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July 7, 2006

Put on your Shaggin’ shoes

New club for Carolina dance forms in Clarksburg

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CLARKSBURG —

“We love it so much that we want to share it with people, and that’s why we started this club and why the Elks Club has been so gracious to let us be here because it’s a love of that dance. It’s just a beautiful dance.”

Fairmont resident Ruth Heldrich was trying the dance for the first time this Friday night. She brought her dance partner, Orval Miller of Morgantown.

“It’s something new to the area,” she said. “We like square dancing, so we thought we’d try this.”

During the lesson part of the evening, which goes from 7-8 p.m., Philippi resident Sandy (who didn’t want to give her last name) stood to the side watching others trying the dance with the instructor’s leading. Soon a student asks her to dance, and she smiles before taking the floor.

Sandy read about the Shag dance club in the Clarksburg paper. It was her third or fourth week at the meetings. She said that it was clean, wholesome entertainment that she thought she could get into.

“I enjoy the people,” she said. “The instructors come right there to help you learn the steps. It makes you feel like you’re at the beach, even though you’re not. I love the music.”

Newcomers Mark and MaryAnne Ware of Clarksburg watch as the instructor takes the hand of another student and walks her through an unfamiliar routine. As they begin to catch on to the dance, Mark starts to break a smile.

“We like to dance anyway,” said MaryAnne. “So, we decided to try this because we thought it might be fun.”

Barbara Goodwin of Clarksburg missed the first two classes held by the Clarksburg club, but has caught everyone since. She comes to the group as a single, but gets to dance with different partners as they rotate.

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