2019 Dances Taught

21.05.19 HABIBI (Gary O’Reilly) An easy(ish) little 32 count dance with just one restart. Not sure everyone was keen on the music but I like the flow and tempo of the dance.

Habibi step sheet

Was asked to teach JUST A PHASE (Fred Whitehouse & Maddison Glover) quite some time ago but have only just found time to cover it. Some in the class had been doing it for a couple of months so this helped the others a bit when the music went on.

Just A Phase step sheet

Also danced tonight: Taking Chances, Hold Tight, Wandering Hearts, Jessie, Get It Right, Graffiti., Desert Wind, Texas Time, I Am Giant, My Angel and Me, Everything I Have, Sucker, We;ll Be Dancing, Sweet Sweet Smile, Mad Crazy Love, Candlelight, Lonely Blues, You and Me Together, She Ain’t Me, Love Is Loud, and I Guess.

14.05.19 LONELY BLUES (Rachael McEnaney- White)  I wanted something more upbeat after a few slower dances lately and I have’t done a country one for a while either. So this was ideal – my kind of country track too. A 64 count dance with  no tags or restarts, but a neat ending.

Lonely Blues step sheet

Also danced tonight:  Feel Alive, All I Am Is You, Second Hand Heart, Sweet Sweet Smile, I Am Giant, Forget Me Not, She Ain’t Me, Clueless, Taps, We’ll Be Dancing, Its Your Moves, Everything I Have, Love Is Loud, Mad Crazy Love, Crybaby, Its You and I, Keep It Simple, I Guess, Sucker, You & Me Together and Replay.

07.05.19 EVERYTHING I HAVE (Gary O’Reilly & Maggie Gallagher) Easy enough nightclub 2 step and not as fast as some we’ve covered recently. Two restarts and one simple tag. They like the track by Westlife and I think the dance itself was pretty well received.

Everything I Have step sheet

Also danced tonight: Groovy Love, All The Kings Horses, Taps, The Yellow and Green, Get It Right, Hourglass, She Ain’t Me, We’ll Be Dancing, You and Me Together, Clueless, Its You and I, Keep It Simple, Mad Crazy Love, I Am Giant, Hearts On Fire, Raining Glitter, Desert Wind, I Guess, My Angel And Me, Replay, Love Is Loud and Candlelight.

30.04.19 No new dance this week so we could recap the ones we’ve been doing just recently. If you think this makes for an easier night, think again! We got through 24 dances in total and I think it was still a pretty intensive workout.

23.04.19 SHE AIN’T ME (Maggie Gallagher) This was a bit harder to teach than I was expecting. In the main due to the combination of turns, the speed of the dance in places, and the fact that there’s not much beat to dance to on the opening wall. Not sure it was a hit with everyone but I think another week and people will be more comfortable with it. The two tags are easy enough.

She Ain’t Me step sheet

16.04.19 REPLAY (Daniel Whittaker) Great piece of music for this easy intermediate dance. Has enough in it to be interesting but a relatively easy teach.

Replay step sheet

Squeezed another new one in tonight and it was a bit of a squeeze as we ran a bit short of  time later in the night. The 2nd teach was I GUESS (Ria Vos). This is a higher intermediate dance and certainly took a bit longer.  I’d describe it more of a twisty dance than turny as the turns go one way and then the other. A nightclub two-step but by no means slow. One restart and a tag on walls 6 and 8 respectively.

I Guess step sheet

09.04.19 MAD CRAZY LOVE (Gary O’Reilly) A simple enough dance but with a rolling count and 4 slightly different tags . But the main issue seemed to be on wall 7 when the music fades to nothing and you keep dancing without a beat to guide you. Having watched the choreographer dance it on video it seems to go a little off beat for the last wall which feels a bit strange, certainly at first. But it seemed to be pretty well received.

Mad Crazy Love step sheet

02.04.19 ITS YOU AND ME (Maggie Gallagher) This was taught at Maggie’s weekend event in Southport last week. There’s no sheet out yet and I’ve been asked not to pass it on, but it should be released within the next couple of weeks or so. It’s a 64 count, 2 wall dance with 2 restarts and a brief short tag. there’s a couple of trickier sections but after dancing it a couple of times, the class picked it up fairly quickly.

26.03.19 Nothing new taught this week, we had a recap night. Great turnout, thanks everyone for your support including those who travel a long way (over an hour in some cases) to attend the class. Although there wasn’t a new dance, we still did a lot of dancing.

19.03.19 SUCKER (Julia Wetzel) This was a bit easier than some of the recent dances we’ve covered and like last week’s dance, Keep it Simple, the first half of the dance is easier than the latter half. Its not a smooth flowing dance, as the track has a slightly staccato feel but the steps fit the music very well. Not sure it was a massive hit with the class, but its easy enough to just get up and dance after a couple more weeks, without a lengthy recap.

Sucker step sheet

12.03.19 KEEP IT SIMPLE (Karl-Harry Winson & Dwight Meessen) There are two dances to this track – Maggie G also has a beginner dance but I went with this intermediate one. The first half of the dance is easier than the second but it couldn’t have been too difficult as it got a good response from the class.

Keep it Simple step sheet

Also did a quick teach of LOVE IS LOUD (Robbie McGowan Hickie) at the end of the class. Many had already learnt this elsewhere but a few still wanted to do it so by covering it at the end of the night, it allowed those who didn’t want to stay to have an early night.

05.03.19 YOU AND ME TOGETHER (Ria Vos) 64 count dance with two restarts and a 32 count tag. Might sound a little daunting at first but it was actually an easier teach than I expected. Both the dance and the tag fit the music perfectly and although it’s only March, this is my favourite teach of the year so far. The class seemed to appreciate it too.

You and Me Together step sheet

26.02.19 I AM GIANT (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris)  Have heard this track a lot on the radio and there’s at least one other dance out to it. This has three restarts but flows fairly well once you’ve got used to a couple of quirky bits in it. I’m really not sure how well it went down. Possibly not for everyone.

I Am Giant step sheet

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

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

05.02.19 CODIGO (Pat Stott) Dead simple three minute teach to a catchy song about tequila by George Strait. One easy restart.

Codigo step sheet

05.02.19 DESERT WIND (Kate Sala & Robbie McGowan Hickie) This was the main dance tonight and I think it went down quite well with most of the class. Three restarts on walls 1, 3 and 5 mean you never get to dance the whole 64 counts when facing the back wall. Sections 6 and 7 of the dance seemed to prove the hardest to get across.

Desert Wind step sheet

29.01.19 JESSIE (Rachel McEnaney-White & Simon Ward) A nice dance but not the easiest to get across on the first night. I have a feeling it probably won’t be a big hit at mine as several people said although they liked the track, they found it hard to get used to the turns in the dance. Its difficult to take out some of the turns without spoiling the dance.

Jessie step sheet

22.01.19 No Class

15.01.19 MY ANGEL AND ME (Karl-Harry Winson) There are several dances of different levels out to this track but this was ideal for my intermediate class. Nothing too tricky but enough to keep it interesting for everyone and with a decent tempo. It was a definitely a big hit.

My Angel And Me step sheet

08.01.19 HOURGLASS (Maggie Gallagher & Gary O’ Reilly) I think this may well be another hit dance for Maggie & Gary. A different opening 8 counts and then some more familiar sequences later in the dance adapted from Cry Baby and The Thing About You. I think everyone got the dance but getting comfortable with the restarts may take a bit longer!

Hourglass step sheet

For dances previously taught see Dances Taught 2018.

 

 

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