Our Story

Ballroom champions David Nyemchek Sr., Suzy Nyemchek and Steve Brockman founded Just Dancing in 1987.  In more than three decades, it has trained hundreds and hundreds of social and competitive dancers, earning a top-shelf reputation regionally and nationally as St. Louis’s preeminent studio teaching ballroom, rhythm, swing and other dances.

Our Story - FoundersOur founders: Steve Brockman, Suzy Nyemchek,
and David Nyemchek Sr.

Your hosts: Just Dancing | Studio St. Louis owners Brian and Natalie Ames

We were fortunate, after relocating from Chicago to St. Louis, to find Just Dancing and continue our exciting dance journey there. Celebrating our own passion for dancing, we purchased the studio in 2019. Acknowledging Dave’s, Suzy’s and Steve’s amazing accomplishment in Just Dancing – and its superb group of teachers – we know that we are truly “standing on the shoulders of giants.”

In addition to its many health and social benefits, we love dancing because it is joyful and beautiful.  And our world needs more joy, more beauty, even if it is just “one step at a time.”  Dancing unites us, and lifts our spirits together.  Bringing this elegant and classy artform and sport to more people is our studio’s primary goal.

Come join us; we cannot wait to meet – and dance – with you.

Brian and Natalie Ames
Just Dancing | Studio St. Louis

Important to Us



Policies and practices that are teacher-friendly and allow us to field the best teaching faculty.


Effective, efficient curriculum and opportunities that meet students’ personal goals.



Solidarity with other dance studios as practitioners of the art; friendly competition with them as practitioners of the sport.


A superb, clean and safe studio equipped with high-end dance-floor, sound, and tools to facilitate learning.


An ethically-run, well-governed, growing business that is a good neighbor to everyone

Our Teachers

Just Dancing Studio features some of the best teachers in the country. Not only are they award-winning dancers, but they’re also great teachers and fun people.

Our Professional Couples

Senzo Makhaye and Agnieszka Strojek

David Nyemchek, Jr. and Maysen Wilder

Top Studio Honors

St. Louis Star Ball 2019, 2020 and 2021

Platinum Dancesport Classic 2017

Heart of America Dancesport Championships 2014

Twin Cities Open Ballroom Championships 2014

Florida Star Ball 2021

Accolades and Memberships

The World Pro-Am Dancesport Series, made up of more than 90 global competitions, placed Just Dancing Studio in its Top 25 at No. 21 – of over 4,000 of the world’s dance studios. In addition, in a field of thousands of competitors worldwide, Just Dancing had a top 10 male student, top 20 amateur couple, top 50 bronze female student, and top 200 male teacher in this Series’ rankings.

Just Dancing Studio had the Dancers Cup Tour’s top male student and top female teacher in 2019. DCT is an association of more than a dozen dancesport competitions across the U.S.

A Just Dancing student represented the Dancers Cup Tour, competing at Ohio Star Ball in 2019’s 46-competition finale for the annual “Best of the Best” dancesport challenge.

Expertise placed Just Dancing’s teachers in its Top 20 list after evaluating 99 studios in the St. Louis area for reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.  “We scored dance teachers on more than 25 variables and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best dance teachers in St. Louis,” Expertise writes. “Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts.” Expertise’s research and selection process identifies the top service professionals in over 200 different industries across the top cities in the United States.

Manchester Awards is an annual program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Manchester, Missouri area. The companies chosen exemplify the best of small business, leading through customer service and enhancing the positive image of small business through service to their customers, our community, and contribution to the U.S. economy. These exceptional companies help make the Manchester area a great place to live, work and play.

Just Dancing is a proud member of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce, committed to sourcing its needs locally whenever possible, and to positive engagement with the community where its students and teachers live and work.