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Rickey Geiger

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Current location: Washington, D.C.
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Rickey Geiger was and still is a major influence in ballroom dancing. She is the organizer of The Virginia State Ballroom Championships. Also she is founder of the North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTAJ)


Rickey Geiger started dancing with her sister in age of 4. Her parents owned a ballroom. They also had their own orchestra and her mother was a singer. Dancing was a hobby. She did lap and ballet too. She danced in lots of shows and was in a play for a four month run one lime. But Rickey didn't grow tall enough to go on with that type of dancing. So she started dancing together with her sister in all girl competitions in England, which were very popular at the time. She was always the boy. All her students now say that Rickey lead better than their partner! Rickey had a lot of years of leading.

When Rickey finished competing, She started to teach. In age of nineteen she got involved with Wilfred Orange, who ran all the big competitions in London at The Albert Hall. He asked her to help him, and that's where she learned to organize competitions. In 1964 she got a call from the Arthur Murray studio that had opened in London. They were looking for someone to come over to the United States and introduce the international style. In America it was only just beginning. Her contract was for a year. She organized the syllabus and started teacher training in international style. When her year was up She went back home. Then she got all these telegrams, letters, and my fare to come back. She had to make a choice. Rickey had three sons, and my youngest was only six. So she decided we would immigrate. It only took about a year, and we established ourselves in the Washington, D.C. area.

Rickey Geiger has her own ballroom dance studio. She's the only one who teaches there. Rickey also has a lot of amateur couples that train for competitions, and many people who do medal tests. She formed the American Dance Teachers Association. All the top people in the country helped to get it started. After a few years we became members of the National Council. So now they had an organization in America that was exactly the same as the organization in England. They started it in 1973. It became North American Dance Teachers Association in the 1980's. The Virginia State shampionships is one of the longest running competitions in the country.

Also Rickey Geiger was a also secretary of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing and president of (NADTAJ).



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