2014 Dances Taught

16.09.14 911 (Karl-Harry Winson) This was a complete contrast to last week’s dance. A nightclub two-step to Keith Urban’s track “Cop Car”.  As usual this type of dance isn’t for everyone but most appeared to enjoy it. I think it flows quite well but you do need to practice it a few times to get completely comfortable with the timing, especially on the first wall before the beat kicks in. At 48 counts and 2 walls with just one easy restart it the dance isn’t too challenging. I know some weren’t over keen on the track though.


Also danced tonight:  Brand New Day, Inspiration, Side By Side, Fly High, In MY Heart, Ghost, Bailando Amor, Eternal Secret, Walking On Air, Celtic Heartbeat, Ball & Chain, Hit The Floor, Hit The Road Jack, Ain’t Wot U Do, Rather Be, Angel In Blue Jeans, The Pulse, and Fireball

09.09.14 AIN’T WOT U DO (Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris) Not a hit with everyone – I think several weren’t too keen on the music and only danced it the first time. It does have a great dance beat though for this 8&1 cha-cha.  Others told me they did like it while some were still making up their minds.  Although I thought the dance wasn’t too hard, it did take a bit of practice for everyone to perfect.


Also danced tonight: Poor Boy Shuffle, Jai Du Boogie, Ritmo, Coca Cola Shake, There You’ll Be, Electric Rhythm, Eternal Secret, All I Can Say, Bailando Amor, Masquerade, Ghost, Walk Alone, He’s Italiano, Angel In Blue Jeans, Rainmaker, Raggle Taggle Gypsy O, Fireball and Rather Be.

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On The Bookshelf (not line dance related)

For anyone interested, here’s a list of what I am or have been reading.

CURRENTLY READING – The Two Faces Of January – Patricia Highsmith


The Little Sister – Raymond Chandler

A Night On The Orient Express – Veronica Henry

Gold Coast – Elmore Leonard

Looking for Mr Goodbar – Judith Rossner

The Mist in the Mirror – Susan Hill

House of Meetings – Martin Amis

The Smoke Jumpers – Nicholas Evans

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – John le Carre

Destinations – Sheila O’Flanagan

To Sir With Love – E R Braithwaite

Comfort To The Enemy – Elmore Leonard

Up In Honey’s Room – Elmore Leonard

The Hot Kid – Elmore Leonard

Journey Into Fear – Eric Ambler

 The Other Side Of The Bridge – Mary Lawson

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On the radar

This is where you’ll find some of the dances I’m currently considering teaching or just like the look of.  There always seems to be many more dances coming out than I can ever hope to cover with just one class a week!

August 31st

ETERNAL SECRET – Could this be Bittersweet Memory 2 for Ria Vos, I think it could, although after dancing it, it reminds me more of Language Of The Heart. If you like Nightclub two steps, definitely worth checking out.


THEY CALL ME THE BREEZE – (Gaye Teather, Andrew & Sheila Palmer) Classic song that a lot of the live bands are likely to play on the circuit. Personally I prefer Lynyrd Skynrd’s more rocky version. A two step dance that’s a bit nippy in places.


MAKITA (Kate Sala & Robbie McGowan Hickie) – Another catchy country two step. Straight forward improver level dance.



July 16th

GHOST – Already heading up the dance chart for Nev and Julie.


HE’S ITALIANO - The music might carry this improver level dance from Wil Bos.


EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE – Nev and Julie’s nightclub two-step. Decent track.


SHOTGUN MAMBO – Kate Sala. Again catchy music, easy enough dance, not too fast.


SUCH A FOOL – Niels Poulsen. Beginner/easy improver tag-free dance to Jason Donovan’s reworking of the old Elvis classic


I GOT IT EASY – Rob Fowler’s easy intermediate waltz to a Michael Buble track.



They had 30 choreographers and over 50 workshops across this three day event!

Some of the dances taught….

Masquerade – music Eric Saade – choreographed by Karl-Harry Winson
Eurodance & Ramzi – Robbie McGowan Hickie
Daisy Chain & Red Hot Love – Christina Aguilera – Kate Sala
Midas Touch & Rise To The Top – Peter & Alison
Free My Soul – Garth Brooks – Rob Fowler
Doo Wacka Doo & Get My Name – Guyton Mundy
Almost Doesn’t Count & Enigma – Dee Musk
P-51 (Ricky Martin)  & Suicide Waltz -Niels Poulsen
Live The Life & This Is How We Roll  (Luke Bryan) & AK Freak – Rachael McEnaney
Big Night & Really! (Demi Lovato) – Craig Bennett
If I Don’t & Walking Through & Zee Zee – Ria Vos

New Dances

Maggie Gallagher has already released her intermediate dance to the current James Blunt single “Heart to Heart” – her dance is called EYE TO EYE and I think it will do well.  Personally I’m not a big fan of James Blunt’s music but I do like this track. See the step sheet here….


Maggie also has an advanced dance to Katy B’s CRYING FOR NO REASON and a beginner dance to the Overtones song “It Had To Be You”, plus another intermediate dance to Christina Perri’s new single Human. See the video of the song here. Be aware though that Neville & Julie have already released their own dance to this track.


Ria Vos has a couple of newies. HIT THE FLOOR to the Kique Santiago single “Hit The Ground” – you need the original FM Cut for the dance.  If you need any help with the music, drop me a line.  Have a listen here – http://youtu.be/UDhbbcss3EA  Great track if you like the more funky stuff.

She also has an easy intermediate dance to the new single by Ricky Martin featuring Jennifer Lopez & Wisin called ADRENALINA. Both dances are 64 counts.  Don’t forget to check out her country cha MOST OF ALL if you like your music a little softer.  This is already starting to head up the dance charts.

If you like to keep it country check out TRUE BELIEVERS new dance by Karl-Harry Winson, music by Darius Rucker.

Another dance being talked about is BRAVE choreographed by Richard Palmer, Laura Hilbert and Lorna Dennis. Richard has now added this to his playlist so if you are seeing him in the near future, it might be worth checking out the dance.