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Rhythm And Moves

Rhythm And Moves
(BOB MACDONNELL / March 13, 2008)

Courant Staff Writer
Originally Printed: March 17, 2008

It was all nerves and clumsy feet when Sara North and Tom Schrader first clasped hands at the Branford dance studio two years ago.

Forget that the teens had never ballroom danced before. They hadn't even met. But there they found themselves, after North had begged her mother for lessons, and after her mother, Wendy, found a willing partner in a co-worker's son. ("He seemed like such a nice boy," she remembers.)

But what did North and Schrader know from ballroom dancing, anyway? Not very much. All they knew was that for weeks, the glitter and grace of the performances on "Dancing With the Stars" had them both transfixed.

"For me, it was seeing how these celebrities couldn't even dance at all in the beginning," says Schrader. He figured if they could do it, why couldn't he?

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