When done right, ballroom dancers look as if they are gliding across the floor. It is a sexy, seductive and challenging form of art that is beautiful to watch. Thanks to Dancing with the Stars and other dance-style shows, ballroom has found acceptance in mainstream America, but it wasn’t always that way. Gene Bersten of Dance With Us America at Soutdale Center in Edina, used to hide his passion for ballroom from his friends. He was afraid of the teasing that would follow if discovered. Now, people of all ages are flocking to Gene to learn how to perform this classic dance form. Gene is an accomplished dancer with a wall of championship trophies to his name, but his pride comes not from that, but from the accomplishments of his students. He’s such a great teacher, that one of his closest students (known as his brother Alan Bersten) is now one of the pro’s on Dancing With the Stars. Tim Murphy sits down with Gene to talk about dance, tight clothes and hard work.
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