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March 2016 North of Britain inventive winning dances were;
BLUE MOON BLUES (Graham & Avril Watkins)
WINDOSR FOXTROT (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
KENSINGTON RUMBA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
March 2016 NATD inventive winning dances were;
CHAMPAGNE FOXTROT (David Howker & Deborah Catlow)
MARLBOROUGH MAMBO (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
EVENING STAR SAUNTER (John & Ann Rainey)
February 2016 ISTD inventive winning dances were;
PROMISE WALTZ (Kris Turner & Daniella Trueman)
CAIPIROSKA CHA CHA (Duncan & Hannah Trever)
January 2016 NCDTA inventive winning dances were;
TEESDALE TANGO (Kelly Sloan & Ellen Harrison)
BUCKINGHAM QUICKSTEP (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
RIVELIN RUMBA (Neil & Lesley Marshall)
November 2015 Ada Unsworth Memorial inventive winning dances were;
LACE AGATE SWING (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
SILVER FIR FOXTROT (Ian & Sue Webster)
MANHATTEN MAMBO (Duncan & Hannah Trever)
October 2015 Blackpool Dance Festival inventive winning dances were;
HOUSTON TANGO (Robert & Louise Aldred)
WALTZ AMABILE (Ian & Leah Hardaker)
CRYSTAL SAMBA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) -
October 2015 ISDC inventive winning dances were;
SWEETHEART GAVOTTE (John & Ann Rainey)
ZIRCON TANGO (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
RUMBA TIA MIA (David Howker & Debbie Catlow) -
September 2015 ISDC inventive winning dances were;
FOREVER SAUNTER (John & Ann Rainey)
ROSALINE FOXTROT (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
AVATAR CHA CHA CHA (David Howker & Debbie Catlow)
August 2015 BDC inventive winning dances were;
TALAHASSI TANGO (Lee & Linda Dudman)
WOODSDOWN WALTZ (Ian & Leah Hardaker)
EMERALD RUMBA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
July 2015 IDTA inventive winning dances were;
LOLA GAVOTTE (Paul & Caroline Dellar)
DAIQUIRI FOXTROT (Duncan & Hannah Trever)
RED RUBY JIVE (Peter & Yvette Harris)
June 2015 BATD inventive winning dances were;
MIDSUMMER SAUNTER (John & Ann Rainey)
WATERFORD WALTZ (John & Ann Rainey)
SILK TREE RUMBA (Ian & Sue Webster)
June 2015 UKA inventive winning dances were;
SERENATA BLUES (David Howker & Deborah Catlow)
ROYAL SAPPHIRE FOXTROT (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
MANGO BOSSA NOVA (Ian & Sue Webster)
May 2015 ADA inventive winning dances were;
TESLA TANGO (David Howker & Deborah Catlow)
WESTLEE WALTZ (David Howker & Deborah Catlow) - Quite challenging, but very satisfying, flowing routine that went down well with our pupils.
RUMBA ALLURE (Paul & Caroline Dellar) -
April 2015 North of Britain inventive winning dances were;
YPRES CENTENARY SAUNTER (Martin & Sarah Bird) - An easy to pick up Saunter that has echos of the Tiger Eye Tango sprinkled throughout. Many congratulations to Martin & Sarah on this win and also to Sarah for dancing in all 3 finals whilst 7 months pregnant!
WOODHORN WALTZ (Lee & Linda Dudman) - Enjoyable waltz routine with lots of syncopation to keep you on your toes! Running spin turn, tipple chasse to R, syncopated left whisk and untwist...
OJ CHA CHA (Lee & Linda Dudman) - A cheeky cha cha that brought a smile to everyone's face. Hip bump, cuban breaks, syncopated section, Cross Cha cha chasses. It will certainly appeal to the cha cha lovers out there.
