up their Heels
Boots & Jeans
make the rounds at area festivals
Helen E. McKinney
(Sept. 2002) The Indiana Boots and Jeans dance
troupe was organized 12 years ago when line dancing began gaining popularity.
I taught clogging at the time, but took one night to do line dancing,
said troupe creator June Ritchie of Hanover, Ind.
Under her guidance, the group has grown to average 33 participants.
A veteran in the field of dance, Ritchie taught clogging 32 years ago
at her own Dance Barn in Scottsburg, Ind.
Boots & Jeans performs
The troupe will be a new addition to the annual Two Rivers
Tobacco Festival, held Sept. 12-14 on the courthouse square in downtown
Carrollton. Those eager to perfect their line dancing technique wont
want to miss the troupes performance from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
on Sept. 13.
Onlookers will learn the ropes of line dancing by watching this troupe
as they perform moves, such as the scoot, brush, heel tap, step, kick
and triple step.
Ritchie not only teaches the fundamentals of certain dance genres, she
also involves her troupes in fun ways to perform. Ritchie said she took
her line dance troupe to Club Dance in Knoxville, Tenn., and has taken
cloggers to Disney World and Australia.
Troupe member Carolyn Mitchell agrees with Ritchie that line dancing
is good cardiovascular exercise. In fact, after Ritchie
underwent knee replacement surgery, doctors urged her to begin dancing
again as soon as possible.
Its the best exercise you can get, she said.
Ritchie said line dancing is so easy to learn that most people confidently
end their first session feeling that they did good for the first night.
She said that after learning the basic steps, You fall into the
There is no age limit to her troupe, which meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9
p.m. every Tuesday at the Hanover Community Building.
The Two Rivers Tobacco Festival pays homage to the farmers and their
harvests. Carroll County was at one time the third largest burley tobacco
market in the world.
Festival organizer Daisy Hughes said this three-day event is funded
mostly through donations from business merchants and industries.
Hughes is part of the 12-member Two Rivers Festival committee.
The additional support of financial backers in the tobacco industry,
such as Philip Morris and R. J. Reynolds, is enabling the festival to
continue since Carrolltons Main Street Program no longer sponsors
Hughes said there is no overall theme this year for Saturdays
1 p.m. parade, but Heather French Henry, wife of Lieutenant Gov. Steve
Henry and a FOX 41 morning personality, has been asked to preside as
this years master of ceremonies. All three days will provide flea
market, food and craft booths, plus entertainment.
Slated to appear on Thursday are Young Rockers; on Friday Steve Pratt
and Oakley Avenue; and on Saturday Young Country.
All proceeds from this event are given back to the community in different
ways, such as the distribution of food baskets at Christmas.
The Boots and Jeans troupe will also perform
this month at the Chelsea Jubilee (Sept. 7) and Canaan Fall Festival
(Sept. 14). For information, call Ritchie at (812) 866-4785. For information
on the Two Rivers Tobacco Festival call (502) 732-8568.
Back to September 2002 Articles.