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The St. Albans (Vt.) Messenger,
Saturday, August 16th, 2003

First Step Dance is expanding into St. Albans

Dancing in St. Albans

One of Laddison's dance classes is seen above. From left to right are Sarah Lamothe, Kevin Laddison, Sarah Wagner, Pradeep Thiagarajan, Michelle Holgate, Steve Metz, Eloise Beil and Brian Dalmer

Kevin Laddison, nationally certified dance instructor and owner of First Step Dance, will begin teaching ballroom dance classes at the Barlow Street Community Center in St. Albans on Monday September 8th.

"I've been teaching dance in Burlington since October of last year, and during that time I've had a few students from other areas ask if I could teach in their hometown. I started teaching in Montpelier in May, and those classes have grown considerably. I've decided to also begin teaching in St. Albans because it is much easier for me to travel to a group of students than for a group of students to travel to me." Laddison said.

Laddison will teach two consecutive classes each Monday evening beginning September 8th. Each 4-week class will cover the beginning steps in three separate dances. The first class, at 7 p. m., will cover the Rhythm dances Rumba, Cha Cha and Merengue, while the second class, at 8 p.m., will cover the Smooth dances Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango.

Rhythm dances are characterized by Cuban Hip Motion, a swaying of the hips, while Smooth dances are characterized by flowing movement that travels around the dance floor. "I teach three dances during each four-week session so that students can grasp and practice the basic steps of each dance before moving on to more complicated dance patterns. Learning the basics of several dances at one time is helpful for learning how each dance is related to others."

Laddison began dancing in 1997 and danced socially for several years before a job relocation took him to the San Francsico area. He began the teacher training program with nationally recognized teacher-of-teachers, Diane Jarmolow at The Metronome Ballroom in 2001 and completed the program in April 2002.

On June 14th, 2002, Mr. Laddison passed the DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dancers Association) American Style Rhythm and Smooth Basic Teachers Test with High Honors, the highest level possible. Shortly after completing the certification exam he moved to Vermont and he began teaching in Burlington in October of 2002.