About the
Library of Dance

Nick & Melissa

Nick Enge is a full-time social dance instructor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), and the co-author (with Richard Powers) of Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living, a book which describes twenty-five different kinds of waltzing and more than one hundred variations thereof, and includes many essays on the ways in which social dancing can enrich our lives.

A dancer since the age of three, Melissa Enge has experience in many different dance forms including ballet, jazz, tap, Indian fusion, and social dancing. She teaches the social dances classes at UT with Nick.

Melissa and Nick met in 2011 as members of the Viennese Ball Opening Committee, an elite group of thirty-six dancers who perform an elegantly choreographed waltz and polka during the Opening Ceremony of the Stanford Viennese Ball, an annual tradition for nearly 40 years. In 2014, they teamed up to choreograph the Opening waltz and polka for the 37th Annual Ball.

On October 23, 2015, they got engaged! A year later, on October 23, 2016, they got married (with Richard Powers officiating)! In 2017, they moved to Austin to pursue their dream!

Thumbtack Best of 2015

We're available for classes, events, private lessons,
weddings, performances, choreography, and more!

Photo by Jeremy Chang

The Library of Dance

We, Nick and Melissa, are using our knowledge to create a library of social dance variations in waltz, swing, and the Latin dances. And best of all, we're making this library available to everyone in the world, for free!

With more than 1,500 variations posted to date, and thousands more just waiting to be filmed, the Library of Dance is always growing.

To see our latest videos, simply click on the playlist below. You can also see our entire collection of demo videos organized by dance at: libraryofdance.org/dances

For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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