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Last Updated : Sunday 2nd May 2021
Your letters of thanks to those supporting your Social Events & Notices.
Titles in: BLUE = Your Letters RED = Notices GREEN = Website Updates
All items are included at the discretion of the Editors.
The Australian Line Dance Ball Award Winners 2021
Posted: Sunday 2nd May 2021
Australian Beginner Line Dance of the Year: Country Boy Lovin' ~ Maddison Glover
Australian Improver Line Dance of the Year: Brings You Happiness ~ Stephen Paterson
Australian Intermediate Line Dance of the Year: May I Have This Dance ~ Chris Watson
International Line Dance of the Year: I've Seen It All ~ Gary O'Reilly
International Choreographer of the Year: Gary O'Reilly (Ireland)
Australian Choreographer of the Year: Stephen Paterson (Victoria)
Australian Line Dance Personality of the Year: Stephen Paterson
Australian Line Dance Instructor of the Year: Luke Watson ~ Uber Line Dancing
Australian Line Dance Website of the Year: Victorian Line Dance Association
Australian Line Dancer of the Year: Maddison Glover
Line Dance Floor of Fame: Julie Talbot
Linedancer's 25th Crystal Boot Award Winners 2021
Posted: Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Download: CBA Commemorative Brochure (includes step sheets to CBA teaches) [added on 8th Feb 2021 approx 19MB]
Dedicated Dance Artist: CALICO
Dedicated Dance DJ: MICHELLE RISLEY
UK Instructor: DARREN BAILEY
International Instructor: MADDISON GLOVER
UK Choreographer: FRED WHITEHOUSE
International Choreographer: MADDISON
Female Dance Personality: MADDISON GLOVER
Male Dance Personality: GARY O’REILLY
For The Love Of Dance Award: STREAMLINE
MAUREEN & JOHN ROWELL
Hall Of Fame: CHRIS WATSON
Absolute Beginner Dance: WHEN YOU SMILE
(Jose Miguel Belloque Vane & Roy Verdonk)
Beginner Dance: BONAPARTE’S RETREAT
Improver Dance: HALF PAST TIPSY (Maddison
Glover & Rachael McEnaney-White)
Intermediate Dance: FAITHFUL SOUL (Maggie
Gallagher & Gary O’Reilly)
Advanced Dance: ALL I NEED TO KNOW
(Maggie Gallagher & Gary O’Reilly)
Wild Card Dance: ONE TOO MANY (Neville
Fitzgerald & Julie Harris)
Dance Of The Year: FAITHFUL SOUL (Maggie
Gallagher & Gary O’Reilly)
Lockdown Heroes: STEPHEN PATERSON
THE STREAMLINE BOYS (DANIEL TREPAT, JOSE MIGUEL BV, JEAN-PIERRE MADGE)
CBA 2021 Workshop Teaches are on our WORKSHOP TEACHES page
Milford Linedancers Update
Posted: Tuesday 26th January 2021
Hello Chrissie & Mike,
Through all the lockdowns, we kept busy. I produced a series of "Lockdown News dance videos" and the mail list I run was full of chat and music which kept everyone together along with their family news, photos and humour (this was great when in complete lockdown stage) ...
as soon as we could we danced with small numbers almost daily in the hall until we finally reached "back to normal" stage.
Covid has made a few dancers nervous so instead of the usual
75+ dancers turning out weekly we are down to 60.
This year we had a large and stunning Christmas Show with costume and dance through the different eras of music... it had been suggested because everyone looked so great and the dance and music so lively and full of fun that our next year's big show ought to be a charity show - instead of our usual audience of families and friends.
We will do this and we have chosen St.Vincent dePaul for our chosen charity - we have big hopes to make a nice donation to their Christmas Food Basket funds.
I am blessed as a teacher to have classes full of students who just love to come (most twice weekly) to enjoy their dance and each others' company and we have all become close friends who look out for each other and generally care for each other -
I am continually told "it is more than just a dance class" and the friendship, humour and love of music we all share is enjoyed every week.
Valerie Hughes (Milford Linedancers)
CANCELLATION OF 2021's RAUMATI LINE DANCERS WEEKEND WITH ADRIAN & JESSICA
Posted: Thursday 3rd December 2020
The Raumati Line Dancers have been keeping a close eye on COVID developments in Australia as well as our own border restrictions here in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that Adrian and Jessica will yet be able to travel over from Australia in May 2021, or indeed that they would be allowed in even if they could travel safely.
So, it is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel the event altogether and reimburse all paid entry fees that weren’t paid out when the May 2020 event was postponed.
Our apologies, we cannot in good conscience carry on with the May 2021 Workshop Weekend but we fully intend to look at hosting a workshop weekend again once the world and COVID-19 calms down once more.
