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Line Dance Updates

Since the last class I taught was at the beginning of March, and not too many places are open near me to go line dance, I decided to write an article every other month during this time. In this article I will revisit two of my past articles for...Read More »


Ballroom influenced Line Dancing

The idea for this article came to me back in February 2020, long before the pandemic and social distancing took over the world.

Since I have always wanted to learn how to dance like some of the couples I’ve watched at different venues over the last 20...Read More »


Dance Dreams

When my line dance classes were first cancelled because of the virus, I honestly didn’t think the closures would last very long. Here we are, three months later, and my sound sleep has often included dance dreams. In nearly every single one of them, there is a major...Read More »


From Ballet Shoes to Boots

In the first article I wrote for CCM, I explained my dance background. This month I want to delve into how my ballet experience has formed me into the line dancer and teacher I am today.

My first love of dance came in the ritual of ballet. I was...Read More »


What I Have Learned

During the past month I’ve had a lot of time to fill since my line dance classes have all been cancelled and I’m staying at home except for the occasional trip to the grocery store. In this article, I’ll go through a list of what...Read More »


Tips for teachers to help students

Recently I viewed a video by the “Line Dance Prince” in which he listed five tips for teachers to help line dance students. I’m not sure how he gained that title, if he is self-proclaimed or next in the line of inheritance; however, since I’m...Read More »


Sorrow... and Progress

This month’s article contains two stories: one of sorrow and the second of progress; both of them about young people who I was blessed to have as students in my line dance classes. After you read my accounts of their lives, please remember that life...Read More »


Thoughts In The New Year

Over the past several months I had this article in my mind; however, I put it on the ‘back burner’ until I was ready to bare my opinions to you. What better time than expressing my thoughts in the New Year?

Honestly, I have been struggling with...Read More »


Line Dancing to an Orchestra

Over the summer months the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra was looking for line dancers to participate in their “Country Christmas Concert” to be held in December. They first reached out to the Dusty Armadillo; however, those instructors weren’t interested. Then another local teacher was contacted, but she didn’t get...Read More »


The "Younger" Generation

For this month’s article, I’m sharing three separate stories about my interactions while teaching line dance to the “younger” generation. In each circumstance, to experience their enthusiasm renewed my hope for the future of keeping line dance alive in this area.

Back in February 2018 when I wrote...Read More »


Root Theory

Since my last two articles have been about bands, I decided to spotlight one of my local favorites, Root Theory. According to their Facebook page, “Root Theory” is the bond between music and nature that proves we are...Read More »


Girls (or Guys) Night Out

For those of you who faithfully followed the Cleveland Country Magazine favorite local band contest between Julia Neville and Jessica Hannan, you know that Julia received more votes and won the spot to open for Jo Dee Messina at the Thirsty Cowboy on Saturday, September 28. Congratulations to Julia, whom I...Read More »


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