2016 Dances Taught

24.05.16 Brought two dances back from our recent trip to the line dance weekend in Whitby.  First up was GYPSY QUEEN (Hazel Pace).  This has been taught a lot in our part of the East Midlands and rightly so as its a great little improver dance that is tag free.  Decent track as well from Chris Norman, former lead singer of the band Smokie.

Gypsy Queen step sheet

24.05.16 SOFIA (Francien Sittrop) There are several dances to this track but this fits really well and although intermediate with tags at the end of the first four walls, it isn’t a hard teach. We’ve danced to this singer before when we did Alvaro and Your Place Or Mine. A catchy track with a dance that deserves to do well.

Sofia step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Just A Memory, Save The Day, Rock This Factor, Slam Goes The Door, The Night We Met, Gold Watch, Is It Desire x 2, Pop That Lock, Tough Love, Dirty Mind, About Feelings, Dangerzone, Diamond Heart, and Magical Mystery Ride.

17.05.16 No Class

10.05.16 IS IT DESIRE? (Raymond Sarlemijn & Niels Poulsen) Quite a quick offbeat cha-cha that has no big turns but plenty to keep you occupied within its 48 counts along with an easy 4 count tag and a restart later in the dance.  Maybe need another week for everyone to get fully comfortable with it.

Is It Desire? step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Just For Grins, Side By Side, New Shade Of Blue, Gold Watch, Rock This Factor, The Night We Met, Ain’t Misbehaving, Diamond Heart, Quarter After One, Magical Mystery Ride, Dirty Mind, Second Hand Heart, and Dangerzone.

For dances previously taught…..

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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


Lonely Road – Nevil Shute


Starcrossed – AA Gill

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

Teeside Steal – John Nicholson

Oscar Wilde and The Ring Of Death – Gyles Brandreth

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

At Last – Edward St Aubyn

Frozen Grave – Lee Weeks

The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim

The World Is Full of Married Men – Jackie Collins

The Burning Sky – Jack Ludlow

Some Hope – Edward St Aubyn

The House At Sea’s End – Elly Griffiths

Bad News – Edward St Aubyn

Never Mind – Edward St Aubyn

The Stud – Jackie Collins

We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

Shame The Devil – George Pelecanos

The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin

The Good Father – Noah Hawley

Looking For Alaska – John Green

Oscar Wilde and The Candlelight Murders – Gyles Brandreth

The Beginner’s Goodbye – Anne Tyler

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello

The Janus Stone – Elly Griffiths

No Highway – Nevil Shute

Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden

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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


Black (Colin Vearncombe) 26.01.16 aged 53

Glenn Frey (ex Eagles) 18.01.16 aged 67

David Bowie 11.01.16 aged 69

Ed Stewart 09.01.16 aged 74