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Ballroom dancing workshop Sept. 13 in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The popularity of fancy dancing is luring more and more people to the dance floor.

The classic elegance of ballroom dancing is no exception.

Mary Egan, a champion ballroom dancer from Yakima, will conduct a ballroom workshop Sept. 13 at the Kennewick Activity Center, 304 W. Sixth Ave.

"I wanted to take ballroom lessons after being asked to foxtrot at a country club dance and stepping on an older gentleman's foot every step," Egan said.

That trigger sent her down the road to being a dancing queen. She took those lessons and two decades later has a rap sheet that includes bronze and silver medals at national competitions. She also studied with John Berry, considered one of the top U.S. ballroom dance teachers in the country.

When she isn't floating across a dance floor, Egan is an executive assistant at a Yakima architectural firm.

Her Tri-City workshop is open to all ages and all dance skill levels, even those with two left feet. Egan remembers those early years when she felt awkward and clumsy on a dance floor. She encourages her students to keep hope alive and never give up because when it comes to the art of the dance, there's a bit of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in all of us.

"I always tell my students (that) one day you will cross over from being a student to being a dancer," she said. "When that happens and you and your partner are in sync with each other and also with the music, that feeling will be like soaring with eagles."

Cost for the workshop is $25 for the all-day session or $20 for one session. Session schedules are from 10 a.m. to noon for beginner and beyond waltz basics, and from 1 to 3 p.m. for continuation of waltz. The workshop is sponsored by Beth Trost. To register, call Trost at 586-7609.

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