Chris Aubin and Bridget Ryan: Perfect partners

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Chris and Bridget Aubin

Chris and Bridget Aubin (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune / June 20, 2012)

Chris: "That's crazy. I lived on Boulder."

What are the chances?

For 10 years, Bridget and Chris had lived 17 houses apart on Boulder Drive — but never met.

Recalling the aftermath of that chance meeting in Minnesota, Chris says to Bridget, "I don't remember NOT hanging out with you after that. We certainly quickly became dance partners and then the dating started quickly after that."

As they got to know one another, the couple tried to figure out how they could have lived so close but didn't know the other existed.

Perhaps it was because Bridget, 31, is a year older than Chris, 30. So, although they went to the same grade school and middle school, they hung out with different friends. They took the school bus together but have no memory of each other. Bridget remembers thinking when she saw Chris for the very first time that there was something "familiar" about him but she dismissed it.

They went to different Catholic high schools so that's another reason their paths didn't cross, and they attended different Catholic churches (St. Dennis in Lockport for Chris; St. Bernard in Homer Glen for Bridget).

Whatever. They were together now. Partners in life as well as in dancing.

In 2004 and 2005 they won the top Chicago-area swing dancing competitions, the Bringing the Heat contest, and in 2006, on a ski trip to Colorado, they were engaged. The 2008 wedding was at St. Bernard's, Bridget's parish.

When the DJ — their friend Riley Wimes — took over after the wedding dinner, the dance floor at Orland Park's Riviera Country Club quickly filled up.

Many guests just pulled up a chair to watch the swing dancing, thinking it was a floor show. The dancers were that good.

"A lot of people were asking us if we'd hired dancers and we said, 'No, they're our friends!' " says Bridget.

Both Bridget and Chris say they can't imagine marrying someone who wasn't crazy about dancing — which brought them together (although they're both rabid White Sox and Blackhawks fans too).

Right now, however, Bridget is taking a break from swing dance competition. "No throwing through the air for me," she says.

That's because their first baby is due in four months, Nov. 10 to be precise. To celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary in June, the Evergreen Park couple didn't go dancing.

Instead, Chris and Bridget went to the doctor and listened to their baby's heartbeat.

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