WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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like adults. She expected you to do well, and you did well because she was expecting it. We wouldn't remember her 50 years later if all she'd done was teach the mechanics of dancing. " Longtime Wellesley resident Marcia Gorgone also took ballroom dancing from Mrs. Ferguson and gives a strikingly similar description: "She was a presence. Formidable. You wouldn't dare be late or disrespectful." She notes that Juliet Ferguson's School of Dance "was chic and THE place to go." Gorgone owes more than just good manners to Mrs. Ferguson. Her parents met through Ferguson's "tea dances" and were married in 1946. Gorgone and her husband, and later their children, all experienced Boston Assemblies through Mrs. Ferguson and, later, Mason. Gorgone notes that as a parent "I used to love to drive my boys, squirting the Binaca in their mouths, talking about who they wanted to ask to dance." Of Mason, Gorgone notes, "Don was handsome, debonair, elegant, and graceful." Ferguson brought Mason on board as an instructor in 1957, when he was 28 and an instructor at the Arthur Murray School of Dance. She retired in 1975, and Mason took up the banner and carried it proudly. He met Susan Cole in the 1970s at the Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port. Then in her 20s, Cole had "secretly always wanted to take dancing lessons." After she saw Mason prac- ticing with his dance partner in the club 55 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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