Dancing With the Northland Stars: Meet Kevin Abrahamson
Posted at: 10/30/2013 12:06 PM
| Updated at: 11/01/2013 1:48 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
When he first stepped into the Superior Ballroom Dance Studio, Kevin Abrahamson had just one goal.
"I came in here on May 4th and I met Andrea and I said, 'I have this gala I want to go to and I don't want to embarrass myself,'" explained Kevin.
He didn't want to trip over his own feet and with no dance experience, he was starting at ground zero. At the time, Kevin was living and working on the Iron Range.
"I drove from Cook three to four nights a week to begin with," Kevin said.
With that kind of commitment it didn't take long for Kevin to get his ballroom footing. He did dance at the gala, but that wasn't the end. Kevin realized he loved to dance. He just kept at it.
In August he got a job as a curriculum coordinator at Duluth Public Schools. Kevin moved south and is now minutes away from the studio.
Practicing more, his clothes soon started to sag.
"It's been a great exercise program for me. I've lost over 30 pounds," he said.
You name a type of ballroom dance and Kevin has done it, but his favorite is the fox trot. That's what he's practicing for the big showcase coming up.
He has not only learned the steps, he's learned to lead. And making it even tougher, in this routine he'll need to twirl two women simultaneously, studio owner, Andrea, and instructor, He-joo.
Kevin says he's never felt better, he has a whole new wardrobe and he can't help but smile. When anybody asks him about ballroom, he tells them one thing: When he walked into the studio he was 55 going on 65, but things have changed.
"I'm 55 going on 45, and if it gets any better I'm going to be 40," Kevin exclaimed.
Kevin says dance has changed his life. It's hard for him to believe five months ago he had one simple goal, to not embarrass himself.
"I think I've gone a little bit beyond that now," he said.
And seeing him dance today, we would have to agree.
Just like ABC's hit Dancing with the Stars, Kevin and a dozen other Superior Ballroom Dance Studio students will perform at the DECC on November 15th. It's the studio's Fall Masquerade and everyone is welcome. To get tickets or for more information go to their website: http://superiorballroomdance.com/.