Dancing In Charlottesville Part 3

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

October 22, 2006

What a difference six lessons make.

Sarah and Vinny Tullo began their dance lessons with about the gracefulness of a toddler's first steps.

But with the help of accomplished ballroom dancer Terry Dean, the two have morphed into a couple that looks like they belong on the dance floor.
Tuesday night, the couple's final lesson finds them in full costume, channeling ballroom greats Grace Kelly and Fred Astaire, and with a new-found appreciation for their inspiration.

"I'm just amazed that they can practice everyday for nine hours to do as many dances and do them as well as they can on Tuesday night, because it's hard work," Sarah said.

But aside from the hard work, and a few bumps and bruises, the two have even surprised themselves at just how much they've accomplished. Now able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of his labor, Terry said the hardest step wasn't the steps at all.

"The biggest problem when you're learning to dance is being bold and being out there, so we had a little bit of that I had to deal with, but as far as their actual talent and dancing, they are very talented so they were great," Dean said.

Now floating across the floor, both said this infatuation is one they don't plan to give up anytime soon.

"At the studio we can come every night and do something, a different dance and then on Friday nights they always have a party," Sarah said.

And if you still think you lack the artistic ability to mirror your favorite salsa-dancing celebs, well then, you're wrong.

"If I had a nickel for everybody who says I've got two left feet you know and then they actually end up turning out to be good dancers, because it's just a matter of learning, anybody can really learn how to dance, I've never had anybody who came in and just couldn't do it," Dean said.

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