I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published June 6th 2015
These boots were made for dancing
I have a daggy confession to make, I love line dancing. You don't like country music? Neither do I, and the whole cowgirl bootscooting boogie thing leaves me cold. You might be surprised to learn that the music of Elvis Presley, Keith Urban, Michael Jackson, ABBA and Meghan Trainor is regularly played in our classes. Lately we have danced to My Future Husband, All About That Bass Uptown Funk and Budapest.
I began line dancing with Linda Burgess because I love music, the classes were close to home and I thought they would provide a form of exercise. I was not ready for the fun I had at the first class, even though I could not hope to keep up with the rest of the class. Most of them at least 20 years older than me. Over the last five years I have had a lot of laughs whilst learning many dances and making lots of new friends. Line dancing is great because you learn and progress at your own pace, you don't need a partner and it keeps you on your toes (physically and mentally). Your mind, body and self esteem will benefit from a twirl on the dance floor.
On weekends there are often socials where you meet up with people from other classes and the emphasis is on dancing not on learning. Often these socials have a dress up theme and the entry fee raises money for charities such as the Cancer Council and Ronald McDonald House. Dressing up is not compulsory, but my friends and I enjoy searching in op shops for appropriate costumes.
Classes are available in all areas of Sydney and they usually cater for beginners through intermediate to advanced dancers. It may take a while to find a teacher and class that suits but when you do you won't look back. Websites such as www.australianlinedancer.com.au or Line Dance Sydney www.roots-boots.net will help to find a class near you. You never know, I might see you at the Line Dancing NSW Ball next year!