I became interested in dance in 1991 from a television advertisement for the Tri-State Boot Kickers® on WHAG channel 25 from Hagerstown, MD. Classes were being held in Smithsburg MD and were sponsored by instructors Byron and Jane Davis.
Smithsburg was a long way to drive for weekly classes, so I suggested to Byron that they open a class in the Hancock MD area. I suppose, with both Byron and Jane having full time employment, they didn’t have the time to sponsor another branch. Their suggestion? Why don’t YOU open a branch?
After many lessons from Byron and Jane, instructor training by Boot Kickers® founder Fran Halterman Medcalf, and a considerable financial investment, I became a Boot Kicker® Instructor in 1992 for the Blue Denim Boot Kickers®.
In 1993 I was contacted by Ray Bennett of the Berkeley County Adult & Community Education program to teach a class. To everyone’s surprise, 104 students registered. The students and I were overwhelmed with enthusiasm and thus, the beginning of the Blue Ridge Boot Kickers®.
In 2005 I was contacted by Beth Lewis of the Jefferson County Adult & Community Education program and have been instructing classes at the T. A. Lowry school on Route 9, west of Charles Town. They became the latest branch of dancers, the Blue Moon Boot Kickers®.
You can contact me anytime using the “Contact the Boot Kickers” section on the top of the page. I’d love to hear from you.