Line Dance Connection:

What's your name? Do you have any dance nicknames that you're known by?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

My name is Cheryl Lynn Woodhouse, my dance nickname is C&C Soul Line Dance.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Where are you from and what city do you call home?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

Im from Chicago (will always be home for me). I live in Columbia, South Carolina where I retired from the military of 26 years ago.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

What do you do in your professional life? Any hobbies outside of dance?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

I am a Security Clearance Supervisor/Manager.

 

Outside of dance, I enjoy the outdoors and doing family fun things.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

So what do they call this dance craze in your home town? Line Dancing, Hustling, Sliding, Other?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

In Columbia - Line Dancing. In Chicago Hustling.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Are you affiliated with any group or groups?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

I am the CEO of C&C Soul Line Dance, outside of line dance, I was a member of the National Congress of Black Women (NCBW).

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How long have you been dancing?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

Since I was 3 yrs old at Tuley Park in Chicago (Tap, Modern Dance, Gymnastics) and I followed this trend still at the age of 52. (49 years).

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How did you get involved in dancing?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

I grew up in a dancing family and Ive always danced for my Mom and Dad and their friends. I am the baby of 6 children and our parents kept us in the park districts. My Mom (Jewel Pogue - Wilson) had me involved at 3 years old. Every member of my family including the men were part of the dance craze, my sister (Pamela A. Wilson), and godmother taught at Tuley Park in Chicago in 1964, and she became the goddaughter of the instructor. This led my sister to start teaching at the parks in Chicago as well. I followed her everywhere and became one of her students. As soon as I got out of school, I went straight to the park for dance, tap and gymnastics, every day 5 days a week and many weekends when we had gym shows (showcase for the families). As a kid, we had block parties and I was the ring leader in choreography, to include old school stepping. My neighbor and I went to all the skate and dance parties and won every stepping and dance contest we entered. In high school, I made up dances and performed them at the school functions. In the army, I had my Soldiers dancing and performing at all of the office and festive functions, and still to this day, I stay involved with functions because I just love to dance and perform.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

After you attended your very first class, how did you feel?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

Excited, because even though I already knew how to dance, this allowed me to do it as many days as I wanted and it brought a different flavor back from the past (bus stop, and hustle) which is what Chi-town did all the time, and still do.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How did you get into choreography?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

I was always prancing around to music and the beats just became a part of my movement. I became the ring leader as a kid and I knew that this type of fitness would always be a part of me. I look at it like an organ in my body, the blood pumps the heart and the music pumps my body

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How many dances have you created and what was the very first dance you created?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

I have choreographed over 10 dances, and 3 performance collaborations performed at various line dance events (UC Star Awards, SE Largest Line Dance Party, SC Urban Red Ball, Fort Jackson Salute the Troops where we performed with Superstar Shannon). My first dance was called C&C Groove done to the tune of "Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Of all your dances which one would you say is your favorite?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

C&C Suave - done to Usher "There Goes My Baby" will always be my favorite dance.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

In your own words, what makes dancing special?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

Dancing is special when you can take the rhythm of the song, the beat of the music and blend it with your body to form movements you never thought you would do. It also helps with weight loss (if you working it), reliefs all the stress for that moment, and keeps you in a happy mood and always smiling. When you can smile and be happy, that's a special gift all by itself, especially when you love to laugh, and I love to laugh and cut-up, its part of my personality.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

If you could change one thing about dancing, what would it be?

Cheryl Woodhouse:

I would change the minds of how others who don't like to dance feel about it or get irritated with us when we do. If you don't dance, you won't understand why so many people love it, breath it, eat it, feel it, and use it!!

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Tell me one thing about yourself that the dance community would find surprising.

Cheryl Woodhouse:

I don't like being by myself, I always love people around me and with me. I would like to mention that C&C creation was two of us Cheryl Woodhouse and Charlena Truitt. My partner is now focusing on life and family and decided to stop instructing but Im keeping the C&C name in her honor and for my other half.

 

The surprising part for the dance family is that the "C"'s in C&C now stands for Cheryl & Cherrrryyylll. When we are talking business and family I am Cheryl. When I am on that dance floor.it drags my me out because I become Cherrrryyyyllll, whole different personality (like Sasha Fierce / Beyonce). When I dance my whole mood changes and sometimes I do feel like a different person, and I'm sure many people have felt this, so with that said, the history of C&C will continue.