On the Dance Floor


Twenty years ago the two of us began a new chapter in our lives when we presented ourselves at a place called Right Step Dance Studio not far from our home at the time in St Petersburg, Florida. Not only did we learn the basics of swing dancing but we began developing a fabulous circle of fun loving friends. Our teacher then, Arleene, is now a dear friend and still active in organizing community dances as well as teaching East Coast Swing and other partner social dances and coordinating our annual winter dance cruise. Tonight we had the distinct pleasure of dancing to live music at her monthly charity dance in downtown Clearwater. We had the opportunity to dance with and visit with numerous friends that we have made through dance through the years but also had a most unexpected encounter with John, a member the The Jive Aces. He’s our favorite member of our favorite swing dance band in the whole wide world. If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to this amazing band, you must see the video Bring Me Sunshine. And note John bringing new meaning to the term “cool sax” as the whole experience brings a big smile to your soul!




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