Dancing to grant a wish
Senior Jesse Roth founded Fault Lines, Bluffton’s line dancing club, mainly for the fun of it. Recently, however, club members went dancing not only to have fun but also, more importantly, to help grant a wish for charity.
In September, Lima’s Country Diamond Dancers hosted a dance to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. The Lima group invited Fault Lines to come and learn new dances as well as to participate in raffles, request songs and enjoy good company.
Six of the club’s members were able to attend the event. They were there to support a child who has been diagnosed with a debilitating auto-immune disease and wants to go to Disney World. The youngster was there, too, and some of the members enjoyed a dance or two with him.
The turnout at the benefit dance represented more than half of the 10 club members who consistently come to every practice. There were five regular members last year—Fault Lines’ first—and with participation extended to the community this year, the total number of members is now 15-20, Jesse says.
Another of her reasons for starting the club was because she needed more space to teach her friends line dances than the Neufeld Hall basement would allow. Once someone suggested she make it an official club, she did, and now the group has the Reichenbach Room reserved in the Sommer Center from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays and 8-10 p.m. Sundays.
The club’s name became “Fault Lines” because Jesse, from Rockford, Ohio, wanted something to do with line dancing, but also creative. “When Fault Lines come together, we shake things up,” she says.
She tries to teach at least one dance per practice but also lets members request songs, and dances, they already know. They dance to everything from “Hello Dolly” to more modern songs such as Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”
Jesse is pleased with the club’s growth, which has persuaded her to expand its horizons.
The club is planning a fundraising dance off campus in which the campus community will be invited to participate. Members will also be working to create a talent show with help from other organizations on campus.
And in February, the club will participate in the Fort Wayne Dance for All Choreography Competition—a major line dancing competition where Jesse choreographed the winning dance in 2010.
“I didn’t think about the off-campus things until there was interest,” she says, adding her appreciation for the dancers who have gotten involved.
Alexander R. Parker ‘16