LATEST NEWS

Just come to light, another two lovely "Same Thing" demos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVooOoYju6c  

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGrfMYQ1dx0&t=1s

Many, many thanks to the ladies from KLSDA in Korea!

 

If you haven't heard this great new fun country song by Tami Neilson, do check it out here : Ten Tonne Truck

There's an easy-peasy dance to go with it too : click HERE.

                

 

A couple more dances to add to our repertoire! Two lovely tunes, each very different in flavour and feel :

First of all a beginner level gentle cha called LISTEN TO ME danced to a lovely new song by a new American artist called Dori Freeman, "All I ever wanted".

 

Then there's an easy, but quite bouncy, polka style dance to a great fun song called "Heart of Dixie" from Jett Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Sr. DIXIE HEART is 32 counts with one easy restart ... demo video coming soon!

 

ROUND THE ROOM is danced to an old Merle Haggard song, but can also be danced to many more tunes too!

   

Script HERE Beginner level, country music, easy and fun!

 

JAMESON WALTZ is a new beginner waltz to a lovely new song by Kayla Ray, oozing with guitar and pedal steel, ideal for country music fans!  We are so lucky to have a beautiful demo from the lovely Grace David and dancers.  And just appeared is another lovely demo, from Vivienne Cai & dancers in New Zealand.

Big thank you to Kayla for beautiful music, and for being so encouraging about the dance! 


We also did our own GLD class video at a recent Gentle Line Dance workshop.  The slower alternative music we chose for the Jameson Waltz was "Why Me Lord" sung by Loretta Lynn, the original version having been written and sung by Kris Kristofferson. 

So here we are now with our demo to "Why Me Lord".

 

 "SAME THING" is an easy 32 count dance to a couple of great tunes :  John Prine's "Same Thing Happened To Me", and "Never on a Sunday" by Connie Francis.

  

Many thanks to Linedance Dallas for a lovely DEMO.

And now we have another lovely Same Thing demo too : 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVooOoYju6c  

Many thanks to the ladies from KLSDA in Korea : nice one!

 

"THE GARDEN OF LOVE" is a beginner waltz to a beautiful song called "Forbidden" by singer/songwriter Tia McGraff. Many members of the class are fans of Tia and her husband Tommy Parham, and have seen them perform several times.

  https://www.tiamcgraff.com/

Hope the dance will bring their music to the ears of many more people around the world.  

 

PLEASE NOTE : TRANSLATIONS OF JAN'S DANCES INTO FRENCH CAN BE FOUND HERE :   

 

More dance news : "ONCE MORE" is an easy little 32 count dance to the good old song by the Desert Rose Band ... you can even dance it with a partner in sweetheart position! Happy to report that the dance was selected for inclusion in the BWDA magazine for August. Click HERE for our class demo video.

 

Just a little video souvenir of our recent extended session : dancing "Love Blues" to a great Joni Harms track from quite a few years ago "Let's put the Western back in the Country" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB4MGexaKfU : many thanks to all the brave video stars!

Another new dance for beginners is danced to a lovely new song from Joni Harms, from her latest CD "Lucky 13"

    The dance is called GENTLE EYES  and a demo video has already appeared! Thank you so much to Hilda Foo from New Zealand. And now we also have a little class video :  https://youtu.be/H38ADz_XmFE


LUNCH OUTING 20th NOVEMBER 2018 : twenty-two of us went along after the class to The Lodge in Dudley for a lovely two course lunch, not specially for Jane's birthday, but the dates happened to coincide, which was nice!

      

More photos can be found in Gallery 2 ... see menu at side.

NEW DANCE :  DOGGONE COWBOY goes with a great song from Clint Bradley, all about a cowboy's life on the trail ... very Western feel to the music, bouncy little dance! Thanks again to the brave GLD members who took part in the practice/demo :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_JSHWIcMWE

ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE : a new dance from Jan, recently published in the BWDA magazine, goes to a great song by Mike & the Mechanics, plus many other tunes too. Many thanks to the little group of workshoppers who stayed behind to help out with the demo video!

A big thank you to Pete Boddis & his Jazziatrics for their visit to GLD back in October. Click on the link to see us dancing to the Jazziatrics' version of Rose of San Antone!  https://youtu.be/zK6d2KU369o

 

During their recent visit to the UK from the Philippines, Wilf and Myrna Hawkes came to class several times and did some videoing of some of the dances. Click the link to see us dancing "Until the Dawn" to Penny Arcade. Thank you for joining us at the class, great to see you again! 

