Questioner: Lynne, when did you start dancing? – I studied ballet from the age of 5 obtaining honours in all my exams. In my late teens I studied Spanish, Jazz, and Modern briefly too.
Questioner: How did you come across Line Dancing? – I was introduced to New Country Line Dancing in 1993 in the USA and you could say it was love at first sight. On returning to London, I just couldn’t find anywhere to feed my new-found addiction. Eventually, I discovered a club near my home had started running Line Dance evenings and so I guess you could say the ‘Love Affair' began! After a couple of months many people started asking me if I taught until finally, after much research, I gave into the pressure to start my own class.
Questioner: Why do you enjoy teaching so much? –Teaching is a hugely psychological profession in any sphere but this is accentuated in Line Dancing by the enormous cross-section of people you have to reach at any one time. I find the learning process, as well as the teaching, challenging, interesting and stimulating. When I look at line after line dancing in unison, losing themselves in the music, it gives me a wonderful sense of achievement and job satisfaction knowing I have got the message across.
What message would you like to give to someone who has
never danced before? - Line Dancing suffers a
real image problem. It is not about country music or cowboy hats; it is about
the presentation of line dance as a whole. Until the media portray it as a
dance form in its own right and until line dancers take on more responsibility
for the way they portray themselves, not much will change. But I wish more
people would give it a try because I know that many would love it in the same
way we do. It can be totally addictive and what's more it's fantastic exercise,
so what could be better - get fit and actually have fun while you're doing
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