“I was first introduced to ballroom dancing at Camp Eagle Ridge. Because every Friday night was a dance, every once in a while there would be an optional dance class during the week to teach the campers how to do a little more than just the Electric Slide. I remember learning the basic for two dances there: the tango and the waltz.
The best thing about it at the time was a running joke through camp: “be a gentleman.” It wasn’t so much a joke as it was a super important life lesson masked with laughter and good friends. Of course, being a gentlemen meant knowing how to dance, and occasionally a counselor would remind us of that.
Five years after my last year at Camp Eagle Ridge, a friend of mine in college asked me to come with him to ballroom dance club at Indiana University. Given that I enjoyed it before, and that it never hurts to be a gentleman, I figured that I would give it a shot. To make a long story short, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and three years later I am still dancing today. “
– Derek Riebau, camper 2001-2006
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