Prelude To Jackie Tally's List of Line Dances Below
Line dancing is often overlooked by some ballroom dancers, swing dancers, Latin dancers, bop dancers, shag dancers and others.  Wise dancers, women and men, in all types of dance clubs and dance groups began in greater and greater numbers 5 to 10 years ago realizing the value and fun of line dancing - and the dance floor has never stopped filling with women and men when one is announced.  The Country-Western dancers recognized the value and the fun soon after John Travolta's Urban Cowboy movie, in June 1980, started the Country-Western dance surge.  Some of theirs were very fast and some had each line of dancers spinning 10 times, lightning fast, 15 feet to the left and 15 feet back again - which improved their turning for other dance styles. 
Brenda Seilacher said that as much as she enjoys WCS, ECS, Waltz and Latin dances, that Line Dancing is an extremely fun and a good way to have your body, feet, legs, arms, hands become more coordinated, help dancers become more graceful and gain the very important coordination of feet and brain - and that you will become a better ballroom, swing and Latin dancer.  Line dance classes and dancing them at other styles of dances is very fun, will work up a sweat, strengthen your body and keep you trimmer.  A nice feature of some line dances now is that beginners can learn the basic steps of waltz, cha cha, rumba, mambo, West Coast Swing and other dances, when those types of line dances are played - and experienced dances can become smoother and better coordinated in those dances from the very important repetitions - and learning more advanced line dances.  Almost all line dances have a lot of repetition, 8, 10 or more sets of repeating the same series of steps in a 3 or 4 minute song.  
So, gather your courage, and get on the floor when a line dance is announced.  Get behind someone who knows the steps.  Success is eminent if you only turn the wrong direction 8 times.  Most dances will be feeling fairly comfortable after 2 or 3 minutes behind other dancers.  No one cares if you stumble around or turn the wrong way.  Everyone has been there and they are pleased to see beginners get up and dance, or experienced ballroom and swing dancers begin learning line dances.  In a few weeks you will feel comfortable with 3 to 5 line dances and your coordination and grace will steadily improve.  And you will get to know some new people, especially the ones you step on or bump into.  Look at the names of all the teachers below.  Dedicated and greatly experienced, they call out the steps in class as you learn them.  An hour a week will make a very large difference.  Or even 1, 2 or 3 times a month.  And learn at the dances behind others.
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Subject: Line Dancing News and Schedules


Weekly Schedule of Line Dancing Classes in the Birmingham area

By Jackie Tally, Smart Moves, LLC

February 2012


Here is the line dance class schedule for the February 2012. Information about upcoming workshops and other events of interest to line dancers will follow in another email.  Contact instructor for dances being done in their classes.



6:00-7:00 PM

Homewood Senior Center, 816 Oak Grove Road, Homewood, AL 35209

Beginners, $5 per person

Helen and Harry Woods, instructors

Contact: Helen Woods

Does not meet on the 4th Monday


7:00-8:00 PM

Homewood Senior Center

Intermediate/Advanced, $5 per person

Instructors: Harry Woods, Helen Woods, Jackie Tally and special guests

Contact: Helen Woods

Does not meet on the 4th Monday.



7:00-9:00 PM

Western Country Club 7:00-9:00 PM

BSDA Friendship Hall, 1024 Old Walker Chapel Road, Fultondale, AL 35068 


Sandra Biddle, Dance Director

Cost: $4/person

Contact: Christy Slaughter


First and Third Mondays, 6:30-8:00 PM

InnerChange United Methodist Church, 22478 Bucksville Road, McCalla, AL 35111

Beginners, $3 per person per class

Contact: Debi Stubbs


Mondays and Wednesdays

9:00-10:00 AM

Zumba at the Trussville Civic Center

5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, AL 35173

Contact: Karla Petkovich

$5 per class



9:30-10:15 AM

Homewood Senior Center, 816 Oak Grove Road, Homewood, AL 35209


Free: sponsored by the City of Homewood for Homewood Senior Center members

Instructors: Helen Woods

Jackie Tally:




Shepherd's Center East (East Lake Senior Center)

118 84th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35206

Beginner/Intermediate and Soul

Free: Sponsored by Jefferson County Office of Senior Services. Must be over 60.

Instructor: Helen Woods


1:00-3:00 PM

Pelham Senior Center

Line Dance lessons by Wanda Fulton:

Free. I-65 South to Exit 242, left on Highway 52 (at tank farm). Go to 3rd red light and turn left. 2nd driveway on right, 620-6064.

Beginners and Intermediates.


6:00-7:00 PM

Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, AL 35173

Beginners, $5 per person, beginning February 7, 2012

Instructor: Karla Petkovich



9:00 AM

Hoover Senior Center, 400 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35226

Beginning Line Dance Class

Instructors: Barbara Traywick and Margie Maughan

$4 donation

Contact: Barbara Traywick



9:00-10:00 AM

Trussville Senior Center, 504 Cherokee Drive, Trussville, AL 35173


Instructor: Jackie Tally

Free: sponsored by Jefferson County Office of Senior Services

Must be over 60


            Alabaster Senior Center, 1097 7th Street SW, Alabaster, AL 35007




Instructor: Barbara Traywick

$2 donation. Must live in Shelby County



Center Point Senior Center

343 Polly Reid Road, Center Point, AL 35215

Instructor: Karla Petkovich

Free. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Office of Senior Services.

