Student of the week – Barbara Schechinger

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Name: Barbara Schechinger

Town you Live In: Londonderry

How long have you been dancing? About 5 yearsimage2

How did you get into ballroom? I’ve always loved to dance and asked Paul to take ballroom lessons with me as a birthday gift quite a few years ago. It took seeing our daughter Lauren dancing with her college ballroom club at competitions to spur me on to find a studio.

Which dance do you enjoy the most? That’s hard to pick because I connect to the music as well as the movement. I guess I’d have to say Cha Cha for its sass and Viennese Waltz for its beauty.

What is your favorite dance memory? Also a hard question, there are so many. One that stands out though is from the first Rumba formation team some friends talked me into joining. Maria was so supportive while I tried to do her choreography justice but I was still unsure of myself and nervous about dancing in front of an audience. Then, on the last performance night, I was able to set all that aside and just immerse myself in the dance. It was an exhilarating experience that totally hooked me in for more. I’ve been happily joining formation teams and competing with Ray ( which has the same blend of feeling of terrifying exciting accomplishment ) ever since.

What dance goal would you like to conquer next? I actually have two. I would like to be better at following in all styles and in dancing Viennese Waltz.

What are your other hobbies? Cooking/baking, reading, going to the movies, boating and traveling with my wonderful husband Paul.

Tell us something you think most people don’t know about you. I’ve been told my eye color changes with my mood. They are either hazel, blue, or occasionally a mischievous green.


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