Fools Gold Frolics

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Sunday evenings can often be dull. Many a time I have spent them pottering about at home preparing for the onslaught of dreariness which is fast moving towards me. (Monday Morning!!!)  I am aware of the dark mist that circles my head and slowly descends with the ticking clock as the evening progresses and I slowly but surely make my way towards the back to work blues. You know that no matter what you do, there is no escaping it. Try as you might you cant outrun it. You can sit back and wait to accept your fate, or you can go Line Dancing.

Line Dance Fusion hosts a teaching and social dancing class every Sunday night at The Beechwood Pub, Blackburn.

The Beechwood used to be a Working Mens Club but is now under new management and has become a Pub which is good news if you want to bring your partner for a drink as no membership is required. It is based in Little Harwood Blackburn and if you are coming by car the postcode is BB1 5JL.

Starting with the outside, on approach you will find the club under the arches of the railway bridge. There is a large car park and the entrance is around the back.

The pub is well attended by regulars from  the locality and hosts various events and activities every week from Karaoke to Pool and Darts Tournaments.

On entering the premises a warm welcome is certain, the decor may be a little tired but the friendly vibe is always present and the attentive staff serve a wide variety of drinks at competitive prices.

The Function room known as ‘the hangar’ due to its outwardly design has its own entrance from the car park or you can enter through the pub.  It houses a large dance floor, seating for 150 people and an ample stage area.

The Function room is available for hire for birthdays, weddings, christenings for details call Ged on 01254 54567

 

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For the last 6 months, I have run a beginners class from 6:30pm and Intermediates from 8:00pm. It is an opportunity to dance requests but also learn up to date chart dances. I like to call it our ‘Sunday Socials’.

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Every 3 months I organise a live music and Line Dancing Event and Sunday 15th June I  was lucky enough to book Fools Gold Country Duo to play. Here is a link to their website. http://foolsgold.webs.com/.

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The event started at 7:30pm, Debbie & Paul arrived at 6:30pm to set up their equipment. They were lovely people and very experienced and professional. They have a playlist on their site which is regularly updated and I informed them of dances which I knew our group could do so they could ensure we all danced all night.

They were up to date with current chart dances and threw in some golden oldies and catered for all tastes with country and pop.

Playlist (Fools Gold)

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Dream Lover, Inspiration, One Shot, Lamtarra Rumba, Just for grins (Billy be bad), Ever seen the rain, Little bit gypsy, Disappearing Tail Lights, Whiskeys gone, Silver Lining, Knee Deep, Mexifest, Fly High, Come as you are, Shoebox, Just a memory, Barn Dance, 1,2,3,4, Dance with me tonight, Same thing happened to me, Belle of Liverpool, Half Past nothing, Driven.

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They added extra dances and asked for requests and they gave a choice of a minimum of 2 or 3 dances that could be danced to some tracks.

My Playlist (DJSuziBeau)

Rhyme or Reason, Caballero, My new life, My first Love, Voulez vous danser, Walking the line, Throw away the key, Disconnected, Troublemaker, Timber, We forgot to dream, Dont say goodbye, Liquid Lunch, All I can say, Into the Arena, Tango de passion, Pot of Gold, Jump on a ride, Tempted, Raggle Taggle Gypsy O, Hit the road Jack, Funky Strut, Boat to Liverpool, Chill Factor, Charleston at the Ritz, Walk alone, Amame, Wow Tokyo, In my heart, Hey Brother, No mans land.

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For the third live set Paul welcomed Nigel Slater on stage to duo with him. Nigel is relatively new on the Line Dancing / Country Music scene. He is a talented singer and guitar player and kept the dancers on their toes throughout his set. Nigel is based in Preston Lancashire and can be contacted on 07974265835 for bookings.

A great night was had by all, here are some of the comments from our dancers.

“I absolutely loved Fools Gold they were brilliant!”

“they were good and good to look at. ”

“Great night my feet are burning still lol”

“Really good night x”

“I just want to thank Suzi Beau for organising such a fantastic night. Fool’s Gold were excellent and it was such a good turn out.”

“Yes was a fantastic night x”

“Yes was brill x”

The next Live Music Event will be on Sunday 21st September with talented guitar-man Andy Ash.

This is Andy’s second visit to “The Beechwood” for Line Dance Fusion. He wowed dancers with his incredible guitar solos which were the topic of conversation for days. Not only was he up to date with Line dancer charts but he had a varied set which included some great golden oldies to suit all dancers tastes.

Andy can can be contacted for bookings on http://www.andyashcountry.com/

Keep updated with our events calendar. http://www.freewebs.com/lonestardanceranch/apps/calendar/

 

You won’t catch me Line Dancing

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I am writing and dedicating this blog to my dad Peter Clough, who started me off on my journey with Line Dancing back in 2005. He was a great teacher and lots of fun until he was forced to retire from dance teaching when he was diagnosed with MS.

 

 -The Beginning-

How did this happen? I used to have what i considered ‘normal’ parents at least as far back as I can remember, however lately I have been rather disturbed to find them on a lazy Sunday morning dressed in night wear in the kitchen. This you may think describes just a normal lazy Sunday morning when you pop round for a visit with your parents what is so unusual about that? you may ask.

