New Line Dance Choreography
Desert Sands '98 are:
1st place Noel Castel with
2nd place Buffalo
Girls with "Brown
3rd place Hutch (Ernie) Hutchinson with
4th place Mike Sliter with "Roll of the
5th place Charlotte
Line Dancers were in Heaven this
weekend...dozens of Californians were at the 5th
annual Desert Sands Dance Festival in Las Vegas,
NV. Event Director, Billy Ray greeted all 1500 of
us with "We are glad you are here!!"
This event welcomed both couple and
line dancers from coast to coast, and 150+ from
the UK and Canada. The DJ's for this event, Neil
Hale from the San Francisco Bay Area, and Ambrose
Donohue from London, England were splitting the
floor with the hottest, newest dances from both
sides of the "pond".
There were many dancers who came
dressed in "alike" t-shirts to identify
their "dance group."
...The Chicago dancers were doin' Got
To Be Funky (Dawn Beecham) when I first entered
the main ballroom dance floor Friday
morning....but not to the real song....I just
recognized the curly cue 'c's" their hips
were making...and I couldn't resist joinin' in on
this fun dance!
...the coolest new dance for me to
watch...Michael Barr doin' Back Seat Boogie (Noel
Castle, CA)...done to "Back Seat
Boogie" by Dave Sheriff.
...The Florida ladies were doin'
Rockin' Renegade (Jennifer Howe Toolan) a 2 wall,
48 count hip hop style dance ...a first place
winner at last year's Orlando Orange Blossom
Special...I couldn't pick it up, Evelyn Khinoo
did...I asked Jennifer to send me the step sheet!
...The UK dancers were having too much
fun dancin' Red Hot Salsa...Jill Thompson
(London) taught this easy beginner dance as an
"add on" workshop Saturday afternoon
...and Jill also taught her dance, Soldier's Joy.
...the Max Perry workshops included
Alane (Helen O'Malley) and Switchblade USA (John
Robinson and his own East & West.
...the newest dances that filled the
floor in common with all the countries were:
13MWZ (Uno, Dos, Tres) (Sherry McClure), Coastin'
(Ray & Tina Yeoman), Crazy (Cindy Truelove),
Dizzy & Hardwood Stomp (Jo Thompson), OeeOeeo
& Swamp Thang (Max Perry), Black Coffee
(Helen O'Malley), Cannibal Stomp (Lisa Firth),
Jambalaya (Ian St.Leon), Peace Train (Julie
Molkner), Ribbon Of Highway, Running Bear &
Hot Tamales (Neil Hale, Ooh! Aah! & Chevy
(Sal Gonzalez), Razor Sharp (Stephen Sunter),
Pencil Thin Mustache & Looking Glass
(Charlotte Skeeters), Silk & Satin &
That's My Hat (Evelyn Khinoo), Fly Like A Bird,
Shipwrecked & Brown-eyed Girl (Hedy McAdams),
Dangerous (John Robinson), Hey Bruce &
All-Right-A (Michael Barr), Senoria Sway &
Madly Off In All Directions (Michele Perron),
Alligator Shoes (Terry Hogan) T-Bone Shuffle
(Peter Metelnick), and of course, Titanic (Simon
Ward) and Southern Streamline (Mack Apaapas) and
Cuban Heels (Terry Hogan)....