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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. For our next Dance Family Spotlight, we are highlighting the beautiful Susanne Jeter! Take a look at her dance journey:

1)How long have you been dancing?

I entered Fred Astaire/international dance studio about 5 or 6 years ago

2) What got you initially started on your dance journey?

to refresh my waltzing skills since I was going to a Big Wedding with a Big Band. I took about 4 lessons and, before the wedding, I had booked and scheduled a land/cruise of Alaska. I never dreamed I’d be dancing on the ship.   The first night on the ship I sat in the bar alone watching and a gentleman asked me to dance.  I was shocked, but thought, now I can try out my waltzing skills.  After dancing many dances with this man, I discovered that he had lived in Charleston (Folly Beach) for 20 years and worked for the health department in Charleston so we had lots to chat about.    We ended up dancing every night, hopping from one bar to another.  The Fourth of July extra on the ship was a Big Band performance with dancing on the stage with the Big Band.  Needless to say, I did not turn that down either.   Of course, I enjoyed it all and as we ended the cruise, the man’s advice to me was to go back to my dance studio and learn to Foxtrot.  Well, needless to say, I have learned a lot more than the Waltz and the Foxtrot thanks to my instructor James Meek.

3) How has ballroom dancing impacted your life?

This dance experience and ALL that goes with it has been “a life saver” for me thanks to James and of course, Lacey and Andrey.

4) What advice would you give to anyone who is interested in or are just starting on their dance journey?

My advice to anyone who is “thinking” about dancing don’t think just start dancing and you will “love it”!

If you are wanting to share your dance story, we would love to do a spotlight on you! We want to hear everyone’s story!