Line Dancing: Adding LIFE to my Years & Years to my LIFE!!
Line Dancing: Adding LIFE to my Years & Years to my LIFE!!
Dave Bush Jr - Godfather of Line Dancing
------How I became a Dash Bush Dancer--
------Kenny Js Reflections on Dave Bush Jr.
Bill Shuler (Dollar Bill)
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David Bush Jr. was known as the “godfather of line dancing.”
Bush died on Saturday, May 25, 2013. He was 66.
He was born Feb. 16, 1947 to the late David and Willie Bush in New Bern, N.C. He was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1965. He was a member of Bright Hope Baptist Church.
He worked for the city of Philadelphia for 35 years as an inspector for the Health Department before retiring in February 2002.
Bush’s pastime was creating complicated dances. He started dancing at age 7 and took tap lessons until he was 13. He entered various talent shows while in grade and high school. As a teenager he learned to bop and cha-cha, but in his adult years, Bush perfected different dance styles.
“Dances kept forming in my head, from that point on, I would see visions. The visions would take me down to my basement to put the vision to foot action. These visions would come to me around three or four o’clock in the morning,” he once said.
Bush choreographed his first line dance, the “Bus Stop” in March 1991 during a casual basement dance session with friends. He began teaching line dance classes in his basement, several nights during the week. He continued to create dances such as the “Silky Smooth,” “Chesterfunk,” Grand Stand,” “Sakeem” and the “Running Man.”
In 1997, Bush selected 10 of his best students to participate in the Apollo Talent Showcase held at Cheyney University. The original Dave Bush Dancers were comprised of Karen Grady, Cherrill Conway, Shirley Sowell, Pam Perry, Deborah Willis, Sakeem Parks, Rikk Goodman, Cary Edwards, Rufus Oliver and Bush. The group would win the talent showcase and move on to appear at the legendary Showtime at the Apollo Amateur Night in New York.
Thereafter, Bush would add more members to the group. The Dave Bush Dancers would grow to as many as 18 members. They performed at many venues such as Unity Day, African American Culture Festival at Penn’s Landing and many community and social events in Philadelphia and throughout the East Coast.
Bush received the Union Crew Lifetime Achievement Award and was recognized with a City Council citation on Sept. 24, 2008.
The first viewing will be held June 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home, 2432-34 N. 27th St. The second viewing will be held June 4 at 8 a.m. at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is private.
1ST ANNUAL DAVE BUSH JR. HERITAGE-DEDICATION SCHOLARSHIP/AWARDS GALA.
2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT:9 YEAR OLD JAYLYN CAGE
ATTIRE: DRESSY BLACK AND WHITE ATTIRE (ONLY)
(2) ADDITIONAL AWARDEES (TBA)
OUR DANCE ROOTS ARE FROM AFRICAN AND WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR FUTURE DANCE CONTRIBUTES BY DOCUMENTING AND PRESERVING OUR PRECIOUS HISTORY ...AS WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO WITH ONE MAN.... ON SEPT 24TH AT THE AAHM!
~SHOWCASES, PERFORMANCES, DANCING, MUSIC AND MUCH MORE!!!
WE ARE CELEBRATING.... DAVE BUSH JR. AND PERFORMERS/DANCERS RIGHT HERE IN PHILADELPHIA-WHERE IT-ALL-BEGAN!
SO IT'S NATURAL THAT PHILADELPHIA (PA) IS WHERE HE WILL BE HONORED... BY HIS PEERS AND FRIENDS AT THE 1ST ANNUAL HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP/ AWARDS.
WHERE: AFRO-AMERICAN HISYORY MUSEUM AT 7TH AND ARCH STREETS IN DOWNTOWN PHILA ...WHERE HE TAUGHT WORKSHOPS MANY YEARS AGO.
THE MUSEUM'S CONCIERGE WAS THRILLED TO HAVE US HOST... THIS GALA EVENING EVENT AT THEIR PRESTIGIOUS LOCATION....WHERE DAVE'S ARTIFACTS SUCH AS PICTURES VIDEOS AND ARTICLES ETC., WILL BE DEDICATED. THEY WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR LINE DANCING COMMUNITY.
JOIN US AS WE TAKE OUR PASSION FOR LINE DANCING UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL...BY PRESERVING OUR DANCING HISTORY IN THE PHILADELPHIA AFRO- AMERICAN MUSEUM ON SEPT 24, 2016 FROM 8PM TO 12MIDNIGHT.
Happy Feet TV (Featuring The Dave Bush Dancers) 03/05/16
CHECK OUT THE Live TV highlights of a few of the legendary Dave Bush Jr's Dance Performers!
See interview: Bernadette Burnette , Kay Rae Gradea, Sakeem Parks , Shirley Sowell... and more! Happyfeet Dance Network TV show!
NOTE to Linda add the Dave Bush Jr links from Kay and my documents of him.
Kay Krates - How I became a "Dave Bush Dancer"! Insert
It all started in 1994... while I was trying to bounce back from major depression, my bestie, invited me to an after work party at the Ritz Night Club on South Street in Philly. Although it was good to get out, I didn't feel much like being social, so I went to sit at the bar, ordered a glass of white Zinfandel and just enjoyed the music.
The following week, I decided to go back to the Ritz, this time, I went for a Butterball Sunday Night Oldies. Since I lived in Center City and it was close by, I went alone. When I entered the club it was crowded, so I walked to the back bar, ordered a glass of wine, then I sat and sipped all the while enjoying those classic oldies.
I spun around on the barstool, and in my view I could see, a group of synchronized dancing feet, on the platform that was eye level in front of me. It appeared to be a line dance. I know how to do the electric slide, but that wasn't what they were doing. “Hmmmm…there are other line dances beside the electric slide” I thought to myself. I began to focus on the feet. I pictured myself doing the dance “I think I got it” I thought to myself.
But how will I know unless I get up and try it. “Nah not yet”….I hesitated. By the time I finished my second glass of white Zin, the confidence kicked in, I decided to get up and try one of them.
Gail, a member of the group called the Posse, noticed my interest and walked me through the steps of “Nasty Girl” done to Lynn Collins song “You’d better think”. Afterwards I smiled and happily thanked her. That was my introduction to line dancing 😊 I loved it…. I could showcase my own style as an individual dancer!! I'd learn it... own it... make it work for me!! I said goodbye to my depressed mood and hello to line dancing!!
