Every time we have an event at Line Dance Fusion I come away feeling a sense of pride and gratitude for the hours of fun and laughter which preceded. I couldn’t possibly begin to encompass the event in its entirety on a piece of paper but endeavour to capture and share a mere glimpse of the party atmosphere that we can share for time to come.
A few years ago I would never have imagined that I would be planning and organising successful Line dancing events. From small beginnings in 2005 following in my Fathers footsteps I took my Line Dancing teachers qualification with the United Kingdom Alliance for Professional Teachers of Dance (UKA) and I started a small class in Burnley.
Line dancing careers are often perceived as glamorous with choreography competitions, Crystal Boot Awards, Weekends Away, Workshops abroad and for me it’s no different. I love the excitement of seeing my choreography in the dance charts but it has developed from humble beginnings.
I started off in a church hall. I’m calling it a church hall but it was really a prefabricated building in the church grounds. It had that lovely musty odour when you walked over the threshold. To the left a kitchen adequately stocked with tea making facilities and to the right a couple of once new now terribly shabby washrooms, the kind that are so bad you think the toilet will actually fall through the floor if you sit on it the ground underneath being so rotten and damp. And you share your freezing cubicle which feels as though it’s practically outside due to lack of adequate heating with whatever 8 legged creature has decided to take solace on the creaky hinges wrapped in layers of intricate webbing.
Moving swiftly through the corridor sporting uneven flooring with centuries old cracking linoleum you arrive in a large room with windows down one side.
The shiny floor hard as concrete under foot yet smooth enough to enable an effortless glide across it. In one corner there remains a staining on the ceiling where the rain has seeped though over previous months and since deposited the remnants of last evenings downpour on the floor.
My equipment Numark DJ CD Decks and Mixing desk and speakers, a stack of folders containing a large cd collection and alongside this an A4 ring binder bursting with poly pockets stuffed with dance scripts and track listings.
My class eagerly learning the latest linedances and some classic golden oldies.
10 years on and I still have some of my original class members despite moving location to a different town.
My equipment now a 4 channel amp and an ipad. My venue is a great club with a welcoming atmosphere, bar, parking facilities and a large wooden floor which now hosts several classes a week and regular socials, live music choreographer and themed dress up events welcoming friends and members from many neighbouring clubs..
The latest event was a pre-Valentines, event with a dress up theme of vicars and tarts, red or hearts which took place on Sunday 8th February.
Our artist was Lainey West and for those who haven’t seen her, she is not only a great crowd entertainer but also a talented singer whose voice lends itself to a variety of music genres enabling her to be one of the most recommended Artists for Line Dance clubs and events. Laineys versitility meant she provided us with 2 long sets which kept the dancers entertained with tracks from their favourite dances new and old.
Being a club which teaches dances from the Linedancer top 10 and keeps up to date with popular song choices that the live artists are singing, it is important that the artist is ‘current’and Lainey West didn’t disappoint. Her choice of playlist gave me the confidence to kick back and relax into the evening.
She did a fabulous job and even converted many who are avid dancers and would rather dance to the CD. Everyone I spoke to said she was out and out the best artist that I had booked at the club and we have had some great performers.
Lainey was friendly and she even joined in with the evenings theme by dressing in a Burlesque outfit. Her playlist was as follows, although not necessarily in this order
Burlesque, Wagon wheel rock, Call me the breeze, Boat to Liverpool, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Ribbon of highway, Same thing happened to me, Corn dont grow, This is me, Silver lining, My first love, Woman trouble, Smokey places, My new life, Come as you are, Places, Gallway girl, Push for the stride, Runaway, Just a memory, Tempted, Dream lover, Bossa Nova, Shoebox, One shot, Half past nothin, Fly high, Fly like a bird, messed up in Memphis, Driven, Here comes my baby, Hit the road jack, Billy be bad, Come dance with me, Black coffee, Little bit gypsy and disappearing tail lights
Because International choreographer Alan Birchall was with us with his partner Jacqui Jax Lainey also sang Wave on Wave.
Lainey has 26 years experience singing in a variety of venues and is no stranger to adapting her vast set list to suit the needs of the club. Her playlist above is one that we agreed before hand so I could ensure the dancers could dance all night.
Lainey is no stranger to performing and she shone on stage. Not only did dancers comment how comfortable she was on stage and how good a singer she was but also she appeared to be enjoying it as much as her audience and this isn’t far from the truth as time rushed by and before we knew it her first 45 minute set had become an hour and 10 minutes oops!, but she didn’t mind, time flew because she has passion and enjoys what she does.
I have to say that prior to our event I had seen Lainey once before and enjoyed her sets so much I booked her the very next day.
I cant recommend her enough.She can be contacted on 0161-653-2674 for further information and bookings.
The set by myself was varied due to being based on requests and popular Linedancer Chart choices. Some of the dances included:
We only live once, Fireball, Eternal Secret, Hit the floor, Angel in Blue Jeans, Trashy Women, Into the arena, He’s Italiano, Caballero, Wonder Train, All i can say, Cecilia, Crank it Up, We Forgot to dream, Turn my world around, Pot of gold, Up, Down to the River, Diamonds & Dust, Marry that girl, New york 2 LA, Ring my Bells, Sultry, Superheroes, throw away the key, Timber, Yes,
Some floor splits were as follows:
Turn the beat around / Caught in the act
Say Geronimo/ T bone Shuffle
In my heart / Ribbon of highway
So wrapped up / Islands in the stream
Shades of passion / Waltz across Texas
All about the Bass / Black Coffee
Such a Fool / Blue Night Cha
Blurred Lines / County Line
Ritmo / Fireball / Stroll along cha cha
Charelston at the ritz /Cowboy charleston
Generally for social nights I choose a theme and being Valentines day it seemed fitting to be Red or Hearts but much more fun to be Vicars & Tarts.
Here are some of our dancers
Our members are great fun and there has developed a tradition at each event and this one was no different. The Beechwood boasts an infamous pole at its entrance. It is on this pole that we challenge visitors to our club to join us in doing their best and funniest pose. Here are some of our members who have joined the POLE of FAME!!
Lainey West was one of our new inductees to the Pole
And this time we even enticed Alan Birchall and Jacqui Jax
and here am I Suzi Beau
Our next event will be on 21st June 2015 where we will celebrate the summer with Richard Palmer. Everyone welcome.
We also have classes weekly
The Beechwood Blackburn BB1 5JL
Sunday 6:30pm Improvers 8:00pm Intermediates
Monday 6:30pm Absolute Beginners 8:00pm Intermediates
Wednesday 7:30pm Social Dancing & all levels teaching
Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre
Thursday 12:00 Absolute Beginners
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