July 24, 2014

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15 Minutes: Meet dance instructor Carolyn Stringer

Carolyn Stringer
Age: 56
Lives: Vermilion
Pursuit: Line dancing

You are?

A dance instructor. I teach line dancing. I’ve been line dancing for 17 years, teaching for 15. They became popular in the ’70s.

What are some of the more popular dances?

“The Electric Slide” — they still do it at weddings, “The Cupid Shuffle,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Watermelon Crawl.” It’s great exercise — it’s like exercising without exercising.

How would one find one of your dances?

I’m on Facebook. … I teach at Kingston Nursing Home — the one behind the Drug Mart — in the Therapy Room. It’s for the public not just residents. Tuesdays at 6 p.m. You don’t need to bring a partner.

What got you interested in dancing?

I’ve always danced. I could dance before I walked.

Do you teach other dances?

I do everything from the twist, polka, freestyle, boogie woogie, jitterbug, swing dance.

Any hobbies other than dancing?

I’m a cross stitcher. I lawn bowl at Lakeview Park. I clean cottages at Linwood Park.

Do you have any other notable events in your life?

Yes, back in the ’70s I was the first one to picket “Killer Crossing” — the railroad — to get them to put up gates. They never did until about five years ago. About 13 people got killed in 16 years. I also picketed the water tower in Vermilion. Harry Enlow led the effort and a bunch of other people, we picketed to try to save the water tower in Vermilion. We called it Water Tower Gate. We made it a landmark.

Who’s in your family?

My husband is Richard. We’ve been married 37 years. We have a daughter, Stephanie. She lives in Vermilion.

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