2017 Dances Taught

17.10.17 CRYBABY (Gary O’Reilly & Helen O’Malley) Good to see Helen O’Malley choreographing dances again – she choreographed Black Coffee many many years ago. The partnership here works well as together they’ve created a good solid intermediate dance that fits the music really well and has a good mix of turns and easier sections. The fact that they’ve kept it a two wall dance made it a little easier for the class to pick up. Neat little ending to finish the dance too. A hit dance at mine.

Crybaby step sheet

Also danced tonight: Dizzy, So Just Dance Dance Dance, Slowly Gently Softly, Diamond Dreams, Boombox, Lonely Drum, Light It Up, Gentleman, Scared Of The Dark, Enough Is Enough, Attention, Jealousy, One Night Stand, Delilah, Glitter & Gold, Love On The Weekend and Open Your Eyes.

10.10.17 ONE NIGHT STAND (Robbie McGowan Hickie & Karl-Harry Winson) Good to have a solid intermediate dance to an upbeat country song for a change. A little bit tricky in places and quite quick too but no tags or restarts and just six walls from start to finish. 

One Night Stand step sheet

Also danced tonight: Ticket To The Blues, Islands In The Stream (To Cake by The Ocean), She Comes To Me, Bittersweet Memory, Glitter & Gold, Love On The Weekend, Refund To My Heart, Attention, Bored, Open Your Eyes, Came Here For Love, Dancin The Dust, We’re In Heaven, Enough Is Enough, Diamond Dreams, Gentleman, Delilah and Slowly Gently Softly.

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New and not so new dances…..

If you like the Latin ones, take a look at ANIMAL from Francien Sittrop, who in  my opinion is a very underrated choreographer. She’s gone back to an artist – Alvaro Soler – that she has choreographed to previously;  you may remember her dance from a couple of years back called SOFIA. Robbie and Karl have also written to his music more than once with the dances ALVARO and YOUR PLACE OR MINE, which Ria Vos also had a hand in.

I’ve not taught many dances choreographed by Michelle Risley but I do like her STORY OF A HEART. Its been on the “to-do” pile for several weeks but hasn’t quite made it to the top yet. Its another decent track from the new Steps CD that’s already provided other hit dances such as SCARED OF THE DARK and GLITTER AND GOLD. Michelle’s dance, which was released in August, has an 8 count intro danced 4 times at the start followed by the main 64 count dance. Remember you need the 7th Heaven Radio Remix of the song for this dance.

The sheets for BOOMBOX and ONE NIGHT STAND are both now released and both come from the same partnership, Robbie McGowan Hickie and Karl-Harry Winson. Have been doing Boombox for a while and still love it but if you lean more towards country check out One Night Stand.

For me any dance that contains Applejacks is well worth a look and SHAKE RUMBLE AND QUAKE by Alison and Peter is no exception. The dance doesn’t look too hard and it sounds a good track on first listening to it.

Gary O’Reilly has teamed up with fellow Irish choreographer Helen O’Malley (who wrote the dance Black Coffee many moons ago) to come up with the  dance CRYBABY to the new single of the same name from Paloma Faith. I like the track and the dance seems to fit well so I may be teaching this one sooner or later. Helen seems to be making something of a come back on the line dance scene as she has also teamed up with Rob Fowler for the improver dance TEENAGE DREAMS with music by The Overtones. There’s been plenty of dances written to their music, GAMBLING MAN and THE BOMP to name just two.

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


The Last Boat – John F Hanley


Oscar Wilde and The Murders At Reading Gaol- Giles Brandreth

The Sea Detective- Mark Douglas-Home

May Day Murder – Julie Wassmer

March Violets – Philip Kerr

Prisoners of Geography – Tim Marshall

Split Images – Elmore Leoonard

Maigret’s Dead Man – Georges Simenon

The Passenger – Lisa Lutz

The Woman In Blue – Elly Griffiths

Native Tongue –  Carl Hiaasen

Against The Tide – John F Hanley

The Saint Bids Diamonds – Leslie Charteris

No Mark Upon Her – Deborah Crombie

If The Dead Rise Not – Philip Kerr

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery – Julie Wassner

Number 11  – Jonathan Coe

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières

Methods of Sergeant Cluff – Gil North

Even Dogs In The Wild – Ian Rankin

The Woman In Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

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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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