2019 Dances Taught

17.09.19 3 TO TANGO (Alison & Peter) I thought this was a relatively easy intermediate dance, yes it feels fast at first but not too hard. A 32 count basic dance with a 16 count tag danced at the end of the walls 2,4 and 6. I was a bit surprised that nearly half the class sat down after the first time of dancing it. But when I played it for a third and final time at the end of the night, some did return to give it another go.

3 To Tango step sheet

Also danced tonight: Nothing But You, The Thing About You, I Am Giant, Desert Wind, My Angel & Me, Water On The Flames, Keep It Simple, Young Love, Gone West, Thousand Times, Lonely Blues, Everything I Have, Diamond Wings, Sweet Sweet Smile, Willpower, Get Wild, Swamp Thang, Saluti, My Heart Is Gone, She Ain’t Me, Legend, Restoring Faith, You & Me Together, and Shot Of Tequila.

10.09.19 THOUSAND TIMES (Niels Poulsen) I’ll be honest, this wasn’t a track I was particularly drawn to but having learned the dance elsewhere I thought it fitted the track really well, even if the repeated sequence of a full wall (32 counts), an almost full wall (30 counts) and a short wall (16 counts) sounds a little daunting at first. Not a quick teach but think it went down well with the class despite being one of the slower dances I’ve done this year.

Thousand Times step sheet

Also danced tonight: Second Hand Heart, Pretend, You & Me Together, Everything I Have, Keep It Simple, Dance On My Island, Clueless, My Heart Is Gone (twice), Sucker, Saluti, I Guess, Jessie, Lonely Blues, Restoring Faith, All I Am Is You, Young Love, and Diamond Wings.

03.09.19 MY HEART IS GONE (Gary O’Reilly)  Quite a long teach getting used to which way you should be turning and which diagonal you are heading for. But at least no tags and restarts just a simple ending for a big finish. Fairly well received. 64 counts and 2 wall.

My Heart Is Gone step sheet

Also danced tonight: Walk Back To Me, Legend, Wandering Hearts, Just A Phase, Before The Devil, Better When I’m Dancing, Water On The Flames, Willpower, Shot of Tequila, Restoring Faith, Keep It Simple, You & Me Together, Young Love, Sweet Sweet Smile, Diamond Wings and Gone West.

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Posted on September 17th, 2019 by Speno  |  No Comments »

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


The Various Haunts Of Men – Susan Hill


The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice – Chris Ewan

The End Of The World Running Club – Adrian J Walker

Bad Blood – Brian McGilloway

Fatherland – Robert Harris

Cold Killers – Lee Weeks

The Glass Cell – Patricia Highsmith

Hour Of The Wolf – Hakan Nesser

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart – Peter Swanson

Mrs Hudson & The Lazarus Testament – Martin Davies

This House Is Haunted – John Boyne

Dog On It – Spencer Quinn

The Secret Agent – Jospeh Conrad

The Damage Done – James Oswald

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil – Christopher Brookmyre

Well Of Ice – Andrea Carter

The Scandal (Beartown) – Fredrik Backman

This Book Will Save Your Life – A M Homes

How’s The Pain – Pascal Garnier

Anatomy Of A Scandal – Sarah Vaughan

Dead Men’s Bones – James Oswald

Love Is Blind- William Boyd

Canal Boat Cafe – Cressida McLaughlin

Every Night I Dream Of Hell – Malcolm Mackay

Masaryk Station – David Downing

The Absolutist – John Boyne

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Posted on September 8th, 2019 by Speno  |  No Comments »

Dances Coming Soon

Dances to Olly Murs music always do down well at my class so looking forward to the release  of Karl-Harry Winson’s new 64 count intermediate dance called Feel The Same to this track.

Neville Fitzgerald and Julie Harris have a new nightclub two-step to the Gavin James track “Always”. You can see Julie dancing it here or listen to the track here. They’ve also got a waltz on the way called Out of Love and a West Coast to this track from Guy Sebastian called Before I Go that looks pretty smooth. this is another 64 count intermediate level dance.

Maggie Gallagher and Gary O’Reilly have teamed up again to write a dance to the new song from Westlife called Better Man. Video below.

Posted on April 28th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Dances Coming Soon

Lizzie Clarke RIP

Very sad to hear that Liz Clarke (often know as Mad Lizzie) passed away  on Friday 26 April 2019.

Liz was there from the beginning of the line dance boom and certainly made sure the business of teaching line dancing remained an enjoyable activity with the emphasis very much on having fun. I remember her well from many weekends at Skegness and Hemsby dressing up in various costumes, banging through the dances she was teaching at a fair old pace but always cracking a joke and ending her teach with a cheeky giggle or smile. Her relaxed jovial style also came over when she appeared on an episode of the BBC show Pointless.

She actively encouraged new choreographers in the line dance world. Although she choreographed dances herself, like Scotia Samba and Kelly’s Cannibals, she always kept a look out at for newcomers or unknowns and keenly supported their efforts by teaching their dances on her travels. When I choreographed a few dances many years ago, she taught several of mine and actively encouraged others to check them out, as well asking me to send her any new ones I wrote.

At my own class we enjoyed several of her own dances. Watch Me Shine to a lovely track by Paul Simon was very popular as was The Long And The Short Of It that she so-choregraphed with fellow Scot Pete Harkness to a Keith Urban song.

My thoughts go to her family and in particular her husband Roger, (they’d just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary the day before,) and her daughter Bev.  Liz will be sadly missed.

Posted on April 27th, 2019 by Speno  |  4 Comments »

New dances

Looking for a little improver dance to a nice country track, check this one out.

Across the County Line step sheet

Although personally I’m not a big fan of toe struts, this one does have some different footwork to many of the intermediate dances I’ve been doing recently.

Sucker step sheet

Want something a bit more testing? If you don’t mind a phrased dance with a split rhythm check out this intermediate/advanced one from Niels Poulsen.

Future Friends step sheet

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on New dances

Crystal Boot Awards – The Winners

Well done to all who picked up a Crystal Boot award last weekend. You can see the full list of winners here…

Crystal Boot Winners


Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Crystal Boot Awards – The Winners


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