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Last Night a Dance Class Saved My Life

 

It’s true. Partner dancing saved my life. Don’t ask me why but it did.

I have always loved to dance, as a child I spent my time dressing up and choreographing routines to all my favorite records, from Abba to Edwin star and flight of the bumble bees.  Many a day spent in my leotard and disco glitter, closing my eyes and feeling the music, like only a child can. I never attended a dance class, something about our working class upbringing, we didn’t do things like that when I was a kid.

 

And as an adult I continued to go where the music and dancing took me.

 

Then I had a difficult period in my life like we all do, after all, that’s life.  Completely as a result of bad decisions I had made along the way.  To cut a long story short – I married the wrong man, a very difficult man and my life got tough for a long time.

 

In the middle of it I reached an all time low, my rock bottom.  And without realizing it, because life was difficult I had started drinking and partying hard

 

I had a big wake up call and realized that I was the only one who could change what had happened.  I got some help, sorted myself out, did some training and went on to work with 1000’s 1000′ s of people struggling with their bad habits and addictions.

 

It was as if someone was looking out for me.  In the early days, just as I was trying to sort myself out I met a very nice lady on a training course and she must have been able to see things weren’t great.  She asked me if I liked to dance, I said yes and she told me about her local modern Jive night and I met her there that week.

 

I loved it, it was such fun, and everyone was so friendly.  I carried on going every week doing the classes and then started going to some freestyles……I got the bug.  I danced every week, met loads of new people (none of which drank or took drugs) and best of all they didn’t know me, they knew nothing about me.  I could just turn up, dance talk to some people, have a great time and leave.

 

I went on to go to weekenders with my new dancing friends, it became a serious hobby.  Then I went to a west coast swing class and really fell in love with that.  Worked with a teacher, danced all around the world, France, America.  Going to London at the weekend.  Started competing and did quite well for an amateur.

 

I love partner dancing, it gave me exactly what I needed during an incredibly difficult time.  My life continued to take some twists and turns and was very difficult for a good few years while I was dancing.  But because of the dancing I had somewhere to escape, in more ways than one.  My only regret is that I didn’t start as a child.  I will do it for the rest of my life.  I can go anywhere in the world, look on line to find the nearest dance class and I can turn up, ask people to dance and have a lovely time usually only for £7.

 

The best bit is you can’t drink and jive…… No, seriously you just can’t do it.

 

If you have something in your life that you have always want to do, I urge you to go ty it.  Don’t let your nervousness stand in your way.  It can be the thing that makes a difference for you.

 

I have gone on to develop my own business helping others to change their bad habits and addictions.

 

www.ichange21.com

 

I am currently pitching to win a competition to get help with marketing and promoting my new business.  Please vote for me, so I can help others to change their lives.

 

Click the link to vote it only takes a second.  https://www.vmbvoom.com/pitches/ichange21-1

 

Hopefully see you on the dance floor.

 

Best Wishes

Stephanie Chivers

 

 

 

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