Sheila, 74, and Bob, 75, met in their early teens at a temple dance in Linden, N.J. Dancing became one of the common interests and lifelong hobbies they’ve shared. The couple married Dec. 22, 1960, in Newark, N.J., and they now live in Charlotte. Sheila tells their story.
Baby steps: When we met, I was 15 and Bob was 16. His sister, who had taught him to dance, had to drive us on dates till he was able to get his license. In high school, we went on to date other people until he came to Rutgers New Brunswick. I attended its women’s college, Douglas, and he called and asked me to show him around campus.
Partner practice: After we both graduated, we got married and we had two sons before moving to Fairfax, Va., in 1970 for Bob’s job. We always took ballroom dance lessons at our local community center, practicing at weddings and bar mitzvahs. When I retired from teaching in 1994 and Bob retired from government work a year later, it wasn’t long before he got a job at a studio teaching ballroom dance to newcomers.
Lifelong teacher: We moved to Charlotte in 2000 to be closer to one of our son’s family and grandkids. Bob started teaching ballroom dance for Central Piedmont Community College and the Jewish Community Center. He even taught on two cruise ships, and I got to be his “demo dummy.”
The best things: Despite life’s challenges during 52 years of marriage, dancing still brings us joy. We’re volunteer ushers at the Blumenthal and it’s always fun to run into former students while performing our duties. Hilary Trenda
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