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Line dancing for fun and exercise

Line dancing club has toe-tapping good time

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March 20th, 2015
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Jim Walthall’s first date with his future wife was at a square dance in Hubbard, Tex.

“I’ve been dancing my entire life,” says Jim. “It’s fun, but it’s also my primary means of exercise.”

Jim continues to give his dancing shoes a workout every week at Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston where he lives. Jim is one of three co-leaders of the Eagle’s Trace line dancing club, along with residents Marilyn Black and Jo Pyle.

“The line dancing club was established by residents in 2006, shortly after Eagle’s Trace opened,” says Marilyn. “It’s been going strong ever since.”

The club meets every Thursday for a toe-tapping hour of energetic line dancing. 

“We just have one rule,” says Jim. “If you’re moving, you’re doing it right. We emphasize fun over perfection.”

Just for fun

Dancing their way through tunes such as the “Electric Slide,” “Ruby, Ruby,” and “Elvira,” the club’s more than 30 members show off their moves.

“Once you start line dancing, it’s so much fun, you want to keep going,” says Marilyn.

She should know. When Marilyn’s husband Robert retired, the couple sold their home and set off in their RV.

“We spent five years traveling across the country,” says Marilyn. “We’d often stop at RV rallies, and I learned to line dance at those rallies.”

With their wanderlust satisfied, Marilyn and Robert settled in Houston, but Marilyn’s penchant for line dancing remained. She continues to enjoy a boot-scooting good time at Eagle’s Trace, where she’s organized two flash mob dances with members of the line dancing club.

In May 2013, the line dance group performed a flash mob dance, “The Wobble,” at Memorial City Mall. Later that same year, Marilyn organized a second flash mob dance to “Elvira” at West Oaks Mall. Both performances were posted to YouTube and have more than 100,000 views to date.

“You don’t need any special equipment or training to line dance,” says Marilyn. “Anyone can have fun doing it.”