I went to Butterballs Sunday Night Oldies again and again. I learned a few more dances, and I met more people. Not long after that, the Ritz Night Club closed. ☹
Later that year, December 1994, the apartment building where I lived caught fire, which displaced all tenants. Fortunately for me, my job at that time, gave me temporary living arrangements, in the residence quarters, until I could find another apartment. A few weeks later, in January of 1995, I found an apartment, still in Center City on 9th and pine, a block from work! Once I was settled, it was time to find that line dancing again.
Fast forward a bit to the summer of 1995. Club Gotham was opened on the waterfront I was at another after work party. While mingling with coworkers, I noticed on the other side of the club two guys doing a line dance that I hadn't seen before the steps appeared to be so simple, I focused on their feet. I tried it right where I was standing, no problem. This didn't appear to be the right place for line dancing, more like freestyle after work dancing, so I continued to mingle with coworkers.
Soon after, I went to Champagnes with friends for the Friday night oldies party with Annette Brown Sugar. That's the night I ran into the gentleman that I saw doing that line dance at Gotham. When my friends and I got upstairs, there was a crowd surrounding the dance floor. We moved in to get a better view, and guess what? They were doing the dance that I picked up at Gothams! “I know that dance... hold my bag”, I told my girl, then I jumped in. Only four or five people were doing the dance... I found out when the song was over, why that was. My first rotation during the dance they went left but I went right, (that's when I literally bumped into Dave). “But I know this” I told myself.
I persisted and the second rotation, it was on! I was in my world! I was lost in the music and dance... so much so, I didn't hear, Brown Sugar’s “subliminal message” on the microphone, Dave Bush and his dancers On The Floor! I had no clue that they were presenting Dave Bush's new dance called “Philly Connection” because we came in after Brown Sugar's announcement of them showcasing Daves new dance. I tuned in and out continuing on with the dance she realized I was not getting the message so she stopped giving it.
Afterwards my friend told me that I jumped in on the showcasing of Dave Bush's new dance. Wait….What….Who!?l
OOOPS! At that time, I didn't know anything about Dave Bush. I felt so bad, I went over to apologize... he accepted. He wasn't too upset, because he could see that I somehow knew the dance. I mentioned that I saw him and his friend doing the dance at Gotham, that's how I knew it. I asked if he taught lessons... he said yes. I assured him that I'd be there.
His classes were held in his basement, in Germantown. I lived in Center City... without a car. So, I'd walk a couple of blocks to get the 23 trolley (yes it was a trolley back then), it took me from Center City to Germantown. I then walked a couple of blocks to his house on Penn St. It was a long ride on a Saturday morning but, it was worth the trip. He was constantly creating dances so there was always something new to learn, and I met lots of people in Dave's basement... I was hooked!
Dave was always going out to showcase his new dance and I was right with him. He’d tell everybody in class where he was going, and we'd meet him there to help showcase his new dance. We frequented places like Club Escape in Jersey City, Club Vegas on Delaware Ave with Butterball Sunday Night Oldies. Any chance we had to get his new dance out there, I was with him whenever possible.
February, 1997, Dave Bush entered a contest at Cheney University, in which, the chosen winners would go to New York for an Amateur Nite @Apollo talent competition. Dave chose 9 line dance students to join him as “The Dave Bush Dancers”,( it was truly an honor to be chosen). Dave created a routine out of his dances.
Our group was one of the groups, chosen to perform at the Amateur Nite talent competition. And So It Began! I think back and say if I hadn't got up…”Gail from the Posse” would never have taught me the dance called Nasty Girl aka “Posse Shake”…… line dance Nasty Girl known today as the “Wobble” line dance……?????the wobble the same or different?????
In 1997, Dave's dream would come true. He selected nine of his best students to participate in the talent showcase held at Cheney University. The group would win the talent showcase and move on to appear at the legendary, Showtime at the Apollo Amateur Nite in New York. The group took second place two out of three amateur night appearances.
After the Apollo we performed at Unity Day... the Dell East, in Washington DC, Baltimore and other venues. We even danced onstage with MANDRILL, …..PRICELESS! The group got shout outs on WDAS FM with Butterball, Patty Jackson and Darryl Taylor. They group grew to be as large as 20 members strong I performed with the group for about two years. The DBDZ continued on for many years with group members that decided to create their own groups, then branched off.
‘The Godfather of R&B/Soul Line Dancing”
IAKJ Awards Ceremony 13th Anniversary Celebration
The dictionary defines Godfather as one that founds, supports, or inspires. I submit to you that Dave Bush found Philadelphia style line dancing. I submit to you that Dave Bush is the foundation, the backbone, and the support of Soul line dancing. I submit to you, that you have been inspired by the dreams of Dave Bush. I submit to you...
The Godfather of R&B slash soul line dancing, Dave Bush
If I can help somebody, as I pass along.....
then my living shall not be in vain
Dave Bush your living has not been in vain!!!
Who amongst us has not been helped by Dave Bush? Somehow, someway, somewhere, sometime, if you are a line dancer (especially from the Philadelphia area) you will recognize and realize, that you would not be you (the line dancer that you are) had it not been for Dave Bush.
John Sculley said, “The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. Well, Dave was a visionary, he had a dream, he could see the possibilities of this thing called line dancing.
Dave accomplished many things but by far, his highest accomplishment was his greatness. What is this greatness, you might ask? I was told a long time ago by someone very dear to me, “Find a many people to serve, serve them and you shall achieve greatness!” That is exactly what Dave Bush has done. Look at the many people today that call themselves line dancers . Dave has served us well and thus he has achieved greatness!
Dave was known for his ingenuity, dedication, and infinite ability to touch so many hearts and souls. He has received recognition for his outstanding contribution to line dancing; which was Dave's life, his heart and soul. Dave, you are truly missed. Dave Bush took action on his dreams. He went forth and planted a seed. He planted a seed that blossomed into the greatest phenomenon, but yet still one of the best kept secrets in our society today, Soul line dancing. In the Philadelphia line dance community, it was common to recognize Dave Bush, our Godfather of line dance for his achievements, but what's really telling of his true nature, is the recognition given to Dave from neighboring and other states.
Among the many, Dave Bush received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to R&B/Soul Line dancing from the Union Crew, of Baltimore MD.
While I am Kenny J has the utmost respect for Dave Bush and his contribution to our world of dance; in honor of his contribution, we have created the “DB” award. The DB award is presented to that individual or group of individuals from the Tri-State area of PA-NJ-DE that has had the biggest impact on keeping R&B/Soul line dancing alive. The awardee's involvement in maintaining strong and positive relationships with organization and people outside the Tri State region is a critical requirement, as this was one of Dave Bush's core principles. The award is presented to that individual or group of individuals that best demonstrates the “Dave Bush attitude” and has been instrumental in keeping line dancing alive in Philadelphia while also moving it to a bigger and better place in the lives of Philadelphia and its surrounding communities.
