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2019 Dances Taught

19.09.19 WE’LL BE DANCING (Maggie Gallagher) Well it’s been a while since we’ve had a dance with no tags or restarts and for an intermediate one, this isn’t too hard. The only slight complaint is that the heavy beat sort of comes and goes every so often within the song, but generally the dance was a hit with the class.

We’ll Be Dancing step sheet

Also danced tonight: Slam Goes The Door, Ballymore Boys, Whole Again, Its Your Moves, The Thing About You, Get It Right, Woman Amen, Feel Alive, Candlelight x 2, Sweet Sweet Smile, Graffiti, Waves Of Love, Hourglass, Oh Me Oh My Oh, All I Am Is You, Desert Wind, Codigo, My Angel And me, Clueless and Jessie.

12.02.19 CANDLELIGHT (Rob Fowler) Great new single from Jack Savoretti – sounds like a spy movie theme. The dance is only 40 counts with a repeated final 8 counts on 2 walls. Some weren’t keen on doing two complete diamond rotations (with the tag) or the twisty bit in section 3 but generally it was pretty well received. Remember this dance is choreographed to the 3.36 version and not the longer 4.31 one which is generally available from Amazon and iTunes.

Candlelight step sheet

Also danced tonight: Caught In The Act, Picnic Polka, Stitch it Up, Those Were The Nights, Taps, Codigo, Hearts On Fire, Desert Wind, Sweet Sweet Smile, Clueless, Hourglass, The Yellow & Green, All I Am Is You, My Angel And Me, Graffiti, Jessie, and Oh Me Oh My Oh.

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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

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


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

Into The Night – Jake Woodhouse

The Other Side Of Silence – Philip Kerr

The Enemy Within – Edward Marston

Bull Mountain – Brian Panowich

Black Water – Louise Doughty

When The Bough Breaks – Jonathan Kellerman

Night Train To Jamalpur – Andrew Martin

The Girl in the Ice – Robert Bryndza

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

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2018 Dances Taught

11.12.18 LOTS OF LOVE (Maggie Gallagher & Gary O’ Reilly) For me this was a similar style of dance to last week’s. But with it being the last class of 2018 and just before a 3 week break, I only wanted an easy one. Although with the tags and restarts it might not be as simple as it first looks. Seemed to go down fairly well and wasn’t a long teach.

Also danced tonight: Lamtarra Rumba (Christmas Coco Jamboo), Rumba Ride (Christmas Cookies), Ribbon Of Highway (Merry Christmas Everyone), Second Hand Heart, Forget Me Not, Taps, All the Kings Horses, Oh Me Oh My Oh, Waves Of Love, Those Were The Nights, I Close My Eyes, No Chering, Soldier, Feel Alive, Damn, Graffiti, All I Am Is You, It’s Your Moves, Sweet Sweet Smile, Get it Right, Clueless, Hearts On Fire, The Thing About You and Meet Me There.

04.12.18 OH ME OH MY OH (Rob Fowler) This is an upbeat, happy clappy type of song with a dance to match. Not normally the sort of thing I usually go for but its nearly Christmas and we needed something a little easier. Fairly straightforward with just the last 8 counts going into Michael Flatley terrirtory.

Oh Me Oh My Oh step sheet

Also danced tonight: Vanotek Cha, Commitment, Groovy Love, Superheroes, Texas Time, The Yellow & Green, No Chering, The Eurodance, All I Am Is You, Waves Of Love, Its Your Moves, The Thing About You, Graffiti, Clueless, Get It Right, Taps and Delicate.

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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