"At that point I had no idea what ballroom dance was. In fact, I’d always been reticent about dancing, but being single at the time, with plenty of time on my hands, I decided to give it a try and I absolutely loved it," Lance Halverson recalled.
Since then, Halverson has worked with experts and world champion dancers to learn all he could about ballroom dancing. A quick study, he was soon teaching class where he had once took class. He immersed himself in style and technique, becoming certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in American Smooth, which includes Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz. In October 2006, he started Dare 2 Dance, offering instruction in many forms of dance.
"I like to think that this is what God created me to do. He led the circumstances of my life and brought me to this place. I have a passion for dance, I love what it teaches people in general and I love what it teaches couples," Halverson said. "In ballroom dancing, two people dance as one. A man leads and the lady follows, but he has to lead with sensitivity, confidence and gentleness, and the woman’s power is choosing to let him lead and being responsible for what she does in the partnership. It is a beautiful example of how relationship’s should work."
Kids as young as age 7 take lessons from Halverson, as do octogenarians. The Tri-Cities first ISTD certified instructor also arranges wedding choreography for a couple’s first dance as husband and wife, truly believing in the benefits.
"The time that it takes to work together on a routine and not argue or fight, to be able to communicate and resolve conflict, will strengthen the relationship," he added. "They will always have that dance to look back on and be able to draw upon that experience."
He should know.
The 41-year old met his wife, Jesseca, on the dance floor. Actually, it was Halverson’s first dance partner, Jesseca’s younger sister, who introduced the pair. A year later, they married and now have three children, ages 6 years to 6 months old. The Halversons will celebrate eight years of holy matrimony in August.
"There have been times when I’ve worried about not having enough business to provide for my family, but the theme verse for my business is Psalm 127:1 (New International Version): ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder labors in vain.’ We have a lot of faith and a lot of trust and, through the years, God has always provided," Halverson said confidently.
Want to reap the social and cognitive benefits of ballroom dancing while getting fit and relieving stress? Singles, families or twosomes are invited to enroll in classes in Kingsport at the Centre for the Performing Arts, 727 N. Eastman Road, or in Johnson City at Legion Recreation Center. Halverson also offers private lessons and holds a monthly dance party at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray. For schedules, rates and a list of dance styles taught, check out www.dare2dancetn.com or call 423-502-6577.