Keep On Dancin’!

Ballroom Dance by Nuno Duarte

Ballroom Dance. Photo by Nuno Duarte, source: Flickr.com Unidentified ballroom dancers

Guest Blogger:

Rosann Levy,
Her award winning memoir, It’s Never Too Late To Dance, Life’s Journey to Empowerment, Success & Change was published in August, 2009.

 

I love the show “Dancing With The Stars!”

Since the end of their Fall 2012 season, I’ve waited impatiently, and finally the 16th season of my favorite program is beginning again. And to confirm my delight, Barbara Walters’s 20/20 special called Best in TV: The Greatest Shows of our Time named Dancing With the Stars the number one reality show.

I love to dance!

10 years ago my husband and I opened a Latin Ballroom dance studio in the heart of Soho, New York. At the same time dancing was becoming “hot” with Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance hitting the air waves, and the movie Shall We Dance with Richard Gere was opening in theaters around the country. I am sure this was coincidental, but this confirmed my reasons even more so for wanting to expose people of all ages, all skills and all walks of life to one of the most beneficial and pleasurable activities one can do.

I was aware of the hype around dance shows and movies, but didn’t have time to avail myself of this new entertainment….. owning and operating my dance studio was all consuming. It was work, but fun and gave me an opportunity to learn new dance moves feeding my passion. I enjoyed introducing the allure and social aspects of dance. I especially enjoyed introducing it to those who told me “I have two left feet,” and converting them. From the moment students step onto the dance floor, the room is lit up with smiles! Along with smiles was an air of confidence, as they counted 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 to Salsa or rock step, 1, 2, 3, to the Cha Cha. I watched as people turned their fears into pleasure.

When I turned 60…

I started ballroom dancing when I turned 60 and opened Soho Dance when I turned 62. I am not a professional dancer and like most to the world, I have two left feet. But when my husband and I step on the dance floor I feel like Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire as we glide along the ballroom floor. Dancing brings out my creativity and it is something I can do for many years to come.

Dancing opens doors.

Dancing has opened many doors for me. Aside from learning the basics of the Fox Trot, Salsa, Cha Cha and other fabulous Latin Ballroom dances, it rekindled my relationship with my husband; it fulfilled me emotionally and physically and taught me how to really enjoy my life. Additionally, it was instrumental in my writing my memoir; It’s Never Too Late To Dance, for which I also won an award from the Connecticut Press Club. My mission was and still is to share my inspirational message: reinvent, fulfill dreams and live your passions at any stage or age of life. Embrace fear; take a risk and live life to the fullest.

“Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, but rather, to dance in the rain.”

Rosann - Dance

“Keep on dancin’!”

Rosann Levy
The Roart Group, LLC

www.theroartgroup.com

Her award winning memoir, It’s Never Too Late To Dance, Life’s Journey to Empowerment, Success & Change was published in August, 2009.

 

 

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