We often say that dance is for everyone, that it lifts the spirit and the heart and helps us express joy. But sometimes those who dance lift our spirits and hearts here at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of St. Petersburg North.
Meet Mary Winter. She joined us in April and quickly became a fixture as part of our family.
Is that unusual? No. This part is: Mary is blind.
Yet she is learning to dance, using touch and feel to learn from her instructors and become proficient on the dance floor.
We talked to Mary about her dancing and experiences here at FADS and we want to share that with you:
Question: Is dancing enjoyable?
Answer: Absolutely. I look forward to it. I wish I could come to the studio more! I feel very comfortable during the dance lessons. This school is not intimidating at all. The instructors are very calm and patient.
When I dance with the instructors, I feel like I already know how to dance. Through the dance frame I can feel and understand what they are trying to teach and it is very easy to visualize what they want me to do. It is a lot of fun even though there is a lot of information. I feel like it is a fun challenge because of the instructors. They know how to make it fun!
As part of the visually-impaired community, we are often made to feel like we are an inconvenience when we go somewhere or try something new. This is not the case at this studio. They are very welcoming and accepting of my disability.
Q: How long have you been dancing?
A: Four months, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I try to come in at least once a week.
Q: What advice would you give to a visually-impaired person?
A: Come visit for a Friday night party and experience the welcoming atmosphere.
Thank you, Mary! What a positive message from a positive person.
Join us at FADS for those parties Mary likes so much. You’ll enjoy them as well. Meet Mary. Meet others who share your love of dance. Come and dance with us!