the instructors are extremely knowledgeable and skilled. We developed a passion for competitive dancesport and won US Nationals in April 2009 in Gold Latin division. When you come to Elite Ballroom, you receive world class instruction to help achieve your goals.
Harsh Upadhyay and Carissa Chambers
Delia and I have been taking lesson from Robertas and Inga of Elite Ballroom for over three years now. Seems like yesterday! During our first lesson it was clear that both were not only well trained and accomplished dancers, but more important to me, they simply loved to dance. I knew they would be committed to making their students the best possible. Now I know I was correct. Their unique way of teaching in a relaxed, non-threatening environment just makes me want to dance, dance, dance. I am always on a natural high in their presence.
We are now competing with Robertas and Inga and enjoying the competitive side of dancing. The high level of technical teaching they provide allows you to feel confident about your dancing ability. This confidence stands out on the dance floor and allows you to place higher in the competition. Prior to competing with Robertas and Inga, we always felt stressed out preparing for an event. Not the case anymore, WE HAVE FUN!!
Tom and Delia Tucker
Before we started taking lessons I had to drag Kevin onto the dance floor. With my sister's wedding approaching I wanted a dance partner, so Kevin agreed to practice dancing with me. He wouldn't join group lessons though, so we needed a really great instructor to teach the two of us in a private, comfortable setting.
Inga proved to be an excellent instructor, perfect for our needs. She is very patient and explains each of the dance steps very well. Thanks to Inga's coaching we now know the foxtrot, waltz, swing, cha-cha, rumba, and salsa well enough to have the confidence to be the first couple onto the dance floor. Kevin is having a great time dancing and looks forward to our lessons every week. We had lots of fun dancing at my sister's wedding, and are looking forward to having Inga choreograph our wedding dance.
Dorian and Kevin
When Wyman retired we chose ballroom dance lessons as a sport we begin learning together. We were introduced to a couple of international ballroom dance champions. It was a wonderful introduction. But when we recently moved to Chapel Hill, we thought we could not find comparable teachers we left behind in Washington DC. Then we found Elite Ballroom. It's convenient location brings people from Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Chapel Hill areas. All the teachers are quality trained and very friendly. As a bonus Elite Ballroom conducted classes where we made many new friends, were exposed to styling, various dance steps, men's leading and women's following techniques. To Seniors - start dancing! It's fun, good exercise, and it increases brain power. Try it. You'll enjoy it.
Wyman and Sona Wong
For much of my life I was an athlete, which gave me both physical strength and an understanding of body mechanics. After my shoulder began telling me that a professional career wasn't in the cards, I turned to my "other" first love ...music. Spending countless hours in dive bars and at chili cook-offs and such, playing music for other people to dance to, I always thought that theoretically at least, I'd be able to dance.
So, when my then-fiancé expressed an interest in ballroom dancing, I did my homework. I mention this because I can't tell you how many times I've been asked if I started dancing just to meet women; I didn't. Well, the fiancé is now out of the picture, and after the standard mourning period I decided to go back to dancing. Elite Ballroom almost became like a home-away-from-home for me. I recently performed in my first showcase, and I didn't even drop Inga on her head during our tango number!
Robertas and Inga's passion for dance is infectious, and their genuine interest in their students' progress, regardless of ability level, is what makes them such wonderful teachers. In my case, they've given me a passion for dance, and a desire to always be better.
I began taking lessons with Robertas three years ago. It is a pleasure to work with such a talented and knowledgeable instructor. Robertas has been a positive, sometimes funny -- always challenging teacher, who constantly asks me for my best. While dancing at Elite Ballroom, I have grown in self-confidence, skill and ability ---already accomplishing more than I dreamed I would ever do! I am very enthusiastic about dancing and I look forward to the journey ahead! I drive every week 2.5 hours each way for my dance lessons! Elite Ballroom is the best studio in the Triangle area!