Line Dancing with Judee

Judee Curtis

A trip down “Memory Lane” started when I was thinking about the things for which I am thankful!

We’ve lived happily in SunBird for 27 years, since Nov. 11, 1993. My husband survived a fatal heart attack on Nov. 30, 1993. I found the world of line dancing in January, 1994, and he joined me in March. We went to many dances in the SunBird Ballroom which was one of many reasons we bought our house from Robson here. We met at a dance in Nebraska 64 years ago. I was given the opportunity to teach line dancing here in January, 1999, in addition to being able to attend many line dance events in Arizona, Nebraska, Wyoming, and California.

Of course, family is the core of our happiness. We were grateful that our son could be with us in 1993, because his holiday college break was conveniently timed and he was able to take finals later. This year, 2020 has kept us from seeing him in Colorado on our annual visit, and his annual Christmas trip here is in doubt.

I am very grateful for the line dancers who have attended my classes. They are considered my “extended family.” They are the nicest people I’ve ever known. I’ve missed dancing with them since March.

Unfortunately, I’m going to miss them even longer, because I really don’t feel comfortable or safe to restart our classes in January, 2021. There are events being held in our ballroom with fairly large crowds, including eating and drinking. Even with many safeguards put in place, the air still would not be “clear and safe.” Plus, there are dancers with past and present health issues, and we have loved ones at home whom we want to keep safe.

I’m praying for things to be safe for us to start in September, 2021. Ironically, I already have a Fall 2021 list of dancers, because some had me move them to this time. We’ve had long days so far in 2020, but it seems at times like a fast eight months. Let’s hope the next 10 will go as fast, and we will all feel safe to do the things we love. God Bless Line Dancing!