2015 Dances Taught

21.04.15 I LOVE IT! (Ria Vos) The title of the track sums up this dance perfectly – I don’t like it – I love it! The dance has plenty of moves that capture the feel of this catchy track, just a little on the funky side.  The swivet, hitch touch and twist section was a bit of a challenge for some at first. But after what seemed to be an extended teach, it all seemed to fall into place nicely when the music went on.  Its not a fast dance so there is some thinking time. No tags or restarts, just a solid 64 count intermediate dance that should do very well.  Sheet should be out around the end of the month.

21.0415 NEW SHADE OF BLUE (Yvonne Anderson) Had been asked to cover this one so I taught it at the end of the night as I knew several in the class had learnt it elsewhere.  It’s already in the top 10 dance charts so sure to be seen out on the circuit. Nothing hard so quite a good one to finish the night on.


Also danced tonight: Before The Devil, Somebody Like You, Run Away With You, Rather Be, The Boy Can Dance, Eternal Secret, Love Me Like You Do, Up, Break It Up, Alvaro, Highway Don’t Care, Bubbles Dahhhling, Suite 215, Thinking Different, and Darling Hold My Hand.

14.04.15 BREAK ME UP (Kate Sala) Had this on the pile to do for a few weeks. It wasn’t a big hit but went down OK I think. The song was in the running to be Ireland’s Eurovision song for 2015 but it finished third in the selection competition. Not a bad mainstream track and it doesn’t outstay its welcome coming in at just under 3 minutes.


Also danced tonight: Walk Alone, Angel In Blue Jeans, Alcazar, Bubbles Dahhhling, Gomez, I Lived, Thinking Different (twice), Superheroes, Hard To Say It, Uptown Funk, Up, Highway Don’t Care, Darling Hold My Hand, Suite 215, Love Me Like You Do, 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.


Hardcore Troubadour: The Life and Near Death of Steve Earle – Lauren St John


Valley Of The Dolls – Jacqueline Susann

The Sweet Shop Owner – Graham Swift

The Mind’s Eye – Hakan Nesser

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson

The Fine Colour Of Rust – P A O’Reilly

The Switch – Elmore Leonard

The War Of The Worlds – H G Wells

England Made Me – Graham Greene

Road Dogs – Elmore Leonard

Dead 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

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What’s New?

Ria Vos has a dance coming to a Flo Rida track featuring Robin Thicke – remember him from Blurred Lines fame??. Sounds quite good to me! See Dances Taught for the link to the music video.

Maggie Gallagher has a new 4 wall, 64 count intermediate dance called TRIBAL HEARTBEAT.  This is tipped by some to do well and it has lots of hitchs, touch, taps and points. The sheet is now out:


Neville and Julie have some new ones on the way soon including one to a Kelly Clarkson track called Good Goes The Bye – the dance is called SLAM GOES THE DOOR.  Not to be confused with another of their newish ones called GOODBYE CHA.  The dance for this has been released but the music isn’t out in the UK till June.


Another recent one of theirs is FIVE MORE HOURS but its almost impossible to count in!  Probably easier to drop the first 4 counts of the first wall so you then count in 5,6,7,8 properly and you are still facing the front wall ready to step forward on the left into the heel swivels.

I understand Craig Bennett will unfortunately be stepping out of the line dance choreography scene later this year and appropriately his latest offering is called ADIOS to a track by Ricky Martin. Nothing too taxing for intermediates.


Look out for GIRL CRUSH by Rachael McEnaney & Alison Johnstone, only 32 counts but classed as high intermediate with those tricky little “a” (1/4 counts) as well as the more usual “&” counts.


Finally if you are looking for a nice upbeat improver level dance check out Kate Sala’s SKIP THE LINE which is only 32 counts and syncopated throughout.



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.

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