New Dances

Maggie Gallagher has a new 64 count intermediate dance on the way to the new single called “These Days” by Take That – now just a trio following Jason Orange’s departure.  The dance is called TAKE THESE DAYS and includes a couple of chug steps.  The only problem is that the music isn’t officially released till November 23rd. (19.10.14)

Alison & Peter have a few new ones on the way. SO WRAPPED UP is to the song Wrapped Up by Olly Murs. This dance was choreographed with Vikki Morris and is a 48 count, 4 waller. Probably the first of many dances from the new Olly Murs CD.  OVERRATED is a 32 count 4 wall improver dance to the song of the same name by Tim McGraw. They also have another intermediate dance called PARA SIEMPRE to a version of Killing Me Softly by Pily & Bachata Real featuring Hugh Estrada. (16.10.14)



Ria Vos has a couple of new ones coming soon.  Both are 64 count, 2 wall dances with 1 tag. WONDER TRAIN is choreographed to Wonder What You’re Doing For The Rest Of Your Life by Train. The track for IN PARADISE is Another Day In Paradise by Brandy & Ray J.

Following on from Wow Tokyo a whole team of choreographers including Kate Sala and Rachael McEnaney plus several others have come up with WOW HAWAII, named after the dance event and location where it was created.  No sheet so far but plenty of videos on youTube if you want to take a look. Music is The Other Side by Jason Derulo. 21.09.14


2014 Dances Taught

14.10.14 SUPERHEROES (Maggie Gallagher) Another dance, like last week’s, to a track by The Script. Totally different in style though. Spent quite some time getting the timing across and dancing the first four walls in full to cover the restarts and first tag. Definitely one of those where the step sheet might look a bit daunting at first, but the restarts are fairly obvious and the tags are both on the 3.00 wall.  Once we’d danced it, it quickly fell into place and seemed to be a definite hit with the class.

Also danced tonight:  Liquid Lunch, All I Can Say, The Pulse, Night Nurse, Kiss The Stars, Walking On Air, Paint The Town Green, Masquerade, Eternal Secret, Hit The Floor, Angel In Blue Jeans, We Only Live Once, 911, Bailando Amor, Ain’t Wot U Do, Fireball and Ghost.

07.10.14 PAINT THE TOWN GREEN (Alison & Peter) I liked the music by The Script and also liked the dance especially the touch and hold parts that feel so right. A great example of how a hold can be just as good as an actual step. All of the class were up 3 times and it got a round of applause at the end so a definite hit I think. When learning the footwork some thought it was going to be quite challenging only to find after dancing it to the music, it wasn’t so hard after all.

Also danced tonight: Brand New Day, Fly High, Say Geronimo, Kiss The Stars, Bailando Amor, Angel In Blue Jeans, Rather Be, Ball and Chain, 911, Ghost, Ain’t Wot U Do, Rainmaker, We Only Live Once, Eternal Secret, and Fireball.

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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 – The Quiet American – Graham Greene


Starlight – Stella Gibbons

Uneasy Rider – Mike Carter

Shuttlecock – Graham Swift

Crow Lake – Mary Lawson

Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan

The Invisible Man – HG Wells

The Two Faces Of January – Patricia Highsmith

The Little Sister – Raymond Chandler

A Night On The Orient Express – Veronica Henry

Gold Coast – Elmore Leonard

Looking for Mr Goodbar – Judith Rossner

The Mist in the Mirror – Susan Hill

House of Meetings – Martin Amis

The Smoke Jumpers – Nicholas Evans

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – John le Carre

Destinations – Sheila O’Flanagan

To Sir With Love – E R Braithwaite

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

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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!

August 31st

ETERNAL SECRET – Could this be Bittersweet Memory 2 for Ria Vos, I think it could, although after dancing it, it reminds me more of Language Of The Heart. If you like Nightclub two steps, definitely worth checking out.

THEY CALL ME THE BREEZE – (Gaye Teather, Andrew & Sheila Palmer) Classic song that a lot of the live bands are likely to play on the circuit. Personally I prefer Lynyrd Skynrd’s more rocky version. A two step dance that’s a bit nippy in places.

MAKITA (Kate Sala & Robbie McGowan Hickie) – Another catchy country two step. Straight forward improver level dance.


July 16th

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.


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