March 2015 NATD inventive winning dances were;
HATTYBOO BLUES (John & Ann Rainey)
WALTZ J'ADORE (Paul & Caroline Dellar)
JET STONE JIVE (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
March 2015 Butlin's Southern inventive winning dances were;
HONEY SAUNTER (Paul & Caroline Dellar)
JASPER QUICKSTEP (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
WILD CHERRY CHA CHA (Ian & Sue Webster)
February 2015 ISTD inventive winning dances were ;
ASHLEIGH'S TWO STEP (Kay Fairgrieve & Louise Sampson)
TRAINBOW QUARTZ FOXTROT (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard)
January 2015 NCDTA inventive winning dances were;
WASHINGTON TANGO (Neil & Lesley Marshall) -
TANGO TYRELL (James Hatton & Lauren Phillips) - A popular win from these young inventors. A modern tango arrangement that flowed well round the room with a definite contemporary feel. A stutter lock and flick ball change (don't forget to 'land' the end of this section) add interest in the middle, but it will probably be the close tap on bar 13 that will get forgotten!! We enjoyed dancing this once it had bedded in.
STAR RUBY RUMBA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - Another good, solid routine from this popular pair. How do they do it?!! A good mix of syllabus figures that flow well together and the more inexperienced dancers should be able to pick it up easily. The spot turn/fan section may throw one or two initially, but going by our class the whole arrangement was picked up and danced in less than 15mins.... and that's what the crowd want!
November 2014 Ada Unsworth Memorial inventive winning dances were;
SELBY SWING (Ellen Harrison & Kelly Sloan) - Easy to pick up sequence with a pat-a-cake kick section to mark it out from other swings. We were away when the dance won so had to pick it up from others on the floor the following week, luckily the ladies have provided us with a well-structured, logically flowing arrangement!
BERYL'S WALTZ (John & Ann Rainey) - A waltz with a sprinkling of interest - syncopated run, back lock to outside spin... but for some reason it hasn't been well received in our local area. Some of our dancers felt it didn't flow well enough for it to 'stick'. We'd be interested to hear whether it has been better received in other areas.
BOWNESS CHA CHA (Neil & Lesley Marshall) - These experienced inventors have arranged a cha cha that moves well around the floor and should appeal to all (even those who don't normally dance the cha). There isn't as much 'content' as more recent cha chas, with the focus appearing to be more on progression. You may need need to adapt the underarm change of sides if you struggle with your shoulder like me!!
October 2014 Blackool Festival inventive winning dances were;
RED SPINEL SAUNTER (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - Very happy with their first win at the Blackpool Festival. A very enjoyable, naturally flowing Saunter that we would like to see stick around. A reverse turning zig zag, a Contra check into rock, Sways with Chasses.... It had the feeling of a competitive Saunter as there is potential for lots of expression and movement within it. Loved it.
FANTASY FOXTROT (Andrew Rhys Davies & Clare Rushby) - A foxtrot danced to perfection by this glamourous young couple. Andrew taught the arrangement very well on the large blackpool floor, helping dancers through some of the more challenging areas - Natural Pivots to back feather, an in-line turning hover etc. Not sure about the 3 to 4 bars of open reverse turns at the end... we teach on a square floor which means there is a contant curve which can make a series of reverse turns a little challenging!! We did, however, enjoy the arrangement and send congratulations to Andrew and Clare for both their inventive win and becming the British Professional Champions the following evening.
MISSOURI RUMBA (Robert & Louise Aldred) - This talented and experienced couple are my favourite inventors in the classical and modern sections. What a treat to have a rumba from them. Opening out to Promenade & Counter Promenade walks starts the routine and it moves through lots of authentic Rumba figures ending in cucarachas. The cucaracha along line of dance on bar 15 may throw a few, but it's good to have something to think about!!
October 2014 Butlins Northern inventive winning dances were;
PROMENADE GAVOTTE (John & Ann Rainey) - A good solid gavotte with lots of authentic character. An enjoyable pas de Gavotte to the centre and back out to wall in the 3rd section
TURQUOISE TANGO (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - One of the more challenging recent inventive winners. Lots of tango characterisation in an arrangement with a strong 'ballroom' feel. It took longer than average to teach this routine to our modern sequence dance, so we've uploaded a couple of top tips in case anyone is struggling with the OUTSIDE SWIVEL or BACK OPEN PROMENADE TO UNTWIST.
BALENTINE BOSSA NOVA (Duncan & Hannah Trever) - A great, fun, party dance in a great latin rhythm. I always enjoy the Bossa Nova rhythm as it's slow enough to give thinking time and full weight changes.... but includes plenty of variety and quirky steps.
