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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


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

Potsdam Station – David Downing

Murder On Sea – Julie Wassmer

A High Mortality Of Doves – Kate Ellis

Lovely Green Eyes – Arnost Lustig

The Stationmaster’s Farewell – Edward Marston

A Bespoke Murder – Edward Marston

Stettin Station – David Downing

Stars and Bars – William Boyd

This Sweet Sickness -Patricia Highsmith

Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton

The Chalk Pit – Elly Griffiths

Silesian Station – David Downing

Raylan – Elmore Leonard

Nutshell – Ian McEwan

Prague Fatale – Philip Kerr

Black Night Falling – Rod Reynolds

Complicity – Iain Banks

Zoo Station – David Downing

Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky – Patrick Hamilton

The Dark Inside – Rod Reynolds

Murder At The Savoy – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Fire Engine That Disappeared – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Last Train To Scarborough – Andrew Martin

The Laughing Policeman – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

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2018 Dances Taught

08.05.18 VANOTEK CHA (Gary O’Reilly) Initially, the music for this one didn’t particularly grab me but it certainly has a good steady beat, isn’t too fast, and the choreography flows well with typical 8&1 cha-chas steps. Went down pretty well with the class. One restart on wall 5, and then you only complete one more wall. have a feeling this could become very popular with intermediate dancers.

Vanotek Cha step sheet

Also dance tonight: Slowly Gently Softly, Save the Day, Everybody’s Got A Secret, Tough Love, Story Of A Heart, Jump Right In, Glitter & Gold, In Our Blood, Sambarito, What I Miss Most, Forget Me Not, Woman Amen, Freak Out, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, Delilah, All The Kings Horses, See Ya Cecilia, Meet Me There, On The Loose, Hold A Candle, Hearts On Fire, Tightrope, Sweet Hurt The Drifter and Bloodstone.

d steady beat, isn’t too fast and the choreography flows well with typical The dance takes it’s name from the group that perform the song.

01.05.18 SAMBARITO (Kim Ray, Pat Stott and Tina Argyle) Not too keen on the wall when they are doing the rap in the song but apart from that I like this track and its a great one to dance too. The only problem was people getting to know where they were heading to in section 4 – the diamond fallaway into the rock step. I think the step sheet should read a 1/4 turn rather than an 1/8 on counts 3& in this section. Went down pretty well with most an could take off.

Sambarito step sheet

Also danced tonight: Darling Hold My Hand, Superheroes, Came Here For Love, One Night Stand, Jump Right In, Scared Of The Dark,  To The Moon & Back, Meet Me There, See Ya Cecilia, The Drifter, No Panic, What I Miss Most, Glitter and Gold, Louisiana Lou, Human After All, Tightrope, Hold A Candle, Hearts on Fire, On The Loose, Woman Amen, Down On Your Uppers, Freak Out.

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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


2018 Linedancer Crystal Boot Awards CBA’s

Some of the latest winners for 2018 from the Crystal Boot Awards (CBA’s)….

International Instructor: Gary O’Reilly

UK Instructor: Fred Whitehouse

International Choreographer: Gary O’Reilly

UK Choreographer: Tina Argyle

Female Dance Personality: Madison Glover

Male Dance Personality: Gary O’Reilly

Dedicated Dance Artist: Richard Palmer

Dedicated Dance DJ: Gary Lafferty

Hall Of Fame: Simon Ward

Dancers Choice: Move Radio

Absolute Beginner Dance: Oh Carol by Roy Verdonk, Jonas Dahlgren & Jef Camps 

Beginner Dance: Champagne Promise by Tina Argyle

Improver Dance: Lonely Drum by Darren Mitchell

Intermediate Dance: Perfect by Alison Johnstone & Joshua Talbot

Advanced Dance: Run Me Like A River by Jo & John Kinser, Guillame Richard, Roy Verdonk & Jef Camps

Wildcard Dance: Hurts Like A Cha-Cha by Simon Ward, Daniel Trepat & Fred Whitehouse

Iconic Dance: It’s A Beast by Rob Fowler

DANCE OF THE YEAR: Lonely Drum by Darren Mitchell


2017 Dances Taught



12.12.17 No new dance as this was our last class before Christmas.  We got through 30 dances tonight though.

Played tonight: Commitment, Pretend (Let It Snow by Chely Wright), Second Hand Heart, The Trail, Pot of Gold (In Dulce Jubilo by Mike Oldfield), Life Without You, Black Coffee (Hey Mr Christmas by Showaddywaddy), Glitter and Gold, I Was Wrong, Scared Of The Dark, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, You Don’t Love, Rumba Ride (Christmas Cookies by George Strait), Hearts On Fire, Lonely Drum, Crybaby, Jesse James, Enough Is Enough, Forget Me Not, Attention, Open Your Eyes, Derailed, Story Of A Heart, Jealousy, Everybody’s Got A Secret, Side By Side, Refund To My Heart, One Night Stand, Darling Hold My Hand and Love On The Weekend.

05.12.17 I WAS WRONG (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) This one is a similar sort of level to Everybody’s Got A Secret by the same choreographers, possibly a bit easier. Bit of a mixed response to it this week and we’ve got one more class before our Christmas break. Has a restart on wall 2 and a tag/restart on wall 5 which aren’t hard.

I Was Wrong step sheet

Also danced tonight: Don’t Hold Back, Perfect, Just A Memory, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, Dynamite, The World, Boombox, Crybaby, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, Light It Up, Story Of A Heart, Scared Of The Dark, Came Here For Love, Superheroes, Glitter And Gold, Hearts On Fire, Delilah, and Forget Me Not.

28.11.17 FORGET ME NOT (Pat Stott) After the challenge of last week’s dance, I wanted something a little easier this time. This is an easy intermediate gentle 64 count 4 waller that went down quite well. Ideal for winding down a bit as we head towards the Christmas break. Nothing too hard and I liked section 3 with the turn and hooks and section 4 with the spiral turn.

Forget-Me-Not step sheet

Also danced tonight: First To Last, Side By Side, Timezone, Black Horse, Refund to My Heart, Everybody’s Got A Secret, Hurts Like A Cha Cha, Diamond Dreams, Lonely Drum, Glitter and Gold, Boots, Crybaby, Attention, Came Here For Love, Hearts On Fire, Scared Of The Dark, Story Of A Heart, Open Your Eyes, and Wonder.

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