2017 Dances Taught

17.01.17 SHARDS OF GLASS (Karl-Harry Winson) As I’ve said before, this type of nightclub two-step may not be everyone’s cup of tea but give them a few goes and you often really get the feel of them. I don’t think the steps are particularly hard but the timing can be a little tricky especially when the beat in the music fades a little. Once mastered if feels really good. Really like the slow touch and look back in the middle of the dance.

Shards Of Glass step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Mysterious Girl, My First Love, So Just Dance Dance Dance, Say It Again, I Came To Love You, Its Gotta Be You, You Don’t Know Love, Real Deal, Rated R, Kiss The Sky, Funky Love, Love On The Weekend, Blame It On My Heart, Oops Baby, and Human After All.

10.01.17 OOPS BABY (Cody Flowers & Rachael McEnaney) Neat little 32 count dance – I especially like the feel of section 2 with the side behind sequence.  Have a feeling it may not stay around too long at my class but time will tell.  There are other dances to this track but this seems to be the one that most are picking up on.

Oops Baby step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Darling On My Hand, Slam Goes The Door, Suite 16, Rather Be, Sofia, Corazon Diamente (Diamond Heart), Jealousy, Brand New Chick, Its Gotta Be You x 2, You Don’t Know Love, What About Tonight, Girls Like, Love On The Weekend, Where My Love Goes, Human After All, I Came To Love You, Funky Love, and So Good.

03.01.17 IT’S GOTTA BE YOU (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) Start of a new year and a fairly long teach with this 8&1 cha cha which is 64 counts plus restarts and a tag.  The good thing is that the dance isn’t that fast so you do have a bit more thinking time.  Once danced through a couple of times it did fall into place quite well.

It’s Gotta Be You step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Dear Friend, Tough Love, Hit The Base, Jealousy, Save The Day, I Came To Love You, Rated R, Blame It On My Heart, The Lone Ranger, Funky Love, Love On The Weekend, Human After All and So Good.

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Dances Taught 2016

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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

CURRENTLY READING…

Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner

PREVIOUSLY READ

The Battle Of Crete – George Forty

The Zig Zag Girl – Elly Griffiths

Sweet Caress – William Boyd

The Love Killers – Jackie Collins

City Of Tiny Lights – Patrick Neate

A Broken Land – Jack Ludlow

Heft- Liz Moore

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

 

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No class

We’ve changed the dates of our holiday so now there won’t be a class on Tuesday 31st January 2017 but the good news is that there will be a class on the 24th Janaury.

2016 Dances Taught

11.12.16 LOVE ON THE WEEKEND (Gary O’Reilly) One of those tracks that may not grab you the first time you listen to it, but after dancing it a few times tonight, people seemed to agree that yes they were starting to enjoy dancing to it. Flows nicely and I like the hinge turn and rock sequence although the final 16 counts proved to be the  hardest for my lot. Hope this dance doesn’t get overlooked due to the Christmas and New Year break that many classes will be having now.

Love On The Weekend step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Lamtarra Rumba-Ribbon Of Highway-Tell The World to Christmas tracks, The Lone Ranger, Harden Up Princess, Jealousy, Sofia, Human After All, Say It Again, Love On The Weekend, Brand New Chick, Funky Love, Kiss The Sky, What  About Tonight, You Don’t Know Love, Grow Up, So Good, I Came To Love You, Blame It On My Heart, Where My Love Goes and Rated R.

04.12.16 No class due to fog.

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.

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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.