Mississippi's most experienced Ballroom dance instructor,
coach and event organizer.
Lisa and Mike Day
Day began dancing in the late 1970's as an amateur disco
dancer. After winning many dance contests in dance clubs
across the South, and performing dance exhibitions at
fashion shows, in TV commercials and at the 1980 Miss
he started his formal training to become a professional
ballroom dance instructor in 1982.
received much of that training from many renowned coaches
throughout his career including United States champions
Gary & Lori Pierce, David Hamilton & Nancy Harris,
Cher Rutherford, Glennis Dee, John Swick, Sheryn Hawkins
and Blackpool "British Professional Exhibition Champion"
and "Battle Of The Giants" World Champion, June
professional dance resume includes:
* Certified Fred Astaire Dance Studios Gold level teacher,
coach and choreographer
specializing in American style Smooth, Rhythm, Cabaret
and Theatre Arts.
* Winner of multiple Top Teacher and Top Pro-Am dance
awards at numerous local, regional and national Ballroom
dance competitions including the Fred Astaire “Cross
Country National Dance Championships”,
the Triple Crown "Southern States Dance Championships"
and “Florida State DanceSport Championships”.
Dance Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio
in Mobile, Alabama where he was responsible for training
students and instructors for ballroom competitions and
level progression, organizing showcases & team matches,
professional and student exhibition choreography and music
Appeared on “Dance Fever”
representing Mobile, Alabama in 1986, with a Waltz!
* Regional Dance Director and advanced instructor for
Florida Dance Centers in Tampa and
St. Petersburg, Florida.
* Dance Director and manager for In Step Dance
Club in Jackson, Mississippi.
* As a Competition Owner and Organizer for sixteen years,
he produced annual ballroom dance competitions in Biloxi,
MS. Gulfport, MS. Mobile, AL. Pensacola, FL. Branson,
MO. and Myrtle Beach, SC.
served as an adjudicator, music coordinator and co-organizer
for other ballroom competitions.
Served as an independent dance coach, guest instructor
and examiner for studios and other dance organizations
in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
* Taught classes at Jackson Academy,
Jackson Prep, Madison Ridgeland Academy, St. Joseph
High School, Forest High School, Richland High School,
Terry High School and Mississippi College. For two semesters,
and his wife Lisa, offered a Ballroom
Dance course at Hinds Community College and presented
a comprehensive lecture on the history of social dance
in America at the college's "Mississippi and the
Mike has provided a Ballroom and Swing continuing education
course at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA and presently
teaches an "Introduction to Ballroom Dance"
program for the Millsaps
College Enrichment Program.
The Days have also taught classes at numerous churches
and retirement homes throughout central Mississippi.
In 2002, Mike and Lisa introduced
a new concept for social dance instruction at Dance
Connection in Pearl, MS. Their mission was to make Ballroom
to everyone while offering a high quality level of instruction.
In addition to teaching private lessons, the studio
attracts the largest weekly class attendance in the
state, and has introduced social dancing to more people
than any other studio in Mississippi!
interests have always been rooted in the Arts.
In his youth, he played the Viola in the Jackson Junior
Symphony and the Baritone Saxophone in the Mississippi
Honors Band and the Jackson Municipal Band.
addition to his Ballroom dance career, he is also a graphic
editorial cartoonist, screen printer and performs with
Ballet Mississippi in their productions of "The Nutcracker"
Michael Day, Naomi Wilson, Quentin Rouiller, IBC Gold
Medallist Gisele Bethea and Michal Wozniak.
IBC Finalist Adiarys Almeida, Carlos Lopez,
Michael Day and Quentin Rouiller.