We love you Dave Bush, and we thank you. We thank you for all that you have given us. We thank you for all that you have given Philadelphia. We thank you for all that you have given this world.Reserved Space
My name is Anthony J. Dease AKA AJ.
I live in Baltimore, Maryland.
I am a retired educator with degrees in Accounting and Recreation. I am obsessed with all forms of dance and roller skating.
In our area, we call this craze Line Dance or Urban Line Dance.
I am the CEO and Founder of “Steppers On The Move”, were we teach Chicago style stepping, hand dance, ballroom dance and of course line dance.
I was enrolled in my first dance class (tap) at the age of 6, about 60 years ago.
I come from an entire family of dancers. My mother was affiliated with the first black dance school (The Little Folks Theater) in Baltimore and that’s where we, my sister and brothers, spent our Saturdays.
At my very first line dance class I was totally hooked and that’s where it started.
I got into Choreography after graduating from college and the military in 1972, I returned to Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland where I had previously taught. I started a dance and modeling troop and choreography became a must in order to compete.
I have created many dances over the years. The first line dance I created was for the TV dance show “The Moon Man Show” in the late 70’s. The dance was called “The Moonman Walk”.
My favorite line dance is always the last one I created, so right now my favorite dance is “AJ’s A Million Fish” but I do have a new one ready for release.
I enjoy the ability to express myself and exercise my creative juices.
If I could change dancing - I think I would encourage the older/seasoned dancers to embrace our younger dancers rather than criticizing them.
One thing that the dance community would find surprising is: As much as I love dancing, I would never put it ahead of my family and I have a problem with people that do.
========================================================UC Star Award Mr Smooth
2012 (6th Jan 2013) AJ Dease
Add info 5th Sunday Brunch at the Champange Ballroom in Baltimore MD.
Add interview from UC Star Awards 2020. Check with Mike and on YouTube
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Aline Goodman is my given name. But my family calls me Candy and the Las Vegas line dancers call me Rollene (please don’t ask)!
I was born in Cherry Point, NC and I have lived in Philly since 1962.
I have been a legal secretary for 32 years now. My other hobbies include: reading, sewing, crocheting and music.
We call it Line Dancing
I use to be affiliated with 381 Productions. But most of the members do not dance anymore so now I just go out dancing. Some people think that Line Dance Made Easy is a group. It isn’t a group, just a way of dance.
I have been line dancing since 1999 -2000. But, I learned to Philly Bop when I was 12 years old (I am now 52).
I simply love music. The first type of dancing I remember doing is the Philly Bop, Cha-Cha and Slop. As for getting started in line dance, I was looking for something to do and a former co-worker took me to my first class, and my first instructor was Gloria Kingcade. I can still remember the first dance she taught me, which was the Soul City Walk. I have been hooked ever since.
After my very first class I felt Wonderful! It was so much fun! I couldn’t wait until the next class. Next thing I knew, I was taking a 3 hour class on Saturday with Tracey Abney, my other dance mother.
I got into choreography on a dare. A friend said that if I could do all the dances, why not make up one of your own.
I have roughly 12 dances that I have choreographed. My very first dance was Goodman Groove that I choreographed with Noland Taylor.
I have to say Goodman Groove is my favorite. Not because it was the first one, but because of the way the dance community embraced the dance. The music helped as well.
Dancing is special because of the fact that you can lose yourself on the floor, complete zone out and forget all your problems while getting your jig in on the dance floor. Singing and dancing and knowing that you are having a good time! There is nothing better!
If I could change one thing I’d like the dances coming out to last longer or I’d like the speed in which new dances are coming out to slow down so that we can enjoy them more.
The dance community might be surprised that I am a shy person and that I love country and western music and the blues!
UC Star Award Line Dance Made Easy
2011 (5th Jan 2012) Aline Goodman
My name is Anjanette King. I'm known as Angie or Ms. Angie
I was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio with my son DeAndre, daughter La Kandiance and four grandchildren. I will always call Detroit, Michigan my second home.
I currently work (for 27 years) in the health professional services.
Outside of dance I love roller skating, ice skating, fishing, reading, cooking and traveling.
Here in Cleveland we call it Line Dancing.
I am one of the original members of the Ladies of Whip Appeal, which was founded in 1998. I am the current president of Ladies of Whip Appeal and I am one of the original members of United We Dance.
I can remember dancing with my family when I was in elementary school. I learned my first line dance, “Disco Lady”, in the 2nd grade.
I got involved by watching my peers in high school dance, as well as my family. Oh and I can’t forget watching the Soul Train dancers.
After I went to my first class……I was hooked. I kept coming back needing more, more, and more. LOL
I got into choreography because I could not stop dancing. I would dance when I was happy, sad, mad….however I was feeling. If I got some cake and ice cream I would bust a move. LOL I love music.
I have created several dances. My first line dance was Whenever You’re Around by Jill Scott, Gangsta Love, 6 Foot 7 Foot, Right By My Side, and some others.
What makes dancing special is seeing the reactions to different types of music, as well as seeing different types of movements that go with the music throughout the world. It really motivates me.
If I could change one thing --I’d like to see a little more compassion for one another and less competition……it takes the fun out of dancing. I like when an individual has their own style.
Folks might be surprised to learn that I had to put on tough skin and I always stay humble. I'm happy with my inner peace. I wake up and I never take a given day for granted. God is Good!
Belinda Haywood—is a professional Line Dance instructor and has been line dancing since the 70’s and was blessed to start teaching Urban line dance in the 80’s.
She is a mentor of J&J Soulfulsteps, who would not be line dancing if not for Belinda’s class in 1995 on Festival At Sea.
She has now focused her love, knowledge, and experience to what her students call, “Devotion in Motion” with Gospelcise™.
Belinda Haywood is the founder of S.T.O.M.P. (Spiritual Treasures of Movement and Praise) Ministries, LLC, which is faith-based fitness program, empowered by synchronized dance, praise, and worship workouts to Gospel Music.
If you would like to become a licensed Gospelcise™ instructor in your area, please contact
Belinda Haywood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-244-6200.
UC Star Awards Classic Dance
2015 L&R Shake Beland Haywood
My name is Bernadette Burnette and B-Luv and Secsy B are my line dance nicknames.
I was born and raised in Norristown (East Norriton), PA and at this moment, Douglassville, PA is my home.
