Manheim Central High School added a dance enrichment option this year that does ballroom related dancing. The Spanish teacher, Mrs. Hoover, is also the dance enrichment teacher. She has many years of experience in a variety of dance fields and decided that dance was something she wanted to share with her students.
Mrs. Hoover’s Dancing Experience
In order to get a more in depth look at her involvement and experience with dance, I interviewed Mrs. Hoover. When asked what got her interested in dance, Mrs. Hoover said, “It looked fun and entertaining. I like to wear gowns.” She also shared about the lessons she has taken. She has received lessons from Pierre Dulain (founder of American Ballroom Theatre), Garry Gehkman (U.S Dance Show Champion and professional performer on Dancing with the Stars), and learned too do lifts while in NYC. Mrs. Hoover also said that she …”demos with a professional when he teaches group classes on workshops.”
Her experience with dance does not stop there, Mrs. Hoover has learned numerous different styles of dancing. She has had lessons in waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, Viennese Waltz, hustle, swing (East Coast), cha cha, rumba, samba, bolero, mambo, salsa, merengue, paso doble, and theatre arts. When asked what kind of dance was her favorite to do she responded, “I prefer waltz, fox trot, tango, quickstep, and Viennese Waltz, as well as hustle.” She also said, “Hustle is fun and freeing. The other dances can have an elegant look. Lifts can easily be incorporated into waltz and foxtrot.” When asked what her favorite kind of dance to watch was, she said, “I love to watch quickstep. It is very quick, animated and elegant. There are intricate moves that are creative.” She also explained that she is equally enthralled by theatre arts because of the incorporation of lifts. Mrs. Hoover’s final question was about what types of dance she has not learned, but would like to learn. She expressed that she is content with all the styles she already knows, but would like to become more advanced in the styles she already knows. She said, “I’d like to work on those dances beyond the gold level.” She concluded by saying that watching professionals motivates and inspires her to reach new goals.
What do I Think?
Personally, I am impressed with Mrs. Hoover’s dance experience. Although I have dabbled in ballroom dancing, it definitely is not my area of expertise. So, I find it interesting to learn about someone who, like me, has a lot of dance experience, but in a different area. Overall, I think Mrs. Hoover is well versed in dance and it’s awesome that she wants to share that with her students. They could learn a lot from her.
Mrs. Hoover has a lot of experience and love for dancing. She has learned a vast variety of styles and has learned from a few different professionals. She is inspired and motivated to work harder to become better at what she does. Overall, I think that adding the dance enrichment was a good choice.