Atlanta Dance Partners

Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky & Mrs. Linda Margaret Padolsky

           Hello! This is my online dancing journal. It's written as a way to keep up with my dancing progress and as a way for my wife Linda and myself to share with others our love of dancing. We also enjoy sharing our experiences about the Atlanta dance scene. I met my wife, Linda, when I was in dental school at Emory but what is really significant is that we met dancing! Linda has always loved dancing but frankly, I didn't. We've been married over thirty years and with our three children grown up and out of the house, it was time to renew our relationship and fall back in love. With this in mind, I agreed to take a weekly lesson at the Knights of Columbus Hall with the Atlanta Ballroom Dance Club in July 2008. They are really nice people and we enjoyed the lessons. After about six months of one weekly one hour group lesson , we tried dancing at Daza Dance Ballroom Academy in Johns Creek. Since then we've made Daza our primary Atlanta dancing home. In January 2009 we took one group lesson (Latin Club) and the next month we joined Daza's unlimited program.

          As I improved and began to "get it", I started to enjoy ballroom dance. In 2008 I had two left feet. I would watch a dance instructor teach a step and I would never really understand what I was doing. I just stumbled through the lessons knowing I looked like an idiot. The worse feeling was when I danced with a woman who knew what she was doing and I could see the frustration on her face. Fortunately, most of the embarassment of those bad old days has gone.

          Some of my website will be devoted to reviewing my dance philosophy and also to share some thoughts related to dance. I will reveal some secrets to getting a man to dance with you, some of my ideas about learning dance and some thoughts about good dance manners. Linda and I take weekly private dance lessons with Wayne Abbey.

          February 2012 marks the three year anniversary of when I began seriously taking dance classes. Unfortunately, I sustained my first dance related injury (left knee's medial meniscus tear) doing latin drills at DAZA. My second in November 2011 I suffering a concussion after being hooked on the back of my feet while doing a Vienesse Waltz at 200 beats per minute. I hit the back of my head so loud that one person commented that it sounded like gun fire. My third injury was in July 2012 doing natural pivot exercises which was also a medial meniscus tear.

          In January 2012 Linda and I were appointed to the Atlanta Ballroom Dance Club Board of Directors. I implemented the Ballroom Dance Camp series to assist the organization in increasing its revenues so as to stay solvent.

          Linda and I now can do many different dances including  Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Two Step, Nightclub Two, Rumba, Cha Cha, Bachata, Salsa, Merenge, Samba, Mambo, Bolero, Quickstep, Jive, Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, International Foxtrot , International Waltz, Polka, Paso Doble and more. Is this "crazy" or what?!     

   How to use this website      Notes on dance musicality      Notes on Ballroom Dance Styling      Dance Drills      Dance Terms & Terminology

          By the way, did I mention I was an Atlanta dentist? If you need an Atlanta dancing dentist who loves creating beautiful smiles and making people happy, please visit my dental website at If you have any questions about dance or dentistry, please email me at I have also listed some links of interest.


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