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Sarah and Michael working on their routine!
Julie May switches one of her routines from quick step to Tango.
Can you believe, Julie May, Owner of Chestnut Gallery & Gifts, has only taken a few lessons with DanceSport of Green Bay. Check out her moves during her lesson with Ivan Seleznev, while he was in town fron NY. Go Julie!!
Learn a little more about Julie May!
1. Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? My first dancing experience was in the 7th Grade at the Cathedral dances and not being asked to dance. (Note from editor: They missed out. Little did they know that Julie would someday be a marvelous Latin and Zumba dancer.)
2. Who is your dream dance partner? My husband, Jack. (We need lessons though. I have a tendency to lead.)
3. Why support the Red Cross with your participation? One never knows when you may need to rely on this vital organization. I have always felt that “charity begins at home” – city, state and country. That’s why I support the local Lakeland Chapter.
4. Hobbies or passions: I like antiquing, golf, travel and spending time with my four grandchildren.
After owning a clothing boutique called Compliments in the eighties and Twigs Floral & Gift Gallery in the nineties, I have truly found my passion with the opening of Chestnut Gallery & Gifts, which is a blending of found objects from all over the world.
People often ask me “Why the name Chestnut Gallery & Gifts?” I answer that I was raised on Chestnut Street and when I walk through the door of my shop, I feel like I’ve come home. Of course, not literally but I get the same feeling of being at home, a result of hard work and the tremendous support from family, especially my husband Jack.
I am a huge advocate of “random acts of kindness”. It has always been my way of fulfilling a desire to help people when they least expect it.
Contributing has been a lifelong commitment of mine and I have been given the opportunity to do just that through my three businesses. I often told my two sons while they were growing up that upon encountering someone suffering or in need, do whatever you can to help them. We have been so blessed as a family and it should be our sincere desire to share those blessings.
After attending a Zumba class, I met Debbie Krysiak, the instructor. She has been such an inspiration to me and in the few years that I’ve been participating in these classes taught by Debbie, I have fallen in love with Zumba, a combination of Latin Dancing, International Music and Fitness.
Debbie is amazing, and what is also so rewarding to me is the wonderful opportunity to dance on behalf of The American Red Cross! The American Red Cross has been fundamental in helping all of us in times of the most difficult circumstances and provides a scope of services that we simply take for granted. Please support “us” in supporting “our” American Red Cross!