Workshop with Roy “Astro Boy” Hadisubroto (Mar 4-5, 2016)

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Teaches 
Tightrope by Roy Hadisubroto & Daniel Trepat
Short Small Sally (aka Long Tall Sally) by Roy Hadisubroto and Raymond Sarlemijn
Jakarta Bachata by Roy Hadisubroto, Fiona Murray, Jun Andrizal, Mitha Primasari
I’m Coming Over by Roy Hadisubroto & Fiona Murray
I Know What You Did Last Summer by Roy Hadisubroto & Fiona Murray
Love Never Felt So Good by Roy Hadisubroto & Fiona Murray
Music

Playlist
A Little Sweet (Albro)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Mundy, Szymanki & Glass)
And Get It On (Trepat & Vane)
Black & Blue (Ward)
Blow Me A Kiss (Shatto)
Cadillac Ride (Mundy)
Cake by the Ocean (Blevins)
Can You This (Warren)
Charlie’s Cha (Stone)
City of Angels (Shatto)
Cliché Love Song (Mundy, Szymanki, Robinson)
Come Dance With Me (Szymanski)
Dear Future Husband (Wetzel)
Dock of the Bay (White)
Elektrisk (Sarlemijn, Bailey, Hadisubroto, Haugen)
Ex’s & Oh’s (Dominguez & Liberman)
Extreme Love (Poulsen)
Fall for You (Rushton)
Feel The Light (Hadisubroto & Murray)
Fly Like A Bird (McAdams)
Follow Me (Bailey, Sarlemijn & Whitehouse)
Forever (Murray, Hadisubroto & Sarlemijn)
French Nights (Shatto)
Get Your Shoes On (Blevins & Szymanski)
Girl Crush (Johnstone & McEnaney-White)
Girl Crushin’ (Dominguez)
Have Fun Go Mad (Blevins)
Homegrown (McEnaney)
I Need to Know (Christian-Sohn)
Imelda’s Way (Churm)
Larger Than Life (Ward)
Let It Be Me (Glass & Bailey)
Listen (Mundy)
Love Me Down (Whitehouse)
Love Yourself (Warren)
Make It Shake (Whitehouse & Bailey)
Making History (Bennett, Musk & Ward)
Move A Like (Vos)
Moves Like Jagger (Potter)
Music High (Hinton)
My Father’s Son (Verdonk, Hadisubroto)
Never Been to Spain (Szymanski)
New Thang (Sobrielo, Lee, Sarlemijn)
No Diggity (McAdam)
Off The Chain (Whitehouse)
One Wing (Whitehouse)
Painting Pillows (McEnaney-White)
Party Night (Murray & Hadisubroto)
People Help the People (Hadisubroto +4)
Perfectly Confused (Ingram)
Plastic Pretty (Vos)
Pontoon (Smith)
Running (Craig)
Save the Day (Winson)
Sensacion (Bailey, Hadisubroto, Sarlemijn)
Shut Up and Dance (Peter & Allison)
Shy (Kinser & Shatto)
Something In The Water (Poulsen)
Soul Food (Evans)
Spiderweb (Stith)
Stitches (Glass)
Stories (Barnes)
Strip it Down (McEnaney-White)
Sugar Honey I.T. (Barnes)
Sugar Rush (Thornton)
Summer Wind (Szymanski)
Summertime Strolling (Brown)
Tangled Up (Dominguez)
The Beast (Fowler)
Tonight (Hadisubroto & Sarlemijn)
Trespassing (Whitehouse & Bailey)
Uptown Funk (Fowler)
Uptown Slide (Dominguez)
Wakey Wakey (Blevins & Szymanski)
Want To Want Me (Murray, Hadisubroto & Sarlemijn)
We Are Tonight (Albro)
What’s Cooking (Rushton)
Whip It (McKeever & McEnaney-White)
Whispering (Warren)
Witness (Whitehouse & Bailey)
Won’t Tell a Soul (McEnaney-White, Jakobsen)
WTF (What The France) (Whitehouse, Bailey & Warren)
You’re Not the Boss of Me (Poulsen & Ward)
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Workshop With Niels Poulsen – 2014 Jul 26

2014 07 26 - WCLD Workshop with Niels PoulsenTeaches
Such A Fool – Beginner
High Cotton – Improver
Stay Stay Stay – Improver
Bruno’s Way – Beginner
Talkin’ Bout Walkin’ Out by Larry Bass – Beginner

She’s On Fire – Int/Adv
I Will Try – Intermediate
I Can Make Ya by Guyton Mundy
Still Got the Blues – Intermediate

NOTE: Stepsheets for the new dances are not yet published as of this writing.

