2016 Dances Taught

29.11.16 HUMAN AFTER ALL (Ria Vos) This is the sort of the dance I used to cover at the end of the class just for those who wanted to stay and learn an extra one.  But I decided that it was asking a bit much to expect them to start learning a dance like this after a hard night of dancing. So I did it early, but not surprisingly it wasn’t for everyone. Those who like a bit more of a challenge enjoyed it but some not keen on the track. With the turns in the dance and the timing, higher intermediate is probably a fair description. Needed a more in depth teach so we lost a little general dancing time.

Human After All step sheet

29.11.2016 FUNKY LOVE (Maggie Gallagher) This was a dance I brought back from our weekend away at Coventry. A total contrast to Human After All, this one has simplish steps but its fast and furious with plenty of tags and restarts to remember, and is more of a mainstream dance. Not a long teach despite the 72 counts.

Funky Love step sheet

Also danced tonight: Just A Kiss, Gypsy Queen, Tough Love, Save The Day, Blame It On My Heart, Suite 16, Brand New Chick, Meteorite, I Came To Love You, So Good, Where My Love Goes, and Rated R.

22.11.16 SO GOOD (Ria Vos & Shelly Guichard) A Bittersweet Memory kind of feel to this nightclub 2 step, although maybe this track isn’t quite as strong as the David Nail song. Nice little dance though. I like the sailor cross into the weave and the  back rock half turn into the back sweeps in the last section.

Also danced tonight: Commitment, Bittersweet Memory, Who Did You Call Darling, Hit The Base, Harden Up Princess, I Came To Love You, Brand New Chick, Suite 16, What About Tonight, Meteorite, You Don’t Know Love, Blame It On My Heart, Diamond Heart, Girls Like, Woman Up, Is It Desire, Sofia, Rated R, Say It Again, Where My Love Goes and Grow Up.

15.11.16 No new dance this week as we had a recap catch up week. Everyone seemed happy with this. 

Danced tonight: Dear Friend, Superheroes, King Of The Road, Sofia, Save The Day, Blame It On My Heart, Manjaro, Meteorite x 2, Brand New Chick, What About Tonight, I Came To Love You, Rated R, Solo Amor, The Lone Ranger, Kiss The Sky, Where My Love Goes, You Don’t Know Love, Loving My Baby, Woman Up, Say It Again and La Pompa.


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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


The Paris Wife – Paula McLain


Under The Dragon’s Tail – Maureen Jennings

The Sleeper Awakes – H G Wells

The Sting of Death – Rebecca Tope

Cold Hearts – Gunnar Staalesen

Darkness Visible – William Golding

The Outcast Dead – Elly Griffiths

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

Summertime – Vanessa Lafaye

My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier

India Black – Carol K Carr

Tyne Tees – John Nicholson

The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson

Devil Devil – G W Kent

Oscar Wilde & The Nest Of Vipers – Gyles Brandreth

Us – David Nicholls

The Light Of Day – Eric Ambler


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Guyton Mundy

So I hear Guton Mundy is leaving the line dance scene.  Who?  I might hear some of you ask.  Well Guyton is a well established Florida based choreographer who has been on the international line dance circuit for over a dozen years.  He may not be well known to many mainstream line dancers or those who prefer dancing to country music, but he is much appreciated by those who lean to the more funky side of line dancing.  His own website and club is even known as Funk-N-Line.  I’ve fond memories of seeing Big Dave Gas Tap dancing in his own particular crazy style to Guyton’s dance LOSE IT – an Eminem song.  At Newline events many of his dances fill the floor.

His hip-hop style moves don’t always transfer over to the line dances that top the mainstream charts but you may well have come across one of his dances without even knowing it (especially if you enjoy the more solid intermediate or advanced dances).  For example he had a hand in the recent hit dance, Ain’t Misbehavin.  Although a few years old now, I also taught his phrased dance ROOMBA choreographed to a Pitbull track “I Know You Want Me” that was improver /low intermediate level.  I taught another dance of his, YOU’RE AMAZING to a great Bruno Mars track of the same name.

I’m not sure why he’s leaving the line dance scene but guess he’s looking for a new challenge elsewhere.  He’s still going to fulfil his line dace bookings through to October 2017 so if you want to catch him in the UK, there’s still a chance.  He’s at Newcastle in September and coming to Stoke on Trent a couple of times after that.

Its always a little sad when an established name decides to call it a day. I just hope it doesn’t start a trend and other big names in the choreography world decide to follow suit.


New dances

Nice summery sounding new one here from Ria Vos here called Brand New Chick. Just need the weather to improve and recognise that is actually Summertime!

This Simon Ward dance – Harden Up Princess has been top of the dance download charts for some time. Was always surprised we didn’t have a line dance to this One Direction track when it first came out as a single. The dance looks little a different too.

Hearing some good reports about this Kim Ray dance Over and Over.  Unfortunately in this region we still do another dance (Heaven Sent) from a few years back to this piece of music so unlikely to be teaching this one.

No class

Sorry no class on 21st June.  If you want some homework, here’s a routine to learn! (thanks Johnny). See you back at Canwick on the 28th June.

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