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Kathy Heller,Greetings From South Florida U.S.A.!



Line Dancing at Davie Junction


My name is Kathy and I've been teaching linedance for about 4 years. I was always kind of quiet (well maybe not quiet, but certainly wasn't one to stand out in a crowd), until linedancing came along. When my instructor asked me to take over her class I was horrified. No way could I get up in front of people and conduct a class! Too many eyes would be on me - what if I made a mistake? Well, with alot of pleading I finally agreed.It turned out to be the best thing I ever did. It brought out a whole new person I never knew existed. And you know what? It doesn't matter if I make a mistake. My classes howl if I make a mistake and it puts everyone at ease. Last week the class asked me to review a dance we haven't done in about 8 weeks. It was Rob Fowler's "Squeeze Me In". Not an easy one, especially if you haven't done it in 8 weeks. I told them I wasn't sure if I remembered it, but I'd give it a shot. I got to one section and couldn't remember and messed up. I turned around and they were all waving little flags. They set me up!! This is the way I conduct all my classes. I encourage the DJ's to joke around - even at my expense. It makes everyone laugh and have fun - which is what this is all about. There are three country bars in my area and I teach at two of them. There's a well established place called Davie Junction located in Davie. It's been around four years and still going strong. I teach there every Thursday. It's a nice place with two bars downstairs and one bar upstairs. On the upper level there are tables along a railing on three sides overlooking the dancefloor. They have live bands Thursday through Saturday. Another country bar I teach at is call Red White & Country, located in Pompano Beach. This is a newer establishment, but has already been voted the best country bar in town. The previous owners called it Coyotes. The present owner asked me to come back and be their instructor. I teach there three nights a week - Monday is beginners, Wednesday is intermediates, and Friday is strong intermediates. There are live bands Thursday through Saturday.Tuesday evenings I hold two classes at a local school. I teach 1-1/2 hour beginners, then 1-1/2 hour strong intermediate. This was the original class I was asked to take over. Holding a full-time job and teaching five nights is certainly a full plate; but I wouldn't give it up for the world. I have met the best people linedancing. My preference in music is country, so I keep to only country music. County is in my heart - and if you follow your heart you can't go wrong! - Kathy Haller

Top 10 Country Dances
1 - Somedays You Gotta Dance - Bryony Burford; Somedays You Gotta Dance - Dixie Chicks
2 - Throwdown - John Robinson; Ain't Livin' Long Like This - Andy Griggs
3 - Tight Fitting Jeans - Joan O'Gorman; I Ain't - Chalee Tennison
4 - Oh Girl - Beverley Gyde; Oh Girl- Vince Gill
5 - Airport Flyer - Jan Wyllie/Anne Bradbury; I Slipped And Fell In Love - Alan Jackson
6 - Deal With It - John Robinson; Salty Dog Blues - GrooveGrass Boyz
7 - Yee Haa! - Henry Costa; Riding Alone - Rednex
8 - Adoration - Kickin' Kate Sala; My Heart Is Lost To You - Brooks & Dunn
9 - Back In Line - Alan Birchall; I Walk The Line - Rodney Crowell/Johnny Cash
10 - Dancers Den - Chris Hodgson; Dancers Den - Jody Jenkins


Full Moon Line Dancers - Porvoo, Finland


top: Nina Sjostedt, Laura Laine, Eija Vataja, Satu Jorvinen, Taina Heiskanen, Maria Paavola.

bottom: Virve Maukkonen, Kirsi Heinonen, Sari Aaltovirta, Elina Nousinen.


Linedancing came to Finland in the year 1993 when Mika Nurminen visited the United States of America. Today there are about 6000 linedancers in Finland, and many hundred different groups. This is a story on how the Full Moon Line Dancers developed. I Had my first line dance lesson in April 1998. My first teacher was Harri Lavonen from a group called Cowboys & Dreams. From September 1998 to March 2000 I attended a linedance course held by Kirsti Tuovinen from King Village Country Dancers . Later that year my mother, Virve Maukkonen, started her own firm T:mi Sunhill Line Dancing. Since then she has taught line dancing for a living. Under her firm name is a also a performing group called Full Moon Line Dancers. We are ten women and we've had quite a few performances. We usually dance to recorded music, but sometimes we're lucky to perform with a Finnish country band called The Nightriders. What dances are popular in Finland? Well, of course the "classics": Tush Push, Slappin' Leather, Boot Scootin' Boogie, Footboogie, Strut, Stationary Cha Cha, My Maria, etc... Those are the dances that almost every line dancer in Finland knows. Then we like Irish dances like Above The Rainbow, Dancing Violins, Electric Reel, Warriors, Hell's Kitchen, and Coastin'. And especially in the summer all the no. 1 songs are very popular and someone always does a dance to them. Like Mambo No.5, Shala-lala, Sun Fun Baby, Everybody Jam, etc. Personally I Like the following dances: Drink, Swear, Steal, and Lie; Let's Make A Deal; Hotfoot Scuffle; Backstreet Attitude; Calm Before The Storm; Let'Er Rip; and Jump, Jive, & Wail. This is just a short story about line dancing in Finland, but if you want to know more details, you can e-mail me at linedancer@artic.net or visit www.kantri.com or www.westerndancers.fi From these links you can find many links to other groups in Finland. See you on the dance floor! ------ Elina Nousinen

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