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Michele and I just want to thank all of the dancers that came to our event 'Boogie Til The Cows Come Home' and for their wonderful support. It is just that simple - THANK YOU ALL!!!!! -MB
Congrats to Michael Barr and Michele Burton ..San Francisco Bay Area's M&Ms on a very successful event they hosted in Coring, CA ...Boogie Til' The Cows Come Home ...
Many dancers from the East Bay, Marin, Country Quick Steppers and Michael Barr's classes were in Corning, CA at the 'Boogie Til The Cows Come Home' on Saturday ...we recognized & met them in the long line to check in at the downtown Corning Best Western! There were 30+ Bay Area dancers, at least 40 couple dancers, and the other 100 dancers ...were from the area and did not have to drive 3+ hours to be here at 1pm to Boogie at this event!
Michael Barr premiered his new beginner dance ...done to "That Don't impress Me Much" by Shania Twain ...He calls it WhatEver. Lucky for us he was able to teach on a stage ...the wooden dance floor was so crowded we would not have seen his boots!
Michele taught her new Bay Area hit ...her waltz ...I See It Now.
Together they taught their winning partner mixer dance ...Poor Boy Shuffle.
Everyone was seated at tables in the same air-conditioned hall; one lesson was given to all dancers with open dancin' before the next lesson; both line and partner pattern dances were taught; lasagna dinner was served quickly; and champion line dancers provided us with 30 minutes of entertainment while we digested. Everyone dressed for the big dance ...
Ms. Charlotte was here ...she turbo taught some us her new Voilą in the lobby so we could help her demo her dance ...she does the "sways" perfectly ...the rest of us need practice on our timing!
Mike & Beth Sliter were also here ...the whole hall was filled when his Cajun Girls & Gumbo was called.
The Hutchinsons were also here ...I got to see their winning dances ...You & Me and Wasn't That A Party.. (In case you are wondering which dance the Hutchinsons will be teaching at South Bay on Saturday ..."probably Carmel's You & Me" ....that's what Ernie said!)
Many smilin' faces were still on the dance floor for the "Happy Trails" at 11pm ...I had a perfect time ...with everything happenin' in the same room ...I didn't miss a dance ...and got to have conversations to catch up on everyone's news when the couples had their turn on the floor...and was thoroughly entertained watchin' the "bulls" perform when the partner pattern dance ...Bull Shift was taught! Line Dance Heaven ...it even exists when 20+ couples share your space!
It is too much fun to have this website ...I get the greatest email ...this week's was especially fun!
Terry is packing for a workshop weekend at Lake Cooroibah resort ... a 2 hour drive north of Brisbane ...near Noosa. He says it reminds him of Hawaii as there are a lot of sugar cane fields and pineapple farms that you drive by. He plans to teach Mike Sliter's Cajun Girls and Gumbo and Carmel Hutchinson's You & Me.
Zen Loy is a dancer from Sydney who takes lessons from Noel Brady & Michael Vera-Lobos. I met him and his wife Soo at the Newcastle Festival ...he has been reading my chat about the Strictly Linedance dancers and sends regards to Noel and Michael and says Kerry (of Kerry's Waltz) is doin' a fine job teaching their Wednesday class in their absence.
MB wrote to say ...we were exposed to people who look just like us, use many of the same words and have a love for line dancing. The one big difference is what Aussies think beginner dances are vs what we think they are:>) Noel Brady first taught us a 32 count beginner dance called, Beat the Drum. This was a major challenge for the beginner class.
Vera-Lobos proceeded to teach the intermediate class his
Into the Arena. This dance gave us all a challenge but we
got a handle on it. The 64 counts tests your memory a bit
Joann and Lew
Griffin Torrance, CA wrote ...we do appreciate the
efforts of all of the choreographers and instructors.
The article on your Web page regarding "every dance is a memory" was great. We too share these very pleasant experiences - learning a dance at Pismo standing next to a very good dancer who turned out to be Evelyn Khinoo.
Seeing Michael for the first time when he taught "Backroads" to over fifty dancers in a room that was made for about twenty - what togetherness.
Green teach while wearing bedroom slippers ...and trying
to learn "Shipwrecked" from Hedy who made it
look so easy while we were "sinking". We could
go on and on and the memories would keep on flowing.
teachin' at the Riverside Festival this past weekend and
he wrote ...We have a new dance. Yes, "WE"
Simon from down under, Jackie from Riverside, and ME.
It's call "OPEN ARMS"by Collin Rayne super
song, a waltz.
...Hope everything is going well with you and you are
still dancing up a storm.
wrote ...it looks like I will be attending the Silver
State Festival ...my first visit to Reno.
The intermediate dancers were in line dance heaven after Evelyn Khinoo finished the teach for Ian St Leon's Tamworth dance...Unbelievable! It is a 4 wall, 64 count intermediate/advanced dance done to "Unbelievable" by Diamond Rio.
Remember when the Aussie's came 2 years ago and Australian instructor Rozanne Wild taught us Fat Sally Lee (Arthur Smith) in Charlotte's class ...if you liked Fat Sally Lee; you will love Unbelievable! It is no faster than the turbo MMM-Bop (Kelly Kaylin). If you don't get winded doin' Back Seat Boogie (Noel Castle), did I forget to say Ian's dance is fast? GH you were so right!
It has been a very long time since I have heard so many positive chat remarks from dancers after learning a brand new dance ...no whines, just smiles and isn't that dance awesome! Now we see why the Sydney dancers love it ...it flows so well you don't even have to think "what comes next?" I can't wait to learn the lyrics! We will be doin' it at the Y Friday; It will be on the request list.
Bruce Bowman & Evelyn Khinoo's class
Noel Brady & Michael Vera-Lobos, two of Australia's most popular choreographers/instructors taught 3 dances at the Lucy Stern Center in Palo Alto Tuesday night. Michael taught his Into The Arena and Kerry's Waltz. Noel taught his Hysteria. You can find these step sheets on Michael Vera-Lobos and Noel Bradey's Strictly Linedance Website.
I had the chance to talk with the group of dancers (30 years +) on tour with them. Most are from Sydney and take classes from Noel and Michael. Some were team competition dancers who competed and won at the '98 Newcastle Festival. They described their fancy black and white striped 'costumes'; I remembered.
Of course I asked favorite dance right now?...Unbelievable (Ian St Leon) and all 13 of them demo'd it for us! These Sydney dancers truly are precison, advanced linedancers who enjoy fast, intermediate/advanced dances. I hated to be the one to burst their bubble, but I had to tell them the only class I have ever seen that they would be challenged in ...Terry Hogan's Monday night. We USA line dancers just aren't on the same level, but we be in the same age groups!
They danced Hey Bruce with us, tried to pick up That's My Hat from the dance floor, recognized Alligator Shoes as Terry Hogan's dance, and most were 'over' dancin' Titanic. Simon Ward choreographed the dance May '98, they learned it in June ...I learned it in July and Evelyn Khinoo taught it to us in the Bay Area in August. Simon taught it again to us in October ...I'm not 'over' it just yet!
I was flabbergasted to know that they really do think Terry Hogan writes "easy" dances!! ...and we always thought Terry was kiddin' when he started his teach to us with ..."this is a relatively easy little dance from Down-Under."
Congrats to Michael Barr and Michele Burton ..San Francisco Bay Area's M&Ms back from the mid-west. Two snow storms in 5 days. THEY LOVE CALIFORNIA!!!!!
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