I am a Community Health Intervention Specialist/Phlebotomist.
Outside of dance I like to bowl, travel, go to amusement parks and the movies…..the typical stuff. LOL
We call it Line Dancing
Formerly with Dave Bush Dancers, Tri-State Elite, Platinum Soul, Double SOS (Sista Shades Of Soul…my first group) and now with my 2nd group, Dance Az 1.
I’ve been dancing more than 20 years
I first started by going to a Sunday night weekly broadcasted oldies party with the late, great Joe “Butterball” Tamburro and “Butterball’s Posse” where they were doing no more than 5 line dances at the time. I befriended two of the members, Big Bill & Gail and they taught me those dances each and every week. I followed Butter wherever he was on a Sunday, met Dave and the original Dave Bush Dancers shortly after, we partied every week and the rest is history!
I never attended classes. I self-taught myself dances by faithfully going to the club every Sunday and getting on the floor and trying until I eventually got the dance.
I got into choreography when I went to a weekly Monday night event called “Blue Lights In The Basement” where there was a mixture of dance…..bop, cha-cha and line dance. This one song that I loved played every week (Evil, Earth Wind & Fire) but of course as usual, there was a scare of men, so no cha-cha’ing for me. So I decided to rectify that by creating a line dance called Vicious (my 2nd choreographed line dance), after all no partner was needed LOL, and it became an instant hit and to this day is considered a Philly classic! After that, the motivation and creativity kept coming!
I have created 421 dances and counting. D&B’s Groove to Cheryl Lynn’s Got To Be Real was my 1st dance. D&B because Dorice and I were teaching together.
I have quite a few favorites . Although I like/love all the songs I choreograph dances to, there are some that just move me and I get lost in the music like I, Love-Jennifer Lopez/No Mercy, Girl They Won’t Believe-Joss Stone/U Won’t Believe, You & I-Rick James-Double SOS and now First Kiss-Vick Lavender/BB Clubbin’ and Heaven-Honey LaRochelle/It’s Heaven, just to name a few .
Dancing is special because it allows everyone, no matter what level of dance they’re on, to be on the floor having fun together, dancing as one!! Mess up catch up…it’s all in fun and it’s about coming together doing something we all love to do!
If I could change one thing I’d like to preserve the foundation of Soul Line Dance, dancing to R&B music. There is nothing wrong with diversity, we need it to keep things interesting and I, myself choreograph to different genres of music other than R&B too, but it seems that the direction of the musicality of line dancing is going in the direction of hip hop/rap/Baltimore house and this is not what the foundation of line dance was built on, at least in Philly, where I evolved with. It was Dave Bush’s wish to continue the legacy of R&B Line Dance and if it’s in God’s will, I will.
People might be surprised to know that I can cook & bake from scratch.
My View Of The Line Podcast (Interview w/ Bernadette Burnette)https://soundcloud.com/dj-chris-blues/my-view-of-the-linepodcast-interview-w-bernadette-burnette
UC Star Awards Lifetime Achievement
2017 Bernadette Burnette
UC Star Awards Tri State Dance
2010 Act Like You Know Bernadette Burnette
UC Star Awards Classic Dance
2013 Bernadette Burnette
UC Star Awards Eastern Choreographer
2015 Bernadette Burnette
My Name is William Shuler, My DJ name is DollarBill.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Flushing, MI is now my home.
I've been DJ'ing since 1972.
I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer. I didn’t sing or play an instrument very well, so I got into club DJing. Here it is, 41 years later, and I’m still at it.
I am a full service DJ. I play for wedding receptions, birthday & retirement parties, open houses and family reunions. However, my main love is playing for the line dance events.
Watching people enjoy themselves on the dance floor and knowing I helped make it happen is my favorite thing about DJing.
My not so favotire is setting up and breaking down equipment.
I do lots of research on the people I'm playing for (i.e., age, type of party – if it’s a line dance party, music, regions styles, etc.).
I believe I'm known for being able to play for everyone in the room (No Dancer Left Behind).
Songs guaranteed to pack the dance floor is relative to the type of party I’d be playing for: for example if it was a line dance party, it could be “Light it Up” (depending upon where you are in the country) or “Blurred Lines” (so many versions). If a class reunion, it would be dependent upon the age of the class. “The Wobble” can always pack the floor at a wedding reception and Frankie Beverly & Maze’s, “Before I Let Go” can always pack a floor at any retirement function.
I almost never leave the DJ booth when I’m working, because I’m there to work, not to dance.
To manage multiple requests at a party.....sometimes I’ll write them down and try to fit them into my rotation. Sometimes I set aside a time frame for requests only. No DJ ever gets to plays all requests made, especially at a line dance party.
Line Dance Connection:
What would you say to people who leave a party upset because they didn’t hear the one song they wanted to hear?
If folks are upset because they didn't hear the one song they wanted.....I’d remind them that there are so many songs, especially in the line dance community that you just can’t play them all & also (Remind them of the other 20 songs they did hear and dance to).
Some may be surprisde to know ......At one time I was an avid and above average Bowler, and Roller Skater
My name is Cheryl Williams and I’m known as The Line Dance Queen
I am from Houston, TX where I have lived all my life.
I am a full time Analyst for an Oil and Gas Company and I enjoy interior decorating as a hobby.
What a lot of people from other states don’t know is Houston, TX has been line dancing since the early 70’s it was called 4 Corners back during that time. Any dance that was made up was called 4 Corners which was a dance that someone would just randomly get up and make up on the dance floor and everyone would follow. All the line dances at that time were called this with no additional name to them. Now the dance craze is called Line Dancing and each dance has its own unique name.
I am the organizer and leader of The Line Dance Queen and The Royal Court
I am 56 now and have been dancing most of my life. I have been line dancing for over 40 years and I also Swingout, and 2Step on a professional level.
I got involved with dancing doing school talent shows and dancing at neighborhood parties. I started out doing Swingout, and 2Stepping then progressed to line dancing while in Jr. High School
I have never taken any type of dance class, I am just a natural dancer.
I started making up my own dances about 10 years ago after one of my girlfriends suggested that I give it a try.
I have created aprox. 100 line dances although I stopped counting long ago. On avg. I create about 3 a week however only a small portion of those ever get seen. My mind is always creating dances and sometimes, if I forget to teach a new dance I’ve created……..portions of it often end up in a new brand line dance I'll think of later on.
I love all my dances equally...I really can’t pick one.
