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Soul Line-Dancing Provides Freedom of Expression, Local Studio Provides Much More

I was fortunate enough to meet Flower Mound resident Isha “Boomerang” Hutchinson today at the Grapevine Middle School track on Pony Parkway. He is the proprietor of 410 Line Dancers, which is based in Coppell.

They offer soul line-dancing lessons, ranging from the easiest to most complex dances. They provide soul line-dance lessons to all, regardless of age or dance skill level, in a safe dance studio environment. There are no partners needed to learn the line dances to favorite Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco, House, Dance, and Pop music. 

“We teach beginner, intermediate and advanced soul line dancing,” said Hutchinson.

Hutchinson is called “Boomerang” because that was his pledge name in the fraternity Omega Psi Phi. While Hutchinson pledged in 2004, his former business partner, Jerry, pledged in 2010. As a result, the name 410 was born.

“Soul line dancing is similar to Country Line Dancing, but it’s set to more soul music, R&B (Rhythm and Blues), Jazz, Zydeco music – all these different types of music,” Boomerang explained. “Really a lot of the movements are the same, but it’s a whole different culture. You don’t have to wear cowboy boots. And it’s a whole national culture as well.

“With our group, we travel. There’s always line dancing conferences when we are not limited by something like COVID. Normally, we travel to other parts of the country. We don’t compete – it’s just for fun. [Conferences are] more networking and socializing and camaraderie and just to have fun. You get to meet the people you’ve seen on YouTube. People create dances and put them online. We watch them and then meet up at conferences to get to know each other,” Hutchinson said.

Soul-line dancing has become a popular sensation recently.

“For me, I started this because I used to go to clubs here in Dallas and I would do ‘The Wobble’ [dance] and stuff like that – the same dances that everybody does,” said Hutchinson. “At this club, every once in a while, they’d throw a new [dance] in there that I hadn’t seen. I think the fun is when you get to get out there with everybody and you get to do your own thing. You take the dance and learn the steps, but then you can make it your dance. You have to put your own flavor to it.

“With this group [at the club], they didn’t really want me to be a part of what they were doing. It seemed a lot more personal at the time,” said Hutchinson. “I felt that they were being exclusive. Looking back now, I can see that wasn’t necessarily true. But I decided to start my own [dance business] that’s not exclusive.”

Boomerang’s former club is no longer in business.

“If they hadn’t gone out of business, I wouldn’t be where I am now. My [business] was really built on being inclusive – no inner circles, no cliques, no special treatment, no nothing. I do not want any of that. Then we started realizing pretty fast that there are people there for a lot of reasons that aren’t dance-related,” Boomerang said.

“Some are there because they are new to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and want to make friends, or they’re going through a mental, physical or emotional injury that they’re recovering from, so that inclusiveness became a lot more important. We fancy ourselves as a place to come in and be part of a family, and we care about them, and we really try to work on building their self-confidence and self-esteem, and it just happens to be through dancing,” Boomerang explained.

Boomerang himself has gotten a lot out of this endeavor and has also helped many people.

“First of all, [establishing this business] has enabled me to be creative because I can create dances and I can be creative in how to build a business from ‘ground zero’ to whatever it is. And I am also creative with designing clothes. I design head-to-toe, and that’s created some opportunities for us and what we’ve been able to do.

“We’ve had some movies companies come and ask us, ‘Would you like to design stuff for us?’ so we try to include our students in that, so they can really build their confidence. We do a lot of TV production. On one of my YouTube channels, we interview the other line dance choreographers and instructors, and that thing has gotten so popular.

“Initially we let our students do that and PSAs [public service announcements] as a confidence-builder. We do a lot of commercials because I’m good at Adobe After Effects and I’m a professional photographer and videographer. We do photo shoots and that builds [students’] confidence up. We do all kinds of different stuff,” Boomerang said.

“Now with COVID, we had to take it virtual, and that’s expanded our reach. So now, we have students all over the country. We get together virtually to celebrate birthdays, and I do an annual awards program where they get awarded [for their accomplishments] and then we throw our conference. So, we have that coming up. We keep a lot of things going on that help build [students] up,” said Boomerang.

