2019 Dances Taught

25.06.19 WILLPOWER (Robbie McGowan Hickie) With no class next week, it was good to leave them with a big hit of a dance. Typical flowing Robbie steps that moves along nicely and a track with a strong beat from Claire Richards (ex Steps).  This should do very well but no script released as yet so you’ll need to contact the choreographer.

Also danced tonight: Jessie, The Thing About You, Nothing But You, Graffiti, Mad Crazy Love, I Came To Love You, Love Is Loud, Water On The Flames, She Ain’t Me, Replay, Codigo, Shot Of tequlia, Crybaby, Wandering Hearts, I Guess, My Angel & Me, Legend, Lonely Blues, Everything I Have, We’ll Be Dancing, You and Me Together and Just A Phase.

18.06.19 SHOT OF TEQUILA (Fred Whitehouse) I liked the track for this one and thought the choreography really captured the Samba feel of the music. A couple of restarts with one simple tag. Everyone was able to pick it up fairly quickly and it seemed to go down pretty well.

Shot Of Tequila step sheet

Also danced tonight: Rideaway, Damn, Yellow & Green, What Ever, Oh Me Oh My Oh, I Am Giant, Graffiti, Habibi, She Ain’t Me, Clueless, Water On The Flames x 2, We’ll Be Dancing, Replay, I Guess, The Eurodance, Keep It Simple, Legend, All I Am Is You, Everything I Have, Lonely Blues, Just A pHase and Love Is Loud.

11.06.19 WATER  ON THE FLAMES (Maggie Gallagher) This one only appeared on the internet this morning so it was a case of learning it quickly to teach tonight. I liked it and I think it went down pretty well with the class. The man beat kicks in around halfway through the first wall. Fairly straightforward once you’ve mastered the “in front*anchor steps, and got used to going backwards after the forward shuffle at the start of the final section.

Water On the Flames step sheet

Also danced tonight: Love Me A Little Bit Longer, Delicate, Taps, Clueless, Meet Me There, Feel Alive, Sucker, Replay, Legend, My Angel And Me, She Ain’t Me, Sweet Sweet Smile, I Guess, We’ll Be Dancing, Lonely Blues, Love Is Loud, Everything I Have, You and Me Together, Just A Phase and Mad Crazy Love.

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Posted on June 25th, 2019 by Speno  |  No Comments »

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


The Secret Agent – Jospeh Conrad


The Damage Done – James Oswald

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil – Christopher Brookmyre

Well Of Ice – Andrea Carter

The Scandal (Beartown) – Fredrik Backman

This Book Will Save Your Life – A M Homes

How’s The Pain – Pascal Garnier

Anatomy Of A Scandal – Sarah Vaughan

Dead Men’s Bones – James Oswald

Love Is Blind- William Boyd

Canal Boat Cafe – Cressida McLaughlin

Every Night I Dream Of Hell – Malcolm Mackay

Masaryk Station – David Downing

The Absolutist – John Boyne

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

Frozen Grave – Lee Weeks

Telling Tales – Anne Cleeves

The Panda Theory – Pascal Garnier

The Good Liar – Nicholas Searle

The Hangman’s Song – James Oswald

A Legacy Of Spies – John le Carre

Steps to The Gallows – Edward Marston

Munich – Robert Harris

Crippen – John Boyne

Little Sister – Isabel Ashdown

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Posted on June 25th, 2019 by Speno  |  No Comments »

Dances Coming Soon

Dances to Olly Murs music always do down well at my class so looking forward to the release  of Karl-Harry Winson’s new 64 count intermediate dance called Feel The Same to this track.

Neville Fitzgerald and Julie Harris have a new nightclub two-step to the Gavin James track “Always”. You can see Julie dancing it here or listen to the track here. They’ve also got a waltz on the way called Out of Love and a West Coast to this track from Guy Sebastian called Before I Go that looks pretty smooth. this is another 64 count intermediate level dance.

Maggie Gallagher and Gary O’Reilly have teamed up again to write a dance to the new song from Westlife called Better Man. Video below.

Posted on April 28th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Dances Coming Soon

Lizzie Clarke RIP

Very sad to hear that Liz Clarke (often know as Mad Lizzie) passed away  on Friday 26 April 2019.

Liz was there from the beginning of the line dance boom and certainly made sure the business of teaching line dancing remained an enjoyable activity with the emphasis very much on having fun. I remember her well from many weekends at Skegness and Hemsby dressing up in various costumes, banging through the dances she was teaching at a fair old pace but always cracking a joke and ending her teach with a cheeky giggle or smile. Her relaxed jovial style also came over when she appeared on an episode of the BBC show Pointless.

She actively encouraged new choreographers in the line dance world. Although she choreographed dances herself, like Scotia Samba and Kelly’s Cannibals, she always kept a look out at for newcomers or unknowns and keenly supported their efforts by teaching their dances on her travels. When I choreographed a few dances many years ago, she taught several of mine and actively encouraged others to check them out, as well asking me to send her any new ones I wrote.

At my own class we enjoyed several of her own dances. Watch Me Shine to a lovely track by Paul Simon was very popular as was The Long And The Short Of It that she so-choregraphed with fellow Scot Pete Harkness to a Keith Urban song.

My thoughts go to her family and in particular her husband Roger, (they’d just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary the day before,) and her daughter Bev.  Liz will be sadly missed.

Posted on April 27th, 2019 by Speno  |  4 Comments »

New dances

Looking for a little improver dance to a nice country track, check this one out.

Across the County Line step sheet

Although personally I’m not a big fan of toe struts, this one does have some different footwork to many of the intermediate dances I’ve been doing recently.

Sucker step sheet

Want something a bit more testing? If you don’t mind a phrased dance with a split rhythm check out this intermediate/advanced one from Niels Poulsen.

Future Friends step sheet

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on New dances

Crystal Boot Awards – The Winners

Well done to all who picked up a Crystal Boot award last weekend. You can see the full list of winners here…

Crystal Boot Winners


Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Crystal Boot Awards – The Winners


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