About Us

Brendan McClure

Studio Owner / Ballroom Dance instructor

My love of dance and interest in traditional dance forBallroomms began early in life under the influence of my mother, who ran a local contra dance. Contra dancing was my first dance experience.

My interest in dancing resurfaced in 2003, and I began taking ballroom lessons. I danced daily for years, traveling extensively as I explored a variety of dance types and sought out top quality instruction on each type of dance on which I was currently focused. I competed both as an amateur and a professional dancer, but my heart is in social dance.

As I progressed in my own dance expertise, I found that I could help less experienced dance students learn in ways that helped them master new skills. I began teaching dance in 2008 and taught in Brattleboro, Vermont; Keene, New Hampshire; and Enfield, Connecticut.

Eventually, because I wanted more control over how dances were taught and to reduce the time spent traveling, I opened the Grand Monadnock Ballroom in November of 2011.

My employment history includes work as Manufacturing Engineer, Machinist, Mechanic, Arborist, Tree Climber, Equipment Operator, and Truck Driver. My diverse background helps me to relate well to my dance students.

What does “Traditional School for Nontraditional Dancers” mean? It means that our mission as a dance school is to provide the community with dance styles and offerings found at most dance schools, but tailored for the mature adult. Finally, a place where dance classes can be taken in a safe, supportive atmosphere, surrounded by like-minded individuals. This is a place where we can experience the joy of movement without the intimidation of being surrounded by career-focused dancers. We dance for the love of it, not to become prima ballerinas or top-level competitors.

Our roots are still firmly planted in the partner dance world; but as we have grown, our offerings have also expanded. I have always loved ballet and wanted to dance. As a middle-aged man, however, taking the “adult” classes at the local dance schools just didn’t work for me. So, if you have always wanted to dance, but thought you missed your opportunity window; please join us at the Grand Monadnock Ballroom. It’s never too late to free your inner dancer! If you long for a style of dance that we don’t currently offer, please contact us. We’ll do our best to make it happen.

Opening as a ballroom studio in 2011, we now offer one of the largest dedicated wooden dance floors in the state of New Hampshire! Our main floor is 60’ of danceable space from end to end. With one room at 2,000 square feet, and a second room at 1,000 square feet, we have the space for you to move! Both rooms have large expanses of mirrors, making it easy to check form. Both rooms have top quality sound systems, and dancers enjoy air conditioned comfort.

As you take Route 12 south out of Keene, find us at 132 Monadnock Highway on the left, 2.3 miles from the Route 101 intersection. We occupy the entire second floor above the Salvation Army.