Playlist (Workshop)

1-2-3-4
AK Freak
Alcazar
All I Can Say
All Of Me
Amame
Blue Sky
Bruno’s Way
Burning
Cadillac Ride
Caught In The Act
Cha Cha Burn
Clap Happy
Cleveland Boyz
Coming Unplugged
Counting Stars
Desert Walk
Don’t Drop Your Cha
Don’t Stop The Party
Doo Wacka Doo
Evergreen
Faultline
Flower
For The First Time
Girl Power
Hallelujah
Heavy On My Heart
Hello Dolly
High Cotton
Homeward Bound
I Belong To You
I Can Make Ya
I Don’t Believe You
I Gotta Feeling
I Held Your Hand
I Hope You Find It!
I Will Try
I’m In Love With You
I’m Mad
Inside Your Heaven
Ivory Towers
Jesse James
Jitterbug
Just One Reason
Lady Luck
Leave Me
Love 2 Dance
Love Trouble
Loving You
Marz and Mummies
Mmm Yeah
Mojo Mambo
My Hero!
My Next Love
New York 2 LA
Next To Me
No Goodbyes
Not So Ordinary
Off The Chain
Only A Woman
Only Girl
p-51
Pontoon
Rainmaker
Red Lights
Ring My Bells
Say Something
Sea of Heartbreak
She’s On Fire
Shotgun Jenny
Sippin’ On Southern
Something In the Water
Stay Stay Stay
Still Got The Blues
Such A Fool
Suicide Waltz
Summer Paradise
Talkin’ Bout, Walkin’ Out
Thankful
To Eternity
Touchy
Trespassing
Wanna Be Contigo
Won’t You Stay

Playlist (Friday Evening Dance)

50 Ways
All I Can Say
Always Alone
Blue Sky
Down To The River
Flower
Hit The Floor
I Gotta Feeling
I Hope You Find It
I’m Mad
It’s Going Down
Just One Reason
Lady Luck
New York 2 LA
Off The Chain
P-51
Red Lights
Ring My Bells
Say Something
Shakin’ My Head
Showstopper
Suicide Waltz
Timber
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A Day with Scott Blevins – 2014 May 3

Workshop with Scott
Playlist (Workshop and evening dance)

All Of Me
5-10-15 Swing
Always Alone
Beautiful In My Eyes
Break Free Cha
Can U This
Cha Cha Burn
Cha Cha Tonight
Circle of Love Train
Clap Happy
Coming Unplugged
Coochie Bang Bang
Counting Stars
Doing It Justice
Don’t Wait
Dream Lover
Echo
Fault Line
Feed The Fetih
Feel
Flower
Follow Me
Freak A Little More
Girl Power
Have Fun, Go Mad
Hey Go!
Hit The Floor
Hold On Tight
Hurt Me Carefully
I Held Your Hand
I Hope You Find It
I Scream
I’m In Love With You
I’m Mad
It’s Going Down
Ivory Towers
Just One Reason
Kickin’ Back 2013
Kreedom
Love Me Right
Man In The Mirror
Meltdown
MMM Dada!!!
Mmm Yeah
Murder My Heart
My A D D
My Light
Naughty, Baby
Never Say Never
Never Should Have
New York 2 LA
Nitty Gritty
No Goodbyes
No Man’s Land
No Regrets
No Salvation
Not So Ordinary
NY Cha
Only A Woman
Outlaws of Love
Overnight
Post Code Envy
Private Dancer
Rainmaker
Red Lights
Right To Be Wrong
Round & Round
Say Something
Scandalous
Shakin’ My Head
Shiver
Showstopper
Sippin’ On Southern
Skinny Love
Stuck
Sultry
Take Your Time
The Beast
The Good Life
The Thunderer
Thing Change
Things Change
Timber
To Eternity
Treat Me Right
Triple X
Trouble Is
Trouble With My Baby
Twinkle
Vegas Girl
Waking Up
Walk Alone
Weep
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A Day with Scott Blevins – 2013 Sep 28

