9th Tuesday Oct 2012

The last bastion of human contact is at Eagle Rock’s Ballroom Blitz

Ballroom Blitz (5/5) Seven weeks before our wedding, my fiancé and I were still debating whether or not we should pull the first dance entirely and replace it with fire dancers for our destination wedding. We were not dancers and we dreaded the idea because we knew we sucked. That was until we met Anthony–comedian, dad and dance guru at Ballroom Blitz. Our goal was to learn a custom routine to go with our rare version of “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.

We came to him with the worse possible scenario. Five weeks, no experience and a first dance everyone was waiting for. Anthony said it was possible to do in 5 classes. I actually laughed on the inside when he said that. “You’re kidding right?” I thought. “Did you just see what we did?” But Anthony pushed, made us laugh and pushed some more.

Dance floor

Didn’t believe it would happen, but it did. Up to lesson 3, we were still laughable, but the seeds of something great were starting to emerge. By the end of lesson 4, things began clicking for both of us. By the time we arrived for lesson 5, we didn’t recognize ourselves anymore. We were fluid, romantic and in unison! I can’t emphasize how miraculous this was–it’s up there with unicorns and talking pandas.

Anthony working miracles with our 4 left feet

Anthony’s gift is in his ability to make you instantly comfortable. He’s encouraging, supportive and most importantly, pee-inducing funny. Without reservation, I can say that we instantly loved him like a long lost family member.

With Anthony as a teacher, we discovered after lesson 1 that we loved dancing. We’ve never loved dancing, and we suddenly found ourselves LOVING to dance. It was exciting to discover that it really just takes a great teacher to change how you’ve always thought about yourself and your limitations. Loved it so much that we will be signing up for tango and salsa very soon.

Breathing a sigh of relief right after our first dance finished

Needless to say, our first dance, that Anthony choreographed, to our song that he endlessly edited for us, didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. Not only was it a hit for our guests, but a huge hit for us as a couple.

It’s true what people say about couples that dance together. Even on our honeymoon, we occasionally danced our routine, laughed, teared up and remembered that summer night when we had the floor. Thanks Anthony!

Ballroom Blitz, 4878 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, 90041, (323) 258-0029

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