Bodacious Beulah Boys invite expo-goers to join in
9/13/2013, 6 a.m.
When the Beulah Boys dance, it’s hard not to hop, skip and shake your booty with them.
The eight-member DeKalb line-dancing group is acutely aware of its effect on spectators and that is why the group is releasing its second instructional dance DVD in October.
Nick Bowers, the group’s leader, said this one is for people in wheelchairs or who lack the ability to stand up and dance. He said “The Beulah Boys – Doing It in Your Seat” will teach people to dance from their chairs. The idea for the video grew out of the group’s many visits to senior homes.
“We always invite people to join in when we perform,” Bowers said, “but the ones in the wheelchairs don’t ever get to join in.”
The new DVD offers step-by-step instructions to dance while sitting down. The first DVD was released in 2011.
“It did very well and continues to sell,” Bowers said.
Making the video was just one of the things that have been keeping the group very busy this year.
Bowers says group members, who range in age from 59 to 74, have performed every weekend except three since January. They made a trip to Cincinnati and have been making the rounds from the home base in Decatur to places like Douglasville, Newnan and Griffin.
“We have been really, really busy,” Bowers said. “We are performing all the time.”
At CrossRoadsNews’ Sept. 21 Senior/Baby Boomer Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest, group members, who are expo regulars, also will invite expo-goers to join in their line dancing.
Members – Bowers, Luther Walker, Leon Nolton, Hubert Jackson, Jerry Heard, Sam Swain, William Rogers, and newcomer Chico Hill – will be on the Main Stage near Sears at 4 p.m.
Bowers said the group and instructor Jan Martin will walk the audience through some of the group’s most popular steps.
When they met in a line-dancing class at Beulah Baptist Family Life Center in fall 2009, all were strangers except for Bowers and Nolton, who have been friends since their school days at Murphy High in Atlanta. Willie Banks, an original member, left the group 18 months ago. Hill, 64, took his place.
The Beulah Boys are a favorite of CrossRoadsNews expo-goers. Bowers said that each time they perform at a CrossRoadsNews expo, they pick up three or four more gigs.
“We love performing for CrossRoadsNews patrons,” he said.
The Beulah Boys’ instructional videos are available at www.beulahboys.com.