Ballroom dancing finds a home at Funkstown Moose

February 28, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

FUNKSTOWN - Bob and Abby Roane have been dancing together nearly as long as they've been married.

They wed in 1990 - about one year after meeting in a country western dance class. Soon after, they began taking ballroom dancing lessons.

As they danced Sunday with about 50 others at the Funkstown Moose Family Center, the Roanes said that while dancing is a passion, it is also a serious hobby for them.

"We want to do what we do well," Abby Roane said. "We're in sync."

So were the others who danced to ballroom tunes performed by The Continentals of Washington, D.C.

Ken Welch, who coordinated the afternoon event, said dances at the Family Center have been growing since they moved from downtown Hagerstown this month.


"We love the music, the dancing and being with friends," said Barbara Douglas of Hagerstown. "And it's always nice to hold your partner."

Douglas' partner was her husband, Roger.

Mark Siegrist and his wife, Tammy, of Waynesboro, Pa., have been taking ballroom dancing and Lindy Hop lessons for about two years. Sunday was their first time dancing at the Family Center, but the pair said they have traveled as far as Baltimore for a chance to dance.

"You want to go out and dance," Tammy Siegrist said.

When Tony Nally, 47, and his wife, Kim, 45, heard The Continentals begin to play a waltz, they stood up, said "waltz" and walked onto the large dance floor.

During the same waltz, the Roanes were also enjoying the dance. Abby Roane smiled for most of the dance, while her husband led them around the floor.

Abby Roane said most dancers will add their own touches to the dance. She and her husband prefer an international style, she said.

"We still take lessons," Kim Nally said.

She and her husband have been dancing for more than 10 years.

"We think we'll do it forever and continue to learn," she said.

Jean Goodnight and her husband, Carroll, are dance instructors at Hagerstown Community College and teach Tony and Kim Nally.

"And they are very good," Jean Goodnight said.

The next dance at the Family Center will be March 12.

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