September 2014 ISDC inventive winning dances were;
BLACK ONYX TANGO (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) -
LAST WALTZ (Graham & Avril Watkins) - A cunningly titled arrangement that will ensure it sticks around a good while!! Very well received by our dancers and understandably so. An interesting, fresh routine with highlights rather than gimmicks. A continuous hover cross blends well into the first half, with a left whisk/untwist/turning hover (similar to Engagement Waltz) towards the end. We all loved it.
MARWOOD MAMBO (Ellen Harrison & Kelly Sloan) - An easy to pick up routine based around chasses to change sides, inside turns and underarm turns. There is a tap, tap, knee lift section to give it the mambo feel, just remember to tap at the end of bar 15 after the spot turn otherwise you will end on the wrong foot!
August 2014 BDC inventive winning dances were;
STONEBRIDGE SAUNTER (Ian & Leah Hardaker) - A Saunter with a very similar start to the previous winning Saunter Cerise. This has the benefit of being easier to pick up as the first quarter is already being danced....but difficulties when the two routines start to become merged! A solid Saunter with a few unusual timings to keep you on your toes (literally!)
XANDER QUICKSTEP (Neil & Lesley Marshall) - An enjoyable quickstep with a nice ronde, V6, fishtail combination. It then moves through to a set of free moving basic figures.
RUMBA GOLD (Andrew Davies & Clare Rushby) - 'the one with the right foot start' may help you on your way to remembering which arrangement this is. An arrangement that uses lots of side by side positions and rotation to change place and certainly feels different to the recent crop of rumbas, which went down well with our dancers at Biddulph.
July 2014 IDTA inventive winning dances were;
TEAL TANGO (Ellen Harrison & Kelly Sloan) -
ANGELITE WALTZ (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) -
MOONBEAM MAMBO (Peter & Yvette Harris) - Well done to Peter & Yvette on their first inventive win. A quirky, fun mambo that was a very popular win at the IDTA festival.
June 2014 BATD inventive winning dances were;
SAUNTER CHERISE (John & Anne Rainey) - Danced to Wine/Rainbow/Can't Smile
LACEWOOD WALTZ (Ian & Sue Webster) - A waltz that snakes around the room with a syncopated whisk to add a little spice. An open box completes the arrangement - similar to the ending of their other recent winner the Phillyrea Foxtrot! Danced to Aran juez, mon amour
RUMBA ACACIA (Ian & Sue Webster) - A disappointing entry of only 4 dances in this section, but a rumba that will go down well. Ian & Sue always present such elegant, pretty routines with plenty of 'armography' and that's what you'll find here. Experienced arrangers and know what the sequence market will enjoy.... Danced to Frozen
June 2014 UKA inventive winning dances were;
SWINBURNE SWING (Ellen Harrison & Kelly Sloan) - A Swing that never stops!! Plenty of progression with walks, lock steps, turns and zig zags. We enjoyed the fun sway step on bar 4!! Danced to I Wanna Be Like You
PHILLYREA FOXTROT (Ian & Sue Webster) - A foxtrot that includes plenty of free flowing figures with a type of X line into Same Foot Lunge in the middle. I particularly enjoyed the open box ending, a nice change to the Change of Direction!! Danced to S'Wonderful
CITRINE CHA CHA CHA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - A contemporary cha cha that includes quite a few non-syncopated bars (ie 2341 beat). It has a fun feeling with Split Cuban Breaks, Cross Basic, Zig Zag middle section - but I bet everyone will want to syncopate the last bar!!! Well, again, it may be just me!! Danced to I Wanna Be Like You
May 2014 North of Britain inventive winning dances were;
TANGO ADDICT (Paul & Caroline Dellar) - A musical tango that fits well with the 16 bar structure. Contains all the usual elements and our dancers enjoyed the routine. Danced to Turletauben Tango.
