Student of the Week – Jackie Wydra

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Name: Jackie WydraW0761_wydra-343

Town: Mont Vernon

How long have you been dancing? I was an avid line dancer throughout college but began ballroom a little over a year ago.

How did you get inot ballroom? I’ve wanted to try ballroom dancing since my college years but was too nervous. Then, last year, fellow Moonie and high school friend Sam McGrath suggested I come to PaperMoon.

Which dance do you enjoy the most? It’s a tie between Eastcoast Swing and Waltz. I love the upbeat pace of swing and Waltz affords me that bit of grace and poise that I so very much lack in every day life. 

What is your favorite dance memory? When my husband (Paul) and I took private lessons with Ray in preparation for our wedding. Paul was doubtful that he’d enjoy it or remember any of the steps but he did great and we both really enjoyed it.

What dance goal would you like to conquer next? I would really like to get to a solid Bronze 2 level in Swing and Waltz. I’m close, but not quite there yet. Long term, I’d like to work up the nerve and ability to participate in a formation.

What are your other hobbies? Other various hobbies include Ariel fitness classes, horseback riding, gardening, writing and spending time with my husband and our dog (aka: fur child), Florence.

Something that people may not know about me is that I have a lot of anxiety. Ballroom dancing is a way to challenge myself socially while participating in something that I enjoy.

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