However, 410 does a lot more than offer dance lessons.

“We also do public relations and help students who own their own businesses learn how to write press releases and things like that. This year, I have been mentoring my students about a lot of political science stuff,” Boomerang said.

“I’ve been telling them, as bipartisan as I can, about the difference between the two parties. A lot of people don’t know the differences between Republican and Democrat. I try to be matter of fact. I tell them, ‘This is what Democrats believe and this is what Republicans believe. Whatever matches up best with your own beliefs is probably the party you need to look at most, and it might be a little of one and a little of the other.’ [My students] need to know what [people] are saying when they say things like: Left wing, right wing, middle wing, conservative, liberal, socialist, and all of that so they can make an educated choice. I am really trying to help them to vote wisely,” Boomerang said.

Boomerang’s classes meet twice a week. For more information, visit https://www.410linedancers.com, call 469-464-9104 or email 410linedancers@gmail.com.

“No Cliques, No Drama…Just GREAT Dancing!!!”

DART Bringing Service Levels Back in October

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is restoring ninety percent of pre-pandemic service levels beginning October 19.

The proposed modifications were approved by the DART Board of Directors after determining that the service is within the propose FY 2021 budget and Twenty-Year Financial Plan allocations.

The Board action comes after DART implemented temporary service adjustments for the bus and light rail system on April 6 that better reflected current ridership demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service restoration includes 65 bus routes being restored to pre-pandemic service levels. A total of 7 core frequent bus routes, as well as all light rail train operation service, will move to 20-minute frequency until 7 p.m. on weekdays.

More information on the anticipated service change will be made available on dart.org as plans are formalized.

Hotel Vin, Harvest Hall set to host hiring fair in Grapevine

Grapevine’s Hotel Vin and Harvest Hall will host a hiring fair Oct. 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. inside the Hotel Vin Bordeaux Ballroom, 215 E. Dallas Road, Grapevine.

The fair is open to any individual interested in one of at least 40 available positions within the hotel and food hall.

Hotel Vin, which opened in September, and Harvest Hall, which is set to open in November, are interested in hiring for various restaurant and hotel positions, such as wait and bar staff, kitchen staff, housekeeping and valet staff, and shipping and receiving clerks. Other specialty positions include stewards, bellhops, maintenance technicians and housemen.

Interviews are guaranteed for all attendees, and offers will be made on the spot.

Read more from Community Impact…

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Photo: Courtesy Town of Little Elm

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Through Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-369-0874

www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/autumn-at-the-arboretum/

Storybook Ranch: Through Nov. 1; Thu.-Sun. 10 a.m.-sundown; 3701 South Custer Road, McKinney; 972-369-0874

;www.storybookranch.org

Read more from Community Impact…

2 HPD officers shot at apartment complex on south side of Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Two Houston police officers were shot and a suspect has been arrested at an apartment complex Tuesday morning in southwest Houston, Chief Art Acevedo said.

A call came in around 9:30 a.m. from the Richmond Manor apartments in the 2600 block of Holly Hall and El Mundo, near Highway 288.

Initially, police reported that at least one officer had been shot. An ambulance was seen rushing to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where a massive police presence is outside.

We know at least one officer is being treated there. One of the officers was shot in the arm and is expected to survive.

Read more from ABC13…

Read election Q&A’s with Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake-area candidates

See who is on the ballot in our Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake coverage area. Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3.

Southlake City Council

Election Q&A: Southlake City Council Place 1: Kathy Talley and Sabreena Hakeemy are running for Place 1 on Southlake City Council.

Election Q&A: Southlake City Council Place 6: Victor Avila and Randy Williamson are running for Place 6 on Southlake City Council.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Election Q&A: Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees Place 5: Coley Canter, Lori Crenshaw and Tommy Snyder are running for Place 5 on the GCISD board of trustees.