ALLIANCE RUMBA (David Howker & Debbie Catlow) - Constructed around swivels and rocks. Our dancers favourite of the 3 new offerings. Danced to Begin the Beguine
JADE QUICKSTEP (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - A quickstep full of content with a ronde-step-tap after a V6 (keep wanting to dance a fishtail instead!!). The quick open reverse can be tricky on a small square dance floor like Biddulph due to the rotation to left - but I'm sure it works well on longer floors! Danced to Zing went the Strings of my Heart
April 2014 North of Britain inventive winning dances were;
ZAFIRA SAUNTER (Lee & Linda Dudman) - A popular arrangement with the crowd from the first round - A slow Rod Stewart track, an unusual low cuddle hold 'wrap' and the infectious personalities of the Dudmans caught the attention. An enjoyable routine that works well with the slower tempo, particularly the entry to the 'wrap' line. Lady needs to remember the extra rotation at the end of the Nat Prom turn to attain shadow position and then try not to tread on toes during the open box!! Really enjoyed dancing this one - let's see what our dancers think next week! Danced to What a Difference a Day Makes.
CRYSTAL JIVE (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - Another arrangement with a good response from the first round. A fun routine with a double whip, points in a back to back position, windmill and hip bump. Remember there is a triple chasse at the very end of the routine before you start again... mind you everyone seemed to remember apart from me!! Danced to I Love to Boogie
YELLOWSTONE WALTZ (Robert & Louise Aldred) - Robert & Louise always present their work so beautifully that it is easy to get lost in their performance and forget about the routine. This time they showed how a very simple routine with no gimmicks can flow effortlessly around the floor. Natural & Reverse turns, Chasses, Rev Corte, Impetus, Weave, Hover section etc. For anyone wanting a 'highlight', try putting a slight sway to man's left/lady's right in the back hover (bar 14 - as this couple did) before exiting to the curved feather. Danced to The Rose
April 2014 Butlins (Southern) inventive winning dances were;
DAISY SAUNTER (Paul & Caroline Dellar) - Got the official thumbs up from our Biddulph dancers, but we get the feeling this may be a slow burner. Quite a few foot changes between the figures that need a bit of bedding in! But plenty to get your teeth into - zig zag, turning hovers and a run into chair at the end (just remember to start it on the inside foot after the point!). Danced to 'Close to You'
SAUCY SALSA (John & Ann Rainey) - We had a feeling a salsa might win! A rhythm that has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to the recent Cuban Fury film. Nothing too challenging in this routine which should hopefully encourage dancers onto the floor. When teaching salsa, we don't use the 'tap' but each to their own and in modern sequence it gives it a different feel to the mambo or bossa nova. Expect lots of salsa moves such as the Cumbia (the walks/flick), underarm turns and chasses. Danced to 'Dance the Night Away'
IRIS QUARTZ FOXTROT (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - A couple that are enjoying a run of successes on the inventive circuit at the moment. We are looking forward to walking through the foxtrot this week.... Danced to 'You Make me Feel so Young'
March 2014 NATD inventive winning dances were;
BLUE JOHN SWING (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - "Give us something easy" was the cry from our Biddulph dancers and they have got what they wanted - a nice, straightforward, musical routine. 'Easy' doesn't mean boring, it means achievable choreography that naturally flows from one figure to another...and that is exactly what Stuart and Beverly have created here. A Charleston start, moves through reverse turns, ronde section, checks and solo turns. The whole floor were dancing it in less than 20 mins.
RHINESTONE RUMBA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - A popular title with our dancers! Rumbas are always popular and it can be difficult to come up with something different. However, we personally enjoyed this for its more traditional feel, it seems to focus on authentic rumba actions/figures and less on moving around the room. We enjoyed the hockey stick/cuban rocks/natural top section as did our dancers who gave it a big thumbs up. The verdict was that both Stuart & Beverly's dances will stick around a good while.
ETERNITY WALTZ (Paul & Caroline Dellar) - We enjoyed dancing this arrangement and it was picked up well by most of the dancers. An interesting waltz with some unusual features - Hinge Line (see below if you are unsure of this figure), syncopated weaves to start and finish....! May need a couple of weeks to drill it in though!
