By day, she's mild-mannered Jane Marcus, executive recruiter. But when night falls, she transforms into a ballroom dancer.
Ms. Marcus, practice leader in asset management recruiting at Heidrick & Struggles in New York, practices at least twice a week, something she's done the past year and a half. She has two professional partners and competes about four times a year.
So when asked to be a star in the March of Dimes' Dance for Babies fundraiser July 31 in Chicago, she graciously agreed. She wasn't as much of a novice as other local celebrities who agreed to participate in the Dancing with the Stars-themed event. Instead, she performed the opening act, a showcase number.
Ms. Marcus and her two male partners walked onto stage, she in a trench coat and carrying a briefcase. Then, in a swift business-to-sassy flip, the guys loosened their ties, and Ms. Marcus shed her coat to reveal a mod 1960s dance outfit. Performing to Etta James' version of I Got You Babe, she jumped into one partner's arms and was flipped nearly on her head by the other.
It's all dancing, but it's a very highly choreographed routine, she said.
Ballroom dancing has become a wonderful contrast to the intensity of her job. It's been a great release for me, Ms. Marcus said. It's just been a terrific addition to my life. Drew Carter