2014 Dances Taught

21.10.14 Two new slightly easier dances tonight. WONDER TRAIN (Ria Vos) is a fastish 64 count easy intermediate dance to yet another track by the band Train.  Nothing too hard in it and the class picked it up quickly.  I like the toe strut hinge turn combinations but I’m not so keen on the step lock, lock step parts.


Also tonight we did NOT THE ONLY ONE (Craig Bennett) to the song of the same name by Sam Smith.  This is a 32 count nightclub two-step and I’d originally planned on covering this at the very end of the class as I knew not everyone would like it. In the end I taught it much earlier in the night while people were a little fresher.  As expected it wasn’t a hit with everyone but the majority enjoyed it. There’s a couple of similar but different step patterns within the dance so you do have to concentrate a little as well as remembering the timing. Nice to have a smooth slow one for a change and after being somewhat unsure of the track at first I now love it!


Also danced tonight: All I Can Say, Walk Alone, There You’ll Be, Bailando Amor, Superheroes, Celtic Heartbeat, Eternal Secret, Fireball, Electric Rhythm, Not The Only One, Ghost, Angel in Blue Jeans, Paint The Town Green, Rainmaker, We Only Live Once, 911, and Ain’t Wot U Do.

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.

For dances previously taught…..

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New Dances

The forthcoming single from Olly Murs “Wrapped Up” is very catchy and released in the UK on 16th November. There’s bound to be loads of dances out to it and already the two front runners seem to be Alison & Peter & Vikki Morriss’ SO WRAPPED UP (48 counts) and Simon Ward’s WRAPPED UP  (32 counts) – both are intermediate although Simon Ward’s is more easy intermediate. Listen to the music here….

Karl-Harry Winson has combined with Ria Vos to come up with a 64 count intermediate dance to the One Republic song “I Lived” – although I haven’t seen the dance yet (which has the same title as the song) I do like the sound of the track.  Karl-Harry has also co choreographed THE REMIX with Yvonne Anderson to a funkyish New Kids On The Block track.  I’m looking forward to learning these two at Hemsby hopefully!!   Keep an eye out too for Julia Wetzel’s dance DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND to the song of the same name by Meghan Trainor.  A decent follow up to her RING MY BELLS. (21.10.14)


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 also have a couple of others – OVERRATED is a 32 count 4 wall improver dance to the song of the same name by Tim McGraw. Plus 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)

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