Merle Potuzak said when she line dances she canâ€™t think about anything else.
â€œYou forget about the little problems,â€ Potuzak said.
Wearing her jeans and red cowboy boots, Potuzak has been line dancing since the early 90s. Once she got started, she couldnâ€™t stop.
Now the Cornelius resident teaches line dancing every Thursday night at CW Campoâ€™s Music Barn on Pilot Knob Road. She calls the group â€œThe Country Choice Kickers.â€
Every week people come for the evening, many in their cowboy boots and jeans and take to the floor to practice their moves.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with open dancing. The beginner class starts at 6:30 p.m. and the intermediate class begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. Cost to dance for the night is $3, students pay at the door.
Potuzak never expected she would be teaching classes, but when CW Campo, owner of the barn, asked her if she would teach, she decided to try it out.
â€œI thought, why not? I will try anything once,â€ she said.
After moving from Florida with her husband, Joe, they stumbled upon CW Campoâ€™s Music Barn and fell in love with it.
â€œEveryone was so friendly, that is what got us when we walked in,â€ she said.
The warm atmosphere has made the barn her and her husbandâ€™s favorite place to come on Saturday night to listen to the Country Choice band that CW Campo sings in.
Potuzak moved from Florida to North Carolina in 2001 to be with their family.
She began teaching the line dancing classes in June of 2003. This month marks off another new session for the year. Harold Dale also helps teach the classes starting with beginner steps such as the electric slide, shuffles, heel toes and the grapevine.
Peggy Pace of Charlotte has been coming to the classes since April of last year.
â€œOur friends talked us into it,â€ Pace said. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to do it. It looks like so much fun, plus itâ€™s good exercise.â€
Potuzakâ€™s husband handles the music for the classes each week.
â€œI like to put a smile on everybodyâ€™s face,â€ he said.
Students come from all over including Morganton, Charlotte, Gastonia, Mooresville and Denver.
CW Campoâ€™s Music Barn is located at 393 Pilot Knob Road. The driveway is located across from Salem United Methodist Church.
by Amy Wadsworth