My mother taught me to dance when I was 10. It was her idea, but a good one – it changed my life. As I grew, and associated with girls, I was always one step ahead of the other guys who were learning to dance, which encouraged me to keep dancing. 10 years later, I started to perform and teach, and I joined “Teutonia Mannerchor” where I learned the Viennese Waltz from Viennese expatriates.
For many years I danced waltz, polka and international folkdances, along with whatever the band might play.
In 2003 I had become active in The Atlanta Waltz Society, and the leader of that group, Sid Hetzler, encouraged me to become a DJ, and to teach waltz, which I did. When Sid retired, I took over AWS and converted it to WaltzPlay, managed by a board of directors. Ever since 2003, I have danced waltz weekly, and often been the teacher and DJ.
In 2004 I started dancing Argentine Tango as well – weekly lessons and milongas (tango dance) on most weekends. And in 2005 I began to DJ tango as well as waltz.
To contact me, email: JayAland at bellsouth.net.