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Dancing well on a cruise was my goal when I went to Empire Ballroom. Mission accomplished, but I found I was enjoying the lessons so much I am continuing them. Dancing with one of their consummate professional instructors you learn a lot, get great exercise, and they make you look and feel fantastic. The group classes and weekly practice parties are great fun too. Participating in Empire Ballroom is a healthy treat.

Sue G. Sarasota, FL

I’ve been taking private ballroom dance lessons at Empire for almost a year and I can not say enough wonderful things about my instructors, Vidas and Sid. They are so encouraging and they make you feel comfortable and confident at any level or ability. All the instructors are so friendly – it’s fun to dance with all of them at the practice dances! I always look forward to my next lesson. They are incredibly talented dancers, and very well respected in the ballroom dance community. Want to learn from the professionals? Empire Ballroom Studios is the best place to go to learn to dance.

Judy K. Sarasota, FL




I've been taking weekly private lessons for several months with Sid and he is phenomenal! He is so good at reading people’s skills and he’s a very thorough, patient instructor. I have danced with some of the other instructors there and they are all so talented. They have a great team, friendly environment and it’s great exercise! I definitely recommend taking lessons at Empire Ballroom!

MB Jacksonville, FL

I have been taking private dance lessons for over a year and I can give grate compliments to my instructor and the staff of Empire Ballroom Studio. My teacher Vidas, gives me encouragement in learning new steps, easy to follower his instruction and just enjoyment to dance. The studio is warm and welcoming, as are the rest of teachers with whom I have a chance to dance at the practice and gest parties. My hat goes off to Sid, the owner of the studio for well run business.

Eda S Venice, FL



Empire Ballroom is simply the best Sarasota and Southwest Florida have to offer. It all starts with Sid Pocius who not only has an incredible competitive resume at the highest levels of international ballroom dance, but also has a proven record of producing students who win competitions far above any other studio. His attention to detail is reflected in the quality of his instructors. They are the best of the best. But even if competition is not your thing, Empire and Sid offer a boutique ballroom studio with every attention to getting the right ambiance, clientele, and fun dance parties. The focus is on quality dance instruction here, not volume. You will not find a more fun place to train seriously or dance just for the joy of it. Your health will improve, your social life will take off, and your life will be full with one of the great passions and hobbies of all time.

Tom H. Sarasota, FL

We started taking ballroom dance lessons for the first time at Empire Ballroom Studios a few months ago. It is a family affair, with our teenage children also taking lessons. Our children said they would “see” if they wanted to take lessons after their first trial lesson. Much to our surprise, they love dancing and even look forward to competitions. They are learning social skills and grace and a lifelong skill. We come to our dance lessons after a busy day at work and feel lighter, happier, and enjoy the exercise and improved posture. We love learning a new activity that brings us such social pleasure as a couple. The instructors at Empire Ballroom Studios are simply the best and we highly recommend them.

Drs. Jill Morris and Burr Bakke, World Class Dentistry

The highlight of my week is going to Empire Ballroom Studio for my dance lessons with Sid Pocius. The environment created by Sid and his instructors is a professional one, yet filled with the fun and joy of dance!

Emily Walsh Parry, The Observer

Sid Pocius I have known since moving to the Sarasota area. He has always conduced himself in a first class manner as a competitor, in pro and pro/am dance sport events, as a judge, dance organizer and studio owner. I had the pleasure of attending his grand opening of the’ Empire Ballroom Studios in downtown Sarasota and was very impressed with his studio and wonderful new staff. Sid and his staff are highly qualified in all styles of dance and a very nice looking group of young professional dancers. So if you are interested in learning to dance or brushing up on your dancing, this is one of the places to check out. See you on the dance floor!

Larry Dean, President of the Triple Crown & Crown Jewel Of Dancesport Championship

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