Welcome to the Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center. This Silver Spring ballroom is one of the Baltimore-Washington area’s largest and most versatile ballroom dance venues, offering a variety of social, instructional and special events, throughout the week and all year around. While unofficially we are know as “The Silver Spring Ballroom,” we are conveniently located on the Baltimore Washington corridor directly off of Rt. 29, in the suburbs of Montgomery County, and it’s just a short drive to Howard County and Baltimore.
The main ballroom features a 7,200-square-foot dance floor, which is not just any wooden surface. We are proud of our state-of-the art maple floating floor. Sometimes called a sprung floor, a floating floor absorbs shocks, giving it a softer feel for dancing. These floors are also known to reduce injuries and minimize fatigue.
The smaller ballroom is about 750 square feet and has a mirrored wall. It is connected to the main ballroom and is perfect for more intimate events and celebrations. View photos.
Adjacent to both the main ballroom and the smaller ballroom is the Take Five Café. The Café is open during most dances and offers an assortment of freshly prepared food as well as beverages including wine and beer.
The dance hall at 2126 Industrial Parkway in Silver Spring, Maryland, first opened several decades ago. Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center now occupies the space, and under the dynamic direction of its owner and managers, this Silver Spring ballroom enjoys a large following of devoted dancers.
In the summer of 2011, Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center, LLC was established.
Meet the Owner
Richard Zierdt is a computer programmer who loves to dance, and has been dancing since 1971. Richard will say that he is “strictly a social dancer” and it is important to him that Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center has a social base. However, he is also excited about the emphasis being placing on International and competitive dancing. As he explains, Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center, with its 7,200-square-foot floor, has room for everyone and every dance style. Richard and his wife, Dawn, love to dance and he can be found dancing with her almost every night that the ballroom is open.
Meet the Managers
Ron Wagaman is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in business administration. Ron worked full time for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1996, the last position as Assistant Director for Museum Operations. He then managed a postproduction film company in Los Angeles for four years. Since 1996 Ron and his wife, Amy, have owned and operated their own ballroom dance business.
Amy Wagaman is a graduate of the Soochow University Economics Department in Taiwan. She taught economics and commerce mathematics at the Commerce High School in Taiwan for three years and studied computer programming at Clemson University in South Carolina. She has managed a variety of retail businesses over the years and is currently manager of the Oriental Décor home furnishings store at the White Flint Mall in Rockville, Maryland.
Ron and Amy met at the Hollywood Ballroom in 1994 and were married shortly thereafter.
Meet the Instructors
- Competitive dancing, both amateur and professional
- International Standard and Latin styles
- American Smooth and Rhythm styles
- Country Western dances
- Swing dances
- Hustle/Club dances
- Pre-bronze, bronze, silver and gold and open levels and syllabus figures
Our instructors are encouraging and patient in their approach to helping students achieve their dancing goals. Their qualifications and contact information can be found on our Instructors page.
Friends of Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center
Friends of Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center was formed as a volunteer group, with members bringing expertise in or a willingness to learn about areas such as dance programming, information technology, special event planning, graphic design, marketing, decorating, welcoming new dancers, social media, videography, maintenance and many other talents to ensure our guests have a pleasant experience at Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a Friend of Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center should contact us.
Beginning, intermediate and advanced. Singles, couples and groups. Dancers of every generation. Lovers of varied styles of music and dance. These are the dancers of Hollywood Ballroom.
Keeping the Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center vibrant and flowing with energy has been and is a team effort. While the efforts of all are appreciated, we would especially like to acknowledge the following individuals:
“One of our strongest supporters and most talented contributors.”