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Ballroom comes to Old Town


Old Town already had Rhythm, but now it has a ballroom named in its honor.

Josiah Ryan (shown here with his dog Prix) is opening Old Town Ballroom Friday in the former Rhythm Ballroom space at 630 E. Douglas just down from Old Mill Tasty Shop.

“I just thought it would be a good opportunity to take it over and start my own business,” says Ryan, who rented space from the previous owner.

He changed the name to encompass all kinds of dancing.

“We’ll be teaching pretty much anything you’ve seen on ‘ Dancing With the Stars,’ ” Ryan says.

That could be belly dancing, the Charleston or the Lindy Hop.

Ryan will give private lessons to groups and individuals seven days a week.