I have been dancing since I was four years old and I don’t intend to stop.

It started with classical ballet (my teacher was trained at the Bolshoi and herself taught and trained dancers from the National Ballet of Canada).  I gave it up at 12 as I could not afford to train 3 times a week and was not passionate enough in it  to continue, in truth.

(Years later, my learning would prove useful as it would garner me employment with the National Ballet School. Plus I can say that I performed on stage, with my friend ATS bellydancer Valizan,  in the Nutcracker as a Cannonball Doll with the NBoC .  All knowledge is worth having.)

Photo by Joe Szilvagyi, circa1998

Nonetheless,  I did continue with other dancing styles.  In my twenties, I explored folk dance from the UK to Continental Europe to Israel. When I joined the Society for Creative Anachronism,  I learned medieval and Renaissance Dance.

Surprisingly, it was in the SCA that I was  introduced to Bellydance for the first time and was taught by Moria the Black.  Later I would learn from Roula Said.

But in the end, it was social dance that would take up much of my time, starting with a workshop in Viennese Waltz.  That lead me to a dance studio called Dancing on King, owned by Andrea Chumak & Fred Hinton. I received the bulk of my American Social Ballroom training there, learning everything from waltz and Foxtrot to Rumba and Single Step swing.  I was often called upon to act as an extra follower when needed.

tangoshoesFrom there I moved on to becoming a member (and briefly a Board Member) of the Toronto Swing Dance Society, learning Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing.  For a time, WCS was my dance of choice, with Tom Xavier King and Julie Epplett being my primary teachers. For other Latin dances I would turn to Mario and Janine at Rainbow Ballroom (bachata, Argentine Tango, Salsa) and Mark Read at Joy of Dance (Hustle, Cha Cha).

In 2015, I damaged my knees and ankles but it looks like I will be dancing again. What next? Looks like it will be vintage waltz and a return to American Ballroom.