Dancing is an art form that makes people feel just as good as the music it’s done to, if not better. It can make you feel lively, young, sexy, hot and a bunch of other positive emotions. I can’t think of another talent that I would rather possess.
I would not change anything. Dance is constantly moving forward so change naturally comes and evolves in its own time.
I mentioned this above but those that do not know me seem to be surprised when they find out how old I am. Based on those spins and turns in my videos...I guess they think I am a lot younger than I am! LOL
UC Star Awards Zydeco Queen
2010 Cheryl Williams
My name is Crystal Smith, “CRISTAL” or “Queen of Hearts”.
I was born and raised in Detroit, MI….where I still reside.
I am a supervisor with Aramark Custodial Services.
My only hobby outside of dance is spoiling my granddaughters.
In Detroit we call it “HUSTLE”.
I am a board member of United We Dance.
I’ve been dancing since elementary school, about 45 years!!!!
Dancing came naturally. Throughout elementary, junior and high school, I always did talent shows.
After my first class….I was AMAZED by the UNITY of “HUSTLING”.
I initially got into choreography making routines with my girlfriends throughout all of my school years.
I have created at least 10 dances and 7 productions. My first dance was the “CRISTAL”. The dance forms the champagne bottle, bubbles, screws the cork, pops the cork and bubbles flows from the neck of the bottle.
My favorite dance is the CRISTAL and my favorite productions are the SOULFUL GOSPEL PRAISE and the ALL STAR ALL MALE REVUE.
DANCING is special because it IS A HEALING SOURCE. IT RELAXES OUR BODY, MIND AND SOOTHES THE SOUL.
If I could change one thing about dancing it would be “The COMPETITION in it.”
I LOVE to dance, create dances and productions. BUT I will never do competitions.
My name is Cheryl Lynn Woodhouse, my dance nickname is C&C Soul Line Dance.
I’m from Chicago (will always be home for me). I live in Columbia, South Carolina where I retired from the military of 26 years ago.
I am a Security Clearance Supervisor/Manager.
Outside of dance, I enjoy the outdoors and doing family fun things.
In Columbia - we call it Line Dancing. In Chicago – we call it Hustling.
I am the CEO of C&C Soul Line Dance, outside of line dance, I was a member of the National Congress of Black Women (NCBW).
I have been dancing since I was 3 yrs old at Tuley Park in Chicago (Tap, Modern Dance, Gymnastics) and I followed this trend still.
I grew up in a dancing family and I’ve always danced for my Mom and Dad and their friends. I am the baby of 6 children and our parents kept us in the park districts. My Mom (Jewel Pogue - Wilson) had me involved at 3 years old. Every member of my family including the men were part of the dance craze, my sister (Pamela A. Wilson), and godmother taught at Tuley Park in Chicago in 1964, and she became the goddaughter of the instructor. This led my sister to start teaching at the parks in Chicago as well. I followed her everywhere and became one of her students. As soon as I got out of school, I went straight to the park for dance, tap and gymnastics, every day 5 days a week and many weekends when we had gym shows (showcase for the families). As a kid, we had block parties and I was the ring leader in choreography, to include old school stepping. My neighbor and I went to all the skate and dance parties and won every stepping and dance contest we entered. In high school, I made up dances and performed them at the school functions. In the army, I had my Soldiers dancing and performing at all of the office and festive functions, and still to this day, I stay involved with functions because I just love to dance and perform.
After my first line dance class I was Excited, because even though I already knew how to dance, this allowed me to do it as many days as I wanted and it brought a different flavor back from the past (bus stop, and hustle) which is what Chi-town did all the time, and still do.
got into Choreography because I was always prancing around to music and the beats just became a part of my movement. I became the ring leader as a kid and I knew that this type of fitness would always be a part of me. I look at it like an organ in my body, the blood pumps the heart and the music pumps my body
I have choreographed over 10 dances, and 3 performance collaborations performed at various line dance events (UC Star Awards, SE Largest Line Dance Party, SC Urban Red Ball, Fort Jackson Salute the Troops where we performed with Superstar Shannon). My first dance was called C&C Groove done to the tune of "Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake.
My favorite is C&C Suave - done to Usher "There Goes My Baby" will always be my favorite dance.
Dancing is special when you can take the rhythm of the song, the beat of the music and blend it with your body to form movements you never thought you would do. It also helps with weight loss (if you working it), reliefs all the stress for that moment, and keeps you in a happy mood and always smiling. When you can smile and be happy, that's a special gift all by itself, especially when you love to laugh, and I love to laugh and cut-up, it’s part of my personality.
If I could change one thing about dancing, I would change the minds of how others who don't like to dance feel about it or get irritated with us when we do. If you don't dance, you won't understand why so many people love it, breath it, eat it, feel it, and use it!!
I don't like being by myself, I always love people around me and with me. I would like to mention that C&C creation was two of us Cheryl Woodhouse and Charlena Truitt. My partner is now focusing on life and family and decided to stop instructing but I’m keeping the C&C name in her honor and for my other half.
The surprising part for the dance family is that the "C"'s in C&C now stands for Cheryl & Cherrrryyylll. When we are talking business and family I am Cheryl. When I am on that dance floor….it drags my “me” out because I become Cherrrryyyyllll, whole different personality (like Sasha Fierce / Beyonce). When I dance my whole mood changes and sometimes I do feel like a different person, and I'm sure many people have felt this, so with that said, the history of C&C will continue.
From the Pittsburgh Line Dance Convention 5th Anniversary - Monroeville PA Sept 16-18 , 2022
Cheryl Lynn (Wilson) Woodhouse, CEO and co-founder of C&C soul line dancing AKA CE4L Dance, has been a DANCER her entire life. C& C Soul Line Dancing was established in 2006 in Columbia SC. Cheryl was born and raised in Chicago IL (Chi-Town) and danced since the age of 3 years (Now 60). She started at Tinley Park in Chicago Southside in 1965, participating in tap, modern dance, gymnastics, attended Hirsch High School participating in track and field, cheerleader, band, volleyball, in the Army - Volleyball and Softball.
Cheryl used to dance and model as a catalyst for the way she moves, and she studied it at so many dance levels. Cheryl knew in High School, as a sophomore, her next stop was joining the US Army and she served honorably for 26 years. She is still serving as a Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command located in Fort Knox KY, with duty at the Columbia Recruiting Battalion. As a veteran - she still helps put young men, women, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons in “BOOTS”. Her love for DANCE - connected perfectly with the US Army, and she used “Drill and Ceremony” training movements and moments to add a little FUNK inside the organization, quickly stepping up to be the leader of every entertainment or organizational function, teaching whatever style of dance for that era, because dance is her LIFE. She learned another style of line dancing in 2006 and started her own class as an instructor in 2008 in Columbia SC dance community over 17 years and still traveling globally to dance.
