As an older adult never having formally danced before, aside from some square dancing many years ago, filled with apprehension and anxiety, I embarked upon my first introductory salsa lesson at the Dancey Ballroom on the first Sunday in January two years ago. Nina was teaching. The first thing I learned was ” apple pie!” I’ll never forget that!
I loved her engaging personality, and detailed, slow, and thorough instruction. I was addicted after the first lesson. Nina brought me from “crayons to perfume” from my first steps. She taught me to smile and relax.
For me it is about the journey, not the destination. I enjoy the exercise, the social interaction, the music, the fun of it, and the mental challenge of learning, like I could take Nina’s classes forever.
The feedback about how I can improve is given with grace, even when it has to be repeated over and over. The encouragement and positive reinforcement is genuine, always with a smile. It is good for my heart and soul - she has literally changed my life.
I feel that I can connect with Nina more than any other instructor that I have experienced at the Dancey Ballroom. She was my first experience with Salsa and continues to be my first choice. And I tell others that, too.
Dancing has raised my self esteem and I have become a more confident and happy person. I am proud to tell others what I do, always with a smile and fond memories.
I seldom let anything get in the way of my dancing and look forward to every class. Even when I am tired and stressed, I go anyway and forget everything else. I feel so much better afterwards. And even if something happens to me, like when I was rattled when walked into a glass wall and broke my glasses, the first thought that came to me is “can i still dance?- I have my dance class tonight!”
So let’s buckle our shoes, and start dancing! Love you, Nina, your the best!