Hi! I’m April.

I'm a dancer who appreciates all styles and forms of movement related expression.  My love of dance all began, as it is with most little girls, when my parents signed me up for a "creative movement" class at the local dance school.  I had watched my older cousin in her recitals and knew that I wanted to follow in her footsteps.

First dance recital!

First dance recital!

I continued with my dance classes for 10 years, until I decided to hang up my jazz shoes and just try my best to focus on surviving adolescence! That whole body image thing and the growing pressures of school work had taken the fun out of dance for me, but I always knew I would return to it again in some form.  After all, I still looked forward to weddings and school dances and any excuse to get out on the floor! In college, I was excited when a group of young ladies decided to start a dance team.  This was a big deal- I attended a Nazarene college, and if you know anything about the Nazarene faith, you know dancing is very much not allowed.  But, with the help of Psalm 150, these women were able to convince Eastern Nazarene College to let them start a dance...ministry.  Although we could only get down to Christian hip hop, it was really fun and I enjoyed this opportunity to dance again.  (Excuse the blurry photo, it was 2003 after all).

Fun times at Eastern Nazarene College on the 150 Dance Team

Fun times at Eastern Nazarene College on the 150 Dance Team

Fast forward to 2010.  Five years post-graduation, I was itching to dance again.  Dancing with the Stars was as popular as ever, and every time I tuned in I couldn't help but think- I could do that!  I had no partner, but I didn't let that stop me.  After many Google searches, I decided to take advantage of a free private lesson at the one Boston ballroom studio that I could walk to (I did not have a car at the time, so this was crucial :).   After my first intro lesson, I was hooked.  I dove head first into weekly lessons and pro-am competitions.

Boston Ballroom Competition!

Boston Ballroom Competition!

My first ballroom instructor was a really funny and charming young man named Zeke.  And for those of you who don't already know, SPOILER ALERT, I ended up marrying him.  So I'd say it was a good decision.

First showcase- December 2010

First showcase- December 2010

Zeke didn't teach ballroom much longer after we got married in 2014, and at that point weekly lessons and pricey competitions no longer fit in my budget.  But that didn't mean we would stop dancing.  In the summer of 2014, Zeke was trying to build up his DJ business and had DJ'ed country nights in the past,  so when a new country bar opened up on Lansdowne Street in Boston, he naturally reached out to see if he could be of service. There was just one problem, they didn't want a DJ,  they wanted line dancing.  At this point Zeke and I had NEVER line danced together or ever been to a line dance night- but Zeke rarely turns down a challenge, and since we both knew a thing or two about dance, we decided we had what it took to make a line dance night at Loretta's work.

Breaking the boots in at Loretta’s!

Breaking the boots in at Loretta’s!

I'm happy to say we were right.  After only a few months we were asked to do a second night of weekly teaching and dancing at Loretta's.  We were building a following of great people and enthusiastic dancers.  For two whole years we spent our Sundays and Tuesdays getting the crowd going on Lansdowne Street and turning more and more people who'd never danced before on to the joy that is line dancing.

We learned a lot of dances from friends, off YouTube, and on the fly from watching other people on the floor.  After a few months we finally gained the confidence to try this whole choreographing thing ourselves.  With the help of our good friend Jason, we came up with original choreography for 3 of our own dances.  Now every time I hear a new Country Hit, I can't help but start brainstorming the best steps for the beat, and I've established a catalog of several new dances that are all my own.

I'll be posting my dances here, and on YouTube, so stay tuned.  Even though we don't teach at Loretta's on a weekly basis anymore, I still want to stay active in the dance world!  Zeke and I regularly teach line dance at private parties and events, so if you're interested in having us be a part of your next party, please contact us at grapevinetotheright@gmail.com!