The Country Western Line Dance Community
is fortunate to have found the creators of the waltz that is still
being taught & danced throughout the world ...thanks so much
to Lois & John Nielson for sharing with us a signed copy of
their classic dance.
Across Texas...1 wall, 48 count dance by
& John Nielson
Music: Waltz Across Texas by
Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson, and Charlie Daniels The signed original step sheet for the classic line dance created
in the mid 70's.
Lois and John Nielson of Lakeville, Massachusetts choreographed
the classic line dance Waltz Across Texas ...Lois explains ...how
it started for them ...
1974 the Senior Citizens held a dance to raise money for their
organization. There was a lack of dance partners for all the ladies,
so three of these ladies, one of whom was my mother, Abbie Demers,
asked me to teach them line dancing, so the next time at a dance,
they would be able to get up and join in with the dancing.
and I had been taking line dance instructions for 3 years at the
Metroname Dance Studio, and so I was ready to help these ladies
1975 - I started with a class of 18 men and women. I taught classes
in many of the surrounding towns and we named our class The Nemasket
Line Dance Club...and I had classes many times weekly, and Friday
night dances, and Sunday afternoon parties, and many trips to
Resorts, where we did our line dancing to all kinds of music.
kept the Senior Citizens very busy, and they loved it.
and I choreographed many dances, over 100 for myself, many have
been declared "classic dances."
and I choreographed Waltz Across Texas, we also had done other
waltzes, but Waltz Across Texas seemed to be the favorite. Edith
Pyder, from California, also a teacher, came to Massachusetts
and picked up this dance, along with 100 or so others, and teaches
them across the country.
had thought the popularity had dwindled so I was very pleased
when Evelyn Khinoo called me (September 2000) and told me how
popular Waltz Across Texas was in her area....(the San Francisco
also has used a variation in music (for the steps to Waltz Across
Texas) and her pupils like the change.
think changes in music are very helpful in all dances, as you
might be out somewhere and while you don't hear the music you
are used to - you can adapt and enjoy doing the dance anyway....(signed)
Lois continues to teach line dance in
her area and is the choreographer of such classics as ...Nemasket
Memories (1980), Somebody To Love, Smile Away Each Rainy Day,
Caring, and Loving You.