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'Country Cruisers' celebrate 20 years of fun

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Cherokee area dance group, The Country Cruisers, are celebrating 20 years of dancing fun this month. Photo contributed
In March of 1992, a group of Cherokee area people formed a group for dancing, instructed by Frank Johnson. That group, The Country Cruisers, has remained active throughout the ensuing 20 years, practicing on Wednesday evenings and putting on dances seven months of the year at the Cherokee Community Center.

The Country Cruisers also often dance at area nursing homes and assisted living centers as well, and they have an enjoyable time dancing such steps as the 2-Step, polka, waltz and line dancing, along with an occasional cha-cha.

The Country Cruisers had a membership of around 100 members at their peak, but now have a regular group of 38 dancers.

The group also recently began teaching dance lessons to others for the first time. Although some of the new students are "middle aged," some are also younger, which group members find encouraging, as they'd love to keep the fun going for (at least) another 20 years. Singles as well as couples are welcome to join the group and/or take lessons.

If you'd like to join in the fun, the Country Cruisers are holding a special 20th anniversary dance on the upper level of the Community Center this Saturday night, from 7-11 p.m. There is a nominal charge to help cover the cost of refreshments.

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