I have been TRYING to teach
myself Purple Rain from the sheet since I missed the teach at Windy
City. Rachael McEnaney was
on the floor Wed nite with a few dozen dancers enjoying/performing this
dance ..Sue (Arizona) was dancing along side her; I noticed & asked
do you think I can learn this one? "YES, you can!" Sue was
my counting guide on Saturday & so helpful in protecting my 'learning'
spot in that jam packed teach. Rachael is gifted & giving; her email
200 diehards showed up at 1 o'clock
for the first open dance on Wednesday (2008
schedule) at the Vegas Dance Explosion w/Doug & Jackie Miranda.
Come Saturday, the workshop rooms were capacity.
The first open dance floor filler? Catch the Rain ...followed by 123
Summertime, Rebel Amor, Cry to Me, Now or Never, Amame, Higher &
Higher, Crazy Foot Mambo, My New Life, Chill Factor, Am I, Cool Whip,
Turn Me Loose (Simon Ward), Amor De Hielo and Go Greased Lighting. PLUS
Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat social floor fillers: Bossy, Feel, Multiply,
Baby Believe (Peter & Alison), Tumbling Rush, Dreams, Mystery Cha,
Head Phones, Duck Soup, Oklahoma Wind, The Way You Look, Triple M, Purple
Rain, Have Fun Go Mad, Feel, Tango Cha, Feed the Fetish, Islands in
the Stream, It's Up to You, To Love Somebody, Peaches and Cream, My
Veronica, Bosa Nova, Rio, Rollin' with the Flow, Have I Told You Lately,
The Smell of Your Sweet Perfume, Mars Attack, Cheek to Cheek, Charanga,
Did You Ever, Faith in Love, Rainy Night, Fire on Ice, Suds in the Bucket,
Trust Me, Doors of Life, Firecracker, A Gigolo, Not Like That, So Glamorous.
By Thursday nite, Three near capacity
ballrooms just across the hall from each other were open til late. Grrowler
kept the beginner room going non stop til past midnight with constant
refresh and teaches of all the beginner dances taught at the event plus
classics: Come Dance With Me, Speak to the Sky, Horsin' Around, Smokey
Places ...even Waltz Across Texas in a circle. Email
him for most requested list or information.
Alison kept her floor full or not, playing ALL requests ...Guantanamera
(she knew it was Kim Ray's latest but explained she did not have the
exact file) (I bow down to instructors who carry flash drives!) USUALLY,
If a DJ does not have the file needed ...the request is ignored; no
conversation. Alison is a dancers dream DJ.
Louie's ballroom was perfect temperature, had plenty of seating and
a constant stream of smiling dancers coming and going, dancing and watching.
He played all the workshop dances, the oldie classics (Dizzy) and even
the brand new ones climbing the weekly
survey. (Louie played both & NOW has files for CA requested
dances: Love Worth Waiting For and Never Ending Love.)
I have never been to an event where
so many faces had first names attached! A HUGE family dance reunion.
SoCal diehards from Tom and Lou Ann's classes were here as were NoCal
dancers from as far North as Santa Rosa to as far South as Santa Cruz.
The San Francisco Bay Area social diehards from First Sunday, The Clock
Tower, BnB, Cactus Corners, CQS, & Country Hustlers plus Canada,
one France, TEXAS ...and students w/Grace (Hawaii) who writes solid
information in ALL her event reports.
Henderson, NV instructor (Sheri
Hurley) was with her students. She has classes for all the new local
beginners who got hooked at the Vegas Dance Explosion.
I have a LONG list of dances students have requested to be looked at
...Carol and I feel so honored to have shared this FUN time with you
MONDAY AfterNOON 1:30 $5Purple
Rain counting review. (Video) Carol & Peggy will join me in keeping Rachael's Vegas teach
in our memory. If You have learned the dance & want review counting
practice/floor time; join us.