Iacono Ballroom Center

" Enriching The Lives of Those We Teach "

Iacono Ballroom Center dance school was founded by Paula Iacono in 1991 as a sole proprietorship and a part-time venture. Today Iacono Ballroom Center is a full-time dance studio under the corporation of Iacono Enterprises, Inc. The studio also houses our newly formed dance company, The Buffalo Ballroom Theatre. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of those we teach and employ.

We believe in continued growth and opportunity. We value the individual. Our philosophy embraces a positive team spirit and values the unique qualities that we all bring to the Iacono Ballroom Center dance experience.

At the Iacono Ballroom Center we believe in being active in our community and contributing to the quality of the social and artistic fabric of our communities worldwide.

Our school is a certified ISTD, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, school. The ISTD is the elite organization that was established over 100 years ago and continues to set the standards in ballroom dance, socially and competitively, worldwide. Our instructors are trained on an on-going basis and are certified in these standards in order to bring you the very best.

Programs are designed to make learning both fun and easy for everyone. Whether your goal is to learn to dance for a variety of social occasions or to enter dancesport competition, we can customize a program for you.

We look forward to teaching you and having you experience the many benefits of the Iacono Ballroom Center dance experience.


Paula Iacono

Paula Iacono, LISTD in the Ballroom and Theatre Arts branches of the I.S.T.D. and is the Founder and Director of the Iacono Ballroom Center, located in Amherst, New York. Her studio is also the home of the Buffalo Ballroom Theatre, its resident dance company. Paula has been a professional member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, ISTD, since 1991 when she first took her Associate exam in the International Standard. Since then she has also acquired her Licentiate and Judging degrees in the Ballroom and Theatre Arts Branches of the I.S.T.D.

Paula's dance training and performance background span five decades and includes stage, television and ballroom competition. Ms. Iacono is a former ballet dancer from Boston, Massachusetts. She was conservatory trained at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Boston Conservatory, the Cambridge School of Ballet and the Boston Ballet. Ms. Iacono has worked for numerous choreographers where she has had the privilege of dancing a variety of genres that include modern ballet, Jack Cole, Martha Graham and musicals including West Side Story, Oklahoma and Fiddler on the Roof.

While in Buffalo Ms. Iacono has appeared on PBS, Channel 2, Channel 7 and Fox TV. She has performed for Upstage New York, Theatre in the Square, Zodiaque Dance Company, UB on the Green, The Arts in Education Institute of WNY and her own dance company, The Buffalo Ballroom Theatre.

Paula started her training in Ballroom dance while completing her BA degree in dance and theatre arts from SUNY Buffalo. It was during this time that she also trained, competed and performed in Theatre Arts and American Rhythm, later moving on to compete in the International Standard Division placing as finalist in competitions across the United States and Canada.

From 1988 – 1995 Paula also served as a performing and teaching artist with the Arts in Education Institute of WNY. While with the Institute Paula performed in commissioned pieces and taught aesthetic education in schools throughout WNY. Her love of dance also lead her to help start up the MUSE Program, an arts organization that brought music and dance to schools in the Western New York area.

At this time Paula oversees the running of her dance school and dance company in Amherst, New York and works to ensure the quality of her school by sharing her love of dance with both students and staff. Paula is also one of the seven member National Committee for the USISTD and a professional member of the National Dance Council of America, NDCA.


Dances We Teach

  • Waltz
  • Salsa
  • Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Tango
  • Merengue
  • Argentine Tango
  • Bolero
  • Foxtrot
  • Mambo
  • Swing
  • Paso Doble
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Hustle
  • Lindy
  • Wedding
  • Quickstep
  • Rumba
  • Jive
  • Line Dances

Helping Our Community

The Iacono Ballroom Center maintains an active presence in the community by hosting charitable functions and donating tens of thousands of dollars every year in goods and services to help raise funds for charitable organizations in the Buffalo area. If you would like us to donate to your organization please contact us at 716-839-2690.

Our Facility

We offer a fun and rewarding learning experience, enhanced by the aesthetics of our spacious facility, which houses two studios (equipped with sprung hardwood maple dance floors) and a comfortable lounge area for enjoying refreshments and socializing. Our professional sound system and DJ booth offer an extensive catalogue of music to accompany a wide variety of dances, while our dynamic lighting system helps set the mood for your dancing pleasure.