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.

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Crystal Boots Awards

To find out who won what at the 2017 Linedancer Crystal Boot Awards click here.

2017 winners

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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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Guyton Mundy

So I hear Guton Mundy is leaving the line dance scene.  Who?  I might hear some of you ask.  Well Guyton is a well established Florida based choreographer who has been on the international line dance circuit for over a dozen years.  He may not be well known to many mainstream line dancers or those who prefer dancing to country music, but he is much appreciated by those who lean to the more funky side of line dancing.  His own website and club is even known as Funk-N-Line.  I’ve fond memories of seeing Big Dave Gas Tap dancing in his own particular crazy style to Guyton’s dance LOSE IT – an Eminem song.  At Newline events many of his dances fill the floor.

His hip-hop style moves don’t always transfer over to the line dances that top the mainstream charts but you may well have come across one of his dances without even knowing it (especially if you enjoy the more solid intermediate or advanced dances).  For example he had a hand in the recent hit dance, Ain’t Misbehavin.  Although a few years old now, I also taught his phrased dance ROOMBA choreographed to a Pitbull track “I Know You Want Me” that was improver /low intermediate level.  I taught another dance of his, YOU’RE AMAZING to a great Bruno Mars track of the same name.

I’m not sure why he’s leaving the line dance scene but guess he’s looking for a new challenge elsewhere.  He’s still going to fulfil his line dace bookings through to October 2017 so if you want to catch him in the UK, there’s still a chance.  He’s at Newcastle in September and coming to Stoke on Trent a couple of times after that.

Its always a little sad when an established name decides to call it a day. I just hope it doesn’t start a trend and other big names in the choreography world decide to follow suit.

 

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New dances

Nice summery sounding new one here from Ria Vos here called Brand New Chick. Just need the weather to improve and recognise that is actually Summertime!

This Simon Ward dance – Harden Up Princess has been top of the dance download charts for some time. Was always surprised we didn’t have a line dance to this One Direction track when it first came out as a single. The dance looks little a different too.

Hearing some good reports about this Kim Ray dance Over and Over.  Unfortunately in this region we still do another dance (Heaven Sent) from a few years back to this piece of music so unlikely to be teaching this one.

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2016 Linedancer Magazine 20th Crystal Boot Awards – all the winners here…..

Award Winner
Dedicated Dance Artist  RICHARD PALMER
Dedicated Dance DJ  BIG DAVE BAYCROFT
Female Dance Personality  JO THOMPSON SZYMANSKI
Male Dance Personality  KARL HARRY WINSON
UK Instructor  RACHEAL McENANEY-WHITE
International Instructor  RIA VOS
UK Choreographer  RACHEAL McENANEY-WHITE
International Choreographer  NIELS POULSEN
Absolute Beginner Dance  CLAIRE & STEVE RUTTER – Lipstick Powder & Paint
Beginner Dance  NIELS POULSEN – Ticket To The Blues
Improver Dance  KIM RAY – The Bomp
Intermediate Dance  ROB FOWLER – Uptown Funk
Advanced Dance  ROB FOWLER – Shades Of Passion
Dancers’ Choice  WALT CHOU
Dance Of The Decade  SIMON WARD – Beautiful in My Names
Linedancer Star Award  JEAN CARR
Hall Of Fame  NICOLA LAFFERTY
Dance Of The Year  ROB FOWLER – Uptown Funk
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