Normal? How wrong could you be! Because lately I find myself discovering them in situations I can honesty say I am not entirely comfortable with. Not eating breakfast, reading the paper or drinking tea, but actually I have honestly, no word of a lie caught them red handed, doing the ‘fandango’ and by fandango I do mean Line Dancing! The boot scooting, thigh slapping, heel digging kind of Line Dancing that you’ve heard does actually go on in underground clubs as part of the funny handshake, half mast trouser leg secret society club. and to top that off they are demonstrating or more accurately gyrating in pyjamas! in the kitchen! No cowboy boots and stetsons here, but slippers and winceyette nighties.

Oh the embarrassment! “Sit down mother!” I did rather despair, trying to formulate serious conversations whilst witnessing the slipper shuffle. And heaven forbid any sharp moves could lead to accidents in the pyjama department and I think that would leave me traumatized and possibly the prying neighbours too. “Father please sit down before ‘pop goes the weasel’ ”

This progressed for several weeks, and at one point I even caught myself singing along to the CD. When did that happen? I found it was actually becoming ‘the norm’.

Then unexpectedly out of the blue like a smack in the chops, what I was silently dreading but almost convincing myself  would never happen,  it finally came! The dreaded invitation to come Line Dancing. I mean, I wasn’t really thinking it would happen, at least not today. I wasn’t prepared, they just casually slipped it in over coffee. I was a bit taken aback. I nearly choked on my chocolate digestive. I found myself listening to my mother explaining that not only was my mother and father part of this cult full of gun slingers and denim but now my father was becoming a teacher and wanted me to “join the troops to make up the numbers” in his absolute beginners class.

“Say what now?” “are you serious? you won’t catch me Line Dancing” I remember was my horrified reply .

And yet, a few short days later I found myself, after dark donning new trainers (totally inappropriate I now know) my jeans and denim shirt ready to take my place in one of the rows halfheartedly, awaiting to accept my fate. I am past being able to walk out at this point. I am torn between the love and loyalty to my father and the dreaded 120 minutes that lay await for me. I was standing there in anticipation of taking one step forward and becoming a Line Dancer. I was after all early 30’s and cool, and this would definitely not be mentioned tomorrow at work!

Well I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. I bloody loved it!

“Roaring 20’s Boogie was the dance I remember from this first night. I have found a link to a demonstration of You Tube

 and the dance script http://www.learn2dance4fun.com/files/Line%20Dance%20-%201/Roaring%2020s%20Boogie.pdf. Now I can appreciate this dance as a great floor split to Miller Magic (music Swing the mood by Jive Bunny)

It was nothing how I imagined Line Dancing would be.  Lets face it the pyjama paso was hardly giving me the correct picture of this new found sport. Where were the lines of cowboys? in their boots and tight jeans? 😦

My first and most lasting memory of this first night was how enjoyable it was. Not only was I perspiring ( being great exercise) my calves were aching (due to lack of any form of previous exercise) I had found it to be such good fun.  My dad had brought in the cavalry, the back row, the experienced ladies in their sparkle dance shoes who glided across the floor with ease. They were all friendly and encouraging.

I remember leaving the club and I couldn’t help thinking 7 days was a long time until the next class!!!

My dad was due to take his teaching exams in 6 weeks time and his teacher ran two classes a week so I started attending there too. After a couple of sessions I started thinking maybe I could join in some of the medal tests.

Bottle it up and stroll along cha cha I remember trying to learn at the Saturday morning medal practice sessions.

By the time 6 weeks came around I was taking my Bronze and Silver. 6 weeks after that I was doing Gold and Gold Bars. I remember my mother teaching me ‘Commitment’ ‘Maybe I Could’ and ‘Into the Arena’ in the infamous kitchen. My mother makes me laugh with her tiny size 4 feet shuffling about in slippers. She was the dark horse, she knew all the moves!

Every spare minute I was practicing. I taught myself to read scripts and I even started using my kitchen as a make do dance studio. Shuffling from the cooker to the table etc!

I started dancing February 2005 and by October 2005 I was taking my teaching qualification with UKA (United Kingdom Alliance) and the rest as we can say is history!

I can happily report that now in 2014 I run Line Dance Fusion Blackburn  https://www.facebook.com/LINEDANCINGBLACKBURN. A friendly dance club predominantly at Beechwood Club in Blackburn and so called named as we fuse American Line Dancing with other dance styles like street, tango, waltz and we dance not only to traditional but new country and chart music. http://www.freewebs.com/lonestardanceranch/

Here are a couple of videos to demonstrate how Line Dancing has progressed in the short years I have been teaching.

We still dance some of the Golden Oldies like Into the Arena and we are having a Golden Oldies Night on 4th July. We also dance Traditional and New Country .

I am grateful to my father for introducing me to Line Dancing as without him, I wouldn’t have all the friends who are like family, my social networks online, our crazy classes, our Facebook group, our Live Artist nights and exciting futures in Line Dancing.

I would also like to thank my mother who not only taught me the dances but she is the one I go to for advice about anything. She is the fountain of knowledge, and is always willing to help in any way she can.

Kisses and Hugs xx