Dancing In Charlottesville Part 4

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

November 28, 2006

"Anybody can really learn how to dance, I've never had anybody who came in and just couldn't do it," Dance Instructor Terry Dean said.

"Oh redo redo redo," as I continue to mess up steps.

Maybe Terry should rethink that statement. With a couple of years of studio dance training under my belt, mastering the art of ballroom dancing would be a walk in the park, or so I thought.

Lesson one, we attempt to just get through the steps.

A little easier said than done as I realize years of tap dance lessons don't help much when it comes to the tango.

Only halfway executing the steps correctly, we move on to the beautiful side of the dance, the lifts and those turns.

"The turns I felt like I was probably hurting my partner the whole time."

Injuries aside, I did manage to pick up a few moves and a whole new respect for how effortless they make it look.

Ballroom dancing you have to be really conscious of your upper body and keeping it really strong and then also hit the right feet movements and so that was really challenging."

And when it gets too challenging, one lesson I learned from those early tap lessons...when you don't know it, fake it.

If you would like more information about ballroom dancing, or for prices and classes offered:

Terry Dean Dance Studio
1309A Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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