The Bicycle Waltz

The Bicycle Waltz

by Jean M Zimmer, Paul R Zimmer


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"When did ballroom dancing get this easy?"
Haunted by a traumatic incident in his past, Alan Christiansen desperately wants to learn how to dance. After several failed attempts, he stumbles onto Choreographed Ballroom Dance (Round Dance), and begins to make progress. His instructors, Ray and Shelly Tenrio, are famous in the Round Dance world, popular choreographers and featured teachers on the festival circuit. Once married, they are now divorced, but Ray seeks a reconciliation. Shelly's world is turned upside down when one of her nephews is diagnosed with a rare case of thyroid cancer. As his parents fly around the country searching for answers, it falls to Shelly to care for his twin brother. Uncomfortable with children in general and boys in particular, she turns to Alan for help. Thrown together with the sort of man she used to disparage, she discovers hitherto unsuspected talents and depth in Alan, and unsuspected and somewhat unwelcome feelings in herself. In the end, Shelly must choose between the sort of life she's always known with Ray and a life she's only glimpsed with Alan. Along the way, we learn about round dance, romance, thyroid cancer, Silicon Valley startups, the wit and wisdom of Bill Watterson, and what sort of vegetable goes best with tuna-chip casserole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502833228
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2014
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Paul and Jean Zimmer are, as might be imagined, avid Cued Ballroom (Round) Dancers. They began dancing in 2011 and their enthusiasm remains undiminished. They share a common passion to tell the world about this wonderful activity.

Paul, like Alan, is a computer chip designer. He has worked at several large companies, including Hewlett Packard and Cisco, as well as several start-ups. He currently works as a consultant. Visit him on the web at

Jean trained as a speech therapist, but left the working world to become a full-time mom when their twin sons (not named Brandon and Matthew) were born.

In addition to their twin sons, the Zimmers have a daughter. It is her thyroid cancer story that Matthew lives in The Bicycle Waltz.

The Zimmers currently live in Roseville, CA, near Sacramento. They've traveled far and wide, and even lived overseas twice, but somehow always seem to come back to Sacramento.

In 2017, they helped start a local non-profit dance club called The Sacramento Cued Ballroom Dance Club - "SacCued" for short ( The goal of the club is to bring as many new people into Cued Ballroom as possible.

In 2018, they joined forces with a group of dancers and cuers to create the "CBD Learning Library" youtube channel, which provides demonstration videos and educational materials for beginning dancers.

The Zimmers hope that readers will be inspired to give Cued Ballroom Dance (Round Dance) a try. It really is the easiest and most enjoyable way to learn how to dance.

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