Line Dance Fun ©2008 Doris Volz
No youtubes of Rachael McEnaney exist with the music for Purple Rain
but I can share a private video of her Windy City 2008 demo PurpleRain .wmv
Back in the Day ...

I remember taking lessons and social dancing Sundays at the Santa Clara Senior Center. My favorite dance: Circa 1995 Rodeo Rock - Linda Mosby. (we paid 10 cents for a step sheet in that class.)
The first listing of Rodeo Rock is on Don Deyne's Information Super Dance Floor in 1998.
I am Texan and the honky tonk Rodeo Rock music spoke to me, I can still sing the lyrics and remember the class shouting out "Rodeo, Rodeo". I was sneakin' into honky tonks to dance before I was legal. I remember being carded on my 21st birthday at the Hickin' Post and showing my proper ID to the gate keeper, a policeman in uniform. He said to me " You didn't waste any time."
I was a dancer even back then; I just knew NO dance patterns.

I had to pay the grand sum of $68 for my monthly Santa Clara lessons because I was not eligible for the senior rate. One dancer remarked to me ...I would pay $68 to be 47 again.That is how I know for sure it was circa 1995. I've been told recently that some of you all remember when I first hit the senior line dance scene. I distinctly remember going 'off to the bathroom' when the director came into the Sunnyvale senior center class the day I was trying to learn the Achy Breaky. It was a hard dance for me and I remember thinking ...will I ever get this dance? An addict from the get go.

I danced socially with many of you at Sh-Boom, Horseshoe Club, the old Saddlerack and other country western bars throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I also danced at the Y in Palo Alto, Country Quick Steppers and at the Cowboy Country Club. Even though I went now and then, Boots n Buckles in Swiss Park was out of my league in 1997. Charlotte Skeeters and Neil Hale were the resident instructors ...and the dances they were teaching were too advanced for me.

Circa 1997
Broadway Cha Cha -
I was at Spanky's (an upscale honky tonk located on Broadway Street in Redwood City, CA) dancin' behind Michael Barr doin' Black Dresses and right after I said to him ...Dude, you do that dance so nicely. I was his student and he knew I was teasin' ...his remark back .."Don't YOU ever stay home?"
I didn't know then what I know now ...line dance is my addiction. Why would I stay home when there was so much dance action every single night of the week? I remember when our teacher Al Quintanilla told us that the next lesson night we would all be working together putting together a new dance carpool looked at each other and we decided NOT. We come to dance. I learned Broadway Cha Cha that next Friday night at the Y in Palo Alto. Michael Barr taught it to those of us who were there for the social. The dance made the rounds of all classes that next week. It was a major bay area hit back in the day.
A link to a playlist from Southbay circa 1997 with Broadway Cha Cha listed.
My dance lesson schedule March 1997.

1997 Vanilla TwirL - Doris Volz (2008 updated music and sheet)
We were dancin' every Tuesday night at the Horseshoe Club, a smoky country western bar in Santa Clara. The band played at 9. They played many cha cha's up until 11 pm when I left for the night. The ONLY one we all knew together was Silk n Satin. The dance floor was the size of a postage stamp. OLD parquet floor with fraying edges. We could get 30 on it for sure, but when the band played we crowded into the center and the couples danced the perimeter. I created Vanilla TwirL so we could dance to more cha's. A happy memory I wrote about in 1997 about the Horseshoe Club.
A link to an Australian website of dances being done in their area in 1998. Vanilla TwirL included.

I remember my husband paying $8 for a whole step sheet book that the teacher at the Horseshoe Club was selling because I wanted to know how to do the Tush Push. Bill read the sheet to me and I practiced the steps on our patio. We didn't have the music ...but I practiced til I was able to return back to the Horseshoe and dance that dance. Bill could tell right off, after two lessons ..he did not want to spend his Sunday afternoons in a smoky bar learning to line dance ...he had no rhythm. We tried their two step lessons ...he still had no rhythm. It wasn't until a few years later, when I took two step lessons with Michael and Hedy at the Y in Palo Alto, that I learned how it feels to dance with someone who knows how to lead. I remember telling Bill .."Dude, it is not just YOU ...the only guy I know who can two step in my entire class is our teacher, Michael Barr."

A summary of dances in San Franciso Bay Area in 1998 ... back then, as now, instructors and students were talking about too many new dances. What I have learned in this line dance world community, we are dance addicts ain't never gonna change. EVER! The Internet makes it easy and free to get dance files. Please take your responsibility; It matters.

In 2007 - 2008 the BnB club decided to honor the Northern California regional choreographers by featuring their dances at each of the weekly Friday night socials ...some dance names are familar, most not. The newer dancers now out number the old timers.
What I find most interesting, the dances we loved the first time around are just as loved this time around. I danced last night with Sue and Kathy and their students at their First Saturday February Social. Kate Sala's Bye Bye (my favorite in 2003) and her Black Horse (worldwide major hit in 2005), and Gerard Murphy's The Way (2004) were on the playlist. I taught all three, what fun I had making those dances come back to my feet!
©February 03 2008 Doris Volz

Bob Boesel wrote Cheater to Before He Cheats ...Carrie Underwood's smash hit.

Intermediate lessons $5 drop in w/Doris & Carol @ Westhope Church, Saratoga

MONDAY 9:30 - 11:30 FEB 4 walk Electric Dreams Mama Knows Best (Bill Bader)

THURSDAY 9:30 - 11:00 Dance Like You're The Only One (Teresa & Vera)
walk Electric Dreams (Chris Hodgson)

THURSDAY PM 6:30 - 8:30 No Thurs PM Feb 7; 4 on 1 off begins again FEB 14

FRIDAY 9:30 - 11:30 Cheater Don't FEB 8

SECOND SATURDAY 7: 30 - 10 PM FEB 9th $7
and March 8; NO 2nd SAT in APRIL

Lessons? S F Bay area line dance instructors listed by TEACH Cities
Clubs: Boots'n' Buckles - Cactus Corners - Country Hustlers - Quick Steppers
Link to Sue N

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