Theresa Henes passed away on Nov. 25, 2012 at the age of 93 and after more than 50 years of instructing students in dance.
Heneswas born on Aug. 29, 1919 as the youngest of six children of Morris and Rebecca Terdiman. She studied acrobatics and tap dance at Ned Wayburn’s School of Dance in Manhattan.
For 27 years, Terry ran her own dance studio in New Hyde Park on Long Island, where she taught the Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus. In 1972, Terry and her husband Murray moved to South Florida where she founded the National Dance Teachers Association of America and created institutions such as “Dancing Under the Stars,” a beloved monthly dance event in the City of Boca Raton.
Henes’s passion for ballroom dancing and her deep beliefs as to its benefits carried through to her many loyal students who truly adored her. She received awards for her work from Palm Beach County, the City of Delray Beach, and both the mayor of Deerfield Beach and the mayor of Boca Raton have designated May 4 as “Terry Henes Day.”
She taught until her retirement as a full-time instructor at 87 years old.
Henes is survived by her son Michael and his wife Karen; her grandchildren Rachel and Jonathan; her great-grandchildren Sam, Ellie, Charlotte, and Cece; and the many students and friends who benefited from her incredible spirit and dance instruction.
A commemoratives display will be set up for the month of January at the Boca Raton Community Center at 201 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL. A funeral was held on Nov. 27, 2012. Donations can be made to www.dancingclassrooms.com.