Workshop with Will & Bryan – 2012 Apr 7

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The fun kicked off Friday night, April 6th, 2012, at Kodiak Jack’s restaurant & bar in Petaluma, California, for a Meet & Greet with Will Craig & Bryan McWherter, our guest choreographers from North Carolina. Twenty plus dancers took over the dance floor as DJ Greta played all their requests. The next day, dancers converged on the grand dance room at the Petaluma Veteran’s Memorial Hall for the all day workshop and social to learn the choreography of our esteemed guests.

In addition to the line dances taught (listed below) both Will and Bryan shared some techniques to make the way we dance feel better and look better. Will gave us pointers for waltzes, cha-chas, and hip-hop slides. Bryan had us practicing our spirals and working on foot placement to maintain proper balance. Both lessons were excellent! They continued to wow us with their own choreography all afternoon. Bryan introduced his newest beginner dances choreographed just for us: Baby, Oh Baby!, Miles Away, and Chasing You. Will gave the first teach of a dance he choreographed just for the Wine Country crowd, Once Upon a Time, and he taught his most recent release, Breathing.

After a well deserved dinner break, the crowd reconvened for some open dance time, raffle prizes, and a special surprise for Bryan. We welcomed Bryan to his 4th decade in life with a big card signed by all the attendees and a delicious cake (donated by Chad Urquhart). After we sang “Happy Birthday” to Bryan, we handed the microphone to Will for an impromptu performance of the song “Good Morning Beautiful” (YouTube video).

We had some magnificent raffle prizes. Congratulations to the following winners:
Iris Ostling–50/50 cash prize
Lisa Rubens–Las Vegas Dance Explosion free pass
Ellen Krebs–our WCLD Niels Poulsen workshop
Ellen Krebs–$25 gift card to the movie theater (donated by Anita Jorge)
Dedra Wilson–our WCLD Ira Weisburd workshop free pass
Sally Homsi –Line Dance Marathon free pass.
Jessie Chan—Big Bang Dance Classic free pass
We are so happy to be able to spread the joy of line dance events through these passes, and we are grateful to the Mirandas, Jean Garr and Will Craig for their generous donations.

On behalf of Wine Country Line Dance, THANK YOU to all the great dancers who came to learn, dance, talk and laugh with us. A very special THANK YOU to the wonderful dancers who came early to help set up and stayed late to clean up. A big THANK YOU to John Trentacosti for bringing all his DJ equipment; to Peter Urquhart and Lawrence Yee for the delicious food they prepared, and to all the wonderful local instructors/dancers who encouraged their dancers and friends to come spend the day with us all. Wine Country Line Dance could not bring these wonderful choreographers and events to our area without all of your help and your support. Finally, THANK YOU to Bryan McWherter and Will Craig for taking time away from your jobs and family to spend these days with us in wine country. It was our privilege to have you with us and we will cherish the memories made while you were here.

Brenda, Dolly and Greta


Will Craig Bryan McWherter
Away We Go
Bite The Dust by Harlan Curtis
I Don’t Want Tonight
Make You Dance
Once Upon A Time
People Are Crazy
Watch It Burn
Accordion Love
Baby, Oh Baby
Chasing You
Hi-A-Ma Cha by Rachael McEnaney
Holler Oh Babe! by Frank Trace
Miles Away
Workshop Playlist
2 Nite
Baie Baie
Blue Night Cha
Blue Sky
Caught In The Act
Crazy Foot Mambo
Cry Me Out
Ding Dang Darn It
Divisadero Cha
Everthing I Do
Holler Oh Babe!
I Belong To You
I’m No Good
Love Letter Waltz
Make U Luv Me
Rock This Party
So Fresh
Someone’s Gotta Go
To Love Somebody
Turn Me Loose
Walking Backwards
Wild, Wild West
Wonderland Waltz
Evening Dance Playlist
Accordion Love
Baby, Oh Baby
Be A Little Selfish
Behind The Glass
Bittersweet Memory
Cadillac Ride
Can’t Get Involved
Don’t Drop Your Cha
Don’t You Remember
Folla Me To Da Floor
Freak A Little More
Give It Back
Had A Bad Day
Have Fun, Go Mad
Hi-A-Ma Cha
Hurts Instead
I Don’t Believe You
It Will Rain
It’s Murda
Jazzy Girl
Jesse James
Key West Sunset Sky
Language Of The Heart
Let Me C It
Lock All The Doors
Loving You
Make You Dance
Meet Me At The Altar
Miss You 2
No Diggity
Not A Criminal
Once Upon A Time
People Are Crazy
Signed Sealed Delivered
Simpre Cha
Something In The Water
Still Water Runs Deep
Street Soul
Summer Boys
That Kinda Lovin’
This City
Tic Tok Drop
To Infinity And Beyond
W.T.F. (What The Funk)
Watch It Burn
Wikkidest Ting
Without You
Yes, You Won’t

A Report from Judy R. (an excerpt from WLDN)

Thank you Judy for submitting this entry to the World Line Dance Newsletter!