Cheryl often called the “Energizer” is known for her “Janet Jackson” dance style. Her energy is contagious, but the love of DANCE is the same. She shares ambassadorship providing dance choreography with her brother Young James Brown, personally endorsed as the (official JB), he personally offered her skills to be selected as one of William “Bootsy” Collins global dance ambassadorship as well - led by his beautiful soul mate Patricia Collins AKA a Peppermint Patty.
Major accomplishes major accomplishment coming up is bringing the dance world to the newly devoted XOTV.ME
Cheryl retired as a Senior Noncommissioned Office (First Sargeant). Still serving our Military Federal government now over 18 years to date (June 2022).
Cheryl Lynn word house Woodhouse REBRANDED during the shutdown of parks and recreations, in conjunction with worldly affairs and emerged brighter and enthusiastic to pick up ambassadorship simultaneously outreached and outsourced with her brother in 2009, entertainer Tony Wilson personally endorsed as Young James Brown, who (introduced her to take dance ambassadorship with his legendary family friend Mr William “Bootsy”Collins (grew up under James Brown) wings, along with his beautiful soulmate PATTI Collins who immediately reached out to Cheryl to produce original choreography to his recent album “The Power of One”. Cheryl took it unselfishly while adding several layers of ambassadors to share the journey, including introduced state line dance and most recently “Ground Ambassadors” to help push the Funk music along with her continuance of James Brown music into the various dance genres. She has reached several states who have created choreography to recent and old tracks loved by dancers, and she is not done yet. She currently works to move the funk music throughout all genres ( tap, hip-hop), Krunk, salsa, stepping, ballroom and skating) and she LOVES to dance with her husband (Ernest P Woodhouse), with the love for partner dancing over 42 years together.
A few of her accomplishments and services often consist of her providing entertainment in the form of performances, instructions and any functions including Weddings, Organization parties, Family Reunions in addition to private lessons to group, as well as individuals. Her profession is her craft, and her craft remains part of who she is.
Most recent collaborations in March 2022 and April 2021 - appeared on Funk From The Front Seat with line dance ambassadorship and VP President of Bootzilla Productions and veteran organization IAMWOC, January 2022-completed over 15 songs of choreography and videography globally with state dancers; September 2020 she accepted the Bootsy ambassadorship - created dances to most recent album, along with selected state dancers to carry the musical journey to the dance floor; February 2020 - coordinated and planned the 2020 South Carolina Explosion, Charleston SC February 7 – 8 2020, February 2019 GLD, Inc - selected as instructor for five year anniversary in February 201. October 2018, - selected by Line Dance Connection for instruction in Kissimmee, FL, August 2017 awarded by Smooth Groove Crew (Philadelphia) as keepers of dance culture in the South Carolina community, including entrepreneurship; partnered with MYECON Financial Success Company (Financially Focused Literacy Group) June 2015 provided line dance instruction June 22-24 2017 at the Annual MYECON cash flow Maria celebration in Atlanta GA; Serving as Executive Vice President (Gold and EVP) promoted to Platinum in April 2021 while using the daily strategies and the power of income shifting and OWN your “home-base business”.
Connie and Herman loved the LORD. But there were three earthly things that Connie and Herman loved also. I want to talk about those three things. I am certain some of you can identify with some other things that they loved, but in the 10 years that I have been associated with them I can speak especially about three things that I know they loved.
The first one is so evident….
Connie and Herman loved each other. Herman was not afraid to tell people how special Connie was to him, as he quite often bragged about her. Let me tell you the kind of guy he was. I can recall how guys get together and talk about how cute or attractive some lady is. Herman’s response without fail was always, did you see Connie? Did you see my wife? And that’s mine! Connie and Herman did everything together and had been everywhere together. I even know, there were times when Connie would go away for her job. She would sometimes call me and suggest that I take Herman to the Stardust Ballroom, or wherever there was a line dance party going on, while she was away, so he would not be home alone. So, I’d call Herman and suggest it. Herman would say I’ll think about it. But without fail, Herman wasn’t going to any Stardust, because within a day or 2, he would be on a plane - destination, Connie! As a couple, Connie and Herman epitomized the idea of a union. Their love connection was infectious. As a matter of fact, in the dance community, they could be considered the blueprint for how it was supposed to be. Through dance, we traveled across the country together and met a lot of folks. The interesting thing about that is, after meeting Connie and Herman, people from all over the world that entertained the thought of marriage put them at the top of their invitation list for their weddings. Jaime Gant from Miami, Curtis Goode from Detroit and AJ the DJ from right here in Philadelphia, just to name a few, all invited Connie and Herman to their weddings. There was something about them that just stood out. There was something about them that others hoped would rub off. There was something about them called love and nothing on earth could ever intercept or interrupt that love. But what was so unique about their love is, as much of it as they had for each other, they could still find enough to share ….
That brings me to the second thing they loved
Connie and Herman loved giving of themselves
Let me ask the question, “Who here, has not been touched someway by Herman and Connie English?” Somehow, someway, somewhere, sometime, if you are here today, I am willing to bet, they’ve somehow helped you along the way. So today, we celebrate the lives of Herman and Connie English. We celebrate because that is what I know they would want us to do. We celebrate because this is a couple, who has truly achieved greatness. We celebrate their achievement. You see, Connie and Herman were involved in a lot of activities. They used those activities as a vehicle to show the world who they were. For instance, they used IAKJP as a means to give back to the world. Some of you that know me, may have heard me say, Find a many people to serve, serve them and you shall achieve Greatness. That is absolutely what Connie and Herman has achieved, Greatness. That is absolutely what they stood for, serving others. Herman’s drive in IAKJP was our scholarship program. That was his drive and his passion. He wanted to help educate our youth. While Herman was the athletic type, whenever he came in contact with our youth, his first concern was never what sport they played. He always asked about the grades first. He’d eventually get to talking about sports, but he emphasized the reading, the writing and the math. Connie’s passion was helping any and every national health initiative possible. She kept IAKJP involved and connected to the awareness of the likes of breast cancer, Diabetes, aids, muscular dystrophy and so many others. She did, or had us in every walk, run and bike ride in the tri state area. She had IAKJP in Philadelphia with her while doing the 3 day breast cancer walk, where she spearheaded a team that raised over $25,000. She spearheaded an IAKJP Muscular Dystrophy bike ride team to raise monies also. I can remember each year around October, symmetry-n -Motion (a line dance organization in VA) would have an event in Virginia on a Saturday night. We would attend that event, but Connie and other members of the IAKJP team would go to this event and drive back home around 2am in the morning because there was a breast cancer walk/run on that following Sunday morning in Trenton or Camden NJ that without fail they would not miss.
