I understand what it's like to be a total beginner...
I had absolutely no dance experience until I was 26 plus I was shy. Being a fan of the 1930s/40s swing era and always looking for a chance to sport my latest vintage dress find, I somehow got the idea to take a swing dance class.
I felt nervous and uncoordinated. I had thoughts like, “I have no idea if I’m doing this right,” “Do I look stupid?” and “Everyone seems so much better than me.”
But it was fun to move my body to music, plus learning to dance required such focus I forgot about my life stresses—I felt happier and more relaxed when I left dance class than before I went in.
I held the mistaken idea that if you didn’t start dancing in childhood, you’d missed your chance (and you certainly could never become a dance teacher!).
But I learned that partner dancing is for the masses, not just a few top dancers. Yes, ballroom dancing can be taken to incredibly high levels (So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, etc.), but millions of regular people of all ages enjoy social dancing. And to my great delight, I had become one of those people.
I wanted to make this experience accessible to other people who, like me, never imagined they’d be able to dance. When I realized I didn’t need to be a champion dancer to teach others, I enrolled in a Ballroom Dance Teacher Training.
With patience, enthusiasm and expertise, I empower beginners to get on the dance floor. I am endlessly optimistic that anyone can dance with skill and gusto! Bringing out the dancer within you is my privilege.
I’ll not only give you dance steps, but will also teach you how to hear the music and keep rhythm, plus share tips and tricks that will have you looking and feeling great.
Professional Dance Certifications and Publications
- Bronze American Smooth certification (from ISTD and DVIDA)
- Bronze and Silver American Rhythm certifications (from DVIDA)
- Teach Like a Pro: The Ultimate Guide for Ballroom Dance Instructors by Diane Jarmolow with Brandee Selck
- Move Like a Champion by Kasia Kozak and Diane Jarmolow with Brandee Selck
- Ballroom Dance Teachers College Curriculum