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Romance comes to Coal Valley in 'When Comes the Heart' on Hallmark Channel

"When Calls the Heart" is a series about life in a coal mining town by producer Michael Landon Jr.. "In the Dance," the fifth episode of the first season premiered on Feb. 8, 2014 on Hallmark Channel. "When Calls the Heart" stars Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin and Daniel Lissing.

Lori Loughlin in When Calls the Heart season 1 episode 5 on Hallmark Channel
Lori Loughlin in When Calls the Heart season 1 episode 5 on Hallmark ChannelCopyright 2013 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

The series opened when Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow, "Chance at Romance") came to town to teach the children of the coal miners. A recent accident in the coal mine killed a number of the miners, leaving their wives widows and their children fatherless. When Calls the Heart a frontier series on Hallmark Channel

So far, the series has been about the widows dealing with the realities of life without a protector. When threatened with eviction, they worked in the mines themselves to keep a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, Elizabeth, who comes from a priviledged background, has been settling into a different lifestyle in the frontier town. The town's new constable, Canadian Mountie, Jack Thorton (Daniel Lissing) is also new to town and a romance seems to be blossoming between the pretty teacher and the handsome law officer.

"In The Dance" is an episode that brings a sense of fun to Coal Valley. A number of new miners have been hired and they are all bachelors. The scenario opens the possibility for a number of romances between the widows and bachelors of Coal Valley. Most of the miners are quite rowdy and probably destined to remain single, but their are a few who are more refined than the norm.

Stanton house is turned into a makeshift hospital as a concerned Abigail (Lori Loughlin, "Garage Sale Mystery")) takes in very pregnant widow Carla Noonan (Jill Morrison) to keep an eye on her health while Coal Valley’s doctor is away.

One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton (Andrew W. Walker) starts to pay court to Elizabeth, much to the chagrin of Canadian constable Jack, who becomes jealous of her new friendship. Jack senses that smooth-talking Billy is not who he claims to be and decides to investigate. Elizabeth brushes off Jack's warnings and agrees to go a dance at the saloon with her new suitor.

Mary Dunbar (Laura Bertram) captures the interest of Dewitt Graves (Derek Hamilton), who is a quiet and polite miner who is unkile the rowdy men who have entered the town. Dewitt joins Mary for dinner, causing Mary's son, Caleb (Will Verchere-Gopaulsingh), to have a tantrum. Mary understands that he is grieving for his father, but she realizes that she must move forward and take care of their future.

When Jack finds out the truth about Billy, he must find a way to make Elizabeth listen to his concerns.

The cast of "When Calls the Heart: In the Dance" includes: Erin Krakow (Elizabeth Thatcher) Lori Loughlin (Abigail Stanton), Daniel Lissing (Jack Thorton), Chelah Horsdal (Cat Montgomery), Jill Morrison (Carla Noonan), Emily Perkins (Marta Crocker) Hrothgar Mathews (Ned Yost), Andrew W. Walker (Billy Hamilton), Mitchell Kummen (Gabe Montgomery). Darius Zaviceanu (James Fremont), Sean Michael Kyer (Albert Bickley), Will Verchere-Gopaulsingh (Caleb Dunbar), Elisabeth Boys (Cassandra Garner), Laura Bertram (Mary Dunbar), Derek Hamilton (Dewitt Graves), Sean Tyson (Sam Zaitlin), Bill Dow (Tom Trevoy), Loretta Walsh (Florence Blakeley), Jesse Pierce (Harold Towne), Duncan Ollerenshaw (Wendell Backus).

“When Calls the Heart” is a Believe Pictures and Brad Krevoy Television production. Executive Producers are Brad Krevoy, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Michael Shepard, Jimmy Townsend. Co-Executive Producers are Francisco J. Gonzalez, Alexandre Coscas and Eric Jarboe, produced by Vicki Sotheran and Greg Malcolm. Written by Ken LaZebnik, Directed by Anne Wheeler, based on the novel, When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke.