Who doesn't want to learn how to dance?

Sandro Virag


Who doesn't want to learn how to dance?

There are many different reasons why people want to learn to dance. Some come to learn social dancing, some for physical exercise, some to learn their wedding dance, some are working towards a competitive level and some want to be in a dance show production.

From an instructor's perspective, everyone has the ability to learn to dance. Obviously there are many different levels and everyone has a different goal, but they all have the potential to learn.

Many say they don't have any rhythm or they can't count or they have two left feet, but in reality it is just a matter of an instructor being able to pull out what's inside someone and use it to the fullest.

I believe most people secretly would like to know how to dance, but what's keeping them from walking through the door of a dance studio? I decided to ask some of my own students.

Peggy Gratta just never really thought about dancing while she was busy making sure her daughter got to her dance lessons. Then, in 1999, her hairdresser invited her to a Fred Astaire Dance party in Durham, N.C., and she figured, why not? She has been dancing ever since.

Rick Collins said his macho ego and the fact that he was so frugal stopped him from taking that first step. His wife really wanted dance lessons for Christmas, and that's when he made the push to go through the door. He has been dancing more than 10 years now!

Cinda Seamon was interested when a friend told her about how much fun ballroom dancing was but was hesitant because she wondered, "Who would be there? What do I wear? Will I catch on quickly enough?"

When she was approached to do a "Dancing with the Local Stars" fundraiser in 2010, she had no choice but to walk through the door and has been dancing ever since.

Judi Kestenbaum did not want to go alone. She really wanted her husband to come along with her, but when she got a coupon for a free half hour, she decided not to waste it and it pushed her through the door. Judi not only still dances, but competes as well.

Toni Wald always had an interest but so many other things kept getting in the way - time, money, family commitments and basically life. Finally Toni decided to start fulfilling her bucket list and walked through the door. She has been dancing over 10 years.

I think it's obvious that dancing is contagious. Why not try it?

Sandro Virag is a partner and instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Hilton Head, located in Bluffton at Seaquins Ballroom.