February 2014 ISTD inventive winning dances were;
MISSISSIPPI BLUES (David Howker & Debbie Catlow) - A welcome arrangement that has been picked up by our dancers without problem. Plenty of recognisable figures that work well with this rhythm, Danced to 'I Don't Know Why But I Do'
JIVE FIFTY (Yvonne Hall partnered by Jonathan Reed) - One for the those who like a challenge! A 'kick between the leg' section follows a link/whip which could cause a few bruises and knock knees if the alignments aren't adhered to!! The second half of the routine includes a suspiciously easy sounding Simple Spin into Shoulder Spin. Not difficult figures in isolation, but the transition may need a little practise for the dance to flow as it should. Once mastered, this is a quirky, dynamic jive that will please those who like to try something different! We have videoed a couple of top tips following our teaching session this week to help you on your way (Danced to 'Pack Up' (Eliza Doolittle?)
TOP TIP - SIMPLE SPIN (JIVE)
TOP TIP - SHOULDER SPIN (JIVE)
January 2014 NCDTA inventive winning dances were;
COUNTY GAVOTTE 2014 (Neil & Lesley Marshall) - A well structure Gavotte that was picked up in no time at all by our dancers. Each section starting with a Pas de Gavotte, moving into characteristic circling movements, outside checks and a ronde section. Danced to These Foolish Things -
SAPPHIRE TANGO (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - A 'ballroom' tango that is fresh and challenging. It includes many popular figures such as the four step, basic Rev Turn, Nat Prom to Rock Turn... but also throws in a contra check, Spanish Drag, flicks into stutter lock step to make sure you keep your wits about you! Feedback from our dancers deemed it to be 'a bit tricky but give us a few weeks and we'll get it!" Danced to Cubana Tango.
TOP TIP - Spanish Drag from a lunge entry
SUNSTONE CHA CHA CHA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - Another vibrant and intricate arrangement that will satisfy those who like to use their little grey cells! Lots of quick changes of speed, particularly on the ronde chasse and brush/tap/chasse sections... But I suspect this will go down well with the cha cha lovers. Received very well by our Biddulph dancers, although the in/out/in chasse sections did cause a few giggles.... Dance to Hollywood.
TOP TIP - Ronde Cha Cha Chasse
November 2013 Ada Unsworth Memorial inventive winning dances were;
TIFFANY SAUNTER (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - A naturally flowing saunter that includes all the necessary steps - and seemingly in the right order! A very danceable, musical arrangement with no gimmicks to halt the flow. It was very well received by our dancers who thought it "a very nice saunter" and you don't get better than that! Danced to Nat King Cole "Was That the Human Thing To Do".
HOABIE QUICKSTEP (Lissia Giles partnered by Martin Bird) - unfortunately Lissia's usual dance partner (Ray Fenton-Storey) had to withdraw from the competition, so Martin kindly stepped in at the last minute to partner. A well structured, flowing quickstep with a nice charleston figure to add interest. Danced to "The Rhythm of Life"
ROCK CRAZY JIVE (Michael Stevenson & Heather Jackson) - Huge congratulations to Michael and Heather on their first inventive win together. Not always the most popular of rhythms, but you wouldn't have guessed it from the laughs and smiles around the floor from our dancers. It may take a short while for the feet to fathom the flick/swivel/chasse/zig zag repeatable section, but you'll certainly have fun getting there. Extremely well received by our dancers. Danced to "All I do is Dream of You".
October 2013 Blackpool inventive winning dances were;
TANGO ARIZONA (Robert & Louise Aldred) -
CALIFORNIA FOXTROT (Robert & Louise Aldred) - A free flowing foxtrot that Robert & Louise beautifully presented in two laps of the Empress floor! Thankfully it dances just as well with a crowded floor of sequence dancers. Highlights included a nice roll transition from hover cross to back feather (shape to man's right to continue the flow). My favourite of the recent foxtrots.
TOP TIP - REVERSE IMPETUS - a figure that requires strong rotation to the left
GEMINI RUMBA (Linda & Lee Dudman) - Again beautifully presented by Lee and Linda. They always manage to transmit such a joy of dance that is infectious. Good flow to the routine (apart from me cuban rocking too early after the zig zag - Rumba Cascade!!) and includes a nice anti-clockwise box moving around partner.
