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Ballroom Dance Lessons with Bernie and Frank Pickett!

Ballroom Dance Instructors, Bernadette & Frank Pickett

By: Karrie Beck

It’s funny how God works sometimes. I have more coincidences and stories than paper to write them on regarding the number of times Frank and Bernadette Pickett have woven themselves into the life my husband and I share. Yet each story has one common theme: learning to surrender.

Frank and Bernadette have been instructing ballroom for over fourteen years and although their teaching style makes the steps easy to learn and retain, it’s the life lessons they teach off the dance floor that seem to endure the longest. Before each new series of classes begin with a dance prayer. This prayer sets the tone for the lessons and shows a glimpse into their successful fifty-one year partnership as man and wife. “When I mediated on the word guidance, I kept seeing ‘dance’ at the end of the word,” says Bernadette. She continued, “I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.” Little did I know

This prayer also answers the question my husband and I are often asked, “Why are you taking ballroom dance lessons?” One thing we can answer with certainty, the holy spirit was alive within both of us during those first few classes; helping show us how and when to let the other partner lead. It just makes sense that we’d need a refresher in that area every now and again. It sounds silly but it’s true. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it is an easy thing to admit – learning to let go made us better partners.

It’s been years since our journey with Frank and Bernie first began. I thank God he brought them into our lives. Between the exercise, laughter, and fellowship – ballroom classes with Frank and Bernie have been one way we’ve worked to add bricks to help build a foundation for our marriage.

With classes costing around the same as a night out at the movies and the takeaway(s) being far greater than even I imagined, I would encourage anyone who’s interested to give it a try. Currently classes are being held Monday nights from 6:30-8:30 in Port Huron.

Josh and Jenny Koehn

If you’re even the slightest bit curious about trying ballroom dance, give them a call and take the leap. There are singles who attend classes too; anyone who wants to learn can be partnered up. All ages and skill levels are welcomed. Bernie and Frank work at the level you’re at and help you progress at your own pace.

Give them a call today!
Instructors: Frank and Bernadette Pickett (810) 334-9019
Classes taught:
Fox Trot
Cha Cha

“As I lower my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God Lead. My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you and your family on this day and everyday. May you abide in him as he abides in you. Dance together with God. Trusting Him to lead and guide you through each season of your life. Amen.” Bernedette Pickett


About the author

Karrie Beck

Karrie has lived the largest part of her life in the Blue Water Area. She earned her degrees from Central Michigan University. She is an educator for Port Huron Schools, a member of High Noon Toastmasters International, and a volunteer for Blue Water Pregnancy Care Center. Karrie enjoys working for GBS Media; researching and writing local stories for Blue Water Healthy Living provides this area native the chance to boast about its abundant beauty.

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