March 27th-29th 2015 saw Boogie Shoes return to The Victoria Hotel in Torquay for it's spring weekend away.
After returning back from a 2 year gap, the hotel did not let us down!!!
The welcome was great, the improvements to the hotel were noticed and the friendly & helpful staff all made for a great weekend!!
We kicked off on Friday with the early bird workshop, re-capping the latest dances taught throughout our classes that included "We Only Live Once", "Uptown Funk", "Up", "Shades Of Passion" and not forgetting "Razor Sharp"
The evening meal in the restuarant set us up ready for the first night of dancing in The Warick Ballroom. It had a green theme to the evening and we danced the night away to the early hours of the morning (1:00am). We also played a game of Irish Bingo and congratulations to David Bradshaw who bagged himself £50!!!!
We introduced a new activity on this night called "The Instructors Challenge" this was where the instructors on the weekend picked a favourite dance and put it to a VERY random piece of music!! The following dances were selcted:
Raggle Taggle Gypsy O to the theme tune of Captain Pug Wash!!
A Little Bit Gypsy to "I just can't Wait To Be King" from The Lion King
Imeldas Way to "I Wanna Be Like You" from Jungle Book!
And the winner was ...... Imeldas Way!!!!
Thank you to Lynne Williams & Jo Gwilliam
for helping out with that one, it was great fun!!!!
After our well earned Breakie we kick started the day with a workshop where the following dances were taught:
Rock & Roll King By Rachael McEnaney
A Thousand Miles By Karl Harry-Winson
Darling Hold My Hand By Neville & Julie
Yes! By Simon Ward & Jo Thompson Szymanski
Everyone then had a free afternoon and could enjoy the English Riviera, a spot of shopping in Torquay or just relaxing in the Hotel as there is always plenty to do there!!
We then meet back up for the evening meal before heading to the Ballroom for another full night of dancing!!! This time the setting was all about Disney!!!! The fancy Dress was absolutley brilliant. The outfits just keep getting better and better!!! Congratulations to the following winners:
1st Place: Sandra & Tony Adams
2nd Place: Lynda Cobern & Carol Rees
3rd Place: Sue Holder
4th Place: Karen Bingle & Dawn Williams
(See pic's below!!)
As always we had a themed quiz and you guessed it ...... It was all about Disney!!! Congratulations to the Forest Peeps for coming first:
Jo Gwilliam, Nicky & Brian Challenger, Ann Bolton, Maureen Baker, Mavis Brown and Geoff Knickenburg!!
(Hope I have not missed anyone out there!!!)
As you know the clocks went forward on this weekend but the dancers were not going to let this affect their weekend. We stayed up dancing until 1:30am which ultimately was 2:30am leaving us only 5 hours to wait til Breakfast!!!!
Taken from the song "Human" from the Killers "Are we human? or are we dancer" I think we can say that we are more dancer, as we still had enough energy left to attend the Sunday Morning workshop!!
We re-capped the dances taught on Saturday and also learnt a lovely dance by Julie Lockton called "Tonight", music by The Shires.
The weekend came and went so quickly and has left me looking forward to the next one .... can't wait!!!
I would just like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to you all for coming along on these weekends and supporting us. We had a lovely bunch of dancers from all over Gloucestershire. From Boogie Shoes, L4Leather Liners, Jazzy Jo's and not forgetting our visitors from The Yellow Rose Line Dance Club in Bournemouth.
The weekends really are something special and that is down to you!!
A THANK YOU to Lynne Williams for hosting the event with me and for teaching and DJ'ing and being a great support and friend.
A THANK YOU to Johnny O'Connell for not only putting up with me with the run up to the weekend BUT also for his support and help during ..... I really could not do them without him!
A THANK YOU to The Victoria Hotel and all the staff in her for making our weekend go smoothly.
Here is to the next one!!!
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