Dance has always been a great escape and a fun way to meet people and be social. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:
- improved condition of your heart and lungs.
- increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness.
- increased aerobic fitness.
- improved muscle tone and strength.
- weight management.
- stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis.
Welcome to Country Bootleggers Dance Studio
Where DANCING builds connections…..Where FRIENDS become FAMILY.
What makes Country Bootleggers Dance Studio very successful is the way we treat our customers. Our goal is to treat our customers with respect and honesty to ensure our business is the utmost successful business to our customers and the community. One of the most unique things about Country Bootleggers that it is a place where you can learn how to dance, exercise and relax your body and mind all at the same time. It’s very important to us when you walk into our dance studio, it has a very “Welcoming” feeling.
We Are Not Just A Dance Studio, We Are Family.
I’m native of Yorktown, Virginia. I’m a Christian and believe it’s a everyday part of my life. I attend Northside Christian Church in Yorktown VA. I feel God has lead me to where I am today with the support from my parents and my husband.
My mother Jean E. McPherson said that I came out dancing.
I studied tap, ballet, and jazz at the York School of Dance which was located in Yorktown when I was six years old. I was a cheerleader for the York County League from 1966-1971, then became a Majorette during her intermediate and high school years. In 1990, I started modeling for different agencies that is when I fell in love with Line Dancing from a local club I was modeling in at that time.
I started teaching Beginner Line Dance Classes at local area clubs in 1992 until I started working for Newport News Parks & Recreation in 1994-2001. I also started working with York County Parks & Recreation at my studio until 2013.
I began competing in Country Line dance and won many awards in 1993. In 1994 I started dancing Country Western Partner in the Pro-Am division at the beginner level. Then in 1995 I started dancing in different divisions in the UCWDC events.
In 2006 to present my husband Mike & I began competing in the World Swing Dance Council (WSDC). (West Coast Swing)
I’ve always had such a love and passion for dancing and teaching others to dance and enjoy giving back to the community.
I opened her very own studio, “Country Bootleggers Dance Studio,” in 1994 which is located in Yorktown, Virginia; where I along with my husband Dennis Mike Norge, Sr. manages and teaches.
ABOUT COUNTY BOOTLEGGERS DANCE STUDIO
I have always dreamed of owning a Dance Studio. That dream came true with the help of my father, John P. McPherson. My father believed in me and gives me the opportunity to opening my own dance studio in 1994.
Cindy started teaching Country & Western Line Dance and Country & Western Partner Dancing on a concrete floor with her being the only dance instructor. Looking back at what the studio WAS and what it is TODAY it’s amazing to look at all the changes. I would like to share some of Country Bootleggers Dance Studio highlights for being in business for the past 24 years.
The building was originally a paint store with cement floor and spattered paint everywhere. In 1998, a Sub-Floor with plywood was laid down, walls painted, added crown molding, mirrors on both sides of the walls, sitting area inside, new curtains, new lighting, and sound system and remodeled the bathroom and office. In 2006, laid a hardwood floor, added a beautiful sitting areas outside and a lighted business sign above my studio. In 2011, Studio #2 was built. Since then the studio has been re-painted, new lighting, new office desk, new sound system, a total new look.
The studio has twelve part time dance instructors who teaches different variety of dance & fitness classes and offer private lessons. The studio is unique because of everything we offer which includes, Ballroom, Belly Dancing, Country 2-Step, East Coast Swing, Line Dance, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Piloxing & Zumba.
We feel the dance studio has strengthened the economy and our community with what it has to offer, and has given back to our county through our business involvement in the community including being involved with different charities throughout the years such as Newport News-Yorktown-Poquoson Relay for Life, York County Safety Town, York County Natasha House, American Red Cross. We are active in networking with other businesses though Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and being members of local organizations such as York Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Peninsula Chamber and have served on the board of the York County Chamber of Commerce, Peninsula Women Network (PWN) and Business Network International (BNI) Referral Leaders Group.
The studio has won different awards such as Best Dance studio on the Peninsula though the Virginian Pilot, first place as the Best Dance Studio though Retail Alliance in 2009. and Best Dance Studio with the Daily Press Choice Awards, and have won the “Pete Sterrett” 2010 Small Business of the Year Award in York County.
Everyone still ask me where did I get the studio name. Here is the short story. I was driving in a shopping center in Newport News and saw a shoe store that had the word Bootleggers in it (it’s not there anymore). I thought that would be a good name for a Dance Studio. So that’s now I came up with the name, Country Bootleggers Dance Studio.