New dances for when we return to normal…

Hope everyone is coping alright with these most unusual times due to the Coruna virus. At the start of the year, who would have thought we wouldn’t be able to go dancing for months, have a drink in a coffee shop or even meet up with our friends and family just a couple of months later! It’s important everyone follows the rules in the hope we can all stay safe till things get back to normal.

But our choreographers have still been working behind the scenes even if they are holding on to their creations waiting to release their new dances once the time is right. Here’s just three that I’ve heard of that are somewhere out there on the horizon. Let’s all hope that day when we can get back to dancing isn’t going to be too far away.

First up a country one, to a great new upbeat track from the Hot Country Knights featuring one of my favourite singers, Travis Tritt. Pick Her Up is a 64 count intermediate dance by Darren Bailey.

Next up a choreographer who quite rightly seems to be having one hit after another just lately. Gary O’Reilly has a dance coming to this new release by Ava Max called Kings & Queens.

And finally, Gary’s good friend and sometimes choreography partner, Maggie Gallagher, has a new 32 count improver dance on the way called Love You Now. See what you think here.

Posted on April 5th, 2020 by Speno  |  Comments Off on New dances for when we return to normal…

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


Natural Causes – James Oswald


The Miniaturist  –  Jessie Burton

The Last Witness – Denzil Meyrick

Dark Sky Island  –  Lara Dearman

The Betrayal Of Trust – Susan Hill

For Those Who Know The Ending –  Malcolm Mackay

The Shadows In The Street – Susan Hill

The Music Shop – Rachel Joyce

Original Skin – David Mark

Whisky From Small Glasses – Denzil Meyrick

A Man Without Breath – Philip Kerr

The Vows Of Silence – Susan Hill

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson

A Song From Dead Lips – William Shaw

The Dark Winter – David Mark

Cold Revenge – Lee Weeks

The Risk Of Darkness – Susan Hill

Be Cool – Elmore Leonard

Tangerine – Christine Mangan

Before The Dawn – Jake Woodhouse

The Thief Of Time – John Boyne

The Pure In Heart – Susan Hill

Mythos:  The Greek Myths Retold – Stephen Fry

Written In Bones – James Oswald

Her Every Fear – Peter Swanson

Dark Angel – Elly Griffiths

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Posted on April 2nd, 2020 by Speno  |  Comments Off on On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

Linedancer Radio

If you are missing your fix of line dancing, and more specifically the music we dance to, give this online music station a try. You can also join in with like minded people and make comments in The Linedancer Radio Chat room on Facebook.

Linedancer radio


Posted on March 29th, 2020 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Linedancer Radio

2020 Dances Taught

No classes till further notice. Please stay safe in these most unusual times. Let’s hope we can get back to normal soon!


17.03.20 MY SUPERPOWER (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) A late change of mind to cover this one at what is likely to be my last class for some time. Numbers were down by about 50% but we still had a good night of dancing and this went down well.

My Superpower step sheet

Also danced tonight: Dance On My Island, Willpower, Just A Phase, Up In The Air, Water On The Flames, Replay, You & Me Together, Wintergreen, Darling That’s The Truth, The Chancer, Keep Young, Sweet Attraction, My Heart Is Gone, You Gotta Work, React, In Comes The Night and Can’t Control Your Feet.

10.03.20 No Class

03.03.20 REACT (Maggie Gallagher & Gary O’Reilly) This dance is to the latest single by The Pussycat Dolls. Not too hard a teach before the class have a week off although there is one section in the middle which feels very fast at first. I’m also not sure everyone liked the “torque” bit in the following sections but it does make the dance a bit different.

React step sheet

Also danced tonight: Jessie, We’ll Be Dancing, Graffiti, Thousand Times, Superheroes, Shot Of Tequila, Saluti, Darling That’s The Truth, Can’t Control Your Feet, Lonely Blues, In Comes The Night, Sweet Attraction (twice),Moves, Move A Like, Keep Young, The Chancer, Wintergreen, Gotta Get Up, Don’t Hurt and My Heart Is Gone.

25.02.2020 SWEET ATTRACTION (Kate Sala, Shelly Guichard & Dee Musk) I know not everyone is that keen on nightclub two-steps but really pleased with the response this got from the class. The non-turners seemed to get by alright just taking out the full turns and the change to the side walls didn’t cause much of an issue. Nice one!

Also danced tonight: Nothing To Hide, Walk Back To Me, Nothing But You, My Angel And me, Water On The Flames, 3 To Tango, Willpower, The Chancer (twice), Wintergreen, Castles, Can’t Control Your Feet, Young Love, Keep Young,Gotta Get Up, Don’t Hurt, I Got You Darling That’s The Truth and Stack It Up.

18.02.2020 Tonight’s week’s new dance was THE CHANCER (Ria Vos). Love this track and the dance fits really well. Some good use of “Holds” and although it needed a fairly patient first week teach everyone seemed to pick it up alright. Think the class enjoyed it . Last week’s dance Can’t Control your Feet also went better on the 2nd week.

Also danced tonight: Deeply Completely, Bittersweet Memory, Shakatak, Cooler Than Cool, Up In The Air, Not like That,Darling That’s the Truth, Replay, Can’t Control Your Feet (twice), Faithful Soul, Lonely Blues, I Guess, Extraordinary Waltz, Wintergreen, Gotta Get Up, Hey Now, Don’t Hurt, Keep Young, I Got You and You Gotta Work.

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Posted on March 29th, 2020 by Speno  |  Comments Off on 2020 Dances Taught

New CD from Brandy Clark

I’ve been a fan of Brandy Clark’s since her 2013 album 12 Stories which featured her single “Stripes”. There were several line dances to that track but the main ones I saw were Kate Sala & Robbie McGowan Hickie’s – One Shot and Stripes by Ria Vos.

Brandy Clark has written or co-written for a number of big stars including Kacey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire and Keith Urban.

She now has a new 2020 release entitled Your Life Is A Record.  Here’s a link to a couple of tracks from it, Pawn Shop and Long Walk.

Posted on March 15th, 2020 by Speno  |  Comments Off on New CD from Brandy Clark

Linedancer Crystal Boot Awards 2020

Find out who won what here…

The Winners

And if you want to know what was taught over the weekend.

Dances Taught


Posted on February 2nd, 2020 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Linedancer Crystal Boot Awards 2020


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