We all have a story as why we started dancing. Whether it be for exercise, fun, or the thrill of learning something new…everyone’s reason is different. So, as part of a new series, we want to share the stories of our dance family! Introducing Dance Family Spotlight! Our first spotlight is on Anne Goldstein! Take a look at her story on how dancing became one of the biggest parts of her life…
How long have you been dancing?
“I have been dancing for over 15 wonderful years.”
What got you initially started on your dance journey?
“My husband and I went to see the movie “Shall We Dance” and, at the end, we turned to each other and said ‘let’s do it’ ! We had a friend who danced and she invited us to go to a dance party at the studio. The minute I put my foot on the dance floor I knew that I had discovered my passion! It was love at first step and it has never ceased to thrill me
I love the challenge, the physical activity, the mental exercise, the beauty of the music. It’s truly a ‘stress buster’ – you cannot think of your problems while engaged in moving your feet and body, thinking about the steps, hearing the music and enjoying being with your teacher. I find my spirits lifted every time I dance.”
How has ballroom dancing impacted your life?
“Most of all, spiritually. Dance to me is very spiritual. When I’m dancing, I feel closer to God than at any other time. I seem to enter another plane of existence. Being able to make that connection has brought me unsurpassed joy! And, it has gotten me though the many rough spots in my life during the past 15 years; especially the death of my husband and a very scary aortic aneurysm that occurred at the dance studio. I would not have survived had it not been for Andrey’s quick thinking; he got me to the hospital just in time! I would not be alive today if it weren’t for Andrey! I thank God that I was at the studio when all that happened!!! Having a very strong body, thanks to vigorous dancing, was also key to my recovery.
For me, no matter what is going on in my life, there is always something to look forward to in my pursuit of dance. The joy of working on a showcase, a competition, Trophy Ball or just getting better and better at my passion and working for approval and complements from my teacher/partner Andrey. Dance has been at the center of my life for over 15 years. A constant calling to express myself through movement and connection with God and certainly my friendship and the joy I have shared with Andrey as we have practiced and competed together has greatly enriched my life.”
What advice would you give to anyone who is interested in or just starting on their dance journey?
“My advice is to enjoy the journey! Whether your goal is social dancing or competition, enjoy and realize that it is a journey. It is a journey of steps…one at a time and each step can be sheer joy; it has been for me. Also, if you do pursue it you will find a wonderful dance family here. The teachers, students, Lacey and Andrey will all make you feel welcome. And, if you stick around, you will find great friends.
I will close by saying that I guess dance is my calling because I cannot imagine my life without it!”
Thank you for sharing your story, Anne! We would love to hear everyone’s dance story! Please let us know if you would like to be featured and share your story with everyone! email us at firstname.lastname@example.org