Student of the Week – Samantha McGrath

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Name: Samantha McGrath

Town you Live In: Nashua

How long have you been dancing?  A year next month! Time flies! 

How did you get into ballroom?  While I’ve always been interested in ballroom dancing, I figured my admiration would be limited to that of a spectator rather than a participant – particularly because I have been notoriously clumsy and laughably graceless my whole life. Despite that, I had a friend when I was in High School that danced at PaperMoon (at it’s previous location) and she somehow convinced me to come to a social one Saturday night – I still remember the lesson was Beginner Rumba and I had a blast! Unfortunately, that friend moved and it apparently took me nearly ten years to get up the courage to go back by myself, but I am so glad I did!

Which dance do you enjoy the most? It’s probably a tie between Cha Cha and Bolero.

What is your favorite dance memory? Your reaction to my decision to do the Cha Cha formation! I was on the fence because I wasn’t sure I was ready and your enthusiasm was just the confidence boost I needed to sign on. No regrets! It’s been an incredible experience so far and I’m really looking forward to the performances.

What dance goal would you like to conquer next? I’d like to get good enough to try Viennese Waltz again. I attended a Bronze 1 class taught by Ray once a few months back and loved it, but I only know the basic and how to get into the natural (unnatural) turn, but not how to get out of it again (ha!). 

What are your other hobbies? I try to limit myself to two hobbies at a time! I do strength and conditioning weight training that I started a few months after starting at PaperMoon and it’s really helped improve my balance and frame (and overall ability to get my limbs to go where I’m telling them to!). 

Tell us something you think most people don’t know about you. I used to sing in a alternative rock cover band that played out in Nashua called The Clones.

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