Wanting to maximize the funds raised, they hired their dance instructors to teach at the dance event but decided to teach dance lessons themselves for four weeks prior to the dance.
The dance was a huge success and using a number of “greatest hits” CDs, a home stereo and a borrowed mixer, Jim DJ’d the event himself.
After weeks of people asking for more, they decided to teach lessons for four more weeks and hold another dance. At the dance, people said “we will be back next week.” Wanda and Jim explained that they had taught them every dance they knew and the dancers said “learn something new to teach us, we’ll see you next week.” And that’s how this grand journey began.
After 16 years of “Dancing In Dunellen,” Wanda and Jim moved to the Carolinas. You will now find them every Wednesday afternoon at the Silver Coast Winery’s Barrel Room, teaching and playing music to the cheers of a new group of dancers. They also hold dances at the recreation center in North Myrtle Beach and other locations in the coastal Carolinas.
Dancing has taken them literally around the world, dancing in England and Venezuela, and teaching in Switzerland, Canada and all over the U.S.A. “When we started this journey, we never imagined we would still be doing this 23 years later and having so much fun with such great people.”
Wanda and Jim’s accomplishments include winning an international choreography award for their dance “Late Night Swing” and attending the Linedancer Crystal Boot awards presentations in Blackpool, England, where their dance “Whoops, I Fell In Love,” was nominated for “Beginner Dance Of The Year” by LINEDANCER MAGAZINE.
Give it a try. Worst case you will have a little fun and meet a few new people. But if you are like most people, you'll have so much fun you will want to keep coming back for more.
Wanda and Jim started their dancing instructor and DJ career in 1996 as a fund raising project for their church in New Jersey. After dancing less than a year, they planned to share their dancing experience with others.
It's simple. We just want to spread the joy of dance to others. Especially those that have never danced before, don't think they can dance, or just want some good times and fellowship with new found friends.
Just a few places we have taught:
Dance Instruction and DJ at Silver Coast Winery
(Ocean Isle Beach, NC)
DJ and instruct at the J. Bryan Floyd Recreation Center
(North Myrtle Beach, SC)
DJ and instruct at the Anaerobics Studio
(in the Myrtle Beach Mall, SC)
Teach Line and Partner Dancing at the Brunswick Community College
DJ and Dance Instruction at Night Fever nightclub
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
DJ and Teach at Tim Gillis Dance Weekends
in the Poconos (PA) and Catskills (NY)
Partner Dance Instructors at "Dancing In The Park"
(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
Instruct at Dan & Kelly Albro's Mishnock & Friends Dance Weekends
Instruct and DJ at Senior Olympics with Scooter Lee
(Virginia Beach, VA)
Instruct at Swiss Country Music Association Dance
Founded, DJ and Instructors at "Dancing In Dunellen
Instructors at South Plainfield Adult School
(South Plainfield, NJ)
Partner dance instructors at "Dancin' Up A Storm:
(Kansas City, MO)
DJ & teach at numerous dance halls, campgrounds, clubs & private & corporate events (NC, SC, VA, NJ, NY, PA, TN, IN).