It’s Thursday night and I’m half an hour late to the Beginning Ballroom and Swing class at Magnuson Park. Walking from the dark parking lot into the bright spacious room at The Brig, class is already in full swing and the room’s full of nine couples practicing the waltz. Celia Boarman, the instructor is saying, “dance is a participatory sport,” and glances at me to join in, but the room is crowded and everyone is already paired up so I take a seat and watch from the sidelines. Celia is a tall, elegantly dressed woman with the poise and carriage of a dancer. “Everyone looks really good!” she comments, smiling and nodding. Some couples look totally at ease and appear to be lost turning in their own private dream as the next incarnation of Fred and Ginger. Others look to be struggling with scrunched up foreheads and ramrod tight posture. One man stares down at his feet, ignoring his partner who is desperately trying to read his cues.