2019 Dances Taught

21.05.19 HABIBI (Gary O’Reilly) An easy(ish) little 32 count dance with just one restart. Not sure everyone was keen on the music but I like the flow and tempo of the dance.

Habibi step sheet

Was asked to teach JUST A PHASE (Fred Whitehouse & Maddison Glover) quite some time ago but have only just found time to cover it. Some in the class had been doing it for a couple of months so this helped the others a bit when the music went on.

Just A Phase step sheet

Also danced tonight: Taking Chances, Hold Tight, Wandering Hearts, Jessie, Get It Right, Graffiti., Desert Wind, Texas Time, I Am Giant, My Angel and Me, Everything I Have, Sucker, We;ll Be Dancing, Sweet Sweet Smile, Mad Crazy Love, Candlelight, Lonely Blues, You and Me Together, She Ain’t Me, Love Is Loud, and I Guess.

14.05.19 LONELY BLUES (Rachael McEnaney- White)  I wanted something more upbeat after a few slower dances lately and I have’t done a country one for a while either. So this was ideal – my kind of country track too. A 64 count dance with  no tags or restarts, but a neat ending.

Lonely Blues step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Feel Alive, All I Am Is You, Second Hand Heart, Sweet Sweet Smile, I Am Giant, Forget Me Not, She Ain’t Me, Clueless, Taps, We’ll Be Dancing, Its Your Moves, Everything I Have, Love Is Loud, Mad Crazy Love, Crybaby, Its You and I, Keep It Simple, I Guess, Sucker, You & Me Together and Replay.

07.05.19 EVERYTHING I HAVE (Gary O’Reilly & Maggie Gallagher) Easy enough nightclub 2 step and not as fast as some we’ve covered recently. Two restarts and one simple tag. They like the track by Westlife and I think the dance itself was pretty well received.

Everything I Have step sheet

Also danced tonight: Groovy Love, All The Kings Horses, Taps, The Yellow and Green, Get It Right, Hourglass, She Ain’t Me, We’ll Be Dancing, You and Me Together, Clueless, Its You and I, Keep It Simple, Mad Crazy Love, I Am Giant, Hearts On Fire, Raining Glitter, Desert Wind, I Guess, My Angel And Me, Replay, Love Is Loud and Candlelight.

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Posted on May 21st, 2019 by Speno  |  No Comments »

On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


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

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

Frozen Grave – Lee Weeks

Telling Tales – Anne Cleeves

The Panda Theory – Pascal Garnier

The Good Liar – Nicholas Searle

The Hangman’s Song – James Oswald

A Legacy Of Spies – John le Carre

Steps to The Gallows – Edward Marston

Munich – Robert Harris

Crippen – John Boyne

Little Sister – Isabel Ashdown

Bed Of Nails – Antonin Varenne

The Crow Trap – Anne Cleeves

Retribution Road – Antonin Varenne

Shadow of the Hangman – Edward Marston

Jack the Ripper: Case Closed – Gyles Brandreth

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Posted on May 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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