Tracey Ingraham moved to Loveland 8 years ago from Southern California. On her first date with her husband 20 years ago, he told her that one day he was moving to Colorado. It took them longer to get out here than planned, but Loveland was always the dream. They moved to Loveland for a better quality of life, a great place to raise their three kids, and the mountains. “The lakes and the beer were an added bonus!”
Tracey has always loved to dance and fell in love with Zumba. Six years ago, she received her Zumba and Group Fitness Certifications and started teaching at gyms in Loveland. She met so many amazing people who became her best friends.
One summer, there was an opening to teach a new class format for one month, and she wanted to introduce country line dancing. She was getting ready to line dance at her sister’s wedding and needed to brush up on her moves. The class was meant to be temporary, but was so popular that it became a permanent class. Soon, the class wanted to put on cowboy boots and get out on the town! They travelled to other cities to dance, but Tracey was determined to find a spot in Loveland that would host us. Now, they have over 60 people gathering at The Tilted Barrel Brewpub and Sweet Heart Winery each month. “Dancing crosses all barriers, and we have people from all walks of life and all ages come out. My goal is to make every single person feel welcome out on the dance floor. Whether we’re at a venue or in the gym, this group has embraced me and they hold a very special place in my heart.”
When she’s not on the dance floor, she is spending time with her family. They love to get out to the lake and paddle board, or just go out for a bite to eat at any of the great restaurants in town. “As a family, we love to travel and try new adventures. I’m often, like most moms, driving my kids to school, scouts, dance class, sports, and youth group activities. If I do get a moment to myself, I’m reading the latest novel.”
Right now, Tracey’s favorite hang out spot in Loveland is Boyd Lake. “It is so relaxing, refreshing and close!” She also loves Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Climb Hard Cider, and Sunday mornings at Redemption Church in downtown Loveland. “If I’m with my kids, we’re hitting up Dairy Queen!”
“Words I would use to describe living in Loveland: Upbeat, Active & Friendly. I love that everywhere I go, I run into someone I know and everyone here takes time to say “hi”. It truly is a blessing to be a part of this community! I value every single person that has become a part of my dance community and look forward to our nights out.”
Visit Tracey’s Facebook page, Loveland Line Dancer, to learn more about her various dance classes and events.