From: Judy

The morning was so clear, the colors so crisp that driving through the Golden Gate Bridge to Petaluma was so pleasantly perfect. The international orange bridge looks redder than ever and newer. She’s only going to be 75 years old next month. On Sunday, May 27th the big celebration happens. But they’re a little more cautious now on account of what happenned on her 50th anniversary. They closed it on May 27, 1987 to vehicular traffic expecting some 50,000 people to come for a walk on the bridge. Well, 800,000 showed up, more than the entire population of San Francisco. People were eyeball to eyeball. The weight flattenned the arch of the bridge by almost 10 feet at midspan and the 17 mile per hour winds swayed it from side to side. Claustrophobia and nausea all around. Oppss. Never again. You can’t subject a lady like that, no matter how young, to such extreme metal fatigue and to take away her charming curves, now really. So now the celebration is going to be around it and under it but not on it, with historic watercraft parade, music and dance stages on the waterfront, art installations, films, etc. and culminate with a spectacular fireworks show. That’s a little follow up on my last year’s report on the WCLD event where I mentioned the bridge’s upcoming 75th birthday.

No sooner had I said “what a delightful drive” when my car slowed down to a crawl. Freeway accident. So I arrived later than last year’s late. BRYAN McWHERTER was in the middle of teaching his BABY, OH BABY a 32 ct high beginner dance to the song Back In Time by Pitbull. WILL CRAIG before him taught his dance PEOPLE ARE CRAZY, a beginner dance to the same song. This was followed by workshops on techniques first by Will on Chacha (isolate your ribcage), waltz (rise and fall), hiphop; then Bryan on proper foot position, turns, spotting, head position.

Then it was lunchtime. There was open dancing by request and also in between teaches. I requested DOMENICA. When it was called, I rushed to the front. The music started. Nobody was beside me. I looked back and nobody was there either. In the past when this happenned, I retreated to my seat. But this time I thought I’d risk dying of embarrassment dancing all by myself rather than stop the music. It’s the English version of the beautiful Italian song “Diamante” by Zucchero.
Well, I survived and discovered that linedancing not only helps with my physical and mental wellbeing, by golly, it has given me a thicker hide too.

After lunch, the adjoining room was opened for beginners’ workshops. Will and Bryan took turns teaching intermediate and beginner dances. WILL taught 5 gorgeous intermediate dances: ONCE UPON A TIME, so new, it’s his first teach, 32 ct  to Princess of China by Coldplay; BREATHING, 64 ct  to Breathing by Jason Derulo; WORLDWIDE, 48 ct to International Love by Pitbull; the hit (love this dance) WATCH IT BURN to Adele’s Set Fire to The Rain (if this is not thinking outside the box lyrics I don’t know what is), and MAKE YOU DANCE, 32 ct to Tonight is the Night by Outasight. He also taught 2 more beginner dances: AWAY WE GO, 32 ct to Forever Road by Darius Rucker and I DON’T WANT TONIGHT 24ct to Don’t Want This Night To End by Luke Bryan, and an intermediate dance by Harlan Curtis, BITE THE DUST.

BRYAN taught his 64 ct intermediate dance ACCORDION LOVE (which I love) to the song Stereo Love by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina, HI-A-MA-CHA by Rachel McEnaney (we’ve been dancing this for awhile around here); 2 more of his beginner dances: MILES AWAY 32 CT TO 93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz and CHASING
YOU 32 ct to I’m Yours by Straight No Chaser and HOLLER OH BABE by Frank Trace.

These two young men are remarkable not just for their big talent but also for their enormous energy and stamina, especially Will. He taught 10 workshops during the day, reviewed his dances during the open dancing at night, emceed and danced with us, then gave a hearty rendition of GOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL. He can sing too!  Bryan taught 7 workshops, cracked jokes and managed to turn 30 that night. I don’t know how he got to be that age, baby face and all. He was presented with a birthday cake and an even bigger birthday card which he opened looking for a check. It was a joy having two of the nicest and endearing choreographers around.

If these two guys have the energy and stamina, the three ladies behind the Wine Country Line Dance are indefatigable to match. GRETA SUMAGANDAY who DJed the entire event – the cutest DJ ever and for playing Domenica when there was only one person on the floor, she’s gotta be an angel too. DOLLY URQUHART, who greets you with such warmth like receiving a special guest to her home and making sure the food tables are abundantly stacked – there were sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, dessert, coffee and tea. I didn’t even need to go out for lunch, they had delicious vegetarian sandwiches. The ballroom temperature was perfect and the tables nicely decorated with balloons. BRENDA SHATTO, superb dancer and teacher. Big THANK YOU to you and your many volunteers and supporters for a most enjoyable event.

Next year on Feb. 15-16, Wine Country is hosting NIELS POULSEN. When somebody comes from that far across the Atlantic, let’s respond in kind. Come wherever you are, no matter how far. That’s easy for me to say since I’m only a stone’s throw away, but come anyway:):):):). Come and visit Petaluma, the perfect little city, so they say; site of American Graffitti, not far from San Francisco which also has a rich movie history. See you there next year and take care.

Judy Romanenkov