Dr. Mary Teddy Wray always had a passion for dance, but up until about six years ago she had never had any lessons.
Then, in 2010, she was asked to dance at an event for the Center for the Arts in Harford County.
For that event, she learned ballroom dance and said she had so much fun she just kept dancing.
Now, she goes every week and sometimes twice a week. She’s taking private lessons and even has competed in ballroom dance events nationwide.
“I wanted to do something with my life, something exciting,” she said. “When I started to dance, I had an opportunity to dance more and more, so I just took that and ran with it.”
So far, Wray has performed in seven competitions, including some ballroom events in New Jersey and Miami, Florida. Most recently, she performed in Canada, where she won a VIP award.
She says that dance is a good escape from the busy dental practice she owns in Bel Air, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry.
“Some people want to go sit on the beach, but I would rather go out and dance,” she said. “Your problems stay outside the door. They don’t come into the studio.”
Wray says her favorite dances are the cha-cha for the Latin dances and the Viennese waltz for the smooth styles.
“I think it’s very elegant,” Wray said. “I like all of them, but some of them you just like more than others.”
Wray said ballroom dance is a great way to get exercise and keep her mind sharp.
“It’s a very good hobby,” she said. “It’s a very active hobby.”
However, it can be a very expensive hobby, too, she said – especially the costumes, which can cost as much as $6,000 to have made.
“They are not cheap, but they look good,” she said.
Wray said she plans to continue to dance no matter what.
“I’m not looking back,” she said. “If you cut my legs off maybe I would stop, but then I’ll do wheelchair ballroom.”
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