DDB School


Ballroom and Latin Dancing

Daniel DeBenedetto (Dan) Instructor and Owner

  • In 1973, Dan graduated from SUNY Cortland with a BS degree in Education, specializing in Physical Education. He is qualified in both the American and International styles of Ballroom Dancing and has continued his coaching in Advanced Ballroom Dancing with Frances Rogers, Fellow ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance); William Keehan, Member ISTD; Peter Billett, former President, Fellow, and Adjudicator ISTD; and Pierrette Chartier, Fellow and Adjudicator ISTD.

  • Dan has coached at Colonie Central Junior and Senior High Schools, was a member of the Physical Education Staff of Hudson Valley Community College, and was a member of the Dancing Staff of SUNY Cortland and Siena College. He opened his studio in 1978.

  • Dan has twice won awards for Outstanding Teacher for the Canadian Independent Dance Teachers Association, as well as awards for Outstanding Teacher for the Mid-Atlantic Dance Championships, Outstanding Teacher for the Montreal Danse Sport Competition, and The Big Apple Award for the USIDT A for Teacher Recognition. In 2011, Dan won the Top Studio award and another Top Teacher award at Dancesport Niagara.

  • Since its inception in 1978, the DDB Studio has been a competitive studio. Interested students have participated in the Canadian Independent Dance Teachers Association Competitions in Toronto, Canada, United States Independent Dance Council Competitions, Mid-Atlantic Dance Championships, Montreal Danse Sport Competitions in Montreal, Canada, and the CanAm Championships in Toronto, Canada.

  • Dan designed and built Ballroom On Sunset as a modern dance studio and ballroom in 2009. "The studio flourished, supporting ballroom and other dances, with Dan as the owner and operator until it was sold in June 2015."  Dan will continue to teach part time because it is his passion.  "Dance is the greatest hobby any person or couple can hav


Call 518-869-0611, or Dan for more information