My husband and I love the way you teach! We went dancing Friday night at the Eagles in Lynnwood (our favorite band, Pacific, was playing). We were just going to listen to music and only dance if we felt "led to the dance floor." We started by counting to the music and trying to find beat #1 like you taught us. Then I got the idea for us to use our two fingers on the table as a substitute for our feet and we did a finger box step until we "got in sync with the beat" and had fun with it.
Then a song I absolutely love ("I love the nightlife") drew us out on the dance floor and we danced "freestyle". It was so much fun and we were more relaxed. We sat out a couple more dances and then a song came on that we felt we could do the box step/fox trot to and decided to try it. I pretended my husband was a "stranger" I had never danced with before and we found "our frame" like you taught us. The rest was magic! It was like he suddenly remembered every dance lesson he has ever had and he was definitely leading me smoothly around the floor. We were connected to the music and to each other. The fox trot is obviously his best dance! I told him we could do that step to just about any kind of music, and his eyes lit up to the idea.
As you know from our previous conversations, my husband has taken many dancing lessons from different teachers over the past five to six years, both private and group lessons, and he "just could not get it" and was discouraged and I was disappointed. He seemed to be "getting through the dance lessons" just to please me, but would forget about them as soon as the lesson was over. It was very frustrating for both us. We had decided to give up on any more dance lessons after the last $1,000 in private lessons for him!
I decided to take lessons through Shoreline Recreation Center because my granddaughter wanted to learn ballroom dance and we could have fun together. My husband decided that he would give it one more try. Voila! The techniques you use in your teaching are the best we have found so far.
Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful gift! Dance has always been my joy and to find it again with my husband is priceless! We will continue taking lessons from you from now on!