2016 Linedancer Magazine 20th Crystal Boot Awards – all the winners here…..

Award Winner
Dedicated Dance Artist  RICHARD PALMER
Female Dance Personality  JO THOMPSON SZYMANSKI
Male Dance Personality  KARL HARRY WINSON
International Instructor  RIA VOS
International Choreographer  NIELS POULSEN
Absolute Beginner Dance  CLAIRE & STEVE RUTTER – Lipstick Powder & Paint
Beginner Dance  NIELS POULSEN – Ticket To The Blues
Improver Dance  KIM RAY – The Bomp
Intermediate Dance  ROB FOWLER – Uptown Funk
Advanced Dance  ROB FOWLER – Shades Of Passion
Dancers’ Choice  WALT CHOU
Dance Of The Decade  SIMON WARD – Beautiful in My Names
Linedancer Star Award  JEAN CARR
Dance Of The Year  ROB FOWLER – Uptown Funk

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


The Scapegoat – Daphne du Maurier


Brazzaville Beach – William Boyd

The Sixties Boys – Alan Hammond

Philomena – Martin Sixsmith

The Haunting Of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths

Reckless (My Life)  – Chrissie Hynde

Stick – Elmore Leonard

Archipelago – Monique Roffey

The Dark Room – Rachel Seiffert

Oscar Wilde and The Dead Man’s Smile – Gyles Brandreth

Tampa – Alissa Nutting

The Mask Of Dimitrios – Eric Ambler

Rivers Of London – Ben Aaronovitch

Ablutions – Patrick Dewitt

The Long Firm – Jake Arnott

Rule Britannia – Daphne du Maurier

The Children Act – Ian McEwan

The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin

Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

Butcher’s Crossing – John Williams

The Boys From Brazil – Ira Levin

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

Pop. 1280 – Jim Thompson

Cold As Ice – Lee Weeks

A Touch of Love – Jonathan Coe

Blackberry Wine – Joanne Harris

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2016 Dances Taught

26.01.16 HANDS OF LOVE (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) A longer than normal teach for this slightly tricky nightclub two-step but we cracked it. I gave a few alternatives where possible for those who like to take the turns out. The restarts are easy enough, the tag is a bit harder to get as you only dance it once but knowing where you are heading for is the main issue with this one. Good reception from the class.

Hands Of Love step sheet

26.01.16 SLAMMING DOORS (Rob Fowler)  We haven’t done a waltz for a long time and even though I’m not overly keen on the song myself this one is being taught a lot so will be seen out and about.  Only had time to squeeze it in at the end of the night for those that wanted another new dance. Plenty of turns but it didn’t take too long to teach.

Slamming Doors step sheet

Also danced tonight: Get Up Get Down, Superheroes, Smokey Places (New Train), Alcazar, Tough Love, Peligrosa, Hit The Line, Better When I’m Dancing, Kiss Me, Second Hand Heart, Extreme Love, Here We Go, Slam Goes The Door, The Real Deal, Save The Day, and The Bite.

19.01.16 HERE WE GO (Robbie McGowan Hickie) A 4 wall 64 count dance with no tags or restarts, just a neat little ending. The half turn straight after the kick ball step took a bit of getting used to but the next section that is more diagonally based turned out to be fairly easier to get across.  The dance ends with a couple of nice and easy sections and an extra half turn to finish facing the front wall.  They seem to be enjoying this one after a bit of a muted response on week 1.

Here We Go step sheet

Also danced tonight:  New Shade Of Blue, Commitment, Caught In The Act, Quicksand, Kiss Me, Better When I’m Dancing, Save The Day, Hit The Base, Try Me, Heavenly Cha, Tough Love, Love Me Like You Do, Foot Play, Life Without You, Diva, Second Hand Heart, The Bite, Some Kind Of Heaven, Ticket To The Blues, Peligrosa, and Rock This Factor.

For dances previously taught…..

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