Hometown dancers: CHS alumni can dance without leaving town

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM.

“A week later I was hired,” he said.

Hannah — a student at Northwest Florida State College, where she is dance captain for the Soundsations show choir — encountered Fred Astaire studio owner David Colón while working at a grocery store. He asked her if she knew any female dancers.

“Then he asked me, ‘Well, what about you?’” Hannah said.

“Later, my husband and I were driving down Main Street and we passed Fred Astaire and he said, ‘Weren’t you offered a job there? Well, we gotta stop now!’”

Both dancers had some basic dance experience during their school years, including performing in the Crestview High School chorus’ elite Chanticleer show choir. Hannah was in the school’s color guard, Winter Guard and rifle teams, while Aaron did gymnastics and cheerleading in middle school.

This experience, coupled with a love of dancing, was exactly the criteria Colón and his wife, Erika Moreno, looked for.

“They like to start their instructors with a clean slate rather than trying to break bad habits experienced dancers might bring in,” Hannah said.

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