DART and Dallas County Adding Free Shuttle for Early Voters

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is adding a free shuttle service for voters traveling to the Dallas County Election Department, 1520 Round Table Drive, beginning Monday, October 19 through Election Day, November 3.

The new service is provided through a joint effort by DART and the Dallas County Election Department to assist the record turnout of early voters and those currently dropping off ballots.

Weekdays, voters can ride the Green or Orange line to either Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station or Burbank Station, then transfer to bus route 525. Voters can then travel to the Regal Row at Stemmons Freeway (I-35) DART bus stop (near the Wyndham Hotel) to transfer to a special taxi style van to complete their trip to the Round Table Drive election facility. Service is provided every 30 minutes.

On weekends, DART will operate a special van service from Burbank Station every 20 minutes to and from the Round Table Drive election facility.

Customers can use Google Transit, the online DART Trip Planner at DART.org, the DART voting site at DART.org/vote or call 214-979-1111 for more information.

Local artist finds inspiration at Oak Creek Park

Lewisville resident Kalika Antao was out at Oak Creek Park, painting very peacefully. When I approached her, she allowed me to see her process, and she was in the middle of painting the trees and some of Lake Grapevine. She said that her favorite thing to paint is landscapes.

“I’ve always been interested in art, but career, family and making a living kept me from it. I retired from a career in healthcare a couple of years ago and started painting more seriously, more often,” Antao said.

“I’m from Lewisville, but I found this park [Oak Creek] and just fell in love with it. I get lots of pleasure from painting, but it would be nice to be able to sell some. I haven’t really done any marketing yet. I’ve put things on Facebook and that sort of thing, but that’s about it for now,” said Antao.

To take a look at this talented artist’s work, visit KalikaAntao.com.

DART brings GoLink on-demand service to Irving and Garland starting Oct. 19

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) brings GoLink, the personalized, curb-to-curb service that serves riders on demand in zones across North Texas, beginning Mon., Oct. 19, to Southeast Garland and South Irving.

The on-demand service is already available in Farmers Branch, Far North Plano, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, Kleberg and Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Legacy West, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks, North Dallas, Park Cities, Rowlett and Western Carrollton.

In the South Irving zone, the service operates out of Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station so that GoLink riders can connect to other DART services. Meanwhile, in the Southeast Garland zone, the service operates out of Lake Ray Hubbard Transit Center. GoLink service will be offered Monday through Friday, except on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

All GoLink trips require a booking. No walk-ons are allowed. Riders can book and pay for trips either with the GoPassÒ app or by calling 214-515-7272. The free app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

Phone reservations must be made in advance, but only same-day trips are accepted. Phone reservations can be made Monday-Friday, starting at 4:30 a.m.

Riders should purchase their fare using a contactless payment method –credit, debit or GoPassÒ Tap card – either in the GoPass app or over the phone. Cash fares, paper passes and vouchers are not accepted.

To learn more about GoLink, visit DART.org/GoLink or call 214-515-7272.

CHS Theatre presents ‘Terrifying Texas Tales’ Halloween drive-in movie experience

The Coppell High School Cowboy Theatre Company will showcase the talent and creativity of students in “Terrifying Texas Tales: A Halloween Drive-In Movie Experience” on Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in the parking lot of CHS9.

CHS Theatre students wrote and filmed their own short horror films, based on true Texas horror and paranormal stories.  These films will be streamed as drive-in movies over Halloween weekend.  Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 1, in the parking lot of CHS9 located at 1301 Wrangler Circle Drive in Coppell.  Recommended audience age is middle school students and up. Tickets can be purchased for $15 per car at www.coppellhstheatre.com. Contactless concession purchases will be available on site. 


“This is a great opportunity to showcase the incredible talent and creativity of our theatre students,” said CHS Theatre Director Karen Ruth.  “Opportunities to perform before audiences in COVID-19 are limited, so we came up with an alternative venue to share scary stories that also offers our community an alternative safe Halloween experience.” 

Ruth added that there will be bonus, super-scary stories shared after a late intermission for those interested in truly terrifying tales.

Visit www.coppellhstheatre.com for details and to purchase tickets.