The Year in Review – Farewell to ’15

While looking forward to Sweet 2016, I look back over the past twelve months with joy and a little sadness.

The year started with a blast as we celebrated the New Year at Kenwood Country Club. Larry and Anna performed as did Rosario and I. Gizelle did a great job being our D.J. and Shawn was the hostess with upmost. Thank you to all for making it a success.

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There was sadness in losing Ms. Katy Davis to her new career in D.C. but joy in attending her wedding to her loving Tommy Rodriguez in Florida. College sweethearts, they spent time away from each other but Katy always said he was her man and he wasn’t getting away.

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Sadness in the passing of my mother, Hazel Rye, who finally got her wish to join my father Tom walking together in the clouds. Joy in re-establishing links with family members I had not seen in over 35 years and telling family stories around the table enjoying fine Australian wine.  Joy in seeing my three granddaughters, Abbey, Lexi and Jordan. Spending time watching them swim, reading them stories and getting to know their “Poppy” from America.

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June saw the move from of our premises on Woodmont Ave to Nicholson Lane. We were there six great years which saw lots of reconstruction and expansion. Sad to say goodbye to Woodmont Avenue, joy in continuing with the Dance Bethesda family at our new location.

There was lots of excitement outside the studio with my continued involvement in Capital Cotillion, with over 600 children once a month, learning etiquette and social dancing. It is a great experience seeing all the students interact with each other. The Cotillion has expanded each year and I look forward to the new season in 2016.

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The University Club of D.C and the Washington Waldorf School also took me out of the studio to teach classes for galas and social dances respectively.

One of the highlights of my year was being invited to judge the Maryland “Distinguished Young Women” scholarship program where 15 young ladies went thru the process of interviews, fitness, and talent. It was great to meet such a wonderful group of young ladies.

Our move to running lessons and classes at the Avant Garde Ballroom Center has been great. Sadly we lost a few students who did not wish to travel further out but we have found some lost students who like the free parking and convenient location.

Dance Bethesda takes great pride in bringing people together. 2015 saw the wedding of Anna and Larry and the engagement of Jennifer and Ricardo, two absolutely lovely couples who are so much in love.

Sad to see Ivan have to return to Ukraine, he was doing a great job teaching our newcomers.  Joy in learning of his marriage there with both his mother and grandmother in attendance. We hope to have Ivan and his bride return to us soon.

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So what’s in store for 2016? Keep watching…..