Once again I am reminded of one of my favorite songs when I was growing up in the church, mind you. If I could help somebody as I pass along then my living shall not be in vain.
To the families of Connie and Herman, Know that their living was not in vain, and trust me when I say, they have achieved Greatness.
That brings me to the third one
Connie and Herman used dance as a means to carry out their mission of helping people. Connie and Herman loved to dance.
Let me take you back to the Beginners Ball? (IAKJP line dance party for those of you that are not familiar). I can remember Connie and Herman doing their thing with some of the more energetic dances like 5 and 1, Clear the Floor and Terminal Reaction. But I also remember without fail, when the L&R shake came on, Connie would plop herself somewhere on that front line near me and other IAKJP members, so she could kick up her leg or drop it like it’s hot, especially when we did call outs. If any of you ever got to see her dance, you’d know that Connie could take anyone of those high energy dances, with a whole bunch of jumping around, add a roll to it and maybe a snake and make it one of the sexiest dances around (hence her line dance name Sexy Dancer) . As a matter of fact, whenever I choreographed a routine, I would have to go back at Connie’s request and change something because it didn’t have enough rolls or snakes in it, or it just wasn’t sexy enough.
Then there was Herman, HEE2 Smooth. He didn’t care if he knew a dance inside or out, or if he was just learning the dance, he would get on that front line anyway and do Herman English, HEE2 Smooth style. But just don’t let it be Airtight (his favorite line dance) or Odyssey, cause then you just couldn’t tell him anything, all you’d see were these double and triple spins when some folks struggled doing just a basic one spin.
But Herman and Connie didn’t just line dance. Every now and again, a slow mellow dance would play, like UK soul stepping, the song was, I Can’t Live Without you. (at 11:30, Bud’s dance) For whatever reason, they never did that line dance. It was as if it was Herman’s cue. The song, I can’t live without you would come on and It didn’t matter where Connie was or what Connie was doing. Herman would find a spot on the floor, I guess he was thinking, somewhere out of the way of the line dancers. It was like he’d reach his hand out as to say “Come on Connie, let’s dance!” and Somehow, Connie would find him and there they’d go, 2-stepping across the line dance floor, doing Connie and Herman like no other could do. To watch them was a treat. It was exciting, electrifying and yet so elegant. But whatever it was to you, the one thing you could definitely see was the connection, the LOVE connection between 2 of the most loving, caring and giving people in the world.
So, I gotta believe that on Saturday December 14,2013, one day before his birthday, Herman was called home to teach a couple of angels how to do those double and triple spins. He went on home, to a better place, to a much more peaceful place to do Airtight, Odyssey, Trip and Mr Luver ( a few of his favorite dances). Now he’s somewhere dancing Like David dance. As a matter of fact, what’s really going on, is he was called to be David’s assistant dance instructor. But, while he was there doing his thing, Connie was left here to do the Baltimore Goodfoot (her favorite dance) to Higher, all by herself. But wait, then around Dec 23, just like it happens at the Beginners Ball, the music must have changed. You see GOD is now the DJ. DJ W, AJ they don’t need your services anymore. See God was the DJ and he knew exactly what to play. I can only imagine it was the UK Soul steppin’ line dance. and what did we say that song was, ? “I can’t live without you.” I believe they were talking to each other. Herman reached his hand out, one last time as to say, Come on Connie, Come dance with me. And just as she always did, Connie answered her husband’s call and went on home to join him, so that they could be together and dance again, together.
If Herman could talk right now he’d say….
Whoa Kenny! “Let’s be clear!” we’re in a better place, we’re doing a better dance and we got a better DJ, Ain’t no stopping us now!
My name is Curtis Goode and my dance nickname is Major Payne.
I am from Detroit, MI.
I have been a Police Officer for 28 years. I like to travel, sports and sci-fi movies.
In Detroit, we call it Hustling.
Member of New Hustle Generation and United We Dance.
I have been dancing for 25 years.
In 1988, I was at the Papillion Night Club and they were doing 2 hustles at the time.
After attending my first class……I actually felt kinda slow, lol.
Really, I got into choreography becasue I just wanted to create my own dances.
I have created 20 dances and my first dance was called The Jam.
I'd have to say 1,200 Bucks is my favorite. The song is Candy Man by The Mary Jane Girls but I don't remember the steps, lol.
I would like to change the longevity of dances...some really nice ones are only popular for a month and then it's on to something else.
People might be surprised to know that I'm a professional model.
Check out more history about Curtis Goode:
(410 TV Channel on YouTube)
https://soundcloud.com/dj-chris-blues/my-view-of-the-line-podcastinterview-w-curtis-goode (Chris Blues My View of the Line Podcast
UC Star Awards Classic Dance
2014 In The line of Duty Curtis Goode
My name is De Barker and I have a few of nicknames: Line Dance Queen, Passionate KC 2Stepper and Mama De
I am from Kansas City, Missouri…yet I lived in Los Angeles for 22 years (my other home - where ALL my immediate family yet resides).
I’m a Technical Database Support Manager working with our soldiers in the Army – I absolutely love it!
As for hobbies, technical jargon, programming languages…database support…my job oftentimes becomes my hobby.
We call it Line Dancing
1. IDWD (“I Dance Wit De” – www.idwdproductions.com)
2. DeUnyt (Under the umbrella of IDWD)
3. KC2SS (Kansas City 2 Steppin’ Slyddaz - Under the umbrella of IDWD)
4. NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
I’ve been dancing my entire life! As a toddler…my daddy use to wake me up in the wee hours of the morning when he came home with his boys from a night out – he would have me do the twist, the mash potatoes, the jerk and other dances to entertain them as they would admirably cheer me on and even give me dollars as I danced. I wouldn’t take any change, it had to be a buck or more….so they started calling me “Buck Benny”. Then they would sing ”Buck Benny Don’t Take No Pennies”…quite funny as I look back on it!
My parents enrolled us (my 4 sisters and I – “the baby”) in tap dance, gymnastics, ballet and other dance-related activities. And as I stated, dancing for my daddy’s friends…also, my sisters and cousins and I use to be the entertainment at family gathering. After high school and one year of college in Iowa… I left Kansas City and moved to Los Angeles.
