About Us

NJ Ballroom Dance Center provides Private & Group Social Dancing Lessons based on each client’s individual needs and established goals.

Our beautiful location sits right on Main Street in the charming Borough of Chester, New Jersey. Our mission statement is to provide basic and fun Social Dancing Lessons to our clients while maintaining a high level of customer service.

We teach from an instructional Syllabus to maintain a consistent parallel between our Three Elements of Instruction; our Private, Group, and Practice Sessions. We strive to provide an encouraging and motivating atmosphere for all of our students.

Some of our specialties include preparing couples for an upcoming Wedding Dance and teaching both singles and couples to lead and follow properly, all while establishing a base of sound and fundamental habits for life-long use in social dancing!

The Ballroom at the NJ Ballroom Dance Center, Chester, NJ

Your Instructors

Lora Villavicencio

Lora began teaching Ballroom & Latin dancing at the age of 19. From 1994 to 2002, Lora and her partner competed in the American Rhythm category and were Grand Finalists in many competitions, including the Ohio Star Ball, Emerald Ball, Virginia State Championships, Baltimore Washington Open, Texas Challenge, Embassy Ball, Constitution State Challenge, Yankee Classic, Philadelphia Dance Festival, Yuletide Ball, Florida State Dancesport Championships, Manhattan Dancesport & Northeastern Open Dancesport Championships.

Lora and her partner are the 1997 National American Rhythm Rising Star Champions and were ranked 4th in the country in the Open American Rhythm Championships in 1997 & 1998. They were also invited to dance in the World Mambo Championships from 1999 to 2002, where they placed as Finalists.

Lora retired from Professional competitions in 2002 to start her family, open up dance studios & run dance events, such as competitions & showcases. She also travels around the country judging competitions & coaching other professional couples.

Today she is content spending most of her time in Chester at the NJ Ballroom Dance Center teaching social & competitive dance lessons.


Joshua McCracken

Joshua began dancing at the age of 7 in Indianapolis, IN, and competed throughout the nation in the Junior Latin and International Standard. After serving in the USMC from 1994-98, he began his career as a Ballroom Dance Instructor.

He and his partner competed from 2001 to 2005, and were Finalists in many competitions throughout the Northeast and Midwestern United States.

Most of Joshua’s career has been a focus on technical theory in Ballroom and partnership dancing, and how to intelligently impart that knowledge to dancing students. He and his wife currently own and operate the NJ Ballroom Dance Center in Chester, NJ.