2017 Dances Taught

27.06.17  SORRY NO CLASS

20.06.17 THE RIVER (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) A 48 count dance to a Delta Goodrem track with a strong beat. They got the first restart OK but changing the final press to the 2 walks and repeating the last 15 counts of the dance proved a lot harder.  Only the first week though and it will definitely get easier with practice.

The River step sheet

Also danced tonight: Who Did You Call Darling, Sofia, The Violin, Dancing With Cupid, No More Tears On The Dance Floor, Dancin The Dust, Refund To My Heart, You Don ‘t Know Love, Light It Up, Human After All, Dynamite, Brand New Chick, Don’t Hold back, Slowly Gently Softly, Diamond Dreams, Scared of The Dark, Rhythm Inside and Wonder.

13.06.17 DANCIN’ THE DUST (Tina Argyle) Love this country track by Jon Pardi and its good how the kicks at the end of the dance sequence tie in with the “kicking” lyrics in the song. Although classed as improver level, we certainly didn’t find it too easy on the first week.

Dancin’ The Dust step sheet

Also recapped an oldie tonight – DANCING WITH CUPID (Kate Sala) This was a very popular dance at my class back in 2012 and it was good to be doing it again.

Dancing With Cupid step sheet

Also danced tonight: Ticket To The Blues, Manjaro, Jealousy, Darling Hold My Hand, Love On The Weekend, Don’t Hold BAck, Scared Of The Dark, Rhythm Inside, Slowly Gently Softly, Dynamite, You Belong, Light It Up, The Violin, Wonder, Diamond Dreams, Refund To My Heart, Blue Ain’t Your Color, and Promise Me.

06.06.17 SLOWLY GENTLY SOFTLY (Gary O’Reilly) I’ve been hearing this a lot on the radio in the car and apparently its been a big hit all over Europe. I do like the more Latin flavoured tracks but I know some in my class aren’t as keen. Although its only 32 counts there’s still plenty of footwork to pick up in this one, plus the slowing down bit on wall 2 and the little tag at the end of wall 6.

Slowly Gently Softly

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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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

CURRENTLY READING…

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières

PREVIOUSLY READ…

Methods of Sergeant Cluff – Gil North

Even Dogs In The Wild – Ian Rankin

The Woman In Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

Snow Blind – Ragnar Jonasson

Pronto – Elmore Leonard

Smoke and Mirrors – Elly Griffiths

What Happened to the Corbetts – Nevil Shute

Cold Earth – Ann Cleeves

Hitman Anders and Meaning Of It All -Jonas Jonasson 

The Merchant’s House – Kate Ellis

The Blue Afternoon – William Boyd

Death In The Tunnel – Miles Burton

The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan

Orkney Twilight – Clare Carson

A Most Wanted Man – John le Carre

The Rachel Papers – Martin Amis

Thursday’s Child – Nicci French

A Scream In Soho – John G Brandon

I’ll Never Be Young Again – Daphne  Du Maurier

Saving Sophie – Sam Carrington

Five Quarters Of The Orange – Joanne Harris

Calamity In Kent – John Rowland

The Ghost Fields – Elly Griffiths

The Rainbow & The Rose – Nevil Shute

SS Panzer Battalion – Leo Kessler

The Funeral Boat – Kate Ellis

The Murderer in Ruins – Cay Rademacher

 

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2016 Dances Taught

11.12.16 LOVE ON THE WEEKEND (Gary O’Reilly) One of those tracks that may not grab you the first time you listen to it, but after dancing it a few times tonight, people seemed to agree that yes they were starting to enjoy dancing to it. Flows nicely and I like the hinge turn and rock sequence although the final 16 counts proved to be the  hardest for my lot. Hope this dance doesn’t get overlooked due to the Christmas and New Year break that many classes will be having now.

Love On The Weekend step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Lamtarra Rumba-Ribbon Of Highway-Tell The World to Christmas tracks, The Lone Ranger, Harden Up Princess, Jealousy, Sofia, Human After All, Say It Again, Love On The Weekend, Brand New Chick, Funky Love, Kiss The Sky, What  About Tonight, You Don’t Know Love, Grow Up, So Good, I Came To Love You, Blame It On My Heart, Where My Love Goes and Rated R.

04.12.16 No class due to fog.

29.11.16 HUMAN AFTER ALL (Ria Vos) This is the sort of the dance I used to cover at the end of the class just for those who wanted to stay and learn an extra one.  But I decided that it was asking a bit much to expect them to start learning a dance like this after a hard night of dancing. So I did it early, but not surprisingly it wasn’t for everyone. Those who like a bit more of a challenge enjoyed it but some not keen on the track. With the turns in the dance and the timing, higher intermediate is probably a fair description. Needed a more in depth teach so we lost a little general dancing time.

Human After All step sheet

29.11.2016 FUNKY LOVE (Maggie Gallagher) This was a dance I brought back from our weekend away at Coventry. A total contrast to Human After All, this one has simplish steps but its fast and furious with plenty of tags and restarts to remember, and is more of a mainstream dance. Not a long teach despite the 72 counts.

Funky Love step sheet

Also danced tonight: Just A Kiss, Gypsy Queen, Tough Love, Save The Day, Blame It On My Heart, Suite 16, Brand New Chick, Meteorite, I Came To Love You, So Good, Where My Love Goes, and Rated R.

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Guyton Mundy

So I hear Guton Mundy is leaving the line dance scene.  Who?  I might hear some of you ask.  Well Guyton is a well established Florida based choreographer who has been on the international line dance circuit for over a dozen years.  He may not be well known to many mainstream line dancers or those who prefer dancing to country music, but he is much appreciated by those who lean to the more funky side of line dancing.  His own website and club is even known as Funk-N-Line.  I’ve fond memories of seeing Big Dave Gas Tap dancing in his own particular crazy style to Guyton’s dance LOSE IT – an Eminem song.  At Newline events many of his dances fill the floor.

His hip-hop style moves don’t always transfer over to the line dances that top the mainstream charts but you may well have come across one of his dances without even knowing it (especially if you enjoy the more solid intermediate or advanced dances).  For example he had a hand in the recent hit dance, Ain’t Misbehavin.  Although a few years old now, I also taught his phrased dance ROOMBA choreographed to a Pitbull track “I Know You Want Me” that was improver /low intermediate level.  I taught another dance of his, YOU’RE AMAZING to a great Bruno Mars track of the same name.

I’m not sure why he’s leaving the line dance scene but guess he’s looking for a new challenge elsewhere.  He’s still going to fulfil his line dace bookings through to October 2017 so if you want to catch him in the UK, there’s still a chance.  He’s at Newcastle in September and coming to Stoke on Trent a couple of times after that.

Its always a little sad when an established name decides to call it a day. I just hope it doesn’t start a trend and other big names in the choreography world decide to follow suit.