Meanwhile, please either provide your bank details when replying to this email, or visit May 2021 Refund Request to receive a full refund.
Raumati Line Dancers
LETTER FROM JENNY - ALDF 2021 POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 2022
Posted: Tuesday 13th October 2020
It is with much regret that Sharon and the Royal Stars have made the decision to postpone The Auckland Line Dance Festival 2021.
We feel this is the best way to proceed during such unprecedented times and with so much uncertainty around international travel. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event in 2021 both for our dancers here in New Zealand and those planning to visit from overseas. However, we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today. New Zealand continues to require inbound visitors into the country to complete 14 days of managed quarantine. Our primary concern is always the responsibility we have towards our guests.
Lucky for us, all 3 of our international instructors Maddison Glover, Fred Whitehouse and Daniel Trepat have committed to a new event date which is 4th-6th March 2022 at the same venue, so please save this date!!
We will automatically credit your registration fees already paid to the 2022 event unless you would like a full refund, but unfortunately, we are not able to cover any third party transaction fees.
If you would prefer to have your registration fees refunded, please contact us or email your refund request by Jan 30th, 2021 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this rescheduling may cause you but we look forward to bringing you a wonderful ALDF2022.
Jenny Yao (Auckland)
NZ SOURCED NAME BADGES
Posted: Wednesday 17th June 2020 (Updated Friday 3rd July 2020)
Provided by Suzanne Howie
LINE DANCE BADGES ARE BACK
New Zealand sourced line dance badges
We can’t change the colour of the print of the name (white) and as you can see, there is no bling. BUT the background itself is very sparkly and looks quite impressive. However, there is nothing stopping you adding you own bling. Sheets of different ‘ready to stick on’ bling dots are available in various shops.
There is a choice of how the badges are attached to our clothes:
The usual pin, which costs $12.50 each, plus p&p or a strong magnet on either side of your top, at $15.50 each, plus p&p
The lady who is handling these badges is called Rebecca.
If you wish to make enquiries, please contact:
Barclay Engravers Tel: 07.5787938 or 021 049 0704,
email@example.com (Unit 23a/61 Maleme Street, Greerton, Tauranga).
Barclay Engravers ask that the order be emailed to them, to ensure correct spelling of name, shape and colour.
Please nominate one person in your group to take the order and email it to the company.
They will email an invoice
and upon payment will post them to you. However, individual orders are
And as we keep hearing at these difficult times ‘support local’
Please find attached an updated sample sheet of the shapes and colours available.
The printer does not do justice to how vibrant the colours are.
They are a very attractive alternative.
COVID-19 - UPDATE - ALERT LEVEL 1
Posted: Tuesday 9th June 2020
We have now moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 1.
At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation.
It's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.
We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.
The Official Government COVID-19 & Health Information can be found at: www.covid19.govt.nz
AUSTRALIAN LINE DANCE AWARDS 2020 ~ RESULTS
Posted: Tuesday 5th May 2020
Australian Line Dance Awards
Saturday 2nd May 2020 ~ Mayworth, QLD
Australian Beginner Dance Of The Year
Bonaparte’s Retreat – Maddison Glover
Australian Improver Dance Of The Year
Dance With A Stranger – Adrian Lefebour
Australian Intermediate / Advanced Dance Of The Year
You Need To Calm Down – Adrian Lefebour & Jessica Lamb
International Dance Of The Year
Half Past Tipsy – Maddison Glover (AUS) & Rachael McEnaney White (USA)
International Choreographer Of The Year
Fred Whitehouse (IRE)
Australian Choreographer Of The Year
Australian Line Dance Personality Of The Year
Australian Line Dance Instructor Of The Year
Australian Line Dance Website Of The Year
Aussie Dancesheets / Line Dance Sydney
Australian Line Dancer Of The Year
2020 Crystal Boot Award
Posted: Monday 3rd February 2020
Dedicated Dance Artist: Paul Bailey
Dedicated Dance DJ: Michelle Risley
UK Instructor: Fred Whitehouse
International Instructor: Gary O`Reilly
UK Choreographer: Fred Whitehouse
International Choreographer: Gary O`Reilly
Dancers' Choice: Linedancer Radio
Female Dance Personality: Maddison Glover
Male Dance Personality: Gary O`Reilly
Absolute Beginner Dance: Rocket To The Sun by Maddison Glover
Beginner Dance: Bonaparte`s Retreat by Maddison Glover
Improver Dance: Senorita La-La-La by Julia Wetzel
Intermediate Dance: Faithful Soul by Maggie Gallagher and Gary O`Reilly
Advanced Dance: Rolling With Love by Heather Barton and Simon Ward
Wild Card Dance: Dance Monkey by Alison Johnstone
Dance Of The Year: Faithful Soul by Maggie Gallagher and Gary O`Reilly
7th Feb ~ The Workshop Teaches from this weekend have been added to the Teaches page.
