A couple's biggest day should include a really good dance. Nichole Moats can help. At her Downtown studio, Dance I Do, she teaches those about to be married how to move together in time.

A couple's biggest day should include a really good dance. Nichole Moats can help. At her Downtown studio, Dance I Do, she teaches those about to be married how to move together in time.

Knockemstiff is physically a beautiful place to live. It's almost like a mini rainforest. It has a lot of traditions. The bad thing is that it's steeped in poverty. It's hard to bring someone out of poverty when they don't have any idea what's out there. It was a little scary at times.

As much as I love living in the big city and what I do, I'm always reminded of that past. I try to remain humble. It's important to be grateful for what you have.

I started dancing when I was four. I went to a ballet studio in Chillicothe. I was so short I couldn't get my leg up on the barre, and the woman yelled at me. I picked it up again when I was six. I was obsessed when I was little. I studied all the way up until my senior year of high school.

When I went to college, I took a break. I wasn't sure ballet would accommodate curvy girls. I kind of wanted to eat pizza once in a while and have beer. I started out at University of Cincinnati and started salsa dancing and swing dancing. I fell in love.

It was a totally different style. I totally sucked when I started, but I really liked it because it was accessible. Anybody could do it. You don't have to be a certain size or a certain age. It's dancing by the people, for the people.

I moved back to Columbus for family reasons. I got a job at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. I ended up teaching so many wedding couples. It was hard to do the hard pitch of a package for three grand when all they want is to look decent on their wedding day.

Some of my favorite couples are the ones that want to come in and just learn something. Learning a few basic steps, feeling comfortable and moving well together - that's something that I wanted to make really accessible.

It's rewarding to see couples learn to communicate in a new way and to have these special, private moments that I've helped create but am no longer a part of.

I have three rules for dancing. Hold your lady comfortably yet firmly. Lead with the left. When the guy leads, everything should be an invitation.

One of my favorite things to do is travel. I think it gets down inside you and changes you from the inside out. You never see things the same way.

The best advice I've ever received is that slow and steady wins the race. That actually came from my boyfriend when we first started dating. I tend to be impetuous and artistic and just kind of go at things. We've now been dating five years.

Three things I can't live without are my computer, my girlfriends and my family, including my boyfriend Kurt.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.