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February 2006
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Q&A: Stephan Pavlik


Stephan Pavlik is an attorney with Larry Leach & Associates. For the past two and a half years, Pavlik has taught dance with Liz Deville at the Evergreen Fitness Center. Recently, Pavlik and Deville were featured in Colorado Serenity Magazine for their lively classes (photograph by CSM at right). The type of dance class varies depending on demand.

• When did you develop a love for dancing?

I grew up in Chicago and had some kind of fascination with dance. On weekend nights I’d sneak in (to a local ballroom) where there were big bands with 16 or 20 members. I’d go upstairs and watch people ballroom dance for hours.

• Describe your studio.

It’s in the Evergreen Fitness Center in a large room with tall mirrors. It’s roughly 50' x 50' with wood-on-wood floors, which has just enough give so you can dance for hours.

• What’s your co-instructor like?

Liz is remarkable. She’s kind of a chameleon who changes her hair color and style — a true performer. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Dance.

• What’s something people don’t know about dance lessons?

Therapists often send couples who are having problems to our dance lessons. They learn something new together, and have to work through problems on the dance floor. … It’s a great activity with a partner because you grow together.

• Can you draw any similarities between dancing and law?

Preparing for a dance competition is like going to trial. Learning routines to perform in public takes practice and
discipline.

• What kind of dancer are you?

I consider myself a momentum dancer. I like to move and try to control the momentum.

• What’s your biggest challenge as a dance instructor?

Most guys don’t realize their presence always communicates a message to their partner, which causes a reaction. Most dances break down in the basic frame. For years, I thought I had a perfect frame, but after working with a coach I’ve learned to tuck in my ribs. There’s always something to improve.

• Why should people try dancing?

Social dance is pure relaxation — like an extension — it’s fun and physically demanding. For me, it’s a good way to forget about the day and move onto the next. You can meet friends and do it safely. … It can also serve as exercise. When Liz and I practiced the waltz, her heart rate was 95 percent of max, but we push it. It’s moving, but more fun than walking.

• Want to try your hand (or foot) at the waltz, East Coast swing or salsa?

Contact Liz Deville at (303) 674-6902 for class information. Since January, Evergreen Fitness has hosted Saturday night dance parties. For $5 you get a half-hour lesson and two hours of dancing.


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