Nick Enge is a full-time social dance instructor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where he teaches and researches a wide variety of social dances from the 19th century to present and around the world. In 2023, he received the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education's Undergraduate Teaching Award.
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 co-teaches the social dances classes at UT with Nick.
On October 23, 2015, Nick and Melissa got engaged. A year later, on October 23, 2016, they got married, with their mentor, Richard Powers, officiating.
Nick and Melissa are the co-authors (with Richard) of The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022), Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019), and Nick is the co-author (with Richard) of Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013).
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We, Nick and Melissa, are using our knowledge to create a library of social dance variations. Even better, we're making this library available to everyone in the world, for free!
With videos of more than 1,800 variations posted to date, and hundreds more 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 dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.
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