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Steppin Out Into The Community
Marcy and Don Lyman hit the dance floor at the Riverbank Community Center at their classic country music dance session held at the Riverbank Community Center on Friday, Jan. 8. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS


Since October 2015, Steppin Out Country Dance partners Don and Marcy Lyman have been providing the community with classic country music line dancing including 2-step and 10-step along with a variety of other dance styles like the foxtrot, waltz, swing, rock, and the cha-cha for all ages, especially seniors.

The duo set up this session of dancing to encourage seniors and other residents to stay active and enjoy a few social hours on every second and fourth Fridays of the month.

Marcy has been dancing for several years and is a former Arthur Murray dance instructor.

Arthur Murray International has over 260 dance centers worldwide that are celebrating over 100 years of dance since its inception in 1912.

According to, he started teaching dance in 1912 at the Grand Palace in New York City. Murray was known as a pioneer of social dancing. His early success was due in part to his involvement in the American social dance scene. Along with radio and personal dance lessons, Murray wrote several books and brochures to promote the social aspects of dance. Murray opened the first official franchised dance school in 1938 and by 1946 he was incorporated. There were 72 franchised studios grossing nearly 20 million dollars a year.

Between 1950 to1962 Murray and his wife Kathryn hosted a television series called The Arthur Murray Party.

In 1964 the couple retired and sold the company to a group of business associates and a new era began.

After hosting the twice-monthly dance sessions for the past few months, Don Lyman said they are discontinuing those gatherings for the winter, but they may consider doing dance instruction or bring the dance club back in the spring.

For more information, call Steppin’ Out Country Dance at 209-601-5519