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Boot scootinâ?? in Harveys Lake


March 16. 2013 9:35PM
By SUSAN DENNEY Dallas Post Correspondent

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Picture a scene with cowboy boots, blue jeans, longnecks and loud country/western music.


Now picture the second floor of the Harveys Lake American Legion Hall.


Every Thursday night at 7 p.m., the Harve's Lake American Legion Dance Class turns the second floor of the hall into a place where a Texan would feel right at home.


The dance group is led by Dave Zimmerman, of Dallas, who says he's been dancing for 47 years. Zimmerman teaches country/western line dancing to the group.


Line dancing is partnerless and there is no contact between dancers. An uneven number of men and women makes no difference. And judging by the range of ages in Zimmerman's group, line dancing is for everyone.


According to Zimmerman, the group has been in existence for five years and performs regularly, its last performance being at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 6. He says the group has over 60 members but a usual Thursday night class attracts from 12 to 22 dancers.


Zimmerman runs the group because, It's good exercise.


But the enthusiasm of his dancers proves there's a lot more than exercise that draws them to the class.


Linda Festa, of Shavertown, has been a member of the group almost five years. When asked why she participates, she said, Hate the gym, love the dance. She encouraged others to join the group. We have a great time.


Festa said no prior dancing experience is needed. Anybody can do this. Dave is very patient.


Tom McDermott, of Bear Creek, has been in the group for five years, as well. Although he is not the only male in the group, he was the only male dancer at a recent Thursday night rehearsal. His comment on the class was, It's fun!


Elisabeth Samanas, 28, of Shavertown, joined the group four years ago and thinks she might be the youngest member. I started line dancing in college. I'd rather this than a bar. It's a lot of fun.


The group learns new dances regularly. At a recent class, Zimmerman taught the group a new dance called Drinking Champagne. But old favorites like Achy Breaky Heart bring the dancers to their feet, too.


In addition to Zimmerman, Toni Weiss and Larry Wright are also instructors for the class.




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