I was first introduced to linedancing whilst working on my year out at university in 1993/94. A group of the ladies at our office used to go to a lunchtime class for beginners just up the road. I remember looking forward to it each week and although I can’t remember my very first dance, do remember dancing waltz across Texas!
Once my year out finished I returned to university to finish my course and didn’t really think much more about the dancing.
Then, one week in our local paper I saw an advert for a beginner’s class and suggested to Mum we go and see what it is like. I was hooked from the first night and over the time we went together to this class had many a good giggle – even if others didn’t know what we were laughing about between us!
Then in 1998 I moved to the area I am in now for work and at the time didn’t know anyone, or the area at all. I started going to a local class to try to get to know people and at this time I had no idea where it would lead! In short, I found love, lost love, gained many good friends and have been to places dancing that I would never have dreamed I would. I have got to know many of the choreographers whose dances I dance and have even dipped my toes into choreography myself.
In 2005 I took over the teaching of the classes and have been teaching ever since. Over the years I have had anything from 3 to 5 classes a week. Currently, I teach 3 classes.
In my life outside linedancing (is there one??!!) I own a very busy dog grooming salon. I started the business in 2010 working from the back of my house and gradually built the client bank up through word of mouth and reputation.
In 2016 I had to take a break to battle breast cancer and following the battle with this being won I opened the shop. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and is something of which I am very proud! I am eternally grateful to the LDF for providing some financial assistance at this very difficult time.
It goes without saying, given my job, that I own a dog. She is called Misty and is from a rescue. She is a cross between a Springer Spaniel and a German Munster lander and is now 13 but was just 6 when I adopted her along with another spaniel called Daisy who I lost in 2016. I am currently in the process of adopting another dog who is currently in Cyprus. She is a pocket pointer and from the pictures looks adorable. I am excitedly awaiting her arrival.
I also knit, crochet and make the little bows to go on the dogs collars before they leave the salon. I also enjoy going to the theatre and concerts, with my biggest love being Bon Jovi. One day I dream I may meet him! Update: I just did, this year, on a Bon Jovi cruise!