While dance wasn’t always a part of his goals, Solomon admits that he didn’t realize how much confidence it would give him in personal and professional situations. Learning to lead in dance, has helped him become a better leader at work and in other aspects of life! He continued, “It has helped me widen my social circles, add depth to my personal and professional interactions with others, and added a stronger sense of self and confidence. It’s pushed me to perform on stage, (one of the most vulnerable things I have experienced), and given me the ability to be comfortable being uncomfortable in any situation.”
Speaking of being comfortable in any situation, Solomon has become quite a hit at weddings due to the social dance etiquette coaching and years of training he received at ATOMIC. He elaborated that this approach and teaching style is a major difference from other dance studios he has tried, and is unique to ATOMIC Ballroom. The etiquette coaching and unique teaching style also helps him with his ultimate goal which he proudly says, ” Remains old-school and simple – every man should know how to dance/lead well and show his follower the best, most enjoyable time.”
Solomon’s commitment to being a gentlemen on and off the dance floor shows in his dedication to safe, enjoyable partnering, and the relationships he’s formed over the years. While he has formed some brief romantic connections through dance, his focus is on keeping his dance partners safe, ensuring that they have an enjoyable time, and dancing well. He added, “ATOMIC has trained me how to dance well. More importantly, they encourage everyone to make connections through dance and prepare you for different social settings that involve dancing and actively listening.” When asked what he enjoys most about dancing at ATOMIC, he proceeded, “During classes and private lessons, I enjoy the consistent teaching style and passion from all the instructors; the patience, depth of knowledge, humor and the ability to adapt their communication style to reach every student.” He confessed that he knows he has been “spoiled” by all of the tremendous teaching talents, staff and students at ATOMIC. Further adding, “When I social dance at ATOMIC, I enjoy the feeling of knowing it is a safe place for students who are practicing, making mistakes, and learning. Plus it’s fun to see the same core group of students who have become life-long friends, improve over time as well.”
Would you have guessed?
Q : Something people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: “I toured western Canada as part of an A-Circuit 80’s cover band between high school and university.”
Q. Your least favorite styles of dance?
A. West Coast Swing, Balboa and Collegiate Shag
Q: Who is your favorite dancer/performer?
A: “It changes all the time. Believe it or not, it would actually be Care’n Chato – no joke. She has the uncanny ability to give back the exact same amount of momentum you give her during a lead/follow partner dance. She is also a consummate performer and choreographer.”