Dance Into Romance

Ron And Christine At The Beach

Isn’t it crazy how things happen? My sister is the one who introduced me to line dancing… and my husband. 

Let me set the scene for you:

  • Introduced to line dancing
    • Nailed line dancing
  • Introduced to PSquiggles
    • Nailed PSquiggles
  • Marriage & Babies (obviously)
  • Teaches line dancing
  • And she danced happily ever after

Introduced to line dancing

My sister called me up one day and asked if I wanted to try some line dancing with her because, and I quote, “You pick things up really quick and I think you’ll be good at it.” The only problem with her theory was I had no rhythm.

My signature dance move was the Sit and Nod, but just because I couldn't dance didn’t mean I wouldn’t dance! I decided to try it… and I loved it. (Que the nailed it portion of the story.)

It was so easy and fun! I learned so much the first night, I made a ton of new friends, and did I mention the workout? I had just had a baby 6 months earlier (my second baby) and couldn’t believe how fast the pounds started shedding as I continued to dance with her.

Who knew I could actually enjoy working out... Dance for hours, yep. Run for minutes, nope. I picked up dance after dance and discovered that I was, after all, a dancer. With every new dance, I became more and more confident on the dance floor. It totally changes your attitude.

You just can’t have a bad day while dancing. I mean why be moody when you can shake your booty?

It turns out there are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.

Introduced to PSquiggles

Fast forward a few months and we switched up the routine just a bit and decided to go out to Karaoke. There she introduced me to this guy, who by the end of the night was known as PSquiggles.

Turns out PSquiggles’ name was actually Ron Rodgers and he was the lead singer of a band. So what does this have to do with line dancing? Well, his band turned out to be THE band to go line dancing to. I went to several of his shows with my sister and our friends to get our dance on.

As the shows went by, so did the flirtatious looks and exchanging of numbers. (thank God my dancing is better than my flirting **winks with both eyes**).

Getting to see him on dance nights made it that much more exciting. Eventually, we started dating and well I guess this is the part you’ve all been waiting for… Nailing PSquiggles.

It was a dark, hot night. Our bodies were sweating together. I couldn’t believe it was finally happening. I reached out and let my fingers slowly type each letter of this blog thinking “you nasty”  for wanting to hear the details of this story…

Let’s just say the only dancing this man does is horizontal dancing, and it turns out that we make great dance partners. **winks with both eyes again**. Turns out our favorite dance move was the hip thrust. Little did I know what my life had in store for me after I fell in love with this man.

Marriage and Babies

Our story starts off a little backwards. Que the babies. Turns out our son, Maverick, was so determined that not even birth control could slow him down. He swam his little heart out and 8 months later (determined and impatient) he danced his way into this world.

Marriage wasn’t really on our radar. Having both been divorced before, neither Ron nor I wanted to get remarried, but 5 years after we met he texted me and asked if I wanted to go to Las Vegas the following week and get hitched. I mean look at the guy, I wasn’t going to say no.

We found the most awesome drive-thru wedding venue and we headed off to Vegas. Now let me tell you, this was the most perfect wedding for us (I even got a bumper sticker).

As we sat at a drive-thru window waiting to say “I do”, we started to hear “Burning Love” in an Elvis voice coming from outside the car. Wanna take a guess at what “our song” is now.

What happens in Vegas

I sat in my car staring at this man next to me outside of a drive-thru wedding chapel in Las Vegas, watching him slide a ring on my finger (that was covered in hot glue so it would fit). At that moment I knew I couldn’t have found a more perfect man for myself.

We obviously celebrated by horizontally dancing once we got home, (we were in the same room as my cousin and son in Vegas). We shared lots of “dances” over the next couple of years. Tried a few new dance moves and even created another life. Paisley joined our story in January of 2022. 

Every day is a new adventure and I’m so happy to have my favorite dance partner (to be fair, he’s my only dance partner) by my side every step of the way.

Teaching Line Dancing

Ok, all the mushy romance out of the way and back to the dancing of the vertical variety.

I was kind of launched into the world of teaching by my friends. Any time we were on the dance floor there was someone who didn’t know how to dance that tried to join us. I was the one they were told to watch to learn.

I started coaching people through dances while the songs were on and it was so much fun to watch them learn the dance. I enjoyed watching their faces light up as they got to show off what they learned on the dance floor.

The only downfall was that by the time they felt comfortable with the dance, the song was over. That eventually turned into me teaching people dances we were about to do so they could dance during the whole song. I discovered that I was pretty good at it.

A few years and 1 baby (Maverick) later, I started my first dance class. I had people of all ages and walks of life coming. I even had a couple of kids use my class as lessons for a performance for their talent show.

So why did I choose to teach? Learning, thought, creativity, and intelligence doesn't just come from the brain alone, but from the entire body. Movement combinations increase memory, order, and sequencing skills. Creating dances also increases self-esteem which is so very important to learning.

I love knowing I am a part of this growth and confidence-building in my students. Some of my biggest mentors were teachers and coaches that I had growing up. I love knowing that I have the potential to be that person for someone else.

She Danced Happily Ever After

Although my journey is nowhere near over, I am currently dancing through my happily ever after.

My dance journey started with me and my 2 daughters (previous marriage) and 9 years later I’ve married PSquiggles, had 2 more babies, learned a ton of new dances, and discovered my love of teaching others.

Crazy kids

You never know what fun and exciting things are waiting for you just outside your comfort zone. You should never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.

I unknowingly walked my 2 left feet onto a dance floor that would end up spinning me into a life I never imagined. I found my rhythm, new friends, my husband, and the key to happiness by taking a chance on the dance floor. I’ve found confidence, a fun way to work out, and a “job” that I love. So I leave you with this my friends, “Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.

And if you stumble just make it part of the dance!”

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