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Round-Up Saloon Dance Instructor Retires After 25 Years

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    Round-Up Saloon Dance Instructor Retires After 25 Years

    It's known as the home of good times and good people, and now Dallas' well-known Round-Up Saloon is saying "goodbye" to one of its favorites: dance instructor Juanita Bernal. (Published Friday, June 29, 2018)

    It’s known as the home of good times and good people, and now Dallas’ well-known Round-Up Saloon is saying “goodbye” to one of its favorites: dance instructor Juanita Bernal. She’s been teaching at the well-known club for 25 years.

    “It’s amazing. I never thought I would be here that long, but, you know, the people are great and I’ve met a lot of amazing people here at the Round-Up and I love them,” Bernal said. “They are very special to me.”

    She’s been dancing since she was a young girl and later found success dancing competitively.

    Then Bernal became a teacher to share her love of dance with everyone.

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    “I want them to experience the same happiness that I’m experiencing with my dancing,” Bernal said.

    That includes people who consider themselves to be un-coordinated.

    “And they always say, ‘I have two left feet!’ And I’ll always say, ‘I’ll give you a right one,’” Bernal said with a laugh.

    Included in the bar full of her supporters is Ben Avant, who e-mailed NBC 5 to brag about Juanita.

    “She’s here every week, always with a smile, always remembers your name, gracious, patient, helpful—she’s everything you need to have in a dance teacher for sure,” Avant said.

    Bernal said teaching the last 25 years at the Round-Up has been a gift and she’ll continue enjoying every minute of it.

    “I may be retiring from the Round-Up, but not from my dancing. So I’ve told them all, ‘I will be back,’” Bernal said.

    Because although her retirement celebration is coming to a close, Bernal is far from her final turn on the dance floor.

    Retiring from the Round-Up just gives me more time to dance for me. It’s my life. That’s what I enjoy doing and I could never retire from dancing,” Bernal said.

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