http://www.gloriajohnson.us/bio Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2009 6:47 PM
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Full name: Gloria F. Johnson (Maiden name: Gloria June Fitch)

Date and place of birth: June 16, 1944 in Rockwood, TN. Raised in Knoxville and graduated from Central High School in 1962

Education: Graduated from East Tennessee State in Johnson City, TN (1966) with a B.A. in Education. M.A. in Guidance from Stetson University, Deland, FL (1971).

Family: Married B. Craig Johnson (aka "Dusty Miller") on December 28, 1982 in the only full formal wedding that had ever been held in the lakeside community of Ten Mile, Tennessee where her mother and father were living. Although she never gave birth to a child of her own, Gloria raised Dusty's daughter by a previous marriage as her own from the age of seven. To this young lady she is "Mom" and her daughter Cheyenne is Gloria's grandbaby.

Work History: After 30 years in the Volusia County (Florida) School System Gloria retired June 28, 1996 as a secondary school Assistant Principal

Dance Experience: Began country line dancing in 1983 at the Rockin' Ranch in Ormond Beach, Florida when Dusty took over as the club's DJ.

Teaching Experience: Began teaching on a part-time basis in 1984 at Finky's Country Showplace in Daytona Beach, Florida. First regularly scheduled dance class was through Daytona Beach Community College and lasted six years. Began teaching regularly in a club setting in 1992 and went "full-time" in 1994. Now "semi-retired" Gloria teaches every night at CrackerBilly's at The Crossroads in Deland, Florida and at special events and workshops. Gloria and Dusty are available for a limited number of dance events and workshops in the southeastern United States and are the hosts for a major line dance cruise every year. To find out Gloria's workshop and event schedule, go to the Workshops & Classes section. To book Gloria and Dusty for a workshop, dance event, or special event, call 386-218-4228 or go to the Workshops section of the country-time.com web site.

Clubs where she has taught include:

  • Rockin Ranch - Ormond Beach, Florida (two different occasions)
  • Southern Star - Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Billy Bob's - Daytona Beach, Florida (3 years)
  • Chap's Steakhouse & Saloon - Edgewater, Florida
  • JR's Country Club - Deland, Florida (3 years the first time and
    returned in July 2005 on a limited schedule)
  • Cheyenne Saloon at Church Street Station - Orlando, Florida
  • Billy Bob's - Daytona Beach, Florida (returned for 6 months in 1999)
  • The Barn - Sanford, Florida (2 years)
  • The C-Note - New Smyrna Beach, Florida (From January 2012 to May 2014 when the venue closed)
  • CrackerBilly's at The Crossroads - Deland, Florida (Owned & operated by Dusty & Gloria. Opened October 24, 2014)

Gloria has also taught in the workshop and dance event setting in events in the southeastern United States and until 2005 was a featured instructor at the SunCoast Jamboree in Daytona Beach in August.

Choreography Experience: Gloria's first dance was the Daytona Slide for Hank Williams Jr. "Daytona Nights" in January of 1995. Since then has choreographed a total of over 140 dances, a number of them at the express request of either the recording artist or the record label. She is one of only a few choreographers who have ever been paid by a major record label (MCG/Curb Records) to write a dance and produce the dance instruction video (Thump for the Smokin' Armadillos' dance mix of  "Thump Factor").

Dances: For a list of ALL of her dances, click on the Choreography button on the left.

Videos: Many of her dances are available online on YouTube. They are no longer available on this site (to save storage and bandwidth). To access those dance videos, click on the Videos tab on the left. Find all of them on YouTube by inputting the word countrytimedance in the search box. To go to the Country Time Dance Lines site, simply click on the logo on the left

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