About a year ago, Lynda Wolters explained to her husband, JR, that dancing was an important part of her life. That’s all he needed to hear before embarking on a personal quest to be the best dance partner she would ever know.
The Boise couple had just married; JR said he started taking dance lessons right away.
“I had never danced before,” JR said. “She was dancing five nights a week and taking lessons.” So he started taking private lessons — three hours every Sunday — for a year. He learned how to fox trot, waltz, nightclub two-step and more.
“Then I started my first social dancing just recently,” he said. “And now I’m a dancer.”
“He’s amazing,” Lynda beamed. “He kept his word. He’s the best dance partner ever.”
The Wolters joined a large group of dancers at the annual High Desert Swing Dance Club membership drive and workshop Jan. 16. The club meets regularly for social dancing. The membership drive offered a workshop for anyone interested in learning new steps to get pointers from local dance instructors volunteering their time.
“We have something for everybody,” said instructor Penni Hale-Grist. “We teach five dances (at the workshop) for beginners and beyond beginners. The hustle, the East Coast swing, nightclub two-step, the cha-cha and West Coast swing,” she said.
People at the membership drive could join the club if they wished, participate in the workshop and enjoy a night of dancing for $30. “More than anything, we want people to have fun,” Hale-Grist said.
Club president Dave Hopkins said he has been part of High Desert Swing Dance Club for 11 years but started dancing about 25 years ago. “I learned to dance way too late in life and wish I had started sooner,” he said.
He said he and his significant other dance 4-5 nights a week.
“We have a lot of good friends we see all the time out dancing,” he said. “It’s a really good social event and good physical activity.”
If you’re interested in getting involved in social dancing, contact High Desert Swing Dance Club: www.idahoswingdance.org.