You Look Perfect Tonight.

 

You have to love it when family and friends pitch in to create the perfect wedding. In this case they transformed an ordinary barn into a magical land where the handsome groom could waltz with his beautiful bride under a canopy of twinkling lights. So lovely.

It’s all about balance and practice.

 

Magical!

 

Free as blue bonnets in the summer…

 

 

If the bride and groom are both from Texas, you might expect the first dance to be a two-step. What you might not expect though, is for it to also be sweet and romantic. Count this a win for lace and cowboy boots!

 

The very first lesson.

 

First dance Texas style!

(And a little snippet of Stephen and his mom)

 

Did you enjoy your lessons?

 

Josh & Susan leave their “Cat Tracks” in Uptown!

This is the first of a series of videos we’re calling Cat Tracks, because we plan to leave our prints all over town! In them we’ll be celebrating three things: 1) Memphis places and spaces, 2) our amazing students, and 2) the abundant variety of ballroom dance styles.

 

 

This gorgeous mural, located at Second and Mill (Uptown), was painted by artist Erin Miller Wray. Want to see more? Check her out on Instagram @erinmillerwray or just wander around town looking for her signature bright colors and uplifting messages.

 

 

Between his triathlon training, her community organizing, and a shared love of travel, it’s surprising that this busy couple can fit in anything else. Nevertheless, they’ve been dancing together for about a year now, and they’re really looking good!

 

The dance they’re doing is the Push-Pull (4-Count Swing), and it is extremely versatile. It can be done to almost any style of up-tempo music (old or new), and is perfect for parties, wedding receptions, and class reunions.
The Way You Do The Things You Do

 

 

You are the best thing…

… that ever happened to me.

 

 

 

Some couples are just cute, and this one definitely is. Just look at them! And being laid-back and willing to laugh at themselves also made them fun and easy to teach. It was an honor to be there to see it all come together on that beautiful fall evening.

 

The bloopers reel!

 

The big moment!

 

 

Take My Hand…

 

 

 

I wondered for awhile how this couple kept improving as quickly as they did. It was obvious that they were practicing, but I couldn’t imagine how since he was frequently on the road as a long-haul trucker. So, I finally asked, and the answer is just the sweetest thing. He would actually park next to other rigs at truck stops and practice his part in the space between them. Meanwhile, she was here doing her part while balancing two jobs and a toddler. Talk about dedication! And as you’ll see, all that hard work totally paid off with a beautiful (and kinda sexy) first dance.

 

So much work on every little detail!

 

Surprising everyone with a beautiful first dance!

 

 

 

 

 

And I get to kiss you baby just because I can …

How do you maintain a relationship long distance? Well this couple could probably give us all some pointers, because while they were planning their wedding, he was living here in Memphis and she was nearly 250 miles away in medical school. And they even managed to fit in dance lessons so they could have a first dance as gorgeous as they are.  Score another one for the power of love!

Taking the time to learn together.

 

Worth it!

 

Just thinkin’ bout…

 

 

This couple is plenty adventurous (They snowboarded into their wedding!), but one of the first things Janelle said to us was, “We both hate dancing in public.” Well I guess we created a monster (two actually), because by the time the wedding rolled around they had learned not only their first dance choreography, but also some push-pull, merengue, and salsa. They were actually looking forward to dancing at the reception!

 

Learning how to not hate dancing!

  

And he still sweeps her off of her feet!

 

I will get a glow just thinking of you …

 

 

 

 

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree with this pair. Both mathematically inclined and both lovely to work with. No surprise their father-daughter dance turned out so beautifully.

Some good advice for other father-daughter duos.

 

Elegant and Classic!

 

Help Me Make the Music of the Night

And what a night it was!

I love to dance, create, and even perform (although it still gives me butterflies). But add in a willing partner who’s up for anything and a great cause like The Baddour Center, and it’s pure heaven. This year’s Dancing For Our Stars raised over $58,000! Thank you to everyone who helped with their time, talent, donations, and good wishes.

Star: Terry Reeves
Choreographer: Jesse Munoz
Photographer: Natalie Troutt
Videographer: Justin Jaggers