2018 Dances Taught

20.03.18 NO CLASS

13.03.18 JUMP RIGHT IN (Alison And Peter) This is quite a nippy little dance but it was actually easier to teach than I’d expected and seemed to go down quite well with the class. I like the jumps in the dance that match the words in the song and the cross unwind at the very end of the dance fits perfectly. Just one tag and only six walls to dance in total. Nice one!

Jump Right In step sheet

Also danced tonight: Wandering Hearts, Crybaby, Came Here For Love, Jealousy, Scared Of The Dark, In Our Blood, All The Kings Horses, Down On Your Uppers, To The Moon & Back, Lonely Drum, Love On The Weekend, Freak Out, Story Of A Heart, Slowly Gently Softly, Bloodstone, No Panic, Tightrope, Hearts On Fire, Sweet Hurt, Woman Amen and Crazy Foot Mambo.

06.03.18 FREAK OUT (Robbie McGowan Hickie) A simple enough 64 count intermediate dance with no tags or restarts. Most seemed to like it, some not so keen on the track perhaps. I like the way the full turns forward and then back fit the lyrics about “spinning you round”.

Freak Out step sheet

Also taught DOWN ON YOUR UPPERS (Gary O’Reilly) A very quick teach of this little easy one. Nothing hard but its quite nippy. Had fun at first with a few getting their fit in a tangle on the opening twists and heel hooks and taps!

Down On Your Uppers step sheet

Also danced tonight: Commitment, Crazy Foot Mambo, Be Strong, Woman Amen, Tightrope, Glitter and Gold, To The Moon and Back, Bored, Sweet Hurt, Enough is Enough, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, One Night Stand, Hearts On Fire, Forget Me Not, Bloodstone and No Panic.


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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


The Stationmaster’s Farewell – Edward Marston


A Bespoke Murder – Edward Marston

Stettin Station – David Downing

Stars and Bars – William Boyd

This Sweet Sickness -Patricia Highsmith

Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton

The Chalk Pit – Elly Griffiths

Silesian Station – David Downing

Raylan – Elmore Leonard

Nutshell – Ian McEwan

Prague Fatale – Philip Kerr

Black Night Falling – Rod Reynolds

Complicity – Iain Banks

Zoo Station – David Downing

Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky – Patrick Hamilton

The Dark Inside – Rod Reynolds

Murder At The Savoy – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Fire Engine That Disappeared – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Last Train To Scarborough – Andrew Martin

The Laughing Policeman – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Man On The Balcony – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Man Who Went Up In Smoke Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

Roseanna Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Other Mrs Walker – Mary Paulson-Ellis

La Brava – Elmore Leonard

The One From The Other- Philip Kerr

Raven Black – Anne Cleeves


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2018 Linedancer Crystal Boot Awards CBA’s

Some of the latest winners for 2018 from the Crystal Boot Awards (CBA’s)….

International Instructor: Gary O’Reilly

UK Instructor: Fred Whitehouse

International Choreographer: Gary O’Reilly

UK Choreographer: Tina Argyle

Female Dance Personality: Madison Glover

Male Dance Personality: Gary O’Reilly

Dedicated Dance Artist: Richard Palmer

Dedicated Dance DJ: Gary Lafferty

Hall Of Fame: Simon Ward

Dancers Choice: Move Radio   http://www.move-radio.com/

Absolute Beginner Dance: Oh Carol by Roy Verdonk, Jonas Dahlgren & Jef Camps 

Beginner Dance: Champagne Promise by Tina Argyle

Improver Dance: Lonely Drum by Darren Mitchell

Intermediate Dance: Perfect by Alison Johnstone & Joshua Talbot

Advanced Dance: Run Me Like A River by Jo & John Kinser, Guillame Richard, Roy Verdonk & Jef Camps

Wildcard Dance: Hurts Like A Cha-Cha by Simon Ward, Daniel Trepat & Fred Whitehouse

Iconic Dance: It’s A Beast by Rob Fowler

DANCE OF THE YEAR: Lonely Drum by Darren Mitchell


2017 Dances Taught



12.12.17 No new dance as this was our last class before Christmas.  We got through 30 dances tonight though.

Played tonight: Commitment, Pretend (Let It Snow by Chely Wright), Second Hand Heart, The Trail, Pot of Gold (In Dulce Jubilo by Mike Oldfield), Life Without You, Black Coffee (Hey Mr Christmas by Showaddywaddy), Glitter and Gold, I Was Wrong, Scared Of The Dark, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, You Don’t Love, Rumba Ride (Christmas Cookies by George Strait), Hearts On Fire, Lonely Drum, Crybaby, Jesse James, Enough Is Enough, Forget Me Not, Attention, Open Your Eyes, Derailed, Story Of A Heart, Jealousy, Everybody’s Got A Secret, Side By Side, Refund To My Heart, One Night Stand, Darling Hold My Hand and Love On The Weekend.

05.12.17 I WAS WRONG (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) This one is a similar sort of level to Everybody’s Got A Secret by the same choreographers, possibly a bit easier. Bit of a mixed response to it this week and we’ve got one more class before our Christmas break. Has a restart on wall 2 and a tag/restart on wall 5 which aren’t hard.

I Was Wrong step sheet

Also danced tonight: Don’t Hold Back, Perfect, Just A Memory, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, Dynamite, The World, Boombox, Crybaby, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, Light It Up, Story Of A Heart, Scared Of The Dark, Came Here For Love, Superheroes, Glitter And Gold, Hearts On Fire, Delilah, and Forget Me Not.

28.11.17 FORGET ME NOT (Pat Stott) After the challenge of last week’s dance, I wanted something a little easier this time. This is an easy intermediate gentle 64 count 4 waller that went down quite well. Ideal for winding down a bit as we head towards the Christmas break. Nothing too hard and I liked section 3 with the turn and hooks and section 4 with the spiral turn.

Forget-Me-Not step sheet

Also danced tonight: First To Last, Side By Side, Timezone, Black Horse, Refund to My Heart, Everybody’s Got A Secret, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, Diamond Dreams, Lonely Drum, Glitter and Gold, Boots, Crybaby, Attention, Came Here For Love, Hearts On Fire, Scared Of The Dark, Story Of A Heart, Open Your Eyes, and Wonder.

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Coventry Weekend

We had a good time at Maggie G’s Coventry weekend. Apart from one on Sunday morning  we didn’t stay in to learn the dances as we went out walking instead. Had a fun Saturday night when the theme was Down Under – as the guest choreographer, Simon Ward, is from Australia.

Here’s a link to one of the dances taught – Sexy Beaches – great to watch but probably won’t be teaching it myself!