A Day with Scott Blevins
Teaches
Kickin’ Back 2013
Nitty Gritty
Showstopper
Swing Time Boogie

Playlist (Workshop and Evening Dance)

5-10-15 Swing
Addited
Angel
Begin Again
Better Believe
Blue Sky
Blurred Lines
Boom Sh-Boom
Booty Chuk
Boys Will Be Boys
Break Free Cha
Brucie
Bruises
Burning
Cadillac Ride
Cha Cha Tonight
Clap Happy
Come Wake Me Up
Coochie Bang Bang
Cowgirls & Switches
Don’t Stay
Don’t You Remember
Faith & Desire
Faking It
Feed the Fetish
Feel
Feel
Flower
Follow Me
Freak A Little More
Free Falli’
Gleefully There
Half Past Nothin’
Have Fun, Go Mad
Hell If I
Hold On Tight
Humanised
Hurt Me Carefully
Hurts Instead
I Don’t Believe You
I Scream!
If I Had Wings
It’s Murda
Jenkins Sisters’ Jam
Kickin’ Back 2013
Krazy
Long Distance Love
Loppis
Loving You
Madness
Miami
Mirrors
Never Say Never
Nitty Gritty
No Life After You
No Regrets
Outta Control
Overnight
People Like Us
Private Dancer
Pucker Up
Remember That
Rhythm of the Night
Right To Be Wrong
Showstopper
Sippin’ on Southern
Skinny Love
So Said Joe
Spoiled
Street Soul
Superstar
Swing Time Boogie
The Good Life
Through The Fire
To Love Somebody
Together Forever
Tonight
Too Deep
Treat Me Right
Trendin
Trespassing
Trouble Is
Waking Up
We’re Not Broken
When A Man Loves A Woman
When I Was Your Main
Wherever I Go
Wow Tokyo

Workshop with Niels Poulsen – 2013 Feb 15-16

TEACHES

Friday Workshop Saturday Workshop
Bruises
California Cha
Lookabell
Maverockin’ by Gaye Teather
Better Believe by Scott Blevins
Brand New Me by Neville Fitzgerald & Julie Harris
Cubano
Drunk On Love
With These Eyes by Darren Bailey & Niels Poulsen

PLAYLISTS

Friday Workshop Saturday Workshop
1-2-3-4
Baby Kate
Back It Up
Bruises
Caballero
California Cha
Come Dance With Me
Dizzy
Don’t Stop The Party
Flower
Hello Dolly
Imelda’s Way
Knee Deep
Lady Luck
Lookabell
Maverockin’
Medina
Pontoon
Simplemente
Something In The Water
Stay Stay Stay
Stuck
Summer Paradise
50 Ways
Alabama Slammin’
American Cowboy
Beautiful In My Eyes
Better Believe
Bittersweet Memory
Boys Will Be Boys
Cubano
Drive By
Drunk On Love
Eres Tu
Gleefully There
Half Past Nothin’
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
His Only Need
Hurt Me Carefully
It’s Up To You
Jesse James
Melon Heart
My Hero!
My Next Love
Next To Me
Now You See It, Now You Don’t
On the Edge
Outta Control
Promise
Skiffle Time
Stuck
To Eternity
Under The Sun
Unmistakable
Windy City Waltz
With These Eyes
Friday Evening Dance Saturday Evening Dance
1929
50 Ways
Back It Up
Bang Bang
Beautiful In My Eyes
Blue Sky
Cadillac Ride
Call me Maybe
Can’t Stop Loving You
Crazy Foot Mambo
Don’t Drop Your Cha
Don’t Stop The Party
Flower
For The First Time
Gleefully There
Hallelujah
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Hey Soul Sister
How You Gonna
Humanised
I Gotta Feeling
I Like It, I Like It
I Wanna (Dance)
In The Air Tonight
Judy Likes To Rock!
Love 2 Dance
Marz and Mummies
My Next Love
Next To Me
On The Edge
On The Water
Only Girl
Outta Control
Rolling In The Deep
Run This
Somewhere With You
Through The Fire
Time Bomn
To Eternity
Together We Dance
Trendin’
Twinkle
What Are Words
Windy City Waltz
1929
1-2-3-4
Back It Up
Big Moments
Bittersweet Memory
Blue Night Cha
Blue Sky
Brand New Me
Caballero
Cadillac Ride
Clap Your Hands
Disclosure
Don’t Drop Your Cha
Don’t Stop The Party
Drunk In The Morning
Eres Tu
Farewell
Flower
For The First Time
Gleefully There
Gotta Be Somebody
Half Past Nothin’
Heavy On My Heart
His Only Need
I Belong To You
I Gotta Feeling
I Held Your Hand
I Wanna (Dance)
Intrigue
Islands In The Stream
Jazzy Girl
Judy Likes To Rock!
Love 2 Dance
Love Trouble
Loving You
Medina
Melon Heart
Next To Me
Night Nurse
Only Girl
Pii Pii
Pontoon
Rolling In The Deep
Run This
Simplemente
Skinny Love
Soul Fire
Stay Stay Stay
Still Got The Blues
Straight to Memphis
To Terenity
Wade In The Water
With These Eyes
Without Fire
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Workshop with Ira Weisburd – 2012 Oct 20

