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.

 

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.

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

RIP

Black (Colin Vearncombe) 26.01.16 aged 53

Glenn Frey (ex Eagles) 18.01.16 aged 67

David Bowie 11.01.16 aged 69

Ed Stewart 09.01.16 aged 74

 

Back to the (obscure) 80’s (not line dance related)

Hard to believe this one is getting on for 30 years old already!  One of ABC lesser known hits from their Alphabet City album in 1987 – made No1 in France but only reached 31 in the UK.

Kon Kan were a Canadian duo who rather liked sampling earlier hits from the 70’s including Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden. This was their only UK top 40 hit and it reached No 5 in 1988.

And finally, following the unfortunate early death of David Bowie, here’s a track he recorded with The Pat Metheny Group for the film The Falcon & The Snowman. It made no 14 in the UK in 1985.