Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

My name is Mia C. Trevillion-Barney. I donít have any dance nicknames.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

Iím a Jackson, MS native. I moved to Houston, TX 22 years ago.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I am an Elementary School Teacher. I taught Kindergarten for 6 years. However, this year, I am going teach Dance at one of the Fine Arts Elementary Magnet schools.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

In Houston, we call this dance craze Line Dancing.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

Are you affiliated with any group or groups?

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

Yes, I am the founder of Groove 44 aka Groove 44 Fitness Team.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How long have you been dancing?

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I have been dancing pretty much all my life. I have studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Hip Hop. Over the course of the years, I would attend different events across the country and pick up various line dances. Especially in college, students would share various line dances from their city.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How did you get involved in dancing?

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I would revisit line dances from time to time. I am a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, so I am always looking for fun and innovative ways to help people stay in shape. Summer fitness classes are especially tough. Attendance generally drops because people are out doing other things. So one summer at the end of each step class, I would teach a different linedance. Class participants loved it! They loved it so much that by the end of the summer, they were begging to turn it into a linedance class. So since it was a step aerobics class initially, I told the class we could change but we had to teach the faster line dances to keep the heart rate up!

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

Attending my first line dance class was so much fun. It was dance. Something I loved to do, so of course I enjoyed it. But I enjoyed also when, I was in college and someone would break out in a line dance that they had just learn back home. Either way it was a fun experience.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

How did you get into choreography? ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

Choreography is just an extension of my own personal dance background. I love watching things come together. I grew up listening to the Southern Blues sounds, so I really enjoy showcasing this music through line dancing. Since moving to Texas, I fell in love with Zydeco, so choreographing to this music has been a joy also.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I have put out about six dances. But I have a flip camera that I use to record and archive choreography. The Muse usually hits about 2:30 a.m. so I get up and put it on the camera.

 

Groove 44 Teach Me How to Wobble was the very first dance I created.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I really donít have a favorite.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

In your own words, what makes dancing special?

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I love seeing people have fun with it! Life is so short and precious. The older I get the more I enjoy seeing people enjoy good times. I love seeing Seniors out and getting their Groove on! Problems are there but the natural endorphins released during dancing provides for a natural stress reliever!

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I canít really say there is anything I don't like. I understand that People are People. We come with our own opinions, quirks and understanding. I been around Dance a long time and have been on the other side when you are not just doing it for fun. At this time, I am going to enjoy.

 

 

Line Dance Connection:

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

Mia Trevilion-Barney:

I danced at the Super Bowl in 2004 in Houston. I was even kissed by Steven Tyler of AeroSmith.

 

I am also featured on page 87 of this monthís Ebony teaching my Cardio Urban Line dance class. J