It was a beautiful day and we had an awesome time at our Wine Country Line Dances Workshop with Ira Weisburd. Dancers from all over the Bay Area, as far north as Mt. Shasta area, as far south as Morgan Hill area and, beyond California, as far east as New York, attended this fun afternoon. We had about 100 people attending, so there were a lot of people to meet and new friends to be made.

People of all ages enjoyed learning Ira’s dances both the old and the new ones. We had the most fun dancing the Chi Balla mixer dance. Luckily there was plenty of room to dance and plenty of refreshments and water to keep our energy up.
Dancers appreciated Ira’s calm, soothing voice and his easy teaching style to match. In addition Ira’s wife Diane was also on the dance floor so we could watch and follow her as we turned to the back or side walls. And throughout the afternoon we even had time to take photos with Ira.

Many, many thanks to all who helped make this event successful from our sponsors to people bringing food and lending a hand. Many thanks, too, to the instructors who helped promote the workshop and brought their students with them with a special mention to Evelyn Khinoo, our Bay Area instructor and choreographer who, along with Denny, has done so much to promote line dancing and line dance events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thank you Ira for doing a workshop with us and thank you dancers for making this such a fun event.

Brenda, Dolly and Greta
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Teaches:
Beautiful
Cha Cha Suavito
Chi Balla Mixer (Dancer’s Mixer)
Sambalero (a.k.a. Dancing Heart)
When I Dance
Whipped Cream
Dance Playlist:

1929
Be Home Soon
Beautiful
Beautiful
Beautiful In My Eyes
Blue Night Cha
Boys Will Be Boys
Caballero
Cadillac Ride
Cha Cha Suavito
Chi Balla Mixer
Dizzy
Dream On Texas Ladies
Eres Tu
Evergreen
Half Past Nothin’
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
His Only Need
Linda Eh
Martini Time
Mojo Mambo
No Diggity
On The Edge
Open Book
Rolling In The Deep
S.B.S. (Shuffle Boogie Soul)
Sambalero
Seduced
Seduced
Shakatak
Silk & Satin
Simplemente
Something In The Water
Viva La Rumba
Watch It Burn
When I Dance
Whipped Cream
Without Fire

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

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

SUBJECT: IRA WEISBURD WORKSHOP, PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, OCT. 20, 2012
From: Judy

