Lizzie Clarke RIP

Very sad to hear that Liz Clarke (often know as Mad Lizzie) passed away  on Friday 26 April 2019.

Liz was there from the beginning of the line dance boom and certainly made sure the business of teaching line dancing remained an enjoyable activity with the emphasis very much on having fun. I remember her well from many weekends at Skegness and Hemsby dressing up in various costumes, banging through the dances she was teaching at a fair old pace but always cracking a joke and ending her teach with a cheeky giggle or smile. Her relaxed jovial style also came over when she appeared on an episode of the BBC show Pointless.

She actively encouraged new choreographers in the line dance world. Although she choreographed dances herself, like Scotia Samba and Kelly’s Cannibals, she always kept a look out at for newcomers or unknowns and keenly supported their efforts by teaching their dances on her travels. When I choreographed a few dances many years ago, she taught several of mine and actively encouraged others to check them out, as well asking me to send her any new ones I wrote.

At my own class we enjoyed several of her own dances. Watch Me Shine to a lovely track by Paul Simon was very popular as was The Long And The Short Of It that she so-choregraphed with fellow Scot Pete Harkness to a Keith Urban song.

My thoughts go to her family and in particular her husband Roger, (they’d just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary the day before,) and her daughter Bev.¬† Liz will be sadly missed.

Posted on April 27th, 2019 by Speno  |  4 Comments »

New dances

Looking for a little improver dance to a nice country track, check this one out.

Across the County Line step sheet

Although personally I’m not a big fan of toe struts, this one does have some different footwork to many of the intermediate dances I’ve been doing recently.

Sucker step sheet

Want something a bit more testing? If you don’t mind a phrased dance with a split rhythm check out this intermediate/advanced one from Niels Poulsen.

Future Friends step sheet

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on New dances

Crystal Boot Awards – The Winners

Well done to all who picked up a Crystal Boot award last weekend. You can see the full list of winners here…

Crystal Boot Winners

 

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Crystal Boot Awards – The Winners

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and all the best for 2019 to everyone.

Next class at Canwick is Tuesday 8th January 2019.

 

Posted on December 30th, 2018 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Happy New Year

2018 Dances Taught

11.12.18 LOTS OF LOVE (Maggie Gallagher & Gary O’ Reilly) For me this was a similar style of dance to last week’s. But with it being the last class of 2018 and just before a 3 week break, I only wanted an easy one. Although with the tags and restarts it might not be as simple as it first looks. Seemed to go down fairly well and wasn’t a long teach.

Also danced tonight: Lamtarra Rumba (Christmas Coco Jamboo), Rumba Ride (Christmas Cookies), Ribbon Of Highway (Merry Christmas Everyone), Second Hand Heart, Forget Me Not, Taps, All the Kings Horses, Oh Me Oh My Oh, Waves Of Love, Those Were The Nights, I Close My Eyes, No Chering, Soldier, Feel Alive, Damn, Graffiti, All I Am Is You, It’s Your Moves, Sweet Sweet Smile, Get it Right, Clueless, Hearts On Fire, The Thing About You and Meet Me There.

04.12.18 OH ME OH MY OH (Rob Fowler) This is an upbeat, happy clappy type of song with a dance to match. Not normally the sort of thing I usually go for but its nearly Christmas and we needed something a little easier. Fairly straightforward with just the last 8 counts going into Michael Flatley terrirtory.

Oh Me Oh My Oh step sheet

Also danced tonight: Vanotek Cha, Commitment, Groovy Love, Superheroes, Texas Time, The Yellow & Green, No Chering, The Eurodance, All I Am Is You, Waves Of Love, Its Your Moves, The Thing About You, Graffiti, Clueless, Get It Right, Taps and Delicate.

For dances previously taught…..

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Posted on December 11th, 2018 by Speno  |  2 Comments »

Currently in the Top 20

15.10.18

Bethlehem Child is an interesting one.  A basic 28 count dance which gradually builds with a few extra steps every rotation. I’m sure when it takes 10 separate lines to describe the extended sequence, some will be put off from teaching it. But, I’ve also no doubt that it’ll probably be a lot easier to dance than it might first look. It’s choreographed by a triplet of Dutchmen. Just not sure whether I want to be dancing to this type of gospel track though.

OK so this next one has now slipped just outside the top 20 but still worth a further look. Classed as advanced or maybe just higher intermediate, I love the track which is from the same band that brought us Vanotek Cha. My kind of music but possibly not one for everyone. as the dance looks a bit nippy and just a little tricky in places.  I’m hoping this is one that Maggie G will teach at her Coventry weekend at the end of this month. 

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Posted on October 15th, 2018 by Speno  |  Comments Off on Currently in the Top 20

 

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