Heartland Bootscooters Commence Dance Lessons

While many events were cancelled Sunday due to the brutally cold weather, the Heartland Bootscooters were heating up the dance floor at the Eagles Club in Ottumwa with their moves.

The dance club kicked off their couples dance program event tonight.

The eight-week program will teach couples such dances as the cha ha, the waltz, the two-step, and a variety of line dances.

The Heartland Bootscooters are a dance club that is formed of people who are dedicated to teaching dancing.

The non-profit organization combines their love of dance with supporting a good cause--the profits raised from the cost of the dance lessons are used to give back to the community.

"At the end of the year we always donate to charities," said Bootscooters Dance Lesson Chairman Sherilyn Headley. "Over the 20 years of our existence we've donated over $20,000 to different charities."

The events usually see a good turnout with a packed floor.

Judy Switela joined the group 20 years ago and still enjoys attending the events.

"Our daughter left home to go away to college and the nest was empty, and it was boring, and we wanted something fun to do together," said Switela. "And that's what we find here. It's fun. It's great people. We never have any trouble, and we just enjoy each other. We enjoy the dancing."

She said not even sub-zero temperatures can slow the club down.

"Nothing stops us," said Switela. "Usually we have to turn the air conditioning on because it's such a good workout. So if you want exercise and you want fun--this is the place to be."

Though the classes have started, there is still time to register.

The classes take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Sunday until March 2nd.