Country Dancing

The Next Chapter

Throughout my years in the line dance world, I have been blessed to meet some fantastic people. Since I’m currently on a “leave of absence” from teaching while spending precious time with my grandson, I appreciate when I see someone from my past and have the time to catch up...Read More »


We All Started as Beginner Line Dancers

No matter how long you have been dancing, or what level you are, we all started as beginner line dancers. If you haven’t yet tried line dancing, this article will (hopefully) persuade you to connect with a group of line dancers. First, I must pay homage to the late...Read More »


What Toby Keith Means to Me

We all heard the heartbreaking news on February 6, 2024 that Toby Keith passed away. Since then, we’ve read countless articles (including one here on CCM by Charlie) about Toby’s life, records, and career. While reading through multiple social media posts, I was inspired to write this month’s viewpoint about...Read More »


The Historic Robins Theatre in Warren, Ohio

In January, I attended the inaugural talent show by Senior Showcase at the beautiful Robins Theatre in Warren, Ohio. For this article, first I will give you some information on the venue and then I will briefly discuss the show. I had never been to the Robins; many people told...Read More »


Dancing Down Memory Lane

If you read last month’s article, you may recall that in December I reminisced about the former Bootleggers when I went to Country at the Boot in Yankee Lake Ballroom. Throughout the month, I continued dancing down memory lane to close out 2023. 

On December...Read More »


Country At The Boot

Jordan Elizabeth, Craig Wayne Boyd and Dori Yez at Country At The Boot in Brookfield.

Before I get to the subject of this article, allow me to go back in time to give you a brief history of the iconic Yankee Lake Ballroom located...Read More »


Jewel’s Dance Hall & Saloon

In a March 2019 article I wrote titled “Eastern Ohio Dance Venues” I included a paragraph about Jewel’s Dance Hall in Austinburg. This has long been a classic honky tonk bar and now I decided to devote an entire article to share the progress of a building that was originally...Read More »


American Roller Sports Championship

In June and July 2023, the Olympic Fun Center in Hermitage, PA hosted the American Roller Sports Championship Competition. The US Roller Speed Skating races were held from June 14-18; then the American Artistic Roller Skating events took place from June 28-July 2. This rink has a special...Read More »


RDNA - High Energy Eclectic Music in Their Genes

In August, I checked a local festival’s entertainment schedule and noticed a band I had never heard of; I read their background and was intrigued by their name and history. I took my friend Linda and we both enjoyed RDNA so much that I felt compelled to write...Read More »


A Leave of Absence

If you read last month’s article, it ended with “Dori Yez no longer teaches Country Line Dancing; next month’s article will explain more.” After teaching line dance for thirty years, I decided I needed to take a leave of absence. The reasons are two-fold; I must admit it...Read More »


Patti Pisoni: Line Dance Instructor at Thirsty Cowboy

Once again, I will feature a local line dance instructor; this month’s article takes you into Patti Pisoni’s world at The Thirsty Cowboy in Medina, Ohio. I first met Patti a few years back when she attended my classes at Rolling Mills. She definitely caught the “line dance...Read More »


Cathy Kaufman: Line Dance Instructor at Dusty Armadillo

As you can tell by the title, this month’s article is about Cathy Kaufman, one of the line dance instructors at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown. Cathy has been teaching there for 18 years; she started in January 2005. She was the instructor the first time...Read More »


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