About J & J


J & J is truly a family affair. Jackie and I met dancing over 35 years ago, and have been line dancing for over 18 years, thanks to the amazing Belinda Haywood and the wonderful staff that makes up Festival at Sea.

We have followed all of the recommended exercise programs, we joined various health clubs, walked or ran in the morning, tried yoga and everything else. The only problem is that we found if you don’t love it you won’t do it every day. We realized that we love to dance, and that the best shape of our lives was when we were partying and dancing a couple of nights each week. So that is why we started J & J Soulful Steps, to have fun, to exercise, get in shape and to share our love of line dancing.

We first started out teaching a few friends in our home. We outgrew that and were using the community room of a great day spa, Life Well Institute in Culver City. Now we are back in the Fellowship Hall of First AME Church for our Friday night classes, and you can find us conducting a beginner class at Community Lutheran Church on Monday nights. We have been blessed to conduct classes on the 5 Towers Stage at Universal City Walk, and to choreograph a line dance for the American Diabetes Association.

We walk through all steps before cranking up the music, and call out all moves to make it easier to learn. We have recently restructured our Friday night class. The first hour we do beginner dances, and then for the final hour and 15 minutes we go over intermediate and advanced dances.

Come out and join us. We look forward to seeing you, and promise you will have a great time. We have a diverse group of great people, hot music, and are out to have a great time.

James E. Rice