Ballroom Dance Instructor
Beverly Cavana
teaching ballroom dance for over 40 years
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Raising a daughter and working full time, Beverly thought she would never have time to learn how to dance. Determined to fit it into her life, she enrolled in classes at the locally famous Cavana Ballroom. The owner, Chez Cavana operated two ballrooms, one on the west side of Cleveland and another in Rocky River. Beverly loved dancing. Her determination and enthusiasm helped her to build her talent quickly. Soon she too became an instructor. Chez fell in love with Beverly and they became partners in marriage and in the dance school.

As a team, they managed and instructed classes at both studios, and often held dances at the larger studio in Cleveland, on Pearl Road. Their instruction extended into the community and school programs. The Cavana’s enjoyed running an after-school program in the suburban school districts of Lakewood, Rocky River, Fairview Park, and Westlake. At its height, their programs reached more than 400 6th, 7th, and 8th graders each week.

It’s the new millennium and more and more adults are having fun with ballroom dance. Dances like the Foxtrot, Cha-cha, Waltz, Rumba, and Swing can be enjoyed with many modern tunes as well as the more nostalgic music. You may have noticed dances popping up around town. These events may feature one type of dance such as swing or tango, or may play music for a variety of ballroom dances.

Ballroom dance provides a wonderful alternative to the typical date night options and its a fun and respectful way to enjoy the company and camaraderie of another, whether acquaintance, friend, or close partner.

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If you are a former student or someone looking to try ballroom dance for the first time, I want to hear from you. Please feel free to get in touch through the form below, I will get back to you as soon as possible.



At the Fairview Hospital Wellness Center

Join my group of beginners and more seasoned dancers to learn and practice the Waltz, Fox-trot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing and anything else you all want to work on.  We meet on Thursday evenings and have two sessions.  The first session, between 7:00 and 7:45 is generally tailored to the beginning couple.  The second session, 7:45 to 8:30, often draws more experienced couples.  Call ahead to talk about which would be best for you.  Singles welcome, but please call ahead and I may be able to find you a partner.

With the Lakewood, Ohio Recreation Department

Meeting at:

Hayes Elementary School, Cafeteria
16401 Delaware Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Check for the coming dates and times for the following classes:

Latin Dancing

Learn dances such as the Rumba, Merengue, Salsa, Mambo, Tango and Cha-Cha.  Men learn to lead and women learn to follow in come basic dance steps.  You will be exposed to the Cuban motion and rhythm.

Jitterbug-Swing Dancing

If you somehow missed out on the Swing Era and are looking to join the wave of young and old that have taken up Swing, now is your time.  Learn to lead and follow to your favorite Big Band music and Rock-and-Roll doing turns, kicks, swivels and more.  My approach will get you going quickly and you will soon be ready for the local dances.

Ballroom Social Dancing

Learn the four most used dances:

  • Fox-trot, a slower dance
  • Jitterbug-Swing, a faster dance
  • Waltz, a beautifully formal dance often danced at weddings
  • Cha-cha, a fun and flirty Latin dance

Fun and easy to get started, and excellent exercise.