2015 Dances Taught

24.03.15 ALVARO (Robbie McGowan Hickie & Karl-Harry Winson) 80 counts and quite quick but no tags or restarts and only 2 walls.  I like section 3 with the toe points and shoulder lift that hits the beat in the music perfectly. Some hesitation at first going forward into the half turn coaster sequence at the start of section 5. The final offbeat section also felt a bit strange after previously dancing on the beat but think we will soon get used to this with practice. Its an upbeat catchy track that is sure to do well. No dance video but this is the music.

Also danced tonight:  Walk Alone, All I Can Say, Amazing Faith, Bubbles Dahhhling, Gomez, Love Me Like You Do, Hard To Say It, Angel In Blue Jeans, I Lived, Highway Don’t Care, Get Down On The Floor, Up, Uptown Funk, Run Away With You, Darling Hold My Hand and Paint The Town Green.

17.03.15 DARLING HOLD MY HAND (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) This is a dance for the mainstream pop market. Sections 4 and 5 need a little more practice than the others but compared to some of the dances from this pair of choreographers, this has to be one of their easier intermediate ones. I expect this one to do well in the dance charts over the next few months. Everyone was back up to dance it again.


17.03.15 HIGHWAY DON’T CARE (Teresa & Vera) Its a long time since we done a dance from these choreographers. They seem to have come out of (early) retirement and released this dance at a recent LDF charity event. I like the track by Tim McGraw feat Taylor Swift although it is a lengthy one. This turned out to be more of a challenge than the above dance. Although only 48 counts there a few changes of direction. After going through the walls, it seemed to fall into place better once the music went on.  A couple of people weren’t keen on the track.


Also danced tonight: Pot Of Gold, Rather Be, Wonder Train, Bailando Amor, We Only Live Once, Paint The Town Green, Bubbles Dahhhling, Eternal Secret, Run Away With You, Up, The Boy Can Dance, Hard To Say It and Get Down On The Floor.

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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

For anyone interested, here’s what I am and have been reading.


The Switch – Elmore Leonard


The War Of The Worlds – H G Wells

England Made Me – Graham Greene

Road Dogs – Elmore LeonardDead Of Winter – Lee Weeks

All Quiet On The Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

The Blue Afternoon – William Boyd

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson

Scoop – Evelyn Waugh

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

The Winter Ghosts – Kate Mosse

Chilled To The Bone – Quentin Bates

The Perfect Murder – Peter James

Morvern Callar – Alan Warner

Swag – Elmore Leonard

Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The White Woman On The Green Bicycle – Monique Roffey

Dolly – Susan Hill


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I’m pleased to say that the Links section of the website is now working again. These will take you direct to step sheet and popular choreographer websites.  Hope they are useful.

On The Sound System (not line dance related)

While browsing through my old vinyl collection I found an LP by Nils Lofgren.  This track didn’t feature on it but I rediscovered it after setting off on a youtube search for more of his music. What a song!

Heard this little known reggae song on the local radio in Lincoln today. I knew the artist from The Specials who recorded his “A Message To You Rudy” but this was new to me even though it reached no 14 in the British charts in 1972.

An enjoyable instrumental reworking of The Beatles classic. Santo & Johnny are best known for the guitar classic “Sleepwalk”.

Powerful song from a great country singer – Gene Watson – previously recorded by Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine and Elvis Presley.


Crystal Boot Awards

The Linedancer Magazine Crystal Boot Award Winners for 2014, held 31.01.15 in Blackpool.

Award Winner
Dedicated Dance Artist Natalie Thurlow
Dedicated Dance DJ Dave Baycroft
Female Dance Personality Ria Vos
Male Dance Personality Karl-Harry Winson
UK Instructor Karl-Harry Winson
International Instructor Juliet Lam
UK Choreographer Rachael McEnaney
International Choreographer Ria Vos
Absolute Beginner Dance My Guy by Julie Lockton
Beginner Dance Little Zou Bisou by Sandra Speck
Improver Dance Raggle Taggle Gypsy O by Maggie Gallagher
Intermediate Dance Fly High by Maggie Gallagher
Advanced Dance New York 2 LA by Rachael McEnaney
Dance Of The Year Alcazar by Karl-Harry Winson & Robbie McGowan Hickie
Special Award The Lim Sisters
Hall Of Fame Kate Sala
Dancers’ Choice Country Vive