Photo by Carol Abel

The missing twenty years in my writing life didn’t just disappear. I danced my way through them. I met my former husband and partner Johann Murray in 1985 in a women's karate school, which he attended under extenuating circumstances. He was already an accomplished dancer and taught me all he knew. From 1986 through 1991, we owned a ballroom dance studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

We competed professionally from 1991 until 2002 in the American Rhythm category which consists of Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero and Mambo. Today I am proud that I danced my last professional competition at age 50, with the other dancers typically in their 20s and 30s. Although dance has always been a dream of mine, I didn’t start any formal training until my mid-thirties—in my 20s, when other folks were practicing, I merely wrote copious poetry about dance insteadit didn’t occur to me yet to put any of that poetry into practice. 

I have taught ballroom and social dance courses at the Aurora Community College, Metro State College in Denver Colorado, and at The University of Northern Colorado.  I also taught Argentine Tango for Colorado Free University ( 

Beginning in 2006 I frequently danced to Pokémon music with my latest partner, and it looked something like this:

                      Photo by Michael Schulte

In 2010 Pokémon no longer sufficed and I started attending Vancouver salsa and tango events, as well as a few North Vancouver ballroom dances. Unnerving without a regular partner, and yet on occasion exhilarating. Always a perfect adventure!

Nowadays in Silver City I dance wherever I can.