October 2013 Butlin's (Northern) inventive winning dances were;
SIXTY SAUNTER (Ray Fenton-Storey & Lissia Giles) - Danced to 'Stranger on the Shore'
PEARL QUICKSTEP (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - A quickstep full of standard recognisable figures with no gimmicks or tricks to halt the flow. This arrangement was well received by our dancers who appreciated the straightforward figures "there's nothing we haven't done before!". Ladies will need to maintain the rotation from the wing through the closed telemark to attain the correct DW alignment for the fishtail. Danced to "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart"
A J CHA CHA CHA (John & Ann Rainey) - Starts with a nice shadow same foot section that moves well down the floor into a hockey stick turn. Add in Zorba hold changes of place, ronde chasses and a natural top and you end with a routine that has something for everyone. Picked up well by our dancers even though we only had a very short time to prepare ourselves!! Danced to "Popo"
Teaching the Saunter next week!! Check back this week to find out what we and our dancers think of the winning dances....!
September 2013 ISDC inventive winning dances were;
CABALLE TANGO (Pronounced Cab-i-ay) (David Howker & Deborah Catlow) - Danced to 'Don Pedro'
WELCOME WALTZ (Graham & Avril Watkins) - This waltz was very well received by our dancers. The 6 backward walks and syncopated zig zag give progression along the same direction of travel without a great deal of turn - which is ideal for our square floor! The curved back feather took a couple of walk throughs, but overall the routine was picked up very quickly and drew a good round of applause at the end. Danced to 'It's time for you to go'
SILVER RUMBA (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - Another popular rumba with an interesting box section and swivel to fencing line combination towards the end. This arrangement was again picked up very quickly by our dancers and brought a smile to their faces. Danced to 'The Lonely Shepherd'
August 2013 BDC inventive winning dances were;
WESTGATE TANGO (Lee & Linda Dudman) - Danced to 'Por una Cabeza'
WYCOMBE WALTZ (Lissia Giles, partnered by Lee Dudman) - Congratulations to Lissia on winning the modern section, especially as Lee stepped in on the day to help out when her usual partner, Ray Fenton-Storey had to withdraw through ill health. This winning waltz was very well received by our pupils, particularly as it "wasn't messy!" and that it moved well around the room. It starts with a simple LF closed change into natural turn and continues to rotate gently through recognisable, achievable figures. Most syncopation is linear (lock steps) with just a reverse pivot/quick open reverse in bar 15 to inject some power/rotation. Danced to 'Fascination'
EMERALD JIVE (Stuart Perry & Beverley Howard) - Not always the most popular of rhythms, but it can be one of the most fun! This arrangement has a third section in tandem position, flick ball change, into slow and quick chicken walks that caused great glee when learning as the men get to join in too (and be viewed by the woman behind them!). We hope everyone gives this one a go! Danced to 'In the Mood'.
July 2013 IDTA inventive winning dances were;
RED ROSE GAVOTTE (John & Ann Rainey) - The winner of the Classical section with a beautiful, elegant gavotte. An enjoyable routine in this unusual rhythm. The first section is repeated on the opposite foot for the second, which we always appreciate! A nice roll into man and ronde section adds interest in the third section. We just hope dancers will get the chance to dance it. Danced to 'Gavotte of the Gondoliers'
BLUE TOPAZ FOXTROT (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - Winning the modern section with a foxtrot full of recognisable, naturally flowing figures with no lines or gimmicks. The feather finish/top spin, remembered from the recent Fleetham Foxtrot, is probably the trickiest bit (will try and record a top tip). The Chasse Roll to Right adds a little syncopation and is easily achievable if the couple continue to rotate through it. Danced to 'Somewhere in Time'
RUMBA CASCADE (Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes) - Winners of the Latin section with a rumba that starts in shadow hold with a back basic straight into rumba walks down the line of dance - a nice easy start as it gives you thinking time as to what comes next!! Also like the zig zag interspersed with cuban rocks, all creating an authentic rumba style. Probably our favourite of the 3 winners. Danced to 'I dreamed a Dream'.
June 2013 BATD inventive winning dances were;
IRIS SAUNTER (John & Ann Rainey) - Winning the classical section with a solid saunter that includes a running underarm turn for lady and two running change of places. The progression is then slowed at the end of the routine with a hover section in shadow position. Danced to 'Secret Love'.
