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Norman Gifford

Norman Gifford - Line Dance Choreographer
United States
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:, and on a variety of other sites including Linedancer Magazine, Kickit, and Copperknob.

Norman Gifford has choreographed 169 dances, of which 6 have been co-choreographed. Their first published stepsheet on CopperKnob is Language Of Love from October 2007, with their most recent stepsheet of Build An Ark in January 2021.

Choreographer Stepsheets

Build an Ark  Norman Gifford (USA) - January 2021

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate Samba style   Music: Build an Ark - Scooter Lee

Thangs  Norman Gifford (USA) - November 2020

    32 Count    2 Wall    Absolute Beginner   Music: Things - Billie Jo Spears : (Album: C'est la Vie - iTunes)

Same Kind of Crazy as Me - EZ  Norman Gifford (USA) - October 2020

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Same Kind of Crazy As Me - Scooter Lee

Same Kind of Crazy as Me  Norman Gifford (USA) - September 2020

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Same Kind of Crazy As Me - Scooter Lee

Crowd My Mind  Norman Gifford (USA) - September 2020

    48 Count    2 Wall    Improver waltz   Music: Crowd My Mind - Brett Eldredge

I Forgot to Remember to Forget  Norman Gifford (USA) - February 2020

    64 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: I Forgot to Remember to Forget - Scooter Lee

Crawfish Pie  Norman Gifford (USA) & Christopher Gonzalez (USA) - January 2020

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Improver   Music: Jambalaya - Scooter Lee

Sisters & Brothers  Norman Gifford (USA) - December 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate NC2S style   Music: Sisters Brothers - Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Midnight Hauler Jr.  Norman Gifford (USA) - October 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Midnight Hauler - Scooter Lee

Family  Norman Gifford (USA) - October 2019

    32 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: Family - Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

A Darker Shade of Red  Norman Gifford (USA) - September 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: Something's Going On - Trace Adkins

2 Words, 1 Finger  Norman Gifford (USA) - July 2019

    34 Count    2 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: Two Words One Finger - Robynn Shayne

Hillbilly Boogie  Norman Gifford (USA) - April 2019

    64 Count    4 Wall    Low Improver   Music: Hillbilly Boogie - Nitro Express

Into Nightfall  Norman Gifford (USA) - March 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Improver   Music: Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi

Only a Fool  Norman Gifford (USA) - January 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: Only A Fool - Bouke

Got Lonely Too Early  Norman Gifford (USA) - December 2018

    68 Count    4 Wall    High Improver   Music: Got Lonely Too Early - Amy Jack

A Honey Do  Norman Gifford (USA) - October 2018

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

Broken Chains  Norman Gifford (USA) - September 2018

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Chains Are Broken - The Devil Makes Three

Must Be The Whiskey  Norman Gifford (USA) - August 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Must Be the Whiskey - Cody Jinks

I Wanna Kiss You Baby  Norman Gifford (USA) - July 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: Kiss You All Night Long - Bouke

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