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.
32 Count 2 Wall Improver Music: 'One Dance With You' by Tony Christie (67 bpm)
64 Count 2 Wall Improver Music: One Way Ticket - Billy Currington (130 bpm - iTunes)
64 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Chase That Song - Cody Jinks - 168 BPM
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Too Many Mondays, Not Enough Saturday Nights - Brad Wolf (120 bpm)
34 Count 2 Wall Low Intermediate Music: Two Words One Finger - Robynn Shayne
64 Count 2 Wall Improver Music: Missing - William Michael Morgan
48 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: It's Four in the Morning - Faron Young - 129 bpm
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Mama I'm a Big Girl Now - Maddie Baillio & cast (CD: Hairspray Live!) 141 bpm
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Lit - Trace Adkins
64 Count 2 Wall Improver Music: Cincinatti Fireball - Jive & Jonas
64 Count 2 Wall Low Intermediate Music: "High on a Country Song" by Sam Riggs
32 Count 4 Wall Improver / Intermediate Music: Something's Going On - Trace Adkins
48 Count 4 Wall beginner/intermediate waltz Music: Alison Krauss - Dreaming My Dreams With You
64 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: There's Gonna Be a Few Changes - Dave Insley
48 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Honey Do - Folk Soul Revival
64 Count 2 Wall High Intermediate Music: Honky Tonk Highway - Luke Combs – 132 bpm
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Dammi un Bacio - Giampiero Vincenzi (118 bpm - iTunes)
32 Count 4 Wall Low Beginner Music: Cotton Fields – Highwaymen – 134 bpm
32 Count 4 Wall Absolute Beginner Music: Storms of Love - Scooter Lee – 151 bpm
32 Count 4 Wall Absolute Beginner Music: A Love Worth Waiting For – Bouke (130bpm)