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In March 2011 Arvee and I started Ballroom Dancing. Never intended to as the story will unfold...

About 1 year ago Arvee went to a Chamber of Commerce meeting and won 2 private classes for ballroom dancing. She was surprised to win it and the owner wanted her to attend right away. So Arvee "urged" me to go.

I didn't want to.

First of all, I didn't want to because it was something I couldn't see myself getting in to. I mean really...ballroom dancing? Too stiff. Too formal. And not..."cool" enough.

Second, my knee was bothering me so I had no intention of pushing it on something I really didn't want to do.

Third, my hip had been bothering me for the past year and I didn't want to push it for the same reason as my knee.

So I avoided it.

About 1 year went by and occasionally both would bring it up again. The owner to Arvee. Arvee to me.

And I avoided it again and again.

It was no big deal as Arvee wasn't pushing it.

Then the owner became a client of Arvee and was to speak at her own dance studio's party. Arvee wanted to audit it and wanted me to go.

So I did.

The party was relatively short but it was tons of fun. The instructors were all in their 20's and had the energy, fun and joy that made the party very entertaining. They had a brief period where they had everyone get up and do the basic steps from several dances.

We did Cha Cha, Rhumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, and probably others that I don't remember.

But I do remember having lots of fun! So much so that I pulled out my checkbook and joined that night.

It turns out that you get an extra free hour by signing that party night! The package we bought had 4 privates so that gave us 7 privates! 4 from the signup package, 2 from her Chamber win and 1 for signing at the party. We also got unlimited group classes.

About 1 month later we signed up for a Medal Ball which included 1 more free private. We used them all to focus on the waltz as our chosen dance. It was best for my knee and hip. Now we're thinking of changing it to Rhumba or Foxtrot.

Every Thursday there are parties and 1 time a month there is a big party like the one we first went to. Also, after we signed up for the Medal Ball we were enrolled in a 6ish weeks dancing themed series. During this time each party had a unique theme where everyone was to dress the part. Here are some pictures from some of those themes:

GUYS AND DOLLS (we dressed like 20's gangsters, their dames or "molls" and flappers)

     Group 1

Then there was Heroes & Villans night

 And there was a Pirates and Gypsies night

 The big showcase night was Arthur Murray night.