Country Dancing

The Benefits of Line Dancing

If you read my first article here on Cleveland Country Magazine, titled “Learning a New Language,” I gave you a brief background of how I started to teach country line dancing. Some of my current classes are held in bars/restaurants; however, recently I...Read More »

Show Your Appreciation

Line dance classes are offered at different venues, such as: bars/restaurants, fitness facilities, dance studios, or community centers. No matter where you go for lessons, it is respectful to show your appreciation to the owner of the establishment for offering their floor or...Read More »

Among Other Skills, It Takes Commitment

Even after all the years that I have been a line dance instructor, I am still amazed that some people mistakenly think that they can “learn everything” in one or two lessons. In addition, they believe that they should be able to remember as many steps and dances as someone...Read More »

Do You Prefer Dancing to a DJ or a Band?

When you take a line dance lesson, you dance to music played by either the instructor or a DJ. Some dancers have a difficult time transitioning from recorded music to a live band. There are several factors that I will discuss here as to why dancers may prefer a...Read More »

Welcome to the World of Tags and Restarts

For those of you who are new to line dancing, let me start by briefly explaining the terms “tag” and “restart.” Both are used by choreographers in their dance to stay with the phrasing of the song and/or lyrics. A “tag” is a step sequence that may be included once...Read More »

Show Respect on the Dance Floor

No matter what bar/club you go to, there is a definite need for dance floor etiquette. Hopefully most teachers review the basic “rules” during their lesson, but if people don’t attend class, they might not know. It is common sense and courtesy to show respect on the dance floor.

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Learning A New Language

For anyone who has never taken a line dance class, there are many different reasons to try one. You will be hooked, once you get past the language “barrier” of learning how all the new words translate into various steps. Line dancers understand what to do when an instructor says...Read More »

Are you a Swinger? West Coast that is!

“Swing Dancing” I’m sure creates an image in your mind.  We picture couples dancing at a fast pace to jazzy music with bouncy movements, a lot of arm swinging, twirls, flips and other quick acrobatic movements.  We think black and white movies, song and dance scenes in diners, early Rock...Read More »

We Danced

In one form or another I dance every day.  Yes, even at the grocery store, at the BMV, in my kitchen while cooking, and embarrassingly with my friends at restaurants.  Music comes on and my body moves.  Dancers know exactly what I am talking about.

Last Friday was the summer season...Read More »

That First Step

Two-Step, Texas Two-Step, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Cowboy Cha-Cha, Waltz, Classic Waltz, Cowboy Waltz, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Jitterbug, Polka, Schottische, Line Dancing, Contra Line Dancing, Square Dance, Round Dance, and Barn Dance Social (a.k.a. Speed Dating), just to name a few. Us Country folk, we sure do love our...Read More »


Grat-i-tude, (grat-i-tood, -tyood) noun: The quality of being thankful; the readiness to show appreciation for kindness; to return kindness:

  1. “She expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support” or; 2. “David expressed his gratitude to the staff and readers at CCM for the opportunity to explore all things country in...Read More »

“Crankin' It Up” at the Q

Colt Ford is an American musician from Georgia, who at one time was a professional golfer, until a leg injury redirected his talents to Country music blended with Rap.

It was his high-energy song, “Crank It Up,” released December 1, 2014, that motivated me to choose as one of the songs...Read More »

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