Today, Cherryholmes also incorporates step dancing into its concerts, a happy by-product that happened after Sandy Cherryholmes first saw “Riverdance.” After ordering shoes from Ireland, the family matriarch learned the intricacies of step dancing by watching a tape of the Irish group frame by frame.
“The kids just laughed at me at first, but within a few months, I saw them start to imitate me,” Cherryholmes said. “That soon became a contest winner for us because there weren't any bluegrass bands with five step dancers.
“Step dancing became a part of our show in 1999, and we've been doing it ever since. There were no formal lessons; we just learned by imitating. We've always had fun with it, and we've managed to stay pretty athletic. I joke that soon I'll have to be looking for some orthopedic tap shoes. We have to show the kids we're not old.”