Our Story

“Just Dancing - West is more than just a ballroom studio, it’s a legacy.”

How it started

Michael and Lucy Fitzgerald were both born and raised in Florissant, Missouri, where Michael excelled in several sports and Lucy spent most of her childhood in a ballet studio. As young adults they became interested in ballroom and latin dancing, and also discovered they shared a similar entrepreneurial spirit. While training extensively and building a competitive partnership, a romantic partnership flourished, and they were married in 2008. Fun Fact: Michael and Lucy officially met in kindergarten.


Michael and Lucy have provided top-quality entertainment for private parties and special events. They were even invited to perform foxtrot and swing in front of the legendary Glen Miller Orchestra, a career highlight for the couple. Every year in January, they are each partnered with a local celebrity in the highly-anticipated “Dancing with the St. Louis Stars” competition. Lucy is a three-time undefeated champion of this charitable event, which benefits Independence Center, a cause that is very near and dear to Michael and Lucy.


The couple has enjoyed a successful career in the realm of professional competition. Over the past 10 years, they have placed as finalists in over 70 nationally recognized ballroom competitions. In 2011, they were United States National Quarterfinalists and were crowned Magnolia Dancesport Champions in 2012. Their students have received numerous “Top Student” and scholarship awards, and Michael has been awarded several “Top Teacher” titles. They are both professional members of the National Dance Council of America.


Michael and Lucy continue their own education through regular training with their world-class team of coaches. Because Michael and Lucy are teachers who are also competitors, they have a finely-tuned ability to bring the knowledge and energy of their own practice to their lessons with students. This allows their students to apply what they learn more quickly and efficiently. They have helped hundreds of wedding couples prepare for their special day, and they regularly train students for both social and competitive dancing. In addition to their in-studio lessons, they provide yearly intensive seminars for the St. Louis Ballroom Dancers Club, and Lucy is the resident instructor at the Missouri Athletic Club. The couple has also served as guest instructors at Webster University, helping musical theater and dance majors develop partnering skills through ballroom technique.

Continued Excellence

Nearly three decades ago, David & Suzy Nyemchek and Steve Brockman opened Just Dancing, and it quickly became the premier studio in the St. Louis area. In 2013, following in the footsteps of their mentors, Michael and Lucy Fitzgerald opened Just Dancing West in St. Peters, Missouri. They are proud to continue the tradition of top-notch instruction in a fun and friendly atmosphere, free of high-pressure sales tactics.

(636) 922-0222

4135 N. St. Peters Parkway
Saint Peters, MO 63304

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