After years of nagging, my wife relented and allowed me to sign us up for dance lessons through our local community college. It wasn’t because she didn’t want to dance. Marlene loved to go dancing and was always dragging me to discos and tea dances. She just didn’t feel the need for lessons. I, on the other hand, was self-conscious and awkward and hoped lessons would help me keep up with her or at least make me feel less foolish. After the first few lessons in a series of 9 group classes in Ballroom, she was hooked. That was 14 years ago.
In dance, Marlene and I discovered a hobby that we both love and can enjoy together. Dance has allowed us to spend recreation time together year round. We have new friends, new experiences and it has been 14 years of joy that we expect to continue well beyond retirement. As teacher, coach and guide, Louise Cote’ has been awesome. Her formal education and professional experience in theater and dance make her instruction uniquely comprehensive and nuanced. Her teaching combines the science of body mechanics with the artistry of dance and the performance quality of theatre. She has taken us from beginner to competitor, taught us how to dance socially together and with other partners and given us the courage to embrace performing. Her classes are fun and engaging. She has a genius for choreography, however the thing I love most about Louise is her gentle and affirming teaching style that makes me believe not only that I can dance but I can excel.