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Mill Creek Women's Club members learn to dance ballroom

The guest presenter at the March 20, 2013 Mill Creek Women's Club luncheon was Andrea Piercey, instructor and owner of the American Ballroom Dance Institute in Bothell.
Mill Creek Women's Club members learn West Coast Swing from Andrea Peircey, owner of American Ballroom Dance Institute, Bothell. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle

The guest presenter at the March 20, 2013 Mill Creek Women's Club luncheon was Andrea Piercey, instructor and owner of the American Ballroom Dance Institute in Bothell.

After a short presentation about the studio, Andrea asked for volunteers to come up and learn some simple dance routines. She was both surprised and delighted when practically the whole room enthusiastically rose to their feet ready to dance and have fun!

There was a wide array of dance experience amongst the members and their guests. Some ladies obviously knew what they were doing and others claimed to have no dance experience or sense of rhythm. It didn't matter as everyone was able to catch on to the simple routines and have a great time.

Andrea was classically trained in ballet at a young age but, after tearing her achilles tendon she was forced to hang up her toe shoes. After a year in physical therapy and trying different styles of dance she eventually found her passion in ballroom dance and has never looked back.

In 2008, while working as an instructor at a studio in Everett, Andrea met her husband Brad Bradshaw. Brad came to the studio to learn how to dance and quickly swept Andrea off her feet.

Andrea's dream was to create a studio that would share the gift of dance with the community. She followed her dream and with Brad's unwavering support started American Ballroom Dance Institute in 2009, “Being able to express myself through dance has helped me throughout my life. As a teacher I’ve also seen first-hand how beneficial dance can be; after learning to dance I’ve seen many students gain tremendous confidence in themselves, I’ve seen couples grow closer and rekindle the passion in their marriage, I’ve seen students improve their mental and physical health, and I’ve been a part of it all. Learning to dance should be easy and accessible to everyone. I’m so grateful to have met so many amazing people over the years and I’m thrilled to continue providing dance to our area for years to come!”

American Ballroom Dance Institute’s nationally certified ballroom professionals are dedicated to teaching all styles of ballroom, latin and swing dances to youth and adults. In addition to certification, all instructors at American Ballroom Dance Institute have been trained in the eight different learning styles and are thus able to teach any dance step in eight different ways. Through private lessons, group classes and dance parties the studio has changed people’s lives one step at a time.

Having seen the positive impact learning to dance has on all students, especially youth, Andrea is determined to bring the benefits of ballroom dance to youth in our community.

The Mill Creek Women's Club is a social and philanthropic organization made up of women from the greater Mill Creek, Washington area.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May at the Mill Creek Country Club at 10:30 am.

Mill Creek Women's Club has been active and growing since 1983 with fun social activities, engaging programs at a monthly luncheon and rewarding philanthropic endeavors focusing on the YWCA Pathways for Women.

For more information about Mill Creek Women's Club go to www.millcreekwomensclub.com; or call Sue Ramsey @ 425-385-2016, or Kathleen Corbiere @ 425-357-6239.

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