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2018 Dances Taught

16.10.18 SANGRIA SUN (Tina Argyle) This  is an  easy  dance, perhaps a bit too easy for some in this intermediate class but sometimes you need to have one or two that you can just put on after a couple of weeks, without a walk through. 3 restarts on walls 3,6 and 9 that conveniently arrive when you are facing the 3.00, 6.00 and 9.00 walls but if anything these make the dance more interesting.

Sangria Sun step sheet

16.10.18 TAPS (Darren Bailey) The main dance for the night was a fair bit harder than Sangria Sun. I’ve been wanting a slower dance for a few weeks and this one has a few different step sequences in it. Of course not everyone likes “different” – some prefer to dance what they are already comfortable with. Having said that, I think this one went down slightly better than I expected although it wasn’t a hit with everyone. Personally speaking it may well be my new favourite dance.

Taps step sheet

Also danced tonight: Somebody Like You, Dirty Little Secret, Missing, Pizziricco, Hold A Candle, Hold Tight, Raining Glitter, Sweet Sweet Smile, Those Were The Nights, Make No Promises, The Eurodance, All I Am Is You, Waves Of Love, The Thing About You, and To The Moon & Back.

09.10.18 THOSE WERE THE NIGHTS (Ivonne Verhagen, Kate Sala, Daniel Trepat, Rob Fowler and Giuseppe Scaccianoce).  Hard to believe it took 5 choreographers to create a dance of just 48 counts! This was the second week running that I taught a dance to a Canadian country artist, This one is a bit trickier than last week’s and you need to concentrate to know which wall you are heading for at times.  But it seemed to go down pretty well with the class.

Those Were The Nights step sheet

Also danced tonight: First To Last, Beer For My Horses, Caught In The Act, Feel Alive, Texas Time, The Thing About You, The Drifter, The Eurodance, Jump Right In, I Close My Eyes, Make No Promises, All I Am Is You, Meet Me There, Sweet Sweet Smile, Waves Of Love, Get It Right, The Yellow And Green and Hearts on Fire.


For dances previously taught…..

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Currently in the Top 20


Bethlehem Child is an interesting one.  A basic 28 count dance which gradually builds with a few extra steps every rotation. I’m sure when it takes 10 separate lines to describe the extended sequence, some will be put off from teaching it. But, I’ve also no doubt that it’ll probably be a lot easier to dance than it might first look. It’s choreographed by a triplet of Dutchmen. Just not sure whether I want to be dancing to this type of gospel track though.

OK so this next one has now slipped just outside the top 20 but still worth a further look. Classed as advanced or maybe just higher intermediate, I love the track which is from the same band that brought us Vanotek Cha. My kind of music but possibly not one for everyone. as the dance looks a bit nippy and just a little tricky in places.  I’m hoping this is one that Maggie G will teach at her Coventry weekend at the end of this month. 

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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


A German Requiem – Philip Kerr


The Pale Criminal – Philip Kerr

Dance Of Death – Edward Marston

The Night The Rich Men Burned – Malcolm Mackay

I See You – Clare Mackintosh

After The Silence – Jake Woodhouse

84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff

The Black Sheep – Sophie McKenzie

Taliban Cricket Club – Timeri Murari

The Sleeping and The Dead – Ann Cleeves

Canal Dreams – Iain Banks

Deeds Of Darkness – Edward Marston

Lehrter Station – David Downing

The Neon Rain – James Lee Burke

SS GB – Len Deighton

In A Cottage In A Wood – Cass Green

Prussian Blue – Philip Kerr

Mystery In The Channel –  Freeman Wills Crofts

The Sudden Arrival Of Violence –  Malcolm Mackay

Hope to Die – David Jackson

Touch – Elmore Leonard

Five Dead Canaries – Edward Marston

How A Gunman Says Goodbye – Malcolm Mackay

The Necessary Death Of Lewis Winter – Malcolm Mackay

Last Seen Alive – Claire Douglas

Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shafer & Annie Barrows

Heat Of The Day – Elizabeth Bowen

Instrument Of Slaughter – Edward Marston

The Lady From Zagreb – Philip Kerr

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Do I need a website?

Just wondering how many people regularly visit this website?  As times change it seems more and more people can access information about dances taught etc on Facebook. I tend to put on Facebook what I’m going to be teaching beforehand whereas I only update this site once I’ve taught something.

I’m thinking about possibly closing down the website at some point but continue to update what I’m teaching on Facebook. Would this be a problem for you? Please let me know by commenting below or email me via the Contact section.

No class dates

Sorry, there won’t be a class at Canwick on the following Tuesday dates:  –

15th May

26th June

11th September

18th December

25th December

1st January 2019