2014 Dances Taught

25.11.14 CHEESECAKE (Scott Blevins, Rachael McEnaney & Joey Warren) I didn’t expect everyone in the class to like this one and sure enough a few dropped out after the first time of dancing it.  Quiet directionally challenging, especially getting from the end of the sequence into the start of the next wall.  However, its one of those dances that feel great once you’ve got it all sussed.  I did have something easier lined up but was requested/persuaded to do this instead!


Also danced tonight: Jumpin’ Up, Superheroes, Electric Rhythm, Paint The Town Green, So Wrapped Up, We Only Live Once, I Lived, Ghost, Angel In Blue Jeans, 911, Last Call Boys, Not The Only One, Cecilia, The Remix, and Bailando Amor.

18.11.14 LAST CALL BOYS! (Rachael McEnaney) After a couple of harder dances, I wanted something a little easier this week. Most of this 48 count dance is fairly straightforward but the first half of the penultimate section is a little more tricky – the knee pop 1/4 turn press and kick part caught a few out.  And its a lot harder if you try to bring in the arm movements at the same time when she sings “don’t stop, hands up”. One or two weren’t sure about it but most seemed to like the dance.


Also danced tonight: My First Love, Celtic Heartbreak, Alcazar, Rainmaker, I Lived, Rather Be, Fireball, Not The Only One, Superheroes, We Only Live Once, Angel In Blue Jeans, The Remix, Cecilia, Paint The Town Green, and Wonder Train.

11.11.14 THE REMIX (Yvonne Anderson & Karl-Harry Winson) I think some in my class had the same initial reaction as I did when I first heard the music.  I wasn’t sure I really liked it but do the dance a couple of times and you soon warm to the track. When teaching the dance, one or two of the holds may have felt a little odd at first but again once you dance it to the music, you find they fit really well. Quite a long teach but it is 80 counts and a fairly quick tempo. Certainly worth checking out.


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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 – So Disdained – Nevil Shute


Snowdrops – A D Miller

That Close (Autobiography) -Suggs

Homage To Catalonia – George Orwell

The Dwarves of Death – Jonathan Coe

Sun Dog – Monique Roffey

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

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LJ’s Hemsby

What a shame that after 13 great years, these weekend linedance events at Seacroft, Hemsby have now come to an end.  We’ve had some great fun times down there, the dressing up, the laughs, the friends we’ve made and the dances we’ve learnt. Plus of course for me I was kindly invited to teach for them – something I greatly appreciated and really enjoyed. Great to know that Johnny & Maria will continue to run the monthly socials at Brinsley. Thanks for all your hard work.

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 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.