About

I thought about writing a resume to tell you a bit about myself – but thought you would rather read an anecdote.

First, let me share a little secret with you. I am in the process of writing, illustrating, and publishing my first two children’s books. One is called Little Dog and will also be available as a coloring book. The other is Kitten’s Adventure, a compilation. I will also be writing a series of books for children about life at the marina. A lifelong dream coming true. I’ll be sure to let you know when they will be available.

Now, for that story…

Ballroom Dance Instructor

I worked as a ballroom dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios in my twenties. During my career as a dance instructor, I experienced my life’s “most embarrassing moment.”

I was scheduled to dance in an exhibition of ballroom dancing to be given at a posh hotel during a local fundraiser. A friend loaned me an elegant tea-length evening gown for the event. I even had my makeup done the afternoon of the performance.

I had very short hair and thought I would look more elegant if I had long hair – so I borrowed a wig. It didn’t fit well, but I used about a hundred bobby pins to be sure that it was secure. When I looked in the mirror that evening, I thought I looked very elegant indeed.

Our dance routine consisted of a Tango/Viennese Waltz medley woven together with dramatic music. We were dancing like nymphs when, during a snap turn at the end of the tango portion of the dance, the wig flew off my head and skittered across the floor to land under a donor’s table.

I felt the threat of an uncontrollable laugh rise in my throat and clung to my partner. He pulled me closer and we managed to dance the finale without missing a step. Of course, we collapsed in tears of laughter on the steps outside the building the moment the performance ended.

I learned from this experience that the worst that can happen is sometimes not as bad as you think it will be. And that laughter makes us more resilient to times of trouble. (I also learned not to dance in a wig).

In addition to teaching ballroom dance, I have tutored, mentored, taught, facilitated, and worked alongside colleagues of all ages and levels of experience in writing. Working on a team or in a one-to-one environment are equally comfortable for me. I am confident that I can help you get the attention you deserve for your product or service. Don’t delay. Make the call today. 

Call or email (928) 920-0444 / mhansen@maryhansenwrites.com

 

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