Must be over 60

Starter and Beginner Dances



1:30-2:30 PM

Hoover Senior Center, 400 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35226

Zumba Gold, a Zumba class for the mature adult and others

Instructor: Helen Woods

$4/person donation


2:30-3:15 PM

Hoover Senior Center, 400 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35226

Beginners/High Beginners Line Dancing

Instructor: Helen Woods

Free. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Office of Senior Services.

Must be over 60


6:15-7:00 PM

            15th Street Dance

2501 15th Street Road, Hueytown, AL 35023
AKA - United Mine Workers Building
Line Dance Lessons by Debi Stubbs 6:15-7:00 PM
Open Dancing 7-10 PM to the Midnight Special Band. Line Dancing at band breaks.
$5.00 per person. Bring snacks to share.

Contact: Debi Stubbs




Homewood Senior Center, 816 Oak Grove Road, Homewood, AL 35209

Instructor: Jackie Tally

            Beginner/Intermediate level

Free: sponsored by the Jefferson County Office of Senior Services.

Must be over 60



Heardmont Park Senior Center, Heardmont Park

5452 Cahaba Valley Road (Hwy 119) in Heardmont Park

Experienced Dancers: 10:00 AM

Beginners:                   11:00 AM

Instructor: Chris Morgan


6:15-7:00 Sandusky Friday Night Dance 1264 Pratt Hwy, Sandusky, AL
Line Dance Lesson by Debi Stubbs
Open Dancing 7-10 PM to the Southern Express Band
$5.00 per person. Bring snacks to share.

Contact Debi Stubbs: Facebook - Dancin' With-friends


Saturdays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM except 2nd Saturdays and workshop trips

Fast Track Line Dance Group

Homewood Senior Center, 816 Oak Grove Road, Homewood, Al 35209

For advanced dancers.

$5 per person

Contacts: Jackie Tally

And Helen Woods





If you are interested in learning more about line dancing, I recommend the web site: Here you will find step descriptions, links to videos of dances, calendar of dance events, and the opportunity to subscribe to the daily World Line Dance Newsletter.


Step descriptions (choreography) for dances: can be found on and


Video clips of most dances: can be found on Type in the name of the dance followed by "line dance". For instance, if you are looking for the line dance called Seduced, type in Seduced line dance.


Shoes: For line dancing, it is best to wear shoes that are supportive, attached to the feet, and have a sole that will move on the floor. Sneakers work well on most floors. Sneakers with shoe wraps are a great alternative. Do not wear flip flops, slip on's or high heels. Safety and comfort are the main concern. The floors in the facilities where we teach vary from hardwood to carpet to tile over concrete to polished concrete. Wear a shoe that is comfortable and danceable for the floor you are dancing on. I have shoe wraps for $3 a pair.


Ballroom Dancing: Most of the local ballroom dances will include 2-3 line dances during the evening. For more information about ballroom dances, all other types of dances, all dance lessons, directions to dances and lessons, in Birmingham, Montgomery, and all North Alabama areas, email Murray Echols for his lists and newsletters:


Swing Dancing: If you are interested in Swing Dance opportunities in the Birmingham area, email Shirley Widener to get on her weekly e-newsletter at


Older Adult Exercise: If you or someone you know is interested in older adult exercise contact Jackie Tally at


Private line dance instruction: individual or small group lessons.

Contact Jackie Tally





February 2012

Events of Interest for Dancers


Female Personality:  Rachel McEnaney

Male Personality:  Craig Bennett

DJ of the Year:  Big Dave

International Instructor:  Niels Poulsen

International Choreographer:  Ria Vos

Absolute Beginner Dance:  Skinny Genes (Stotts)

Beginner Dance:  Tie with Blue Night Cha (Ray) and Something in the Water (Poulsen)

Improver Dance:  Knee Deep (unknown)

Intermediate Dance:  Bittersweet Memory (Vos)

Advanced Dance:  On the Edge (Bennett)

Dance of the Year: 

            1st Place:  Bittersweet Memory (Vos)

            2nd Place:  The Flute (Gallagher)

            3rd Place:  On the Edge (Bennett)



Refreshments provided by Rocky Ridge Retirement Community.  7-9 PM. 

Address:  5452 Cahaba Valley Road (Hwy 119, exit 246 off I 65 South.

Phone:  991-5742 or Chris Morgan 988-0171

·         Dixie Jamboree, Saturday, February 18.  The Montgomery Area Square Dance Association presents their annual Dixie Jamboree which will be held in Montgomery, AL on Saturday, February 18. Liz Rance will teach a line dancing workshop from 1-4 at the MASDA Dance Center, 2201 Chestnut Street, Montgomery, AL. $10 per person.  For more information, contact Duane Beasley at 334-576-6855.

·         Spring Line Dance Party and Workshop, March 31, 2012

10:00 AM – 4:00, PM  Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Presented by Judy Rodgers and Kathy Donohoo. An all day line dance event that includes all skill levels of dancing with new and old in the mix.  $15 for the day. Doors open at 9:30. For more information, contact Kathy Donohoo at or Judy Rodgers at

 Jackie Tally

Start Moves LLC