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Line dancing being taught at community center

Bev Kobringer is sharing her love of line dancing by teaching an advanced beginners class through the Dickinson Parks and Recreation.

Kobringer, dance coordinator for the Tumbleweed Dance Club, said the class is for anyone who likes dancing.

Its something you can do without a partner. Its also a great exercise. Its not so grueling and strenuous, but it gets your heart beating, she said.

The three-week class is taught Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the Dickinson West River Community Center. The first class starts Monday, June 5, and continues through Wednesday, June 21. A new dance is taught at every session.

Its not that hard to pick up. The basic steps are not real difficult. Anybody can come, she said.

Kobringer said the main steps include the grapevine, heel jacks, scissors, waltz, mambo steps, Charleston and two-steps.

Theres a variety of steps that have different names, like a coaster step. You wont recognize it unless you do line dancing, she said.

Kobringer finds her dances from sites on the Internet.

We travel a lot. Ive brought dances back from Hawaii and Laughlin, Nev., she said.

The dances for the next session include Cajun Slap, Ritas Waltz and the Texas Stomp, which is a contra dance having two lines facing each other. She also will teach a dance titled Having Fun to the song, Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.

Its a western song by Joe Nichols. Its fun song, she said.

Kobringer said line dancing is played with all kinds of music.

Most of the line dances are written for country music. But country music is so close to pop music, there isnt much difference, she said.

Kobringer recently taught a three-week beginners line dancing class at the West River Community Center.

The participants learned such dances as Fishin in the Dark and Duchess Hustle.

Luci Dullum who took the class said, I love it. I absolutely love it. Its fun. Its probably the only place where you can actually dance by yourself.

Gerry Badinger said, Its been great. It takes practice. Theres a lot of repetitive major steps.

Jeannie Magnuson said, I go for the aerobics. I like the exercise.

Kobringer and her husband Jerry have been line dancing for about 20 years. They joined the Tumbleweed Dance Club for dances on Thursdays at the Elks Lodge.

We just have a good time, meet some new people and get some exercise, she said.

Tammy Anderson, who is president of the Tumbleweed Dance Club, has attended Kobringers dance lessons.

Those are all new lessons weve never learned before, she said.

She also encourages interested people to attend the classes or