Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 28, 2014

Dancing the night away with the Tansi Dance Club

CROSSVILLE — Lake Tansi has got rhythm! This was made evident by the impressive display of line dancing, swing dancing and two-stepping at the Lake Tansi Dance Club meeting at the Thunderbird Recreation Center May 2. Bringing their choice of beverages and a snack to share with other members, the LT Dance Club gathers monthly to dance to their favorite tunes.

Barbara Thornhill and her husband, Rusty, live in Crossville but make it a point to mark the Tansi Dance on their calendar every month.

“Although we don’t dance many dances, we enjoy listening to the performers, eating refreshments and visiting with friends,” said Thornhill. “It is always fun to watch others 'strut their stuff.'  The couples who have danced together for decades, whether ballroom or rock n' roll, are the most fun to watch. And for those with or without a partner, line dancing like the Electric Slide and Cuban Shuffle have us all out on the dance floor.”

This meeting was hosted by musical duo Wayne and Ruth Lucas, who took dedications and requests directly from their audience. The one thing about a Tansi Dance Club dance is that there is no shortage of people on the floor. It isn’t like a dance you went to in Jr. High when everyone awkwardly shuffled around; the girls sat lined up on one side pining to be asked to dance by the befuddled boys across the room. These Lake Tansians like to kick it.

Playing fan requests such as “Pontoon,” “Blue Roses,” “That Loving Feeling,” and “Jackson,” the Lucases kept the Lake Tansi Dance Club quiet literally on its toes. Footloose doesn’t even begin to describe a Tansi Dance Club night.

Many members of the Lake Tansi Dance Club are also attendees of the Fair Park Senior Center dances and meet other avid steppers there. As was the case of Bernice and Dan Centers, of Fairfield Glade, who learned of the Tansi Dance Club nights from their line dance instructors at the Senior Center. With them, the Centers bring their entire Senior Center line dance crew and join in with their Lake Tansi friends.

“Every time we come, we have a good time,” said Dan Centers. “We have come out several times and we try to every time we possibly can.”

Centers’ wife, Bernice, chimed in, “We are a bunch of wild teens, like we are 16 years old. But you can’t tell when we get out on the floor,” she laughed.

They are all very great friends here; pulling together to add to each other’s fun and memories. Couples hold hands, fall in love again, step to the beat and relive those sweet, romantic moments that make life even more endearing. Singles meet new friends and revive and deepen the bonds of friendship with old ones. The treasure trove of amazing dancers and friends here at Lake Tansi is unmatched.

The Lake Tansi Dance Club meets the first Friday of every month and invites all members and their guests to cut a rug at the next dance set for June 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. BYOB and a snack to share. For more information call the Thunderbird at 931-788-6282. 

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