Serena helped me become a two time World Champion salsa dancer. My first introduction with Serena, was when I was trying to get on her dance team. She asked me to dance with her. I think she wanted to see how I lead, and what type of moves I could do. What made the experience more interesting, is that she asked me questions while we were dancing. To be able to stay on beat, I had to synchronize my talking to the beat of the music. Interesting challenge, thinking of moves, keeping count with the music, and having a conversation. But it is an example of the innovative ways that Serena has of doing things.
I was with her dance team for several months, and what I learned from dancing her choreography, is that dance performances can be playful and fun. In her routine, she not only taught us the moves; but also how to play with our partners, and the audience, to convey the spirit of the music. This has been an invaluable lesson in my future performances.
Finally, Serena has been at the World Latin Dance Cup, both times that I have competed and won there. Even though she was busy preparing for her own competition, she took the time to give me some much needed support. The first time, there was some discussion of not giving us a trophy, as my partner and I were the only competitors in our category. She offered to talk to the officials on our behalf. I so appreciated her support at this very nerve wracking time. The second time at the WLDC, my partner and I ran into Serena and her partner at a 24-hr fitness studio in Las Vegas. Again, Serena took some time out from her own practice to watch our routine, and give us some much needed feedback on our performance, and a critical time for us. Serena didn't need to do this; but she just manages to help people at critical times, because that is the type of person she is.