So You Thought We Couldn’t Dance!


A math teacher reveals his ballroom dancing skills.

A biochemistry major choreographs hip hop.

A couple of English teachers lead intense yoga and Pilates routines – with ease.

Dance Interim was full of surprises, fun, and a whole variety of challenges.

The dancers started the day on Wednesday with a visit from Ms. Fitch. She led us in a Pilates workout, a style similar to yoga that focuses on abdominal muscles.
What did the dancers think of the workout?

“My abs are still sore!” -Emma Backes
“I thought it was supposed to be a chill thing, but it was so hard!” -Bryn Rogers
“It makes me impressed with our teachers.” -Ellen Arnold

Overall, we were put to shame by her skill.

Next, we learned ballroom dances – East coast and West coast swing and foxtrot. It turns out it’s harder than it looks!

“It was hard at first, but once we got it, it was fun.” -Cianna Holtaus
“I give credit to the people on Dancing With the Stars.” -Ari Denning

We discovered Mr. Bergstrom’s secret life as a ballroom dancer. A couple of his friends from the CSB/SJU Ballroom Dance Club came to help as well.
How long did it take the young ladies to get used to Mr. Bergstrom dancing?

“Never.” – Jennifer Lee
“About a day.” -Alyssa Brown
“He actually knows what he’s doing. I didn’t expect that!” -Bryn Rogers
“Not comfortable with it yet.” -Ari Denning


The dancers also watched two movies, “Shall We Dance” and “Take the Lead.” They showed the magic of ballroom dancing in two very different cultures – Japan and inner city New York.

Emmanuel Freeman, a senior at Saint John’s and a skilled hip hop dancer, taught a dance every afternoon. His fun style and amazing sense of movement made for a great time.
Emmanuel started dancing hip hop in high school, but he is also rooted in dance because it is part of his Liberian culture, where it is used to celebrate and show gratitude.
I asked him why he thought dance is important. He said that he appreciates how it can be incorporated in just about anything. “It’s the form of expression that, to me, is universal,” he said.