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Business and ballroom dancing

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The North Creek Business Alliance has become a model for other communities, such as Chestertown, which now has a similar group.

Why has it been so successful?

Well, it’s not rocket science, but it does require a great deal of dedication, hard work, communication, a “Just do it” attitude and an ability to ignore naysayers who’d rather complain than better themselves and their community.

Success, however, could not be achieved without proper leadership and the partnerships created by its members. At the end of each meeting, you’ll see what we mean; members pair up and network, planning projects, setting meetings, and swapping business cards.

Paul LoGuercio is a regular at the Business Alliance meetings. Among his many community interests, he teaches ballroom dancing to middle and high school students and adults. The Valentine’s Day Ball proved successful, so this week the dancers will be attending the Black Fly Ball at the Copperfield.

When people think of the Adirondack Park, they don’t think “ballroom dancing.” That’s for big cities, so having this activity in North Creek is unique.

What strikes us the most, however, is the mingling of generations: the Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and the Millennials. LoGuercio and co-instructor Donna Hier, of Hudson River Therapeutics in Glens Falls, teach ballroom dancing to students in grades 6-12 and adults. And this Saturday — at the Black Fly Ball — they’ll be together, dancing in the same room.

Where else can you say that a ballroom dancing event is sponsored by the local youth committee?

Our ballroom dancing teacher has created a rare opportunity to learn a new skill and socialize with others, and we can’t thank him enough for giving us another reason to get off the couch and become part of this close-knit community.

Andy Flynn is the Assistant Managing Editor at Denton Publications. He may be reached at andy@denpubs.com.

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