I was a typesetter/graphic designer who started country western partner dancing for fun until I found the elegance and music of ballroom dancing was more my style. Fred Astaire (the studio, not the man) hired me, and while teaching couples for their wedding, I realized they needed special training, not regular dance classes, and started choreographing first dances (before there was Dancing With The Stars). I left FADS to teach independently and had a blast teaching and performing in nightclubs, cruise ships, corporate and private parties, television, stage … and weddings which launched my company, A Dance To Remember. For every routine, I created a typeset script of lyrics and dance moves to help students rehearse. Even put their pic and wedding date on it. I’d get details about the bride’s gown before choreographing so there was no “wardrobe malfunction” on their big day. Also had women bring their shoes. Not only were they impossible to dance in, many hurt like the devil.
The tail started to wag the dog in 2007. Brides were buying existing ballroom shoes from me which were better than the torture devices they had before, but didn’t meet what I had in mind. Plus ballroom shoes have inherent characteristics that aren’t ideal for non-dancers. Regardless, my shoe biz was growing. Women who’d heard about Angela’s shoes wanted to try them on. And not just brides, moms too. I wanted something fabulous for them: a beautiful, comfortable, quality, danceable shoe all rolled into one. It took many years, many factories and many obstacles before we achieved the Angela Nuran brand of hybrid shoes combining the fashion and quality a bride wants with the comfort and components a dancer needs. Shoes designed for the bridal / special occasion market that provide women with couture silk shoes, worthy to wear with fine wedding dresses and evening gowns.