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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2014, 10:22:10 PM »

I started learning to dance to overcome horrific shyness and boost my confidence especially around women.  It most definitely helped, I stuck with it simply because it's so danged much fun.   Grin
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2014, 11:00:36 PM »

well it was lucky for us all that you did Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2015, 10:19:23 PM »

Began when I was just about old enough to walk.  my grandmother was a dancer back with Vernon & Irene Castle when they performed on Broadway.  My parents were Harvest Moon Ball Dancers in NYC with my mothers brother a hot swing dance dancer back in the day and a cousin was the night club Latin dance all the greats in NYC wanted to dance with... I never knew not to dance.  When the World Ballroom & Latin Championships was at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC I fell in love with Bill & Bobbie Irvine and Wally Laird doing Latin... I was hooked forever!!
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« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2015, 07:40:18 PM »

Began when I was just about old enough to walk.  my grandmother was a dancer back with Vernon & Irene Castle when they performed on Broadway.  My parents were Harvest Moon Ball Dancers in NYC with my mothers brother a hot swing dance dancer back in the day and a cousin was the night club Latin dance all the greats in NYC wanted to dance with... I never knew not to dance.  When the World Ballroom & Latin Championships was at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC I fell in love with Bill & Bobbie Irvine and Wally Laird doing Latin... I was hooked forever!!
Wow, thats quite a history!  We learned a bit of ballroom in school (England, way back) but the boys rebelled so it was dropped.  Flash forward to 1990 or so when I visited a booth at a crafts fair that was set up by a studio owner and decided to sign up for the heck of it.  It was a long bumpy road after that (I'm currently in a large sinkhole!!)....
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« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2015, 11:32:31 AM »

Yes Elise,

And I've never regretted it.  I've backed away from the intensity of competing now as I'm older and enjoy my role as educator.  I have always enjoyed the physicality of it and passing along the cumulative information I have collected from the myriad of sources I have been very fortunate to have learned from.  Once dance is in your blood it is there for life.
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« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2015, 06:10:12 AM »

It may be in my blood, but that's where its staying for now.  I'm afraid I got jaded - most of the time you have to blinker yourself to the harsh reality that dancing is a first and foremost a business.  Or course thats true for most of the arts, without business you could not support the pros that keep it top rate but few arts have our version of pro-am which is its own kettle of fisn...
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