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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   http://www.move-radio.com/

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

 

****NEXT CLASSS – TUESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2018****

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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Coventry Weekend

We had a good time at Maggie G’s Coventry weekend. Apart from one on Sunday morning  we didn’t stay in to learn the dances as we went out walking instead. Had a fun Saturday night when the theme was Down Under – as the guest choreographer, Simon Ward, is from Australia.

Here’s a link to one of the dances taught – Sexy Beaches – great to watch but probably won’t be teaching it myself!

New and not so new dances…..

If you like the Latin ones, take a look at ANIMAL from Francien Sittrop, who in  my opinion is a very underrated choreographer. She’s gone back to an artist – Alvaro Soler – that she has choreographed to previously;  you may remember her dance from a couple of years back called SOFIA. Robbie and Karl have also written to his music more than once with the dances ALVARO and YOUR PLACE OR MINE, which Ria Vos also had a hand in.

I’ve not taught many dances choreographed by Michelle Risley but I do like her STORY OF A HEART. Its been on the “to-do” pile for several weeks but hasn’t quite made it to the top yet. Its another decent track from the new Steps CD that’s already provided other hit dances such as SCARED OF THE DARK and GLITTER AND GOLD. Michelle’s dance, which was released in August, has an 8 count intro danced 4 times at the start followed by the main 64 count dance. Remember you need the 7th Heaven Radio Remix of the song for this dance.

The sheets for BOOMBOX and ONE NIGHT STAND are both now released and both come from the same partnership, Robbie McGowan Hickie and Karl-Harry Winson. Have been doing Boombox for a while and still love it but if you lean more towards country check out One Night Stand.

For me any dance that contains Applejacks is well worth a look and SHAKE RUMBLE AND QUAKE by Alison and Peter is no exception. The dance doesn’t look too hard and it sounds a good track on first listening to it.

Gary O’Reilly has teamed up with fellow Irish choreographer Helen O’Malley (who wrote the dance Black Coffee many moons ago) to come up with the  dance CRYBABY to the new single of the same name from Paloma Faith. I like the track and the dance seems to fit well so I may be teaching this one sooner or later. Helen seems to be making something of a come back on the line dance scene as she has also teamed up with Rob Fowler for the improver dance TEENAGE DREAMS with music by The Overtones. There’s been plenty of dances written to their music, GAMBLING MAN and THE BOMP to name just two.

2016 Dances Taught

11.12.16 LOVE ON THE WEEKEND (Gary O’Reilly) One of those tracks that may not grab you the first time you listen to it, but after dancing it a few times tonight, people seemed to agree that yes they were starting to enjoy dancing to it. Flows nicely and I like the hinge turn and rock sequence although the final 16 counts proved to be the  hardest for my lot. Hope this dance doesn’t get overlooked due to the Christmas and New Year break that many classes will be having now.

Love On The Weekend step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Lamtarra Rumba-Ribbon Of Highway-Tell The World to Christmas tracks, The Lone Ranger, Harden Up Princess, Jealousy, Sofia, Human After All, Say It Again, Love On The Weekend, Brand New Chick, Funky Love, Kiss The Sky, What  About Tonight, You Don’t Know Love, Grow Up, So Good, I Came To Love You, Blame It On My Heart, Where My Love Goes and Rated R.

04.12.16 No class due to fog.

29.11.16 HUMAN AFTER ALL (Ria Vos) This is the sort of the dance I used to cover at the end of the class just for those who wanted to stay and learn an extra one.  But I decided that it was asking a bit much to expect them to start learning a dance like this after a hard night of dancing. So I did it early, but not surprisingly it wasn’t for everyone. Those who like a bit more of a challenge enjoyed it but some not keen on the track. With the turns in the dance and the timing, higher intermediate is probably a fair description. Needed a more in depth teach so we lost a little general dancing time.

Human After All step sheet

29.11.2016 FUNKY LOVE (Maggie Gallagher) This was a dance I brought back from our weekend away at Coventry. A total contrast to Human After All, this one has simplish steps but its fast and furious with plenty of tags and restarts to remember, and is more of a mainstream dance. Not a long teach despite the 72 counts.

Funky Love step sheet

Also danced tonight: Just A Kiss, Gypsy Queen, Tough Love, Save The Day, Blame It On My Heart, Suite 16, Brand New Chick, Meteorite, I Came To Love You, So Good, Where My Love Goes, and Rated R.

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