BERT'S WALTZ (John & Ann Rainey) - A good waltz to me should have plenty of rotation, movement, balance of basic/advanced steps and more than anything - a natural flow throughout. This routine from John and Ann seems to tick all the boxes. A naturally flowing set of basic steps starts this satisfying routine, leaving it until bar 7 to introduce a section of trickier steps with some syncopated timings. Danced to 'A Perfect Night for Dreaming'.
TOP TIP - Turning Lock to Right, Syncopated Weave - to help dancers struggling with the syncopated rotation!
RUMBA VICTORIA (Ian & Sue Webster) - A rumba with plenty of progression down the room. Lots of recognisable figures throughout - curl, walks in shadow, cucarachas, side steps, alemana - but with an unusual natural top section on bars 9-12 where the man does an underarm turn. Danced to 'Sometimes'.
June 2013 UKA inventive winners were;
BLACK PEARL TANGO (Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes) - a Classical arrangement that fell into place once we got our head around the 'returning' zig zag! We very much liked the repeating first section, but it did take a little initial thought to zig zag back against the line of dance on the opposite foot! A very enjoyable, danceable routine (including solo turns, X-line and a brush tap to finish), that was our favourite of the day. It was very aptly danced on the day to Pirates of the Caribbean "He's a Pirate".
FLEETHAM FOXTROT (Ian & Leah Hardaker) - a foxtrot full of snaking moves down the floor, with an abundance of unusual choreography that will satisfy those who enjoy a challenge. It wasn't the topspin or natural twist turn that presented the biggest challenge, but the natural turn/curved feather/three step - a lot of steps in-line with quite a strong curve on the 2 outside partner steps. I also find it confuses me when there is a repeated figure, so I kept getting the 2 passing natural turns mixed up!! I'm sure it will all start to flow when we have spent a little time dancing through it this week (Phil was fine, it was me letting the side down!). Danced to Moondance.
CHESTNUT CHA CHA CHA (Ian & Sue Webster) - winning the latin section with one of their characteristically well-structured routines. I am always a fan of Ian & Sue's work as they always seem to bring a good balance of figures, using plenty of basic figures with just the right amount of highlights sprinkled throughout - in this case flick-taps/crosses, circling continuous walks & zig zag to change places. A cha cha that will remain fresh I feel. Danced to Chilly Cha Cha.
May 2013 Butlins Southern inventive winners were;
VARIETY SWING (Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes) - winning the classical section with a well structured, easy to learn Swing. Starting with a clockwise box in shadow position and moving through chasses, taps and a lady's underarm turn to end with a change of place. It was danced to Cincinatti Rag.
WALTZ ELISSIA (Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes) - a waltz that looks very interesting on paper (i.e. haven't danced it through yet!). I find a syncopated start (Progressive Chasse to Right) can lack the necessary momentum to 'get going', but this would rectify itself after the first sequence I guess! I'm looking forward to trying the syncopated running weave/reverse cross/contra check combination as I suspect it will take some skill to absorb the speed and prepare for the contra check - we will see! Then there's the running zig zag.... lots to get your teeth into.
TOP TIP - RUNNING ZIGZAG - Rise onto toes on beat '2' to give the figure more musicality and ease of movement.
TOP TIP - RUNNING WEAVE, REV SIDE CROSS, CONTRA CHECK - A popular combination for the more advanced dancer. Use sway and side lead to help the rotation around each other.
MYSTIC MAMBO (Stuart Perry & Beverley Howard) - a mambo that ticks all the boxes. We saw an earlier version at the Allied in May and enjoyed watching it, particularly as the foot flick section often corresponds with the 'oooooo' part in the music (Papa Likes Mambo)! I like the linking of the lady's arm through the man's to start, also that the dance, at first glance at least, is on the same foot throughout.
May 2013 ADA inventive winners were ;
SAN ANTONIO SAUNTER (Robert & Louise Aldred) - winning the classical section with a free flowing, beautifully presented saunter. It was like watching Fred & Ginger glide round doing an American Smooth foxtrot - especially as it was danced to the 1932 'Love is the Sweetest Thing!. The routine starts very nicely with a zig zag into shadow position, then moves through outward turns, fallaway, slip pivot, chair, etc offering a very musical and danceable routine
HINOKI BOSSA NOVA (Ian & Sue Webster) - following on with their tree theme (Hinoki is a Japanese tree!) and winning with a fun, rhythmical bossa nova. Lots of characteristic box steps & whisks, a slow salsa and a quirky foot section in the middle that may need a little practise. Everyone left the floor with a smile on their faces.
