Jimmie Surles, 61, founder and owner of Jimmie’s Line Dancing Central Texas, is on a mission.
For more than 37 years, he has practiced and perfected the art of line dancing and is a certified instructor, choreographer and dancer who makes himself available weekly to teach Heights residents that there’s much more fun than work to this unique dance form.
“It works the whole body and that’s good for everyone,” he said.
His class, open to Heights residents 13 and older at the Harker Heights Recreation Center, is small, but he hopes to build interest by promoting it as a stress reliever, good form of exercise and just plain old-fashioned fun.
Surles recently taught 90 students in a class at a club in Killeen.
“Most of the participants were women along with two brave men,” he said.
Students are first shown all the dance moves. Once the class is up to speed on the moves the music is added.
“You can line dance if you can pat your feet and move left to right, then front to back,” he said. “That’s all there is to it.”
The Thursday night class is free. Three local instructors, Miriam Rodriguez, Aretha McClain and Shay Bruno, attend Surles’ class and for two hours become students themselves.
Bruno is an instructor for the ATL Sliders-Texas Chapter. She teaches classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Moss Rose Community Center at 1103 E. Avenue A in Killeen.
Bruno began participating in line dancing, then eventually became a trainer because of her love for music and the enjoyment of dancing.
“I was not supposed to become a trainer right away, but showed up at a class to assist a trainer,” she said. “With their encouragement, here I am a trainer in my own right just one year later.”
Line dancers move their feet to a wide variety of music, including urban, rhythm and blues, jazz, hip-hop, salsa, and even some country.
For more information about line-dancing classes held at the Harker Heights Recreation Center call 254-319-4348 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.