BEHIND FAME15 :: Tony Montana on Life and Dancing

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by SARA LYNN RUTH

No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.
— Gabriel García Márquez, as told to me by Tony Montana

I recently returned from a cruise I took with my boyfriend, Jay, and his family. We went to the Grand Caymans for his brother's destination wedding and, afterwards, spent several days jaunting around the Western Caribbean. I have done my fair share of traveling, but until now had never had the chance to tour by massive floating vessel to lands of clear blue waters and palm trees.
 
There are countless memories I brought home with me – renting a car in Roatan, Honduras from a rather questionable cash-only “Dollar Rental” and dodging potholes and pot-bellied pigs on a self-guided tour; looking out over the ocean at night and being incredibly mesmerized yet completely overwhelmed by the sea that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump overboard or chain myself to the railing; being so seasick while ocean fishing in Cozumel that I thought for sure I was going to die on that boat but never forgetting the incredible feeling the first time I reeled in a fish.
 
After debarking the ship, Jay and I decided to spend our final night of the trip in Miami. In true form, we found a smoky and dark dive bar that we ended up returning to three times. In one day. As I sat there sipping Jack and Diet (I believe during our 2nd visit), taking in all that was Miami, I told him that the only thing that would top the trip would be if Tony Montana walked in the door. Meh – one can drunkenly dream. 
 
After dinner that night we ended up going back to Club Deuce (which happens to be Miami’s oldest bar built in 1926). During a game of pool a gentleman walks up to us and introduces himself. Anthony Montanez. No joke – he even validated by ID. After a game of pool, and several more cocktails, Tony Montana starts talking about life, about family, about the mistakes he’s made and the life he’s led. He then turns to me and says, “But no matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had.” 
 
As we walked back to our hotel, and in the days following, I thought about Tony’s words. Sometimes I can’t believe the things I’ve seen or the places I’ve been, for better and for worse. Damn, I’ve sure had a lot of dances. And now Fame15 Creative is another dance to add to the many I’ve boogied already in my 31 years. Starting this company has been amazing. And it’s been hard. I’ve seen parts of myself I didn’t know existed (good and bad). I’ve been up, I’ve been down, and I’ve had times when I had no idea what was up or what was down.
 
As I sit in my office, typing the final paragraph of this blog post (feeling very Carrie Bradshaw, I might add), I smile as I reflect on the dances I had on the trip and I am SO excited for those dances that have yet to be danced. I can’t wait to learn new moves, dance with my family, my friends, my boyfriend. Sometimes I’ll fall down, and every once in a while, I’ll bust out a cabbage patch or two. And no matter what, no one can take those away from me.

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras

Walking the streets of West End, Roatan, Honduras

Walking the streets of West End, Roatan, Honduras

Salva Vida, Honduran Cerveza

Salva Vida, Honduran Cerveza

50 foot fishing yacht in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico

50 foot fishing yacht in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Jay and me in Mac's Club Deuce, Miami, Florida. Photo taken by Tony Montana.

Jay and me in Mac's Club Deuce, Miami, Florida. Photo taken by Tony Montana.

Sailing away from Roatan, Honduras

Sailing away from Roatan, Honduras

Sitting along the coast of Belize City, Belize

Sitting along the coast of Belize City, Belize

Pool sharking in Mac's Club Deuce, Miami, Florida.

Pool sharking in Mac's Club Deuce, Miami, Florida.

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