Thursday, March 9, 2023

The Love of Dance ... by Christine Bush


                                                           Happy St. Patty's Day!

I’ve loved to dance since I was a little girl.  I didn’t live in a world that provided ballet or tap lessons, but I loved to dance to the beat of my own drum, as my mom used to say.  Then I danced my heart out watching “American Bandstand” with Dick Clark and hopping around the room with my big sister doing the Bristol Stomp and the Twist.  Fun.

When I was in sixth grade, my mother signed me up for a “Ballroom Dancing” class after school, where I diligently learned the Box Step, the Cha Cha, and a poor excuse for a waltz. I tried to learn the polka, but the world was not ready for that yet.  I  did NOT say I had dancing talent, just the LOVE of dance!

The girls loved it, the boys not so much!

Later in life, I joined many dance classes and clubs for the pure enjoyment of it.  I learned Square Dancing, Contra Dancing, Country Line Dancing, and Latin Dancing.  One of my favorites was “Ceili Dancing”, the Irish dances that are done in a group (similar to Square Dancing) with specific steps and routines that celebrate my Irish heritage.  Exhilarating and fun. I have Irish music in my heart.

(56) Ceili Dancing - YouTube

The heroines (and sometimes the heroes) in my books like to dance too! 

Since it’s March, the month of the Irish, I’m celebrating my sweet romance novella, “Kelly’s Kiss”.  In this story,  my dog rescuing  heroine, Kelly,  is an avid Ceili dancer.  I had so much fun writing her story.

Kelly's Kiss: A sweet romance novella - Kindle edition by Bush, Christine. Romance Kindle eBooks @

How about you?  Are you a dancer (even an uncoordinated one like me)?  I’d love to hear.

And check out “Kelly’s Kiss” to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!  And dance!


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!


  1. Hi Christine, I love to dance, too, but I have trouble with anything that requires specific steps. I'm a freelance dancer. :)

  2. I love dancing and started taking classes at 4. I’ve taken tap, jazz, ballet, hula, belly dancing, and even was on pointe. Unfortunately, never took ballroom, but I lived in Scotland and learned ceilidh dances.

  3. I began classes at 4. I’ve taken tap, jazz, belly dancing, hula, and even been on pointe. I haven’t been ballroom dancing, but I lived in Scotland and learned ceilidh dances. ❤️dancing!