2014 Dances Taught

22.07.14 SAY GERONIMO (Ria Vos) This seemed to be the dance of the weekend from Harrogate and even those who had already learnt it were keen to see it covered in class.  I gave an alternative for those who wanted to leave out the shoulder movements.  It was an easier teach than I expected. After the first 16 counts, there’s nothing too hard. Having said that though, the first time we hit the tag I noticed a few were just stood there having completely forgotten what they were supposed to be doing!  I’m sure this will do very well in this area.

Made it a double-Dutch night with a second new dance which was HE’S ITALIANO (Wil Bos). Told them up front it was an improver dance and although they danced it twice, there wasn’t really much of a response to it.  It seems they can take it or leave it. Quickish teach and shouldn’t take too long to recap next week.


Also danced tonight:  Clap Happy, Commitment, Adrenalina, The Pulse, Divine Line, Rainmaker, Electric Rhythm, One Track Mind, Masquerade, Hit The Road Jack, Coca Cola Shake, Ball & Chain, Walking On Air, Raggle Taggle Gypsy O, and Alcazar.


15.07.14 DIVINE LINE (Robbie McGowan Hickie) Wanted an easier one this week and as several of the class were going on Robbie’s line dance weekend break it made sense to cover it. Only 32 counts and no tags or restarts but it does feel a long track for a short dance. Mixed response but everyone dancing it on the second week. Faded it out just before the 3 minute mark.


Also danced tonight:  You’re My Sunshine, Clap Happy, The Pulse, Rainmaker, Electric Rhythm, Ball & Chain, Celtic Heartbeat, Alcazar, Walking On Air, Hit The Floor, Rather Be, One Shot, Masquerade, Walk Alone, Raggle Taggle Gypsy O, Coca Cola Shake, All I Can Say and Adrenalina.

08.07.14 WALKING ON AIR (Simon Ward & Amy Glass) I think this has the feel good factor that’s needed to become a big hit. Lots of steps on the diagonal but nothing too complicated, and both the main dance and the tag fit the music so well. It’s up to you how much effort you put into the air/flying steps that make the dance a little different. On first play the the jury was out, but by the end of the night it seemed that nearly everyone was enjoying it.


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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

For anyone interested, here’s a list of what I am or have been reading.
CURRENTLY READING - Comfort To The Enemy – Elmore Leonard
Up In Honey’s Room – Elmore Leonard
The Hot Kid – Elmore Leonard
Journey Into Fear – Eric Ambler
 The Other Side Of The Bridge – Mary Lawson
Star Struck – Val McDermid
The Bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seierstad
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
The Divide – Nicholas Evans
The Final Detail – Harlan Coben
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
Glitz – Elmore Leonard
Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
Goodbye To Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
Playback – Raymond Chandler
Borkmann’s Point – Hakan Nesser
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On the radar

This is where you’ll find some of the dances I’m currently considering teaching or just like the look of.  There always seems to be many more dances coming out than I can ever hope to cover with just one class a week!

GHOST – Already heading up the dance chart for Nev and Julie.


HE’S ITALIANO - The music might carry this improver level dance from Wil Bos.


EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE – Nev and Julie’s nightclub two-step. Decent track.


SHOTGUN MAMBO - Kate Sala. Again catchy music, easy enough dance, not too fast.


SUCH A FOOL – Niels Poulsen. Beginner/easy improver tag-free dance to Jason Donovan’s reworking of the old Elvis classic


I GOT IT EASY – Rob Fowler’s easy intermediate waltz to a Michael Buble track.


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They had 30 choreographers and over 50 workshops across this three day event!

Some of the dances taught….

Masquerade – music Eric Saade – choreographed by Karl-Harry Winson
Eurodance & Ramzi – Robbie McGowan Hickie
Daisy Chain & Red Hot Love – Christina Aguilera – Kate Sala
Midas Touch & Rise To The Top - Peter & Alison
Free My Soul – Garth Brooks – Rob Fowler
Doo Wacka Doo & Get My Name - Guyton Mundy
Almost Doesn’t Count & Enigma – Dee Musk
P-51 (Ricky Martin)  & Suicide Waltz -Niels Poulsen
Live The Life & This Is How We Roll  (Luke Bryan) & AK Freak - Rachael McEnaney
Big Night & Really! (Demi Lovato) - Craig Bennett
If I Don’t & Walking Through & Zee Zee – Ria Vos
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New Dances

Maggie Gallagher has already released her intermediate dance to the current James Blunt single “Heart to Heart” – her dance is called EYE TO EYE and I think it will do well.  Personally I’m not a big fan of James Blunt’s music but I do like this track. See the step sheet here….


Maggie also has an advanced dance to Katy B’s CRYING FOR NO REASON and a beginner dance to the Overtones song “It Had To Be You”, plus another intermediate dance to Christina Perri’s new single Human. See the video of the song here. Be aware though that Neville & Julie have already released their own dance to this track.


Ria Vos has a couple of newies. HIT THE FLOOR to the Kique Santiago single “Hit The Ground” – you need the original FM Cut for the dance.  If you need any help with the music, drop me a line.  Have a listen here – http://youtu.be/UDhbbcss3EA  Great track if you like the more funky stuff.

She also has an easy intermediate dance to the new single by Ricky Martin featuring Jennifer Lopez & Wisin called ADRENALINA. Both dances are 64 counts.  Don’t forget to check out her country cha MOST OF ALL if you like your music a little softer.  This is already starting to head up the dance charts.

If you like to keep it country check out TRUE BELIEVERS new dance by Karl-Harry Winson, music by Darius Rucker.

Another dance being talked about is BRAVE choreographed by Richard Palmer, Laura Hilbert and Lorna Dennis. Richard has now added this to his playlist so if you are seeing him in the near future, it might be worth checking out the dance.

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Fun dance alert – Oops Upside Your Head

Watch out there’s another “fun” dance on the loose.


I managed to avoid The Fox one and intend do the same with this.

Mr Grumpy!

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