On Tuesday 31st July we had a fairly impromptu reunion get-together with a pot-luck buffet lunch after the class, followed by entertainment by the very talented Joe James Thomas and his sister Holly.

                                                                                                                                         

We are so lucky to have them as friends and neighbours to our venue!  Joe put on a brilliant show performing on ukulele-banjo for some George Formby songs, then on guitar for some Elvis and Johnny Cash and accompanying his sister for some Connie Francis, then we were treated to the latest addition to his repertoire, some great boogie-woogie piano in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino : everybody loved them and we just didn't want the show to end!  Huge thanks to Joe, Holly and his mum Emma for bringing them along. Click HERE for a souvenir video.

After our outing to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Grand Theatre some of the songs gave us ideas for dances we could do in class!  For example this one, danced to Hot Stuff : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nsJCsra0Uk

The dances seem to be coming thick and fast now!  Here is the latest, danced to a great country song from a fantastic UK country artist, AGS CONNOLLY : COME BACK TO ME

  Class demo HERE!

 

LOVE BLUES is an easy little 4 wall two-steppy style dance which can be danced to lots of tunes, but choreographed to "L-O-V-E" by the Glee Cast, or faster to Dwight Yoakam's "Home of the Blues".  We have done a demo in class, dancing to the Dwight Yoakam song, and now another demo has appeared, this time from Daisy and dancers!

B.B.Boogie is an easy little dance to a good old country style song "Badly Bent" by J.P.Harris & The Tough Choices, and here we are having a little practice for the cameras!   https://youtu.be/ZqnqDMe1mcY

At last we finally got round to videoing dance demos of Chains Of Love : one to the Bryan Ferry song "Let's Stick Together"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih7UC2HTx90&t=10s

... and the other (involving restarts) to "Chains" by the Cookies : https://youtu.be/BCmsWVukCjs 

 

       

Happy to report that our "Sunshine Charleston" from a couple of years ago has recently made a re-appearance! Didn't we have fun with those Eric & Ernie skips!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d17010ld84

Jan's dance is to a great country song from the 90's, "That's My Baby", by the lovely Lari White who passed away just recently, aged only 52.  You can also do the dance to a good old pop song from the 70's by The Three Degrees, "Take Good Care Of Yourself".

SHERRY BABY is a new little dance, best done in "contra line" for maximum fun!  Click HERE to see us premiering the dance at our end of term Christmas session!

WONDERLAND  is an easy little dance for Christmas and beyond, can be used for lots of different tunes, but for the festive season it goes well with "Winter Wonderland" by Lacy J Dalton. A current pop track "Lay Down for Free" by Lindsey Buckingham & Christine Mcvie is a good alternative, and many more tunes of a similar tempo. Our demo video can be seen HERE , and Linda Kong and dancers have just done a christmassy demo video too :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BZNTp2-5hE

 

GLD 10th ANNIVERSARY :  21st November 2017 went off beautifully with 30 members attending!  Thank you all for your wonderful support, and for the lovely flowers!

  

Hard to believe that GLD has been going since 2007, starting with a little class of about a dozen people, put on mainly as a fundraiser for the Grapevine Drop-In Centre where Jan was a volunteer. At that time Jan was still teaching her mainstream line dance classes too, which she had done for a living for many years, but breast cancer and two hip operations had made it difficult to continue working at the same level, so Gentle Line Dance was the ideal alternative to focus on.  The class grew and grew into what it is today : a happy dance family of about 30 ladies and gentlemen, all enjoying the friendship, the challenge and the fun which is part and parcel of our very special brand of line dancing.

NEW DANCE : GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL AGAIN 

Danced to singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie's big hit from way back, this one is easy, fun and very sing-along! Thanks to Pony Chen and her dancers we now also have a great demo video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oS63IiErxU

 

SOONER OR LATER - E Z

This is an easy 64 count dance to a lovely swing-style song from Hannah Johnson's new album "Shaken". Demo video coming soon!  Our class demo video is now online too : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPL3THa2SY8

 

THE ARKANSAS WALTZ is a 48 count improver dance choreographed to the fabulous Glen Campbell song "Arkansas Farmboy" on his final CD "Adios".      

If you like a fast waltz, you might like to try this one. You can check out the demo video HERE.

And we now have a lovely demo video from Linda Kong and her dancers : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-xnUFaRS9A

 

BLESS MY SOUL is a new dance which happily fits to lots of songs! Our particular choices are currently "Your Tattoo" by Sammy Kershaw and "In My World" by Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie.  A good slower track to learn the dance to is "Spinning Wheels" by local legend Pete Boddis.

