CBS5: RPD Dance Instructor Wins Jefferson Award

Russell Breslauer talks about winning the Jefferson Award for Public Service on KPIX

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — For decades Russell Breslauer taught students accounting at Chabot College. You might say he knows his way around numbers. Now, this week’s Jefferson Award winner counting to a different beat.

You don’t have to be good with numbers to follow along in Russell Breslauer’s class, but it helps to count along.

For eight years, Russell has taught line dancing classes at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center in San Francisco. The students can’t be more appreciative.

“I enjoy dancing in his class. I tell everyone about it,” said Cesar Ribeiro. “Start with him, and I guarantee you’ll be a good dancer.”

From Mambo to Merengue, Russell’s enthusiasm for dance is infectious.

“I enjoy seeing people learn things,” said Russell. “I always have.”

For 30 years, Russell taught accounting at Chabot College. But he always had an interest in International Folk Dancing.

Once retired, he volunteered at the Senior Center where he exchanged his study plans for step sheets.