Line Dancing: The Next Step

Judy Saks

Okay, so you’re not a novice anymore. Congratulations! You’ve gone through one of our three-month Novice Workshop sessions and mastered eight basic dances. Maybe you are ready to take the leap into Level 1 (Beginner), or maybe you are still a little bit unsure. Perhaps you went ahead to Level 1, are doing okay, but are still struggling with some of those dances. Fortunately, the SaddleBrooke Line Dance Club (SBLDC) has something to help you with either situation. What is it? It’s the Level 1 Workshop.

The Level 1 Workshop is held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Vermilion Room of the SaddleBrooke One clubhouse, and Shirley Miller is the coordinator. Shirley studies the regular Level 1 Wednesday programs and each week chooses several dances to concentrate on. She also encourages the workshop participants to ask for specific dances they want to practice. Each dance is reviewed with “cue” and “count.” Shirley is assisted by fellow SBLDC members Diana Carbone, Jeanne Fernandez, and Krisse Arthur.

Shirley moved from Maryland to SaddleBrooke in June 2010. She had never line danced before, was having some difficulty learning the dances, and wished that she could get more practice. So, she took the initiative and booked some time for herself in the Vermilion Room, and eventually her private practice session developed into the club’s official Level 1 Workshop.

Shirley retired after a 40-year career of teaching mostly kindergarten. The Workshop dancers are certainly getting the benefit of her wonderful teaching experience. Shirley has also served several times on the SBLDC Board of Directors, Social Committee, and Dance Committee and is the former chairperson of the Novice Workshop. When not line dancing, she enjoys Mah Jongg, walking, reading, church activities, and traveling. Our club is so incredibly fortunate to have her as a very active member!

Please check out our website If you have any questions, please email our vice president, Sandy Gianotti, at [email protected]. Club dues are still just $10 per year. Lots of dancing—lots of fun!