There's even a little demo video :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDW9wyv_WpI

 

 CHARITY SHOW @ BLOXWICH LIBRARY THEATRE

Thank you for supporting this event which raised £300 for the hospice! Many, many thanks to The Freewheelin' Band and Gabriela for the generous gift of their time and many talents, and many thanks to Bruno at the Bookmark Theatre for all his help behind the scenes, and of course his amazing expertise in sound and lighting.

 

"BACK TO YOU" is new from Jan and goes with the great Ward Thomas song "Boomerang" - check it out HERE

"BABY BOOM" now has a demo video : well done and a big thank you to all the Gentle Line Dance folk who took part.

 

"FROM ME TO YOU" is a new beginner/improver dance to a Beatles song from way back in 1963 - check out the music and script HERE

            

NEW DANCES : BABY BOOM  danced to an old Bellamy Brothers song with a political flavour which now seems quite relevant; and MAKE ME A BELIEVER danced to a disco  track "Testify" by Hifi Sean & Crystal Waters, or several other alternatives if you don't like pop!

Have You Ever Been Lonely is danced to Rose-Marie's version of the old standard originally recorded by Patsy Cline.  Click on the link to see a lovely demo of the dance by Pony Chen and dancers, and check out the script HERE.

CANDLE-HOLDER WALTZ  48 counts and danced  to Dolly Parton's Old Flames (can't hold a candle to you).  Check out the script and music video HERE.  It also fits to several other faster waltzes ... you choose!

BOBBY'S GIRL : Choreographed back in 2005 and recently made a come-back!

Click on the links to the DANCE and SCRIPT and now also a big "Thank You" to Pony Chen & her dancers from Taiwan for their latest video, brilliant as always : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNj2XlPY17o

                                                                                                                               

"Turned out nice again!"  A special treat for us all, a sort of Jan's pre-big-birthday event : brilliant entertainment after the class by  GABRIELA the UKULELE LADY with her unique blend of music, stories, fun & laughter!

 

MORE NEWS : Jan has choreographed several dances to the lovely music of Belfast singer/songwriter Bap Kennedy, the latest one being UNDER MY WING to a pretty little cha-cha by the same name. Bap was sadly diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, and tragically we heard recently that he passed away on 1st November.  It was his wish that friends, family and fans continue to go out there and spread the beautiful message of his music, so if you aren't familiar with his name please click on the link and check out  BAP KENNEDY.

YOU ARE LOVE has a two-step feel and is danced to another lovely song by David Starr, "You Will Come To Know".

Dance : http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/you-are-love-ID108544.aspx

Click and watch David Starr's great new music video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffsuqIig-Zo

FEEL ALIVE AGAIN is another new dance to yet another great David Starr track.  Why not check out the script and music :  http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/feel-alive-again-ID112350.aspx          

THAT OLD FASHIONED SWING :  a bouncy little fun dance to a great swing rhythm!  Click and check the details HERE.

 THE BEAUTY OF YOU : another waltz to another lovely Bap Kennedy song, dedicated to his wife.

Song :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta0Q7888wwc 

Dance :  http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/the-beauty-of-you-ID111615.aspx

 

MAYBE I WILL WALTZ  another little waltz to go with a lovely gentle song by Bap Kennedy featuring the legends Mark Knopfler and Jerry Douglas.

Of course, many other waltz tunes can be used too ... so many to choose from! 

Check out the script HERE  And the class video HERE   

NO WAY, NO WAY goes with the new single from Gilbert O'Sullivan which is getting lots of air play at the moment! Another big thank you to Line Dance Dallas for doing a fabulous demo! Click on the link to watch :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTqnUvC2mgw

Check out the script here :  http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/no-way-no-way-ID109247.aspx

COVER-UP  is a slowish cha-cha choreographed to two good old country songs : "Cover You in Kisses" by John Michael Montgomery and "Tequila Sunrise" by Alan Jackson from the tribute to the Eagles album.  Line Dance Dallas have already done a beautiful demo of the dance on Youtube ... check it out here :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyV7mTVq4fI

And now another lovely Cover-Up demo has come to light :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZRj2zB5QzI

 

LITTLE EVANGELINA is Jan's latest dance to good old country music, "Evangelina" by Hoyt Axton.

