When I was a kid, my mother told me that dance has the power to communicate, beyond that of spoken and written languages, and I believed her. With pots boiling on the stove and music streaming from the under-the-counter radio, she’d sweep me onto the kitchen floor and teach me about the playfulness of partner dancing and the joy of moving with another person. Since those formative years, I never stopped dancing and have formally studied ballroom, Latin and modern dance and am a Master Dance Instructor. In addition to dance, I have studied aerospace engineering and English literature and hold an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am the founder of Ballroom Dance Chicago and Gay Wedding Dance.