In the 80’s I attended a night time line dance class. I learned the basic steps of line dancing, not knowing that when I moved to the Inland Empire I was going to teach this wonderful activity.
I started to gain my experience when I decided to go to a class in Moreno Valley, CA. By that time, all my children were grown. I wanted to have and learn something that would allow me to express myself. Before I knew it, I was teaching and having the best time of my life.
I have been given the chance to meet with some wonderful friends and have connections with other line dance teachers. I would like to give thanks to Ira Yoder for teaching me how to become a teacher. Also, Patty Thompson taught me how to combine steps to new songs and Ruth Deming guided me to become a member of the American Callers. I am grateful to them all for guiding me in all ways.
I can’t forget how this is possible and would love to give thanks to all my wonderful students.
—- Martha Quintero
When I was 4 years old my parents were stationed in France and I took my first dance class. I learned ballet, tap and toe. I took classes up to the age of 16. Throughout my adult life I would take an occasional line dance class at a local club or bar and thoroughly enjoyed learning the dances. I moved to Riverside in 2012 to help take care of my Mother. After she passed in 2014 I was looking for something to add to my life. I found a line dancing class at the Dales Senior Center.
I started Martha’s beginner class in May, 2015 and quickly learned the dances she was teaching. In July, 2015 I added Martha’s intermediate class. I then joined Martha and her group to do a performance for a Senior Center in Yucaipa and saw how much people enjoyed watching our demonstration and it warmed my heart. By the end of 2016 Martha asked if I would be interested in teaching a beginner class. I started teaching in December, 2016. I am so grateful to Martha Quintero for her confidence in me and for being an awesome role model as a teacher.
I have always loved all kinds of dance and am now very excited to teaching line dancing to others.
After I retired 5 years ago, I decided to take line dancing classes because I enjoyed dancing and my husband didn’t! Even though I knew nothing when I started, I immediately felt comfortable and eventually learned how to line dance.
My first and only instructor has been Martha Quintero, and she is a very patient and supportive teacher. As time went on, Martha asked me if you would like to teach. At first I declined but gradually began to teach some of her classes and really enjoyed it. I’ve been teaching two of my own classes in Yucaipa & Calimesa for 2 years, and I thank Martha for giving me the encouragement and knowledge required for my “line dancing career”.
Line dancing is great exercise for the mind, body & spirit, and I have met many wonderful new friends through this great experience! So put on your dancin’ shoes and get ready to learn the line dancing moves!