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Deirdre Black

Watch Deirdre Black and Dargoff’s Night-of Performance

 

Deirdre Black and Dargoff's Night-of Performance from Plymouth Housing Group on Vimeo.

 

Deirdre Black (2)What is your Day Job?

First and foremost, I am a mom to my three children who are now 22, 20 and 18. I have an MBA from Stanford and spent the bulk of my career in investment banking and corporate finance. My last stint was as VP, Finance for McCaw Cellular but that was nearly 20 years ago. In the intervening years, I have served in a number of volunteer capacities, primarily related to children and education including school boards, court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children (CASA) and chairperson of the advisory board for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at UW. I recently went back to school to pursue a Master in Teaching degree and have been interning in a fifth grade classroom. It’s a total blast!

What is your previous dance experience?

I was a competitive Irish step dancer as a child and spent my high school years grooving to the music of the 1970s. When my husband and I throw a celebration, it is guaranteed to be a dance party.

Why are you dancing for Plymouth Housing Group?

A safe place to live is a basic human need but the housing situation in Seattle has reached crisis proportions. Our family is blessed to have a comfortable home and a network of family and friends who can offer us support in difficult times. The least we can do is to extend the safety net to other less fortunate. Plymouth Housing Group offers that solution.

Our family has an annual tradition of serving lunch at one of Plymouth’s buildings on Christmas day. We consider it an honor and a highlight of our Christmas holidays. It is a powerful reminder of what is truly important in life — human connection. Dancing for this event is one way in which I can thank Plymouth for making our Christmas holidays meaningful. But again, I am the one who benefits because I LOVE to dance!

Where are you going to put your Mirror Ball Trophy when you win?

I will prominently display my Mirror Ball Trophy in my office where I can look at it every day, reflect on the experience and be thankful for the opportunity to dance for Plymouth.

Meet Professional Dancer Michael Darigol

Michael Darigol

Known as Dargoff in the lindy hop community, Michael has been social dancing since 2003. He competes, teaches and performs world wide and is known for his joy and unmatched creativity in both his social dancing and his choreography.

Michael danced with celebrity dancer Laura Bachman in 2014 and took home the coveted Judges’ Choice Mirror Ball Trophy!