Last January, in a weak moment, I said yes to Elizabeth Edwards of Omaha Ballroom when she asked me to participate in “Dancing with the Omaha Stars.” It’s a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House…and I’ve never been one to say no to Ronald. His french fries are irresistable.
In October I got a call from a Christopher and he announced that he was going to be my dance instructor (and I had thought/hoped they forgot about me!). I’m sure you can sense my apprehension by now. When I told my mom I was going to do this – she laughed in my face! That wasn’t exactly the supportive response I was looking for.
Allow me to describe my “dance” history:
- Exhibit A: Somehow I managed to make the pom-pom squad in high school. When I realized I couldn’t do the moves without silently mouthing 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8…I knew I was in over my head.
- Exhibit B: My signature move on the dance floor at age 30 is a combo “shoulder dance” and “snow ski” move. I even have sound effects to go with it. Come down to Nomad on a Saturday night and I’ll show you what I’m talking about.
- Exhibit C (the most aggregious piece of evidence): Back in my pageant days they always made us learn an opening number that we contestants performed as a group. It usually involved some kind of ridiculous costume and an overly-enthusiastic self-introduction. We have actual video of me, a good beat or two behind, looking at the other contestants for cues on the next move. The worst part was that I was often in the front row because I’m short. There was no where to hide!
Nor will there be anywhere to hide on January 22 when I hit the ballroom floor with Christopher. The good news is that I can count to eight, as Exhibit A demonstrated. I also spent a few years in voice lessons, so I have some sense of rhythm. So we’ll see how this goes. Christopher is teaching me the tango, which I understand is the dance of love from Argentinian brothels. Lovely. It’s been fun so far. We’ve had two lessons and I’ve already picked up a few moves. I’m just struggling with this whole “let him lead” thing.
The big benefit from all of my dancing experiences is that they’ve taught me to not take myself so seriously. I might look silly, but I’m still going to have fun. That’s the same attitude I’m taking in to this competition – I’lll keep you posted on how these lessons go. I’m going to give this my best shot…for Ronald.
I am excited to introduce a new program starting in January for “mums” and daughters. If you read my post, “Long Time No Talk,” you’ll know I’ve been re-evaluating my initial concept after talking with moms (and dads too!) about what will work best for families who are interested in enrolling their daughters in a La Fleur Academy program.
The Mother-Daughter Intensive is a sampler class that provides an introduction to etiquette and personal style. It’s a four-week class that meets on Sunday afternoons. For families that are interested in advanced classes following this Intensive…stay tuned! The best part? It will be team-taught by me and my mom! (The picture to the left captures one of our most “intense” moments…the first time we saw each other on my wedding day!) I hope that this will be a great bonding experience not only for us, but for the mothers and daughters who participate. It was inspired by the experiences my mom and I had when I went to finishing school and later became a pageant contestant. We had more than a few heart-to-heart discussions during those times. The lessons that came out of those conversations still inform my decisions today.
If you are interested in helping your daughter make confident first impressions, define an age-appropriate sense of style, learn the basics of hospitality and the fundamental principles of good etiquette, then this class is for you! Here are the details:
- Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m.
- January 9, 16, 23 and 30.
- Party to celebrate completion of the Intensive on February 6, time TBD
- Intensive will be taught in the Nomad Art Gallery on 1013 Jones Street in downtown Omaha
- Cost for a Mother-Daughter duo: $350. Cost for a Mother-Daughter trio: $475.