|Constantine Dance Classes
The Constantine family has been instrumental in promoting and
instructing ballroom dance in the metro area for nearly 60 years!
Deanna is carrying on the tradition established by her parents,
Dean and Mary Constantine.
Deanna Constantine teaches ballroom dance for 18 community
education and park & recreation programs throughout the Twin
Cities. She specializes in teaching newcomers to dance, realizing
that many beginners are nervous and a little reluctant to attend
lessons. She provides a welcoming atmosphere, precise instruction,
and helpful demonstrations. She makes learning to dance fun and
Deanna began her ballroom training as a young child, attending her
parent's classes and later, assistant teaching with them. She has
received training from various local dance professionals, and
benefited from her many years of training in Russian classical
ballet. To this day, Deanna continues her ballet training and
performing. She holds a B.S. degree in Education from the
University of Minnesota.
This is the couple with whom it all began. Dean and Mary met over
50 years ago when they were dance instructors at Arthur Murray's
in Minneapolis. They later married and began offering lessons for
home groups, country clubs, and other private organizations. Looking
for a way to expand, they had an original idea of bringing ballroom
dance to communities all around the Twin Cities.
They began offering classes through community education programs,
and in no time they were teaching for over 30 districts. It proved
to be exactly what people around the state were looking for, and
nearly 60 years later, Constantine Dance Classes are still being
offered in many of the same districts that first hosted them.
Dean and Mary boast having taught well over 100,000 people to
dance! They've been selected three times as "Best Dance
Instructors in the Twin Cities" by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
(Nov. 1977, Dec. 1995, Aug. 2002) and "Best Dance Instructor" by
City Pages (May, 2005). They were honored in Sept. 2006 with the
"Lifetime Achievement Award" presented to them at the Mall of
America by USA Dance Minnesota.
Both now retired, Dean still enjoys sharing his knowledge and good
humor at classes taught by his daughter, and Mary substitute
teaches as needed.