Hello! This is Marty.
I have been dancing for about 30 years. I started dancing Disco in the late 70's when it hit the Omaha nightclub scene. I then moved into Ballroom, Latin, Country, and Swing. Dance is one of those intangibles in life that you either love or hate. I feel that once you truly get the bug, it is terminal, you will never stop. I have learned that over the years teaching many styles of dance that no matter how old you are or where you come from everybody starts in the same place. Everyone has to crawl before you walk, walk before you run, and so on and so forth.
I have been instructing for about 20 years, but actually instructing is not the right word. I have been passing on the love of dance for the last 30 or so years in the Omaha area. I've also taught workshops outside of Omaha in place such as Norfolk, NE, Grand Island, NE, and Sioux Falls, SD.
My teachers have included Alain Doucet and Anik Jolicoeur current International smooth World Champions; Pierre Allaire and Mireille Veilleux former Canadian 10 dance champions; Jean Marc Genereux and France Mousseau former 10 dance champions; James and Jaana Kunitz International Latin competitors; Ron Montez nine time undefeated World Latin Champion,; Mario Robau Jr., Swing Daddy multiple US Open Swing Dance winner; Kyle Red and Sarah Van Drake multiple US Open Swing dance winners; Rex Jones UCWDC Champion; Kevin & Vicki Vance Johnson UCWDC Masters; and many more. Some of my most favorite dancers include Gary and Lisa McIntrye and Robert Royston and Lauren Baldovi. I attend many dance conventions to exchange ideas with other instructors, dancers, and friends to learn new techniques and old because you never really know all there is about any one thing let alone a living dynamic thing like dance. Competing in many different areas Ballroom, Swing and Country, in both the non-pro and professional levels has increased the knowledge base with which I draw from to encourage new dancers. Dance is not in the feet as most would think, it is in the heart. You have to feel the dance for it to be alive; I guarantee if you feel just one dance you will dance for the rest of your life.