Curiosity and fidelity – two traits that can make things happen. One can kill the cat the other could save it. The one enduring image of IRA WEISBURD for me was his wedding video which he posted in this newsletter, the one where the rabbi asked Diane if she would take Ira for her husband and before she could answer asked her if she’d like to exercise her lifeline and poll the audience. That scene sent me reeling off my chair with laughter. I thought that a guy who could make fun of himself at such a solemn moment and probably the most important event in his life must be way up there in the stratosphere of “cool”. I was curious to see this cool guy in person and decided to go to his workshop. Also it was being put up by DOLLY URQUHART, GRETA SUMAGANDAY and BRENDA SHATTO of the Wine Country Linedance and these ladies are way up there in my regards. Fidelity dictates that I attend the workshop. So on a perfectly gorgeous Saturday afternoon when the sun was at its shiniest, I drove once again over the Golden Gate Bridge to Petaluma while the seductive scenery beaconed me to get out of my car and commune with nature while in my ear I could hear my friend asking “you’re going to Ira’s workshop? That’s for beginners, there’ll be mostly beginners there and the teach would be very slooooooowww.” I like all dances, beginners or whatever and we do beginner dances at least every 3rd dance at our clubs. But as I was driving, I started questioning myself “do I really want to spend 4 hours of this beautiful day dancing beginner dances?” I was mulling that question when I realized I have reached my destination. I stepped into the ballroom and WHOA! the room was full and prancing in a big circle dance called CHI BALLA MIXER, 32 ct. beg couple mixer done to polka music Chi Balla by Orchestra Mario Riccardi of Italy. Millie Dusha was there doing her woohoos and there were a lot of intermediate dancers which translates to intermediate dances during open dancing in between teaches. The prospect for the afternoon had made a 180 degree turn.

On the stage was the cool guy all in black against the black curtains of the stage. They had to put a big white panel behind him so he can be seen. Ira taught SAMBALERO, 32 ct. beg/improv to samba music Mueve by Orchestra Bagutti; WHEN I DANCE, 64 ct. high beg/improv foxtrot linedance to Seduction by Frank Sinatra; BEAUTIFUL, 32 ct. high beg/improv rhumba to La Belleza by Marta Sanchez; CHA CHA SUAVITO, 32 ct beg/inter to Baile De Suavito by M. Gomez; and WHIPPED CREAM, 44 ct. 1 wall beginner to Whipped Cream by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Yes, all beginners but very well choreographed done to very danceable music and simpatico and guapito IRA teaches in such an even, affable, suave style, things just flowed pleasantly by. He chose his dances well, for the very beginners, I imagine, it was challenging but not daunting and for the more advanced, it was soothing and relaxing where they could just let their body do the dancing and enjoy the music. DIANE, who became his wife by virtue of a decisive vote by their wedding guests, was his able assistant and back wall. For the open dancing in between, we got to do a mix of intermediate and beginner dances (yay!), to name a few: Beautiful In My Eyes, Boys Will Be Boys, Half Past Nothing, Caballero, Seduced, Night Nurse, Something in The Water, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Silk and Satin and Dream On Texas Ladies both by Evelyn Khinoo who was there. The afternoon went quickly by. It wasn’t the outdoors but the indoors was just as pleasurable. The hall was festive with decorations and balloons, perfect temperature, bountiful food and drinks, great raffles prizes, the most gracious and friendliest of hostesses and wonderful dancers. As for the cat, curiosity didn’t kill it, it gained one more life to the 9 it already got and fidelity for the ladies went up another notch. Let’s drink, I mean, dance to that.

Judy Romanenkov
judybmr@sbcglobal.net
www.jbmrpaintings.com

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

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Teaches:
Will Craig Bryan McWherter
Away We Go
Bite The Dust by Harlan Curtis
Breathing
I Don’t Want Tonight
Make You Dance
Once Upon A Time
People Are Crazy
Watch It Burn
Worldwide
Accordion Love
Baby, Oh Baby
Chasing You
Hi-A-Ma Cha by Rachael McEnaney
Holler Oh Babe! by Frank Trace
Miles Away
Workshop Playlist
1-2-3-4
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
Domenica
Domino
Everthing I Do
Gravity
Holler Oh Babe!
I Belong To You
I’m No Good
Intrigue
Love Letter Waltz
Make U Luv Me
Rock This Party
Shakatak
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
Bam-A-Lam!
Be A Little Selfish
Behind The Glass
Bittersweet Memory
Breathing
Cadillac Ride
Can’t Get Involved
Descarada
Don’t Drop Your Cha
Don’t You Remember
Faithfully
Feel
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
Ice
Imagine
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
Scandalous
Shoop
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
Troublemaker
W.T.F. (What The Funk)
Watch It Burn
Wikkidest Ting
Without You
Worldwide
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!

SUBJECT: WINE COUNTRY LINE DANCE EVENT with WILL CRAIG & BRYAN McWHERTER, PETALUMA, CA, 4/7/12
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
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www.jbmrpaintings.com