After living in LA for 22 years…I moved back to KC in 1999…got to be a regular at a club called Ol’ School - there is where I saw a need for teaching dance. I started a Wednesday night line dance class and I would teach 2Step as well to those who were interested. I started rewarding the students who learned the line dances with a graduation ceremony and they loved it! --- It has been emulated many times over to this day!
After my first class I felt energized. And after I taught my first class I felt so fulfilled - as I have a very nurturing spirit and I just LOVE to dance. The combination of the two is what drives me!
Well early on I started with the dance routines for the family gathers I mentioned earlier. I would also makeup dance routines in college – as my 1st Degree was in Physical Educational Sciences – so I had to study the kinetics of the body and the effects of physical activity …I mainly chose classes involving dance.
When I started the line dancing classes in KC, I would then make up dances to teach in class along with teaching other nationally-popular dances. When I started The KC Coolers in 2003 (The 1st Line Dance group in KC), I would choreograph routines for our special events and ALWAYS choreographed dances performances for my birthday celebrations. The premier performance group of the KCC (DeUnyt) kept me and my other choreographers, Kim Watson and Renita Shelton inundated with flavorful and top-notch performances and showcases with became the catalyst for the entire city as many other performance groups have sprung up with very similar agendas since the inception of DeUnyt.
I’ve created over 100 dances and probably the same amount of performances/dance routines for adults, children - groups and individuals
My first dance was HeadSprung, done to LL Cool J’s song HeadSprung. It became the favorite for many men and the reason some of them started line dancing as it was more accepted as male-oriented. You see most men in KC do NOT line dance and KC is mainly a 2Steppin town!!!
There are actually two dance favorites that come to mind. My first fav dance is Flirt, done to I’m A Flirt by R. Kelly. My next fav dance would be My Ish. I had so much fun creating it - I was in the zone and also because so many people just love it! Makes my heart glad.
Dancing is special because of the synchronization of the beat, the rhythm, the bass and the melody coupled with the innate passion you have for moving your body harmoniously to that combination - which overtakes and captivates your dance flow.
The competitive inclination people tend to let over-shadow the passion and the sheer joy of dancing – just for the FUN OF IT!!!! I would change that.
People may be surprised to know I can stand on my head…and STILL dance! -IJS!
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30 plus years of line dancing.
Let's Talk Soul Line Dance - part 2
UC Star Awards Working Up A Sweat
2007 Donell McFadden
UC Star Awards Maryland Choroegrapher
2008 Donell McFadden
UC Star Awards Maryland Dancer
2008 Move your Feet Donell McFadden
UC Star Awards DMV
2011 Donell McFadden
UC Star Awards Classic Dance
2017 Light It Up - Donell Mc Fadden
From Urban Line Dance Connection Interview Profiles. Thanks Nichol Poyntz
My name is Edward Williams and my nicknames are Brooklyn Ed, New York, Green Eyes & Pooh the Bear Williams (boxing alias).
I’m originally from Brooklyn and that's where I call home.
I’m a Carpenter Electrician by trade.
My hobbies are basketball, boxing, watching Criminal Minds and Storage Wars.
It’s called Line Dancing.
I started out with Dave Bush Dancers and I was affiliated with S.I.L.K., Just Blaze and BE Line Dancers. Now I'm an official member of Tri-City Hustlerz.
I’ve been dancing all my life, but I have been line dancing for over 14 years.
I was introduced to Dave Bush by Michael Wooding at Brave New World's Sundays Oldies party.
My first class was in Dave's basement…….I was cracking up at how much I was messing up but I was also hooked and never looked back.
Being Dave's protégé, I went to Mr. Bush & asked him to collaborate with me and he agreed.
I have created 60 total dances (some were never released) and my first dance created was Airtight.
My favorite dance ……..wow that's a tough question. If I had to name one it would be Next Level with Caught Up being a close 2nd!
Dancing is special to me because I express myself thru dance every creation every title has a story behind it and it also saved my life.
If I can change anything about line dancing it would be that I NEVER should have left the scene for selfish reasons & all the unfulfilled promises I made & good people I let down. But after being back on the scene now…..I would add the competition & egos that exist (me included) but thanks to Stefhon, Teresa & TCH for making me see the error of my ways & bringing the LOVE TO DANCE back in me!
People may be surprised to know that in my spare time I love to bake. My dream would be to one day have my own bakery.
UC Star Awards Classic Dance
2016 Just Her Brooklyn Ed
My name is Elsie Jones aka Ms. Elsie
Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, PA. Good Things Happen in Philly – IJS!
I retired from Verizon in 2003 after 32 years of service. I started as a long-distance Operator and retired from Verizon’s Engineering Department as a Drafter.
The hobbies I have tried and discarded prior to Line Dance: Karate (I have a yellow belt), Roller Skating (I still can’t skate), cycling (My center of gravity is wonky), and Guitar (just to name a few)! Lol
The one hobby that I have maintained is Traveling. And it is a win-win situation if I can combine my love of travel with my love of line dance. For example: on my first trip to London, England I had the honor of line dancing with a UK Group in an English Pub – simply awesome. As a matter of fact, whatever country I visit I make sure I get my dance on; sometimes forming a line of ONE!! lol
We call it Line Dancing
I am basically a free agent; however, I belong (For Life) to a family-based LD group of Mothers & Daughters known as the “Dancing Divas” in Philadelphia.
I’ve been line dancing for approximately 26 years.
I got involved in line dancing ---> In the 90’s I graduated from Arcadia University (as a Continuing Ed Student) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and, as my husband worked night shift, I found myself at loose ends after I no longer had school. Then a co-worker told me she watched a television show called “Soul Line” (I had never heard of it) and that she wanted to try classes but did not want to go alone! And as line dancing did not require a partner, I was gung-ho to try. Well after work we went to a local church and signed up for class with the late/great Tina Richardson (Instructor). And the rest, as they say, is history! lol
After my first class I was totally exhilarated! In the beginning it was strictly R&B and I was all in my feelings with the musical stylings of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. “Marvin Gaye Walk” was the first dance I was taught and it is still one of my favorites.
For me Line Dancing is special because it is the most sublime form of stress reliever.
If I could, I would change the air of competitiveness that seems to be permeating the Line Dance Community.
I played violin when I was younger; I was a member of the orchestra in Elementary and Jr. High School. Consequently, whenever my parents had company my mother would have me bring out the violin and play “Faith of Our Fathers”. I still cringe thinking about it!! lol Starting line dancing in 1995
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