Our Story

The staff at Ballroom in Boston have collectively been teaching dance for over 20 years all over the United States. They have been trained by some of the best in the industry, including Jim & Janell Maranto, Tony Dovolani, Bill Morganti and many more.

They have competed successfully in the professional ballroom dance circuit for many years in many different styles.

Teaching ballroom dance is the true passion of the Ballroom in Boston staff. They strongly believe that anyone can learn to dance with their fun and easy method of teaching.

Lilia Weisfeldt

Owner & Instructor

As the owner of Ballroom in Boston, Lilia Weisfeldt is a dance instructor, competitor, and businesswoman extraordinaire.  Her love for dancing started when she was a student at Wellesley College, where she was invited to join the prestigious MIT Ballroom Dance Team. Competing on the team eventually led to a teaching gig—which soon grew into a full-blown teaching career.  Working with beginners quickly became Lilia’s joie de vivre.  Since 2006, she has been helping adults overcome their doubts about the dancefloor, coaching them to success with social dancing, wedding dances, and in competitions.  

Lilia has extensive competitive experience in the styles of rhythm, latin, smooth, and theater arts, and currently competes professionally in country dancing as well (yee-haw!).  When she’s not teaching or dancing, Lilia is also an active volunteer with the Rotary Club of Watertown and loves spending time with her wonderful husband, Steve, and their dog, Layla.

Bradley Mather

Owner, Dance Director, & Instructor

Bradley, coming from a family of dancers, has been surrounded by dance his entire life. Starting at the age of 9, Bradley began contemporary line dancing, a form of solo dancing that is rapidly evolving to incorporate aspects of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and many more styles of dance. At the age of 14, Bradley began teaching contemporary line dance and travelling across the globe to learn from the top choreographers.

After moving from Florida to Boston, he vastly expanded his dance repertoire by learning salsa, bachata, merengue, west coast swing, and all 19 ballroom dances. While earning his B.A. in marine science from Boston University, he joined Soñando Salsa (the Boston University salsa performance team), joined the Boston University Ballroom Dance Team, and founded the Boston University West Coast Swing Club. Bradley’s greatest accomplishments in dance are becoming a national overall champion in The United States Line Dance Choreography Championships and later becoming the 2020 World Champion in the Male Classic Open Advanced category of the United Country Western Dance Council.

Simona Gizdarska

Instructor

Simona was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and came to the United States with her family in 2004. She dreamed of becoming a dancer since she was a little girl and when a ballroom studio opened its doors near her home in North Carolina in 2010, Simona took every dance class on the calendar. She quickly made the dance floor her second home. While pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, Simona taught waltz, foxtrot, tango, rumba, cha cha and swing at her university dance club. After completing her graduate training, Simona moved to the Washington, D.C. area where she taught weekly west coast swing classes, danced the night away at social dances and took her passion for dance to the competition floor.  

In 2017, Simona moved to Boston to begin her career as a school psychologist and to further pursue her dance dreams. She is an accomplished competitor in smooth ballroom and west coast swing and attends dance conventions in New England and across the United States. Joining the Ballroom in Boston family is a dream come true for Simona. Her favorite part about teaching dance is seeing the joy, growth and confidence that her students walk away with. Simona is an enthusiastic, warm and patient instructor, who believes lessons are a balance of having fun and making progress towards one’s goals.

Off the dance floor, you will find Simona engaging in her favorite hobbies, which include, photography, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.