What Qualities Make a Good
Dance Teacher ?
Posted: Saturday 28th September 2019
Anyone can be a dancer, but not everyone has the skills and aptitude to be an effective dance instructor. There is more to teaching than just choreographing a few dance moves and expecting students to blindly follow suit. It takes a whole lot of gumption to mold awkward beginners into skilled dancers that can proudly showcase their craft to the public.
Of course, people have differing opinions on what being a good dance teacher entails. Some would prefer a teacher with more relaxed teaching methods, while others work best with a teacher that is strict and micromanaging. There is no one style of teaching to rule them all.
No matter your teaching methods, there are a few benchmark qualities that they should all possess in order to teach effectively. Here are some of the essential attributes that aspiring dancers should expect from their dance teachers:
Teaching dance is gruelling.
Students enrolled in a dance class have varying
degrees of skill, and as such, can absorb and learn material at different
paces. There will always be students who will learn more slowly than their
peers. Having to adjust the learning material to accommodate these students
can be taxing for the teacher.
Patience is always a hallmark virtue of any good
teacher. For a struggling student, a patient dance teacher can make or break
his or her motivation to study the art.
Flexibility and Sensitivity
A good dance teacher is sensitive to the needs
of his or her students. He or she must be able to make changes and revisions
to the choreography at the drop of a hat, so as to ensure that each and
every student is able to keep up with the lessons.
Respect is given where respect is due; an effective and respectable teacher should always be at the pinnacle of professionalism.
No student would like to be taught by someone
who does not take each class seriously. For many, dancing is more than an
art; it’s a lifestyle. And the teacher should be able to show this much
respect for dance in the way he or she acts in class - whether it’s the way
he or she dresses, talks, and interacts with the students.
A dance lesson does not merely involve going through a random set of choreographed dance moves.
Each lesson should be tailored to accommodate a
progressive form of learning, wherein the student is first taught the
basics, which would then form the foundation for later lessons. The teacher
should put an emphasis on prioritizing the mastery of the building blocks of
the art, instead of letting his or her students do complicated dance moves
all at once. An effective teacher knows that the body needs time to adapt
gradually to new choreography.
A teacher is also a lifelong student.
This means that he or she must be willing to learn and try new things so that students will never have a dull moment in class.
Some of the most effective dance instructors do not focus on just one style alone - they are able to use and adapt different styles for their lessons. The passion of the teacher for the art must show through and rub off on his or her students. He or she must learn when to encourage, when to prod, when to adjust, and when to correct a pupil. His or her class is not merely a collection of amateur students, but a group of people who are passionate to learn the intricacies of dance.
A memorable dance instructor is always one who has a solid sense of artistry for the craft.
He or she can inspire and move students in their
love of dancing.
Bobby Mobley - Universal Line Dancing
Mr & Mrs Ed: A great article Bobby we are pleased to share this with everyone.
CRYSTAL BOOT AWARD WINNERS 2019
Posted: Mon 28th January 2019
Dedicated Dance DJ Gary Lafferty
Dedicated Dance Artist Richard Palmer
The Irene Crossley For The Love Of Dance Award George Crutchlow (Copperknob)
UK Instructor Fred Whitehouse
International Instructor Maddison Glover (AUS)
UK Choreographer Fred Whitehouse
International Choreographer Gary O`Reilly (IRE)
Female Dance Personality Maddison Glover (AUS)
Male Dance Personality Gary O`Reilly (IRE)
Hall Of Fame Inductee Dave Baycroft
Rising Star Blaire Morgan
Absolute Beginner Dance Rocket To The Sun by Maddison Glover (AUS)
Beginner Dance I Close My Eyes by Hazel Pace
Improver Dance Groovy Love by Daniel Trepat (NL), Fred Whitehouse and Jonas Dahlgren (FR)
Intermediate Dance Vanotek Cha by Gary O`Reilly (IRE)
Advanced Dance Blaze Of Glory by Fred Whitehouse, Neils Poulsen (DK), Shane McKeever and Simon Ward (AUS)
Wild Card Dance Come Alive by Rachael McEnaney-White (UK/US) and Shane McKeever
Dance Of The Year Vanotek Cha by Gary O`Reilly (IRE)
Outstanding Dance Achievement (for dances that have continually been in the charts and nominated for awards for years)
Lipstick Powder & Paint by Steve & Claire Rutter,
Mamma Maria by Frank Trace (USA),
Superheroes by Maggie Gallagher,
Young Blood by Peter Metelnick & Alison Biggs