Hilary Carlson

Born and raised in Chicago, Hilary is a graceful multi-linguist who began learning Ballroom in 2008 and soon found her “Cinderella-self” at her first Ballroom dance competition. Her love of Ballroom dance and fitness led Hilary to create Ballroom Bootcamp, a program designed to improve coordination, technique, stamina, and balance, all in a fun dance workout. She regularly teaches the workshop, which was featured in Austin Woman Magazine’s September 2014 issue. Speaking of fitness, Quickstep remains one of her favorite dances for its combination of elegance, playfulness, and the cardio workout you get while dancing it! Hilary was a member of the Go Dance West Coast Swing Team that won the US Open Swing Dance Championships Team division in 2013 and she is currently competing in Division One at Country Western competitions with her dance partner, Darren Paul.

“Dancing has become a part of me. It pushes me out of my comfort zone to discover new aspects of myself that I didn’t even realize existed and builds self-confidence. It touches my soul and gives me the freedom to express myself.”

If you’ve seen Hilary dancing or teaching, you’ve seen her smiling. On the dance floor, her passion is guiding students to the “lightbulb moment”, when she is able to find the key to explaining something difficult or challenging in a way that clicks for their learning style. Nicknamed “The Waltz Whisperer”, Hilary has a wealth of technical knowledge which she always delivers in lessons alongside encouragement. She enjoys working with students toward meeting their specific goals, whether in social dancing, performance or competition.

Specialties: Ballroom, Country Western

Teaches: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Bolero, Salsa, East Coast Swing, Social Swing, West Coast Swing, Two Step, Triple Two Step, Polka, Nightclub, Country Waltz, Hustle, Blues

Locations: North Austin, South Austin

Private Lesson Tier: Senior Level Instructor

DVIDA Certifications:

  • Associates American Rhythm
  • Associates American Smooth