A 5,300 square foot warehouse in Dogpatch has been turned into one of the largest ballroom dance studios in San Francisco. Vima Dance Studio relocated to the new space on 26th Street at Third on April 1, 2012, quadrupling its dance space.

The studio plans to host a grand opening party on Saturday, June 14th at 8:00 p.m.

“There has been a huge upswing in interest in ballroom dance since shows like Dancing with the Stars began,” according to Vima owner Photis Pishiaras. “Over the past several years there has been an obvious need for more space to accommodate the growing Bay Area dance community.”

Pishiaras spent two months renovating the warehouse space, adding new flooring, mirrors and a new sound system. The new space includes a competition-size dance floor as well as several smaller dance floor areas. He envisions that the space will be able to nearly triple the numbers of Vima students as well accommodate larger dance showcases, social dances and competitive events.

Vima offers both social and competitive dance instruction. Classes include Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Salsa, Rumba, Cha-Cha, East Coast Swing,

West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Nightclub Two-Step, Bolero, Samba, Mambo, Merengue, Hustle, Country Western and Argentine Tango. The studio offers private and semi-private lesson, group classes and wedding dance instruction.

The studio also hosts a weekly social dance every Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

For additional information, contact Vima at 415.977.0203 or visit the website at

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