KELSO QUICKSTEP (Ellen Harrison & Kelly Sloan) - many congratulations to Ellen & Kelly on their first win in the modern section (previous wins have been in the other sections). A well constructed routine that naturally flows from one figure to another. It quickly fell into place and we enjoyed dancing it. We particularly liked the back twinkle to lock step and swivel/point as highlights within the syllabus figures. We shall be working through this dance in the coming weeks - check back here for our top tips!
WEEK 1 - DOUBLE TIPPLE CHASSE & LOCK STEP - Stay on toes to maintain the lightness and remember the 'side' lead into the lockstep.
WEEK 2 - BACK TWINKLE & LOCK STEP - Staying on those toes again to make the steps short, quick and light.
March 2013 Easter Sequence Festival winners were ;
SAMBUCA BLUES (Lee & Linda Dudman) - winning the classical section with a dance choreographed to King of the Road and it
would be hard to imagine this routine danced to any other music! The finger clicks at the end of the dance were a great
crowd pleaser on the night and added a great fun element to an enjoyable routine.
KEY WEST WALTZ (Robert & Louise Aldred) - beautifully presented, flowing waltz that Phil 'starred' on our programme as his favourite
from the first round. We've chosen this routine to work through in our weekly modern sequence class for April - follow our weekly top
tips videos below...
WEEK 1 - TRAVELLING CONTRA CHECK - inject some body rotation to give this figure some style!
WEEK 2 - QUICK OPEN REVERSE - use CBM to bring the lady around and CBMP to maintain body contact.
WEEK 3 - LEFT SIDE CHECK - keep the shoulder line still & try for lady's head position to left to create a good picture
WEEK 4 - SPIN TURN, TURNING LOCK - keep a good right-sided body position to each other to keep the rotation moving throughout this figure.
ROSE GOLD RUMBA (Stuart Perry & Beverley Howard) - winners of a 6 rumba final! We had our hopes pinned on the samba, but it was not to be!! We shall spend some time working through this rumba and let you know what we think!
March 2013 winners of the NATD inventive competition were ;
PINK DIAMOND FOXTROT (Stuart Perry & Beverley Howard) - we loved this foxtrot once it got going!! I'm not a fan of a backward start for
man, especially not in a foxtrot, but once the turning hover moves into the feather finish the movement starts and continues through the rest of the dance. The lady's double swivel and curved 3 step/back feather adds interest and rotation and we also liked the natural weave
to give progression (but make sure there's noone behind you gents!). A bit odd moving from the final figure (a Change of Direction) to a backward figure to start again, it just went against all my natural instincts - but maybe that's just me!
RED JASPER JIVE (Stuart Perry & Beverly Howard) - a nice, achievable routine that drew positive comments as we danced it through. We like the fun tap-tap-side-flick combination into the fallaway rock (to a chorus of "oooooooos"), but found the RF chasse in shadow position (bar 5/6) a little unnatural to dance, it just didn't seem rhymical to me! Overall though, a nice jive that would be well within the reach of most sequence dancers.
TOP TIP 1 - FLICK BALL CHANGES - keep the flicks short, sharp and coming from the knee
TOP TIP 2 - LINK & WHIP- man needs to keep the base of the whip small & compact to achieve the rotation needed
TANGO TENULA (Ian & Leah Hardaker) - the winner of the classical section. I always find the Clalssical scripts the hardest to visualise and will need to reserve any judgement until we try this one out!
Feb 2013 winners of the NATD inventive competition were ;
RED VELVET TANGO (Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes) -
Week 1) UNTWIST FEET IN LEFT WHISK - to help you get the full revolution needed
Week 2) OPEN TELEMARK IN TANGO - to stop the lady getting 'left behind'
Week 3) CLOSE TAP - to avoid the 'skip'
Week 4) Raise the eyeline to give a better topline and connection to partner
VISTAMAR CHA CHA (Scott Blant-Harwood & Shelly O'Hara) -
ROYAL IMPERIAL TWO STEP (Scott Blant-Harwood & Shelly O'Hara)