Line dancing series ‘keeps your wheels grinding’

Photos by Kaiti Sullivan/The Herald
Dance instructor Cookie Taylor of Shoals, center, leads a line dancing class at Dubois Branch Library on Thursday. Cookie and her husband, Roger, have been teaching line dancing for nearly five years and are holding a series of four beginner line dancing classes at the library. 

BY LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

DUBOIS — Julie Kerby of French Lick and her four kids cut the rug Thursday morning at the Dubois Branch Library when the multipurpose room turned into a dance floor.

For two hours, Kerby and her children joined about 10 other people for the second class in a series of line dancing lessons led by Cookie and Roger Taylor of Shoals. The lessons are part of the Dubois Library’s summer exercise series.

Kerby home-schools her kids — Isaiah, 13, Elijah, 12, Sofia, 11, and Josiah, 5 — so the family used the lessons to fulfill a gym class requirement. For most of them, it was their first time line dancing, although Sofia previously did some line dancing at a summer camp.

“I like learning the different dances,” Sofia said.

She had plenty to learn Thursday morning. The class kicked off with Sofia’s favorite, the Cupid Shuffle. The dance goes with the 2007 song “Cupid Shuffle” by rhythm and blues artist Cupid. Younger millennials will remember the song from middle and high school dances.

Julie Kerby holds her son, Josiah Kerby, 5, both of French Lick, while she practices dance moves Thursday.

Next, the dancers moved into the wedding reception classic, Electric Slide, the dance that goes with Marcia Griffiths’ 1990 song “Electric Boogie (Electric Slide).” That was Heidi Ehrhard’s favorite.

“It’s reminiscent of my college years,” Ehrhard said.

Thursday’s class also covered lesser known line dances such as Cut a Rug and the Fireman. But the dances were just a small sampling of what line dancing offers. Roger said there’s about 1,000 line dances, and he and Cookie know 150.

“It keeps your wheels grinding to learn new dances,” Roger said.

The Taylors began line dancing about 10 years ago after a friend invited them to a dance in Martin County. The couple saw a group of people line dancing and thought it looked like fun, so they sought lessons in Paoli. Now, they spend several evenings a month line dancing in French Lick, Paoli and the Bedford/Bloomington area. The couple began offering informal lessons about five years ago as a way to share their passion.

Dance instructor Cookie Taylor of Shoals, center, leads the line dancing class Thursday.

“It’s a workout,” Cookie said. “You burn calories, and it’s fun.”

The beginners Thursday certainly seemed to be having a blast, smiling and laughing as they shuffled, lock stepped and vined their way through the dances. But all the laughter didn’t mean the dances were easy. Ehrhard said the coordination part of dancing was a challenge, she enjoyed learning the dances.

“I think it’s fun to learn something new,” Ehrhard said. “And the rhythm is fun.”

The Dubois library will offer two more line dancing lessons each of the next Thursdays, Aug. 15 and Aug. 22. The classes are 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required through the library website, www.jdcpl.lib.in.us.

In addition to the line dancing classes, the summer exercise program series also includes Geri-Fit strength training at 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays and chair yoga at 9:15 a.m. Fridays.

Heidi Ehrhard of Jasper, center, smiles as she follows along during the line dancing class at Dubois Public Library on Thursday.

 

Luckie Hopf of Jasper laughs while Cookie Taylor reviews dance moves from a previous class on Thursday.

 

Taylor, front, goes through a list of basic line dancing steps on Thursday.

 

Community members practice the jazz box during the class at Dubois Public Library on Thursday.



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