The Ladies of Ballroom – Interview with Lynn Magnesen

Brent Thomas Mills, Photo by Alex Havasi

As promised, we are back in full swing (pun intended) with ‘The Ladies of Ballroom’ CD project. As you recall, I introduced you to the originator of this project, Brent Thomas Mills, and his wonderful plan to bring exciting, romantic songs to the public via the ballroom/dancesport circa. This project is one that has never been done before and it is moving forward in a big way. The Fordney Foundation is both honored and excited to be part of this project. A percentage of the proceeds from the CDs sold will be awarded to the Fordney Foundation. Through this inspiring project, we will be able to help more young dancers fulfill their dreams.

This past weekend, we caught up with one of the “Ladies” who is going to be on the project. Marilyn Fordney, our founder, Alex Havasi, assistant director and myself had the pleasure of meeting this energetic, stunning lady, at the Emerald Ball which was held in Los Angeles from April 26 to May 1, 2016. Lynn is a Pro-Am dancer that is superb on that dance floor. She won first place in every comp she entered…wow, we’re impressed!

We are delighted to share with you what Lynn Magnesen had to say about ‘The Ladies of Ballroom’ project.

Freddie Brock: How did you first hear about this project Lynn?

Lynn Magnesen: I first heard about ‘The Ladies of Ballroom’ project through my husband, Scott, who was approached by Brent Thomas Mills. It is actually very exciting being involved in this project for a number of reasons: (1) Scott may be playing percussion on it, (2) A year ago, when I changed studios and needed to practice on my own when not in California, I began compiling a list of songs to practice to, but it was not ideal. The songs were often too long or not the right tempo. It will be fun to have music that dancers have chosen. (3) Being supportive of the Fordney Foundation is an added bonus. Scott and I have a particular soft spot for being

Lynn and Scott Magnesen

able to provide opportunities for kids, having 4 boys of our own. A few years ago, after working many years with the largest high school soccer tournament in the United States, a community service award was dedicated in our honor. It recognizes and awards those teams who significantly impact their community and themselves by working together on a service project. They then submit a video of how this project impacted them as a team. It is designed to inspire volunteerism on a continual basis.

FB: Thank you, Lynn, for being so supportive. Looks like ‘The Ladies of Ballroom’ is going to be one awesome project with you, Scott and Brent Thomas Mills involved in it!

FB: Have you made a choice on what kind of music you would like to have on the CD?

LM: I have chosen a jive for the CD. As the final dance in International Latin, it seemed an easy choice to have one that particularly lifts me when I’m exhausted but must show high energy and good technique. The right music is able to do that for me in all dances but particularly Jive. 😊

Unfortunately, Lynn Magnesen was pressed for time. She had to board a plane back to Chicago with her husband Scott. But, we found Lynn to be so charming and interesting, we made her promise to do an interview with us in the next couple of weeks, which she graciously accepted to do! So Lynn will be back and we can’t wait. Until then, thank you Lynn for taking the time to speak to us about ‘The Ladies of Ballroom’ CD special project. We are all very excited by it.

Lynn and Scott Magnesen

Thought Of The Week:

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years! – Abraham Lincoln



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website