I've been dancing (informally) most of my life. I just love to move to music! I was always intrigued by the ballroom dancers I would watch on PBS - so glamorous and talented. In 1993, on a dare from a friend, I answered an ad in the paper looking to train dance instructors - no experience required! At the time, it was just a whim, but it turned into a passion that I have enjoyed now for the better part of the past 30 years.
That's when I met Michael. He was managing the studio that was looking for instructors and hired me. Eventually we opened our own studio, Impressions Dance Club. We taught, trained, competed, and performed for several years before settling in Oregon. During the next few years, Michael won numerous top teaching awards, and Impressions won top school awards as a competitive dance studio. In 2001 we won the Rising Star Rhythm Championship at the Hawaii Star Ball in Honolulu.
Shortly after that competition, as the economy shifted and strained, we eventually shifted our focus from competitive dancing to social dance, and focused on couples wanting to have fun learning an activity they can do together. With our own children now in elementary school we also began working on dance education programs for school age children. In 2002 we started producing programs for school assemblies and teaching for the DARE Program in Tigard. By 2004 we'd held our first elementary school dance program and competition. Cynthia also began teaching at Lewis & Clark College. In just a few short years we've had the opportunity to teach thousands of students in the northwest.
Our children are now adults and we've moved on to our own individual passions in our careers. Michael recently did all of the renovation inside Leedy Grange Hall where we teach, and turned it into a beautiful facility for us to hold classes as well as an event location for the community. He continues to work on construction and renovation projects. I've continued with my children's programs in the schools, as well as teaching fitness and body image classes. And we still enjoy dancing together.
Admittedly we both have for more white hair now, than the dark hair from our performing days you see pictured - but isn't it fun to see a blast from the past?! We still very much enjoy teaching private lessons and group classes for couples on a weekly basis, and hold bi-monthly community dances at Leedy Grange in Cedar Mill. Our focus is on teaching couples how to have fun connecting by learning to dance together. We love that most of our students come regularly to classes and dances for their date night, and to socialize with the other couples they have become friends with through the studio.
We teach American Style Social Dance and enjoy creating new steps, and encouraging creativity on the dance floor. We specialize in people with three left feet who have no rhythm, and we believe that anyone can learn to dance if they truly want to learn. Above all,we believe strongly in having fun first, and then worrying about the rest of the details that make the dancing look great.