As a dance professional for 23 years I have accomplished many things in the dance world. But one thing is the driving force behind my passion. That at one time I couldn't dance! Actually, to be completely honest, I was TERRIBLE !!! I was confused, intimidated, just felt like a fool. But with the help and encouragement of some very special people, I was able to get back up and try one more time. It is this that I share as my tip of the week. Pay your success forward!!! All of you who have achieved success in your dancing deserve all the credit for your hard work, so please don't read this wrong. But I guarantee you didn't do it alone. I'm not talking about your instructors, I'm sure they did a fantastic job getting you to the level you are today. I'm referring to those ADVANCED dancers that helped to build your confidence by encouraging you along the way. They danced with you, were patient with you, and had fun with you when you were new to this wonderful world of dance. They took the time to mentor you on the do's and don'ts, helped clarify the patterns you were dancing, and educated you on the etiquette of the dance world. But yet many of us become somewhat of a SNOB when we finally become an "ADVANCED" dancer. We shun those who are trying to become a member to our fraternity. WHY ? As I stated earlier, I was a terrible dancer in the beginning, I have never forgotten that. I strive every day to be better than the day before. The biggest part of that is to dance with new dancers. Not just as a teacher, but when I go out dancing. I absolutely LOVE it. Yes I enjoy dancing with top notch dancers, but there is something so rewarding to be gained from dancing with someone who is new to dancing. A true sense of giving back. So I ask you, with all sincerity, pay your success forward, dance with a new dancer. Share your talents, you will be rewarded greatly! I know this to be true. I say all the time, AN ACCOMPLISHED DANCER CAN DANCE WITH ANYONE! So be all you can be, leave no one behind, you'll thank me! Happy dancing everyone!