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My experience: I had been dancing salsa, bachata, cumbia, and merengue for about 7 years before starting with Ureka. For salsa and bachata, we worked on styling and some tightening up my execution of some advanced steps / combos.
About 15 years prior to meeting Ureka, I had taken ballroom group and private classes for about 6 months and from that, remembered the basic steps for cha cha, waltz, rumba, and American tango. I had also taken a couple salsa rueda lessons, but didn't really retain it. We increased my abilities in those dances.
Ureka taught me kizomba, hustle, triple swing, Argentine tango, and samba from scratch. At dance parties that she hosted, we also danced cumbia and merengue together, even though we didn't cover them in my lessons.
Ureka is by far the best dance instructor I've ever had, in large part because she figured out how to explain things to me in a way that helped _me_ "get it". I'm kind of uncoordinated and slow to learn physical things, and I'm not particularly graceful. I also have bad eyesight, bad depth perception, and I have this problem where my eyes don't focus together (according to the eye doctor) so I'm always slightly off balance. I'm the one always falling over in yoga classes. :-) I can't wear heels because of it. I've also been told that I lack rhythm. I am not even kidding; I am a klutz.
HOWEVER, after the group classes and about 20 of my private lessons, I had two ladies in one weekend tell me that I was a pretty dancer with nice style. ME! The clumsy dork who has no business being on a dance floor.... I am not ever going to win any awards, but I have SO MUCH FUN on the dance floor.
I had been getting a little bored with salsa and bachata and was going dancing less and less. Before my experience with Ureka, I probably would have eventually quit dancing. But she gave me more confidence and guided me back to my passion for dancing.
I've had lots of instructors, and there are lots of pretty, graceful dancers out there who can demonstrate steps and explain them. But Ureka has done the best job - by far - of getting through to my cells. Even in group class, she makes the dances so accessible to everyone. The people who had Ureka as their first instructor have no idea how spoiled they are.
I cannot give her enough accolades.. Ureka is truly amazing, as an intructor and as a person, and I'm honored to have learned from her and danced with her."
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