When I first walked into this studio, I expected to walk out in two minutes. I was overweight, in my mid-40s, and going through a very hard time. I had moved to the area fairly recently and had no friends or family here. Upon entering the studio, I was greeted by a very friendly receptionist who warmly welcomed me and answered all my questions. I thought I had to have a partner. No. Did I have to have any experience? No. I looked beyond the front desk and saw a room filled with people of all ages, sizes, and races. They all seemed to be having fun. What a concept, I thought. I signed up for an introductory lesson for the following week. When I arrived for that appointment, I was again greeted by the receptionist, who remembered me. I was introduced to a very nice young man named, Sam. In spite of my being extremely nervous, he put me at ease. He asked questions about why I decided to try dancing and offered suggestions on how they might meet my needs. Then, we danced…. on that first lesson! I actually had fun for the first time in a very long time. I wanted more so I signed up for the Foundation program and, not long after, the Bronze program. Now, 18 months later, I have two amazing instructors, Sam and Alexis. I go to the studio 4-5 times a week for private or group lessons, or parties. Next week, I leave for San Francisco to compete in a ballroom competition. Compete! I have lost a lot of weight and have many friends among the students and the staff. I always have something to look forward to and plan other activities around what is happening at the studio. I am grateful for all the staff, counselors, and students at the studio. It is such a supportive, encouraging, and fun environment. What they offer goes far beyond dance lessons. They offer a community… We celebrate weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries, and any other special event a student is celebrating. My life is very different from what it was when I first walked in there, and all for the better. Oh, and I can dance now, too!
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