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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Line Dancing in Fuengirola

My wife is an ardent line dancer here on the Costa del Sol and I asked her to write a few lines about her group, the Mississippi Coasters. Here is what she wrote:

"I'm addicted to line dancing. I started in February last year with the Mississipi Coasters in Casa Juanito at the Feria
ground in Fuengirola. I was hooked after my very first class. When you get a dance right from start to finish the euphoria is amazing.

Bob Horan, the teacher is a master. He knows an incredible number of line dances. He teaches us new steps by walking us through them and calling out the names of the steps eg; Coaster Step, Jazzbox, Rock Recover and so on. Then we dance those steps to music with Bob calling out the steps on his microphone. As we get to know the dances and become more confident he calls out the name of the dance does a preliminary walk through and off we go. The music is great and when you see all the dancers dancing in line and in time it's just fantastic.

Beginners are made very welcome and encouraged right from the start, the good dancers pass on their tips and the time races by, I am loathe to leave when my chariot arrives. Pauline, Bob's wife is the original country and western "chick" and a wonderful dancer. So friendly and warm, such a lovely person she gives out the lists of the steps and introduces newcomers to everyone else. The atmosphere is very conducive to learning. If you look at the picture above with us all dressed up for our photo shoot last week at our Fuengirola line dancing venue, you'll see Bob in the foreground and Pauline standing just behind him.

I really enjoy the classes, the exercise is good and it's great for the memory as well having to remember all the steps! I have so wanted to do line dancing ever since that song 'Locomotion' came out. As a teenager in Zimbabwe we danced in sequence to it making up our own steps so I was over the moon to find line dancing on my doorstep just down the road in Fuengirola. I enjoy the social aspect as well as watching the good dancers. We also have socials, lunches and dinners at different venues.

I wear black trousers or jeans and boots with a small heel,(Cuban is good). I recently bought some line dancing shoes and they're great.

If you are looking for line dancing classes on the Costa del Sol, Bob and Pauline teach at Club Los Naranjos in Calahonda on a Monday from 8 to 10 30 p.m. and at Casa Juanito in the Fuengirola feria ground on a Tuesday from 7.30 to 10 30 p.m. and Cafe/bar Bonanza in Benalmadena on Friday afternoons from 2 to 5pm p.m.

Here are contact telephone numbers for Bob and Pauline; 00 34 952 93 17 54 or 00 34 697 441 313 and their email address is: Come and join us!"


Wendy said...

Fantastic. Sounds like such fun.

Mike Drury said...

Hello Wendy, thank you very much for writing in.

You will be made very welcome if you come along and do some line dancing!

Best wishes from Marbella and thanks again for your contact.


Anonymous said...

I loved your article and the group looks very classy......we also have a group of seniors that have been dancing for 20 some years now..some are 81 and I am 66 and can't keep is the most fun I have ever had in my life. I love your outfits. Thanks for sharing Linda Williams......Clinton, N.C,

Mike Drury said...

Hi Linda, thank you very much for writing in all the way from North Carolina. I asked my wife Angela to write back to you, that's her, second from the right in the front row:

"Thank you so much for your lovely response and good on you dancing away and keeping fit. Are you planning a trip here? I'd love to take you to our dancing.

So glad you like our outfits. It was fun doing the photo shoot. There is an International Fair at the end of this month in Fuengirola and we have been asked to dance at the USA stand. There are lots of countries exhibiting different things mainly interesting food!!!

I just love line dancing and can't get enough of it and I am getting much better. Thank you again and take care. Warm regards from our sunny Costa. Angela Drury."

Thanks again Linda, I Googled line dancing in Clinton and saw a group having fun in the Bellamy Centre. Perhaps it's your group! Best greetings from Marbella and keep on dancing! Mike

Pauline Dunlop said...

Hi Mike, I thought I posted on here the other day but can't see it anywhere. So here I am again. My husband and I are Line Dancers from Australia and we are coming to Spain for a wedding at the end of next week. We found website and was interested to see that you have your classes, near where we will be. The wedding is in Antequera and from there we go to Malaga. We would be very happy, if we could find a class while we are there. My name is Pauline Dunlop. Regards!

Mike Drury said...

Hi Pauline, wonderful, thank you for checking in and finding the line dancing page. I hope my reply is not too late. I have been away doing the Via de la Plata pilgrim route on a bike ending up in Santiago de Compostela with my wife and we just got back this morning. I'll ask her to write to you. Best wishes and welcome to Spain Mike

Mike Drury said...

Dear Pauline, Hope you had a great wedding. There is line dancing every Tuesday so today 22nd September in Fuengirola. The venue is the Feria Ground (Recinta Ferial) and is 7.30 p.m. till 10 p.m. We are not in our usual “caseta” . We are in the 3rd “caseta” on the right as you come down the main road in the feria ground. You will see cars parked there. Bring water.
It is run by Bob and Pauline phone number 697441313. Hope to see you both there. Best wishes Angela Hi Pauline, hope this is not too late, best wishes Mike

Joan Parker said...

Hello fellow line dancers. I have been looking for a line dance venue near Los Boliches in Fuengirola. Now I have discovered this site I am very keen to attend. I have bee line dancing in the UK for a number of years and love it. I am a regular visitor to Spain and intend finding the venue in October. Something to look forward to.

Mike Drury said...

Write back when you need to make contact Joan. The group is still going strong on different days at different venues. Best wishes Mike

Kimberley Howe said...

Hi, im coming to Benalmadena next week and wondered if your classes are still on on a Friday afternoon, thanks

Mike Drury said...

Hi Kimberley, sorry it's taken so long to get an answer. There is line dancing on a Friday afternoon but not for the next two weeks because the group is rehearsing for a show! However the Tuesday classes in Fuengirola continue in the evenings from 7.30 to 10 p.m in the Recinto Ferial (Municipal Fairgrounds) in Caseta Juanito which is the 3rd last one on the right. Cost for the evening is €7 and bring your own water. There is a social once a month when everybody brings something to eat and there is a raffle. The teacher is Bob Horan and his number is 697 44 13 13 Best to give him a ring first. Hope that helps Kimberley. Have a great visit. Best wishes Mike

Joan Parker said...

Hi Mike

I am in Spain at the moment and wonder whether there are line dancing sessions in Fuengirola preferably in the afternoons. Perhaps you could let me know.

I would appreciate your comments.

Joan Parker

Mike Drury said...

Hi Joan, thank you for writing in. My wife is the line dancer but she is travelling right at the moment and I can't consult her. Give Bob Horan a ring on 697 441 313 (Bob's session is in the evening in the Fuengirola fair ground) and he will give you Jenny's number, she has a session on Friday afternoon which may be of interest. I'll email this on to my wife and if she has any updates I'll pop them in here. Thank you very much for your contact and enjoy your stay. Best wishes Mike

Samantha Booth said...

Hi Mike - I will be visiting my parents in Arroyo de la Miel (I think that's right) and I stumbled across yur article whilst looking for line dancing near them. I dance I'm the UK and want to take them to a couple of lessons. Also do you know of anywhere that has line dancing in the evenings as a social that you would recommend ? Many thanks Sam

Mike Drury said...

Hi Sam, thank you very much for writing in. I'm just the messenger here, it's my wife who does the line dancing. Could you give Bob Horan a ring to get the inside information you need? Bob's number is +34 697 441 313 mobile and home phone is + 34 952 931 754 Bob's email address has changed, I must correct it above. His email address I hope you have a great visit and manage to get your parents there. You might even end up in one of their shows! Happy New Year to you. Best wishes Mike