MEET JUDY “QUEENBEE” RYAN

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Judy has been dancing tango for close to a decade. Guided by the limitless curiosity to learn more, with a passion for connection and movement, Judy has made tango a very central part of her life. Judy is a wonderful hostess and makes it a point to greet everyone warmly and introduce herself to people she has not met before — she know EVERYBODY! You can find her friendly face in tango classes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

I was born in Chester, PA at Sacred Heart Hospital.

HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?

I was separating from my husband and I found a little ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer that said “Free Tango Lesson every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Media Fire House”, and from there I was hooked!

ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO TANGO?

Never feel that you are going to learn the dance completely. You will always find something new about it. It’s a continuous process.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?

Embrace. Comfort. Satisfaction.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?

You have empathy for the partner as to what their role is and how whichever role you are performing at that time should be done. I’m also a big proponent on exchanging partners, because If you stay with the same partner you will never learn everything correctly.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TAKING CLASSES AT SANGHA SPACE?

Meeting the different people from all over. I guess at this point in my tango life, that’s a big part of it. I usually understand a lot of the steps that we’re doing already, or whatever the class is about, because I’ve probably had it 20 times by now.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT?

Well this past weekend (9/12/15), I actually did learn how to correctly lead a boleo. Something that I – and I still don’t say “master” –  but that I’m comfortable with now.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORQUESTRA?

I love, I guess it’d be called “neo-tango or alternative tango”, which would be “Bajafundo” or “Otros Aires” I prefer the more modern Argentine tango music.

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?

I read a lot, I love movies. I love anything that’s “arts and culture”. Going to museums, going to historical places, doing things like that. I love to travel.

IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?

Travelling and taking care of my family.

WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?

I went to Ireland for a tango festival as a leader, which was very rare over there for women leaders, and I was told by one of the oldest members that I was the best one there.

ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?

There’s always off days, but there’s always good days. So don’t get discouraged. And again, it’s a continuous process of learning.

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