Top Hat Ballroom Dance Studio

For more information contact:

Top Hat Ballroom Dance Studio 
107 South Center Street
Goldsboro, N.C. 27530

(919) 394-8242
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Top Hat Ballroom has been teaching competition and social ballroom since 1992. This dance studio offers private and group classes as well as special wedding and cotillion instruction.




Our staff includes


Ms. Patti Troy, Ballroom Director and former Australian representative and Finalist in International Standard & Latin World Championships and in Asian Pacific Ten-Dance Championship; Worldwide championship adjudicator; Fellow NADTA, examiner of all styles; member IDTA-UK;  co-editor of DanceWeek.;  delegate NDCA Board of Governors of the NDCA.


Dr. Charles Zwerling is the owner, a current competitive professional, and pro-am teacher.. Dr. Zwerling is certified instructor in all styles of ballroom as a licentiate member of the North American Dance Teacher Association. He is also co-editor of DanceWeek.; delegate NDCA Board of Governors.


Norman and Ella Mae Hooker are the social dance instruction and group class coordinators. Ella Hooker is the Managing Editor of DanceWeek, a national biweekly publication for ballroom dancing. Norman Hooker is the current President of the Raleigh Chapter of USABDA. Both Norman and Ella received their training and competion experience from Arthur Murray Studios in Ohio.



Top Hatters Outreach Program

The Top Hatters is a division of the Heritage Dance Foundation that offers entertainment to various nursing homes and retirement villages in Wayne County.  The members include:


Top Hatters
Carl Williams

Artistic Directors
Norman Hooker
Ella Mae Hooker



 Kevin & Dawn Amory
Joy Williams
Alice Adams
Debbie Grady
Thomas Price
Shirley Hughes