Stepping Easy with Ellen & Marty

Country-Western Line and Partner Dance Instruction

Group and Private Lessons










Top of
Mount Washington NH

“Ticket to Glide”

This picture of Marty and I appeared  on the cover of the “Life” Section of Newsday

July 1, 2001


West Meadow Beach




“The Allure of a Hard Wood Floor”




An early definition of skate means to “shoot ahead or glide”.  Webster’s dictionary defines skating as the act, art or sport of gliding on skates.  The Booklet “The Art of Plain Skating”, defines skating as the beautiful, graceful, effortless art of propulsion on skates that is known as “The Glide of Skate”.  Whatever the definition, skating is a way of life for many people.  We are among those people.  We are very happy gliding around with the warm glow of a hard wood floor, preferably maple beneath our feet.


With the closing of all the roller skating rinks on Long Island some skaters found Country Line Dancing satisfied the desire to dance on a hard wood floor.


We enjoy dancing together and around 2001 we started teaching for the Three Village School District.  We now also teach for the Town of Islip, the Town of Brookhaven and the Village Center of Port Jefferson.


May 6, 2008 the town of Islip presented us with the “Older Americans Distinguished Service Award” for enhancing the quality of life of Senior Citizens by teaching Country Western line dancing.


While we find great pleasure in Country Western dancing we still feel the need too put on our skates and dance across a warmly glowing hardwood maple floor.  Twice a week we travel to Roller Magic in South Amboy, New Jersey and along with a group of 35 to 40 Senior Citizens experience the “Glide of Skate.”



“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning how to dance in the rain.”

By Vivian Greene