Country Dancing

The Dance of Life

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For several years I have had the pleasure of teaching a lady by the name of Christine in my line dance classes. She is a Pastor, and writes an article for her coworkers every week; when she shared this one with me, I asked her permission to include most of it in this month’s article.

“Triple step, rock back recover, grapevine with quarter turn and scuff, step touch, rocking chair, lock step, sailor step…Anyone wondering what language I am speaking? Well, if you have ever set foot on a dance floor for a line dance lesson, you understand. I join a group of women anywhere from their 20’s to 80’s each week for line dance lessons.

What I have noticed over the years dancing with these women is their willingness to welcome a new person to the group. Our teacher makes sure she explains things clearly and always makes sure to allow time for questions or an opportunity to re-teach a challenging step. The veteran dancers try to put the new dancers in the middle of the group so no matter which way they turn in the dance they have someone to follow. The veteran dancers remind the new dancers it takes time to learn and encourage them not to give up.

This particular group of women has shared joys and sorrows together. Our group is diverse in occupation, faith, age, and marital status, yet on Wednesday night, we come together with a common goal, to set aside all our cares and dance to the music. We laugh together and we challenge each other.

In many ways, this group reminds me of Jesus and his disciples. Jesus extended the invitation to follow him, he taught, challenged, laughed with, encouraged, and grieved with his friends, but most important he loved them.

I am thankful I have the opportunity to spend a few hours a week on the dance floor with a fun, compassionate group of women, but even more thankful I have Jesus giving me cues to lead me in the dance of life.” –Pastor Chris

I hope that you are as inspired as I was with Christine’s article; here’s one of her favorite dances:

She’s Country

Dori Yez teaches Country Line Dancing at these Ohio SCOPE Centers: Howland on Monday evenings (True Beginners) and Wednesday evenings (Seasoned Beginners & Intermediate) plus the same level in Cortland on Friday afternoons. Depending on interest and availability, she may resume teaching lessons at Rolling Mills Bar & Grill in Girard, Ohio.

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