We have now re-introduced the Monthly Dance Feature after a recent break. We will release some of our favourite dances from the archives, free-to-view, on a roughly monthly basis.
April 2020 With no new dances on the agenda, I thought these might be appreciated:
WALTZ LEHAR Jeff & Muriel Aldren, 1981.
SUNRIDGE JIVE Ted & Sue Burroughs, 1985.
Plus one from my bottom drawer for good measure, a bit different, plenty of chasses (including a Tipple Chasse to L from PP to a Back Curved Three Step to end) plus the Natural Hover Telemark, the Hover Cross to Cross Swivel and Syncopated Travelling Wing:
ALDERNEY FOXTROT Sequenceblogger 2020
METRO FOXTROT Ray & Dorothy Casey, 1980
TUCAN TANGO Ken & Elaine Park, 1981
BARBADOS CHA-CHA-CHA Ted & Sue Burroughs, 1981
January 2020 Seems like a while since the last feature, so here’s another:
SOHO SWING Ken Park, 1976
RED RUMBA Ken Park, 1982
WALTZ BARCAROLLE Winn & Bob Oliver, 1976
I include the latter to make the point that despite the similarities in recent prizewinning Waltzes, there are other variations out there.
November 2019 Another of my own FUSION FOXTROT
October 2019 WAIKIKI WALTZ Yvonne Stanley & Maurice Tait, 1982
February 2019 This month a couple more of my own arrangements from the bottom drawer:
TANGO ELIXIR (Modern)
January 2019 JANUARY BLUES, a non-winner from the early 80’s. Recommended music: Shirley Bassey, Somebody Like Me. I also thought I’d put up RUMBA ROSETTE – a recent new dance with diagonal cucarachas reminded me of this a bit, but I thought readers might appreciate an alternative. And finally, SYNERGY QUICKSTEP.
November 2018 In the aftermath of the Ada Unsworth Memorial Inventive, I thought I’d put up something from the Slough Dance Festival, Dance News Inventive from yesteryear. So here it is:
SHARON SAUNTER Yvonne & Roger Corkery, 1978.
Late October 2018 Just been looking at the Entries & Results from the Blackpool Inventive. Mostly predictable, but one surprise was seeing Marie Barber in the competion, along with son Eugene. I have heard that their Hip-Op Cha-Cha-Cha was a potential winner even though not in the final (if they would like to send in the script we’d be happy to publish it here). Marie won the Latin section at this competition 42 years ago in 1976, along with her late husband Jim, and this also went down rather well. Quite a signifcant win as one of the first sequence Samba’s using the Latin technique. So, next best thing, we thought we’d publish their 1976 winner for this Feature. Here it is: SAMBA ELEGRE Jim & Marie Barber, 1976
October 2018 This month some suggestions for better alternatives to the new dances, plus something to remember Miss Beryl Bates one of our pioneer Modern Sequence inventors and former Butlins Inventive organiser, who sadly passed away last month:
CONROY TANGO Ted & Sue Burroughs, 1981: A bit like the latest Tango, but with a bit more finesse and better arranged. There’s better already out there for the taking, there really is.
INTERNATIONAL RUMBA Derek Tonks & Beryl Bates, 1977: A much needed simplicity of construction, in stark contrast to the latest Rumba. I’m sure that dances like this would have much more appeal to the sequence community and would be far more beneficial.
September 2018 This month a couple of my own arrangements from the bottom drawer:
TANGO ELIXIR (Modern)
August 2018 I received an E mail from Yvonne Tait today telling me how pleased she was to see her & Maurice’s dances available in the Library. So I thought this month I’d use some of their dances for the Feature:
CLASSIC GAVOTTE Maurice Tait, 1961: The first Gavotte I ever learned and still danced today.
JIVE EASY Yvonne Stanley & Maurice Tait, 1977: This won at the Slough dance festival in 1977 on the day that Virginia Wade won Wimbledon. Last on the running list and receiving tumultuous applause from the crowd. This first time Chicken Walks were seen in Sequence.
June 2018 RUMBA CASANOVA Ken Park, 1975 – I’m not sure how this one got away as it was popular for quite a long time. A good example of how to choreograph a simple but attractive routine. Neatly arranged patterns, nothing OTT, but strikingly different from the groups we see time and time again today. Not so many figures that you can’t remember what comes next. And nothing un-natural (such as starting a routine in Fan position, ahem !). The sort of routine that could be danced on a crowded floor with little effort and still be enjoyed.
SIERRA SAMBA Yvonne & Roger Corkery, 1982