October 2010

October 2010: EDITOR'S NOTE - I Thought I Could Dance

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: Photography by Anne

WHEN TIM SINGLETON ASKED ME TO BE A PARTICIPANT IN THEDANCING WITH THE STARSSTRIVE TO EXCEL FUNDRAISER, I THOUGHT, SURE, WHY NOT?

My first lesson was actually a one-hour exercise class at the Fred Astaire dance studio. This would have been easy enough, if I hadn’t been wearing the required three- inch heels. The next day I showed up for my private lesson with Attila Malaczko (my dance partner), and he began by teaching me the basics of exactly how I should be swinging my hips during a samba. Evidently my hips do not swing the right way, nor do they swing dramatically enough. So to end the lesson, I had to stand at the bar twisting back and forth like some maniac teenager in the 1950s dancing to Chubby Checker.

At my second private lesson, Attila and I actually began dancing together. Thankfully he is pretty indestructible, because I must have stomped on his feet at least 20 times. I left the dance studio wondering what the h*** I had gotten myself into.

Then I find out from Robin Swift (Coastal Discovery Museum) that she and her partner are already working on their actual dance routine. What I don’t even know how to swing my hips the correct way and the rest of the contestants are working on their actual number?

So, to sum it up, please come to the “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser at the Westin on 10-10-10. It is for a great cause (Strive to Excel) and my number promises to be amusing at the very least.

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