After teaching my private writing class last night, I went to dance with one of my favorite instructors, Tim Shalnev at Fred Astaire Dance Studio on West 72nd Street.
For those of you who read my blog, you might remember I performed a pretty hot tango about six months ago and Tim was my partner.
When I arrived at the studio, Tim was finishing a lesson, and one of the other teachers rushed to show me Tim’s award: The very coveted Fred Astaire Award for Best Teacher (Advanced Students).
Tim is a modest guy with a thick, delicious Russian accent and tonight as we danced a Fox Trot, he asked, “Who are blog posts for? I am not writer but posts make me think I have good story about how I left Russia and became a teacher in Manhattan…”
“And won an amazing award!” I said, making him blush. “And who has a master’s degree in dance from a major Russian University,” which made him blush more.
He had asked a great question, because as I am a writer, I assume everyone writes. But he is a dancer and never thought of it before.
I thought about it for a few steps and then said, “Blogs and writing are for everyone who has ever told or wants to tell a story.”
He smiled, twirled me several times, and then dipped me.
“Anyone who tells stories?”
“Okay then — maybe I write a movie!” He said with a smile, and off we danced as the music changed to a Cha-cha-cha.
I hope he writes it because I know It will be great!