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CHALLENGE BY CHOICE Why I’m dancing for a cause Andrea Evans | Publisher

In today’s crazy, fast-paced life, we often discuss “challenges” that come our way. These are unexpected, life-happens moments that many of us share via social media or email to let friends, family and associates know we may need a moment out of the fast lane to care for ourselves or take time to help someone in need. While my recent years have had their fair share of these moments, many of which I have shared here, I decided to choose a challenge for 2019. Thanks in large part to friends Leslie Rich, Brad Vynalek and the late Linda Pope, I have signed on to not only learn a Latin ballroom dance but to perform it in front of a live audience. All of this is in the name of a cause — a cause with family ties. 48  FRONTDOORS MEDIA | JANUARY 2019

Dancing with the Stars Arizona benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona is coming on Feb. 22. To prepare for this challenge, I have been taking ballroom dance lessons twice a week and the days are counting down quickly to the big day. Yes, I took ballet, tap and jazz as a child and pom-pommed my way through high school as a cheerleader, but this is a whole new thing. My instructor Ivan will be my dance partner for the event that is closely modelled after the ABC hit TV series, with a fundraising twist. Reminders like “lean forward,” “tippy toes” and “WAIT” have become a bit like being back in school as I learn a new subject. While I’ve always loved the pageantry of the TV show and thought

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