Pursuit: Line dancing
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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