Dancer Extraordinaire: Getting to Know Patty Contenta Part 2

As Patty and I talked it was fun to learn a lot of fun things about her that I could have never guessed. Here are some of the highlights:

What motivates you and why?

I am motivated by possibilities and curiosity. I feel that living in North America and being able to do what I love is a gift. With this gift I look for the opportunities and possibilities that are available to help me to build and to continue to make myself better everyday. I’m very curious as to what life offers in relationships and business, even if it is a challenge.

What are you most proud of?

I have a few top moments, but the day my partner and I won the Canadian Rhythm Championship is a big one. The lead up was a culmination of a lot of work. For five years we practiced three to four days a week for four to five hours a day on top of working and competing every weekend. In competition, dancing is a game of hardwork. It’s not just creating routines, it’s your connection and synergy with your partner, and it takes time. Bottom line you gotta go through a lot of %#&$ sandwiches to get to the great dessert.

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What was a pivotal moment in your life?

My divorce. It was a huge challenge, but brought my life so many gifts. It proved to me that I had the tenacity to break through from that experience.

What do you like to do in your free time (activities/hobbies)?

I love to be in nature, hike, bike. Being out doors is a great break from being in my head. I also meditate as a practice, and it has helped me to have a calmer overview of life. It has a way of making things slowdown and become less emotionally charged.

What is something that you have had the opportunity to do, that most people haven't?

Being with Arthur Murray has given me the opportunity to travel to many different parts of the world. Outside of teaching in the United States and Canada, I have had the privilege to teach in Beirut and Israel.

What would most people find interesting about you?

My diversity. I’m not a one trick pony. I have a diverse knowledge of dancing and life because I have dabbled in so many things. When I coach or teach, it’s not just about the dance step, I use concepts that resonate with people more so because I interrelate it to life and how they observe and learn, so they can understand it the best way possible. The ability to observe the unique need for that student, I can give information that will give them quickest results.

Other fun facts about Patty:

She has an online business Sensuality Secrets and wrote a book Desirable and Deserving and as she said “This all came about from starting with Arthur Murray.”

With so many talents, it’s easy to see why we bring Patty back to coach us again and again! You just may see Patty this week as she coaches at some of our dance centers!