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 BLOOMINGTON - Garth Bock makes 'em feel like dancin'.

The Bloomington man has been a line and couples dance instructor for 15 years. He teaches workshops locally and throughout the Midwest.

Bock, 50, is an up-and-coming choreographer, and created dances being taught in the U.S. and overseas.

He was recently appointed Missouri state director of the National Teachers Association of country western dancers. There is already a state director in Illinois, so Bock - who teaches workshops in St. Louis and other Missouri towns - has been named to represent Missouri. He will continue to live and work here. His duties will include promoting the association, working with members and instructors, encouraging new members, and sharing his knowledge and talents.

Is Garth Bock your real name?

Yes. I'm the real thing. People do have fun with my name, especially since Garth Brooks became popular in country music.

Do you teach and choreograph only country line dances?

No. Don't let the black hat fool you. I do wear a cowboy hat but I teach progressive line dancing that goes with the blues, hip hop, and all kinds of music. "Go Daddy," a hip hop song by Nobody's Angels, which I choreographed, is popular in England.

Where, and what, do you teach?

I do about 14 workshops from Cincinnati to Kansas City from northern Indiana to Southern Illinois. I teach better techniques for dancing, and body positioning that leads to less effort, fewer injuries, and more fun.

Is teaching dance and choreography a career or a hobby?

Both. I teach workshops, work with the Diamonds and Spurs County Dancers, do choreography, and am a DJ for special shows. My other hobby is scuba diving.

Is your job at Illinois State University related to teaching dance?

No. At ISU, I'm a computer support specialist. I do teach some courses there, but sometimes the people who hire me don't even know I work at the college.

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