SOTW Marty Riley

Student of the Week – Marty Riley

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Fulchinos croppedName: Marty Riley

Town you Live In: Litchfield

How long have you been dancing? 4 years

How did you get into ballroom?  My husband and I are always looking for activities that we can share.  We both enjoy dancing and so ballroom sounded like a good option.  One year Rick bought me a gift certificate to Papermoon for my birthday and we were hooked.   Not only do we love the dancing but the friendships we have developed make it so much fun!

Which dance do you enjoy the most?  Hustle! And then VWaltz and ChaCha.

What is your favorite dance memory? I have so many good memories! One strong memory was at the waltz-tango formation team performance in Boston. There was this moment when the music changed from waltz to tango and the audience started to clap to the beat – everyone was caught up in our dance performance and it was exciting to feel the energy.

My most special memory was recently when I danced with the youth team as a leader.  It was so much fun sharing that with our granddaughter, Lilianna and the other girls.MDC15_22092145-(ZF-4930-38126-1-001)

What dance goal would you like to conquer next?  I want to continue my competition and performance growth in the smooth dances and branch out at some point with hustle (maybe even the Latin dances).  I would love to do a performance routine with my husband at some point as well.

What are your other hobbies?  Travel, outdoors activities, cooking & entertaining, and interior decorating.

Tell us something you think most people don’t know about you.  I was a Girl Scout leader for nine years for my niece’s troop.  It was an incredibly rewarding journey with them from 3rd grade thru high school graduation and a privilege to participate in their growth and development.  We are all still in contact today even after most have graduated college.


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