Song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t43JCQbqOVI

Dance : http://linedancerweb.com/ScriptPDFs/5/00053805.pdf

 

AIN'T GOING NOWHERE goes to an old country-flavoured song from The Byrds, plus many other songs too :

Song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2JnDKvuNzw

Dance : http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/aint-going-nowhere-ID108061.aspx

 

STARRY CHA is a gentle cha-cha to a lovely country track by David Starr from Cedaredge, Colorado. Thanks once again to Jenny and the dancers from Line Dance Dallas for a fabulous demo:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHIsv6tXL3o


STOP DREAMING is Jan's latest waltz and Jenny and the girls from Line Dance Dallas have produced a fabulous demo video!  If you like waltzes to lovely country music check it out here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=hIOtMltTFU0

And now two more lovely demos have appeared online too :            

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuXDJlfRXe     and 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK1F1NFRZK0

Huge thanks to all instructors & dancers concerned : you are all true STARS !!!
                           

NEVER SPOKE SPANISH is another new dance from Jan which has just been demo-ed by Line Dance Dallas and is already clocking up views : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJMiTQywg8w 

Jenny has chosen to use one of the alternative tracks, a classic song from George Strait.

The dance title track by a band from Colorado called The Rifters is easily available now from Amazon : http://www.amazon.co.uk/She-Never-Spoke-Spanish-Me/dp/B005XJOM16

Click on this link to listen to the lovely title song by The Rifters

"She Never Spoke Spanish To Me" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2&v=Kz5ihbYpHjQ


GLD DANCERS ON YOUTUBE AGAIN ...

 4/8/15 : OUR DANCE TRIBUTE TO THE LATE CILLA BLACK : 

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1D9_hGLU4A

This same dance can be done to many other songs, including "Always Have, Always Will" by Ace of Base.  Follow this next link to see a demo by Line Dance Dallas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofs0FC_fVVE

Check out the script here :  http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/always-something-ID105982.aspx

 

21/7/15 :  RIBBON OF HIGHWAY to the BLACKPOOL BELLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAh0KFJcZN8 

 

 14/7/15 : BLACK COUNTRY DAY SINGING & DANCING!

 https://www.youtube.om/watch?v=nzca1QQ_ii4

 Thanks also to Malcolm doing some secret videoing in the class we have more footage of you all here practising a few of your dances! 

Sugar Moon :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65EevETKz24

Haunted Heart :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1q2xC-yH4k

Smoky Places : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pVf_19JqC4

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SEX BOMB : Jan's dance from way back still going strong :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTitW9WC1wA 

And https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz_z6ZCAuAc

Many thanks to Jane Ng and class members for the videos.

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WEAK AT THE KNEES goes to several songs, including a lovely new Mavericks track "Summertime when I'm with You". Why not have a look and listen here to the dance to the KD Lang song "Waltz me once again round the dance floor" here : 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlFZrqHdWKE&t=20

 See the script here :

http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/weak-at-the-knees-ID102854.aspx 

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 RODEO STAR WALTZ

This is a gentle little waltz, choreographed to an old Don Williams song  : She's In Love With A Rodeo Man.  See the script here : http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/rodeo-star-waltz-ID99649.aspx

Many thanks to Jenny and her class at Line Dance Dallas for a lovely demo video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuK5tyV5M9o

More demo videos of this dance have also just come to light :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ManeIjZ58g   and also this one

http://www.yourepeat.com/watch/?v=SPq0KFA0XRU 

Thank you to all the instructors for taking the time and trouble to teach and video my dances, and thanks to the lovely dancers of course! It is greatly appreciated.

SUGAR MOON

This one appeared recently in the BWDA magazine.

A lovely old Bob Wills song, given the kd Lang treatment.

Why not check out the script :  http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/sugar-moon-ID99424.aspx

And our video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lTw85LQzzI 

Thanks to all who took part : couldn't have done it without you!

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   Our class takes place in the Black Country and we are proud to be there, so when Black Country Day comes around we get out our special flags and have a bit of a celebration!

  Smoky Places was an absolute MUST for Black Country Day!                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRp5m-9p4UA

  Daddy's Boy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTMojA8NeME#t=12

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NEW DANCES :

Jan's dance "LITTLE DARLIN" is now online :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPhkkzjbO3g 

Click HERE for the script and music.

It is one of those dances which will fit many songs, but was choreographed to that good old country blast-from -the-past : "Who did you call darlin' to last night" by Heather Myles.

Some of you may remember when we booked Heather to do a gig for us at Brookfields Stables about 10 years ago; wow, what a special night that was!

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"SINGLE BLUES" goes to a song by Jessica Clemmons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYgVN7I0zxA&list=UUajxa7U4t3u-oAjw9usIOPw  

Jan was lucky enough to meet Jessica after her pop-up stage appearance at the London O2 Country to Country event :