2017 Dances Taught

14.02.17 DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) Ideal for a Valentine’s Day teach with a title like this. A relaxed laid-back cha cha. Easy enough 32 count dance with  a chilled out vibe. The sequence to remember is to do 2 walls + restart, 2 walls + tag, then 2 walls + tag&restart, 1 wall to finish.

Drop Dead Gorgeous step sheet

14.02.17 YOU BELONG (Robbie McGowan Hickie & Jef Camps) A dance that was taught at the Crystal Boot Awards weekend.  Took a few listens for me to get into the music and some in the class commented that the dance flowed better with the music rather than just walking the steps through. Feels quite frantic at first as there are plenty of turns in it but had quite a good response from the class.

You Belong step sheet

Also danced tonight: Dear Friend, Slam Goes The Door, The Lone Ranger, Blame It On My Heart, I Came To Love You, Say it Again, Viva Loco, Its Gotta Be You, Brand New Chick, Shady, Shards Of Glass, and Human After All.

07.02.17 VIVA LOCO (Kate Sala) This is Kate doing what she does best – straightforwad choreography with her usual styling flicks and scuffs to a track sung in Spanish. Fairly nippy but everyone managed to pick up the foot ork and it went down very well. Had seen one or two people recommending this one and was glad I decided to give it a go.

Viva Loco step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Commitment, Tough Love, Suite 16, Jealousy, Its Gotta Be You, Funky Love, Say it Again, I Came To Love You, What About Tonight, Shady, Human After All, You Don’t Know Love, Shards Of Glass, love On The Weekend, Oops Baby, and So Good.

 

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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…

The Murderer in Ruins – Cay Rademacher

PREVIOUSLY READ

The Book Of Ebenezer Page – G B Edwards

Death Of An Airman – Christopher St John  Sprigg

Pet Sematary – Stephen King

Oscar Wilde and The Vatican Murders – Gyles Brandreth

Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner

The Battle Of Crete – George Forty

The Zig Zag Girl – Elly Griffiths

Sweet Caress – William Boyd

The Love Killers – Jackie Collins

City Of Tiny Lights – Patrick Neate

A Broken Land – Jack Ludlow

Heft- Liz Moore

The Paris Wife – Paula McLain

Under The Dragon’s Tail – Maureen Jennings

The Sleeper Awakes – H G Wells

The Sting of Death – Rebecca Tope

Cold Hearts – Gunnar Staalesen

Darkness Visible – William Golding

The Outcast Dead – Elly Griffiths

 

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No class

We’ve changed the dates of our holiday so now there won’t be a class on Tuesday 31st January 2017 but the good news is that there will be a class on the 24th Janaury.

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.