Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
Now, here it is,10 years later and Ballroom Made Simple continues to grow and serve our community with social dance lessons, workshops, fundraisers and special events! As I look back over the years, I’ve met and taught dance to so many wonderful people from all walks of life: nurses, electricians, pastors, pharmacists, schoolteachers, therapists, construction workers and many more.
I’ve had the honor of teaching and dancing for local fundraisers, danced with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and danced for our local Dancing with Delmarva Stars. These events will always hold a special place in my heart and memory.
In the ballroom world, the best dancers spend years competing in the dance circuit, then often “retire” to teach. I did the opposite: I started as a social dancer, and loved it so much I started teaching. I felt it was important to continue my education and expand my knowledge base. I didn’t want our dance community to view me as an inexperienced teacher so, in 2014, I researched a ballroom teaching certification program through the Ballroom Dance Teachers College. I am proud to say I have now completed my six-dance DVIDA Junior Associate Bronze Level (figures 1-7) teaching certification recognized by the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). This was a long journey while working and being a caregiver, but it’s done! I thank my friends, my family (Rumba Reba!) and my students for dancing with me during exams and cheering me on along the way! And, slowly but surely, my little business continues to flourish and team members continue to grow ~ and I’m thankful everyday.
What will the next ten years bring? More than ever I love teaching ordinary people how to dance so I will continue on that path of dance education. I’m always thinking of ways to help my beginners move forward to improve and to achieve their dance goals. New classes and workshops are always popping up! Personally, I hope to get in more social dancing in the coming months! You can never practice too much. Care to dance?
CHEERS to another 10!
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