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Norman Gifford
Norman Gifford


As a “single again” person in the late 1980’s, I turned to Country Western dancing and music as a way to re-enter the dating scene. I joined a local country dance club where I was privileged to take couples lessons from such greats as Dave Getty, Robert Royston, and Michelle Kinkaid along with other excellent local instructors. My interest in line dancing came when my then girlfriend, now wife (a linedance teacher and social country dancer) suggested that teaching line dancing might be a good thing for me to do. Achy Breaky Heart had recently hit the air, and linedancing was enjoying a great deal of interest. I started taking line dance lessons and soon had other dancers asking me for help with dance steps. My education as a Chiropractor gave me a good understanding of biomechanics and with a B.A. in Music Education, I found that I could teach others how to enjoy dancing.

My first teaching job was in 1993 at a mobile home park teaching senior citizens how to line dance. The gratitude and appreciation that I received from them spurred me into expanding my teaching activities into Park & Recreation districts all around the greater Sacramento area. For many years I taught up to eight classes per week of beginner and intermediate dancing. The need for a safe, social environment in which to linedance led my wife & I to sponsor dances through the various Park & Recreation Districts where we taught. I became the DJ, and my wife took over the task of assisting beginners at the dances. We presently do a dance each month on the first Friday evening at the Clarke Dominguez Gym in Rocklin, CA.

In 1996, the need for new line dances that appealed to my students led me into linedance choreography. I have created over 75 linedances over the years (some of which I would just as soon forget) but am thrilled at the apparent success that “Burlesque” has garnered. I was inspired to do the dance after watching the credits to the movie Burlesque where Cher sang the song “Welcome to Burlesque”. Reflecting back, I was also driven by the music to choreograph “Sway Me Now” in 2005 after seeing the movie “Shall We Dance?” with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.

I have had the privilege to be an invited instructor at the Pismo Beach Country Western Dance Festival, subsequently Clovis Western Days, and Cambria Western Dance Festival. I have been the DJ for Scooter Lee’s “Dancing for the Dream” event in the Sacramento area since 2008.

My dance choreography can be found on my website at: wild-horses.us, and on a variety of other sites including Linedancer Magazine, Kickit, and Copperknob.

Choreographer Stepsheets

1 Dance With U  Norman Gifford (US) May 2013

    32 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: 'One Dance With You' by Tony Christie (67 bpm)

1 Way Ticket  Norman Gifford (Sept 2013)

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: One Way Ticket - Billy Currington (130 bpm - iTunes)

18 Wheeler  Norman Gifford – April 2017

    64 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Chase That Song - Cody Jinks - 168 BPM

2 Many Mondays  Norman Gifford

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Too Many Mondays, Not Enough Saturday Nights - Brad Wolf (120 bpm)

2B Missing  Norman Gifford – Jan 2017

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: Missing - William Michael Morgan

4 in the Morning  Norman Gifford – Jan 2017

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: It's Four in the Morning - Faron Young - 129 bpm

A Big Girl Now  Norman Gifford – Dec 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Mama I'm a Big Girl Now - Maddie Baillio & cast (CD: Hairspray Live!) 141 bpm

A Bit Lit  Norman Gifford – February 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Lit - Trace Adkins

A Cincinatti Fireball  Norman Gifford (June 2014)

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: Cincinatti Fireball - Jive & Jonas

A Country High  Norman Gifford – March 2016

    64 Count    2 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: "High on a Country Song" by Sam Riggs

A DREAMERS WALTZ  Norman Gifford

48 Count    4 Wall    beginner/intermediate waltz   Music: Dreaming My Dreams With You by Alison Krauss

A Few Changes  Norman Gifford – March 2017

    64 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: There's Gonna Be a Few Changes - Dave Insley

A Honey Do  Norman Gifford – October 2018

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Honey Do - Folk Soul Revival

A Honky Tonk Highway  Norman Gifford – June 2017

    64 Count    2 Wall    High Intermediate   Music: Honky Tonk Highway - Luke Combs – 132 bpm

A Kiss 4 Me  Norman Gifford (Feb 2013)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Dammi un Bacio - Giampiero Vincenzi (118 bpm - iTunes)

A Little Bitty Baby  Norman Gifford (Jan 2015)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Beginner   Music: Cotton Fields – Highwaymen – 134 bpm

A Little Love Storm  Norman Gifford and Jo Thompson-Szymanski – December 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Storms of Love - Scooter Lee – 151 bpm

A Little Love Worth Waiting 4  Norman Gifford

    32 Count    4 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: A Love Worth Waiting For – Bouke (130bpm)

A Lotta Bad Habits  Norman Gifford – April 2018

    48 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: Bad Habits - Michael Lee Austin

A Love Storm  Norman Gifford – December 2017

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: Storms of Love - Scooter Lee – 151 bpm

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