2019 Dances Taught

16.10.19 MOVES (Simon Ward & Shane McKeever) Must confess I’ve been waning to do this one for a few weeks now. But I wasn’t sure how well it would be received and I didn’t want to do it close to our recent week off. I think the majority of the class liked it although it was a bit testing in places and the music is a bit on the quick side till you get used to where you are supposed to be going. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the response.

Moves step sheet

Also danced tonight: Ribbon Of Highway, Desert Wind, Crybaby, Tough Love, My Angel & Me, Clueless, Young Love, In Comes The Night, Water On The Flames, All I Am Is You, Get Wild, Saluti, Everything I Have, Hey Now, Shot Of Tequila, 3 to Tango, Thousand Times, Diamond Wings and Willpower.

09.10.19 HEY NOW! (Gary O’Reilly) After not having a class last week and a few people having been away on their own holidays, I thought it best to start back with something easier. This is a simple enough 32 counter with just one restart. The only downside is perhaps that the track is quite long for a shorter dance but it seemed to be fairly well received.

Hey Now step sheet

Also danced tonight: Bittersweet Memory, Dizzy, Legend, Just A Phase, Meet Me There, I Am Giant, You and Me Together, Gone West, Replay, In Comes The Night, She Ain’t Me, Willpower, We’ll Be Dancing, My Heart Is Gone, I Guess, Sucker, Thousand Times, Lonely Blues, 3 To Tango, Water On The Flames and Young Love.

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Posted on October 15th, 2019 by Speno  |  No Comments »

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


Dark Angel – Elly Griffiths


Field Grey – Philip Kerr

The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam – Chris Ewan

Gunshine State – Andrew Nette

The Various Haunts Of Men – Susan Hill

The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice – Chris Ewan

The End Of The World Running Club – Adrian J Walker

Bad Blood – Brian McGilloway

Fatherland – Robert Harris

Cold Killers – Lee Weeks

The Glass Cell – Patricia Highsmith

Hour Of The Wolf – Hakan Nesser

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart – Peter Swanson

Mrs Hudson & The Lazarus Testament – Martin Davies

This House Is Haunted – John Boyne

Dog On It – Spencer Quinn

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

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Posted on October 14th, 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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