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2018 Dances Taught

14.08.18 THE YELLOW AND GREEN (Alison and Peter) I love this track by George Ezra and although there were other dances out to it, I thought this 2 wall 64 count intermediate best suited my class. Fair to say that some found  it a bit tricky in places – there are quite a lot of ball cross steps in the dance but it fits the music well and there are no tags or restarts. Generally pretty well received I think.

The Yellow and Green step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Everybody’s Got A Secret, No Panic, Grundy Gallop, Picnic Polka, Jump Right In, I Close My Eyes, Sweet Sweet Smile, Groovy Love, What Ever, Hearts On Fire, What I Miss Most, Delicate, Feel Alive, Dirty Little Secret, The Eurodance, The Drifter, Texas Time, Get It Right, and See Ya Cecilia.

07.08.18 SWEET SWEET SMILE (Dee Musk) It was a hot night and a few were elsewhere at a live music event so good to have something that was a little easier tonight. An easy enough improver level dance 64 counts and no tags or restarts and choreographed to The Carpenters track of the same name.

Sweet Sweet Smile step sheet

Stella also taught GROOVY LOVE (Fred Whitehouse, Daniel Trepat and Jonas Dahlgren) for me. This has a nice funky feel but is only 32 counts and didn’t seem too testing.

Groovy Love step sheet

Also danced tonight: Live Laugh Love, Dizzy, Just A Memory, Hold A Candle, Sambarito, Feel Alive, Vanotek Cha, Hearts On Fire, What Ever, Forget Me Not, Til I’m Done, I Close My Eyes, Dirty Little Secret, The Eurodance, Texas Time, Get It Right and Hold Tight.

31.07.18 FEEL ALIVE (Robbie McGowan Hickie) This was the dance that Robbie taught at his own Harrogate weekend last week. Choreographed to the Australian Eurovision entry albeit a slightly different version of the song. The track is We Got love by Jessica Mauboy.     I was a bit concerned some may find parts of it a bit top heavy on turns but it seemed to be well received. 64 counts, 2 walls and 1 easy restart. Step sheet and video to follow in due course.

Also danced tonight: Champagne Promise, Smokey Places, Scared Of The Dark, Vanotek Cha, Dancin the Dust, Jealousy, Texas Time, Jump Right In, The Eurodance, I Close My Eyes, What Ever, Til I’m Done, See Ya Cecilia, Timezone, Get It Right, Hold Tight, Sweet Lullaby, and Raining Glitter.

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.

CURRENTLY READING…

The Sleeping and The Dead – Ann Cleeves

PREVIOUSLY READ…

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

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

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Currently in the Top 20

This is the first in an occasional series of blogs looking at what’s currently in the Top 20 on the  (Copperknob) website. Of course the site is based purely on the number of views a step sheet has been opened/downloaded and doesn’t mean that a particular dance has been taught more than others, or that it is anymore popular than another dance. 

This time I’m going to look at a couple of dances by slightly lesser known choreographers. Currently sitting proudly at No 1 is a dance called Groovy Love and I can see why. Both the music and the dance are that little bit different. It’s only 32 counts, Improver level but the dance captures the slightly funky feel of the track. And I’ll let you into a little secret, I love any dance with backward stepping toe fans in! Did these in Robbie McGowan Hickie’s Don’t Hold Back and they are in this dance too.

The dance is an international collaboration between Fred Whitehouse (Ireland), Daniel Trepat (Holland) and Jonas Dahlgren (Sweden).

Next up is an Intermediate dance called Festikiss. The track One Kiss by Dua Lipa ft Calvin Harris has been top of the pop charts and works well as a fairly fast cha-cha. It’s choreographed by Jef Camps of Belgium (we are currently enjoying his dance Meet Me There to the George Ezra track Paradise) together with Esmeralda van der Pol. I like her dance Capital Letters although I didn’t get chance to teach it at my own class. By coincidence this dance also contains backward toe fan steps!

Feel free to comment if you’ve done any of these dances and let me know how they were received, or indeed if you want to learn them.

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.