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The OCDC Workhop - Fullerton, CA
       
 
Orange County Dancin' Country - How Does It Start....again?? Workshop held January 16, 1999.
Claudette is a dancer...just like me! I was lucky enough to be driven to "her" fabulous wooden dance floor at the Monrovia Community Center on Friday night. Her instructor, Gene Morrill, also happened to be the DJ tonight. Midway through the evening (after digesting a huge helping of food from the potluck table)...Claudette wanted to know if I knew this dance and told me that she fell in love with the music "Red Hot Salsa" (Dave Sheriff) and had ordered the CD from the UK. The CD finally arrived in her mail and she had it with her. She wanted to go over the dance with me and see if she "had it" before she asked Gene to play the music.

Instructors Evelyn Khinoo & Bruce Bowman were here also tonight...and when Red Hot Salsa (Christina Browne) was announced...they were in the front row so all the dancers who wanted to pick this easy dance up off the floor could watch their boots!

Gene also introduced and asked Evelyn to dance in the front row when her classic, Silk and Satin and her That's My Hat were called from the request list. (Mike Sliter made his hat twirlin' debut here tonight...while he danced That's My Hat next to Evelyn. Way Too Cool, Dude!)

Gene introduced Mike Sliter to the dancers and then proceeded to play "I'll Be Your San Antone Rose" by Emmylou Harris...while we did one of my favorite Mike Sliter dances....San Antone Rose. We also got to do his Roll of the Dice with him...twice! Once to the "real" music then again to a turbo bluesy piece of music that the dancers here really like. Thank goodness Beth Sliter was dancin' behind me...I could hardly think fast enough to remember the steps!

It got to be nearly 10:30 pm...and Gene finally announced...we can't wait any longer for him! We then got to do Michael Barr dances: Out Of The Blue, All-Right-A, Hey Bruce and Give It Up. (Southwest was not on time tonight and MB missed a really great dancin' and eatin' evening!)

It was interesting for me to see that not only did the Southland dancers request the popular dances by our local Bay Area choreographers, but also the dances that have been showing up all last year on the top ten dance charts from the UK. (Linedancer Magazine)

Since splitting the dance floor was not their practice....I got a chance to see the following dances on the UK charts:

Let'er Rip, Scotia Samba, Walkin' The Line, Kung Fu Fighting, Mucara Walk, Alane, Coastin', Black Coffee and of course.... Red Hot Salsa.

The OCDC dance mobile piloted by Sandy, navigated by Lou Ann and backseat driven by Marion zoomed along too many different freeways for us to count...and returned us back to our hotel...just in time to rest our boots for the Saturday all day line dance workshop.

"How Does It Start" workshop at Cal State Fullerton - sponsored by Orange County Dancin' Country.

The workshop started at 9 am with Mike Sliter premiering his newest dance Cajun Girls & Gumbo, an easy intermediate dance done to "Linda Lou" by The Tractors.

The following instructors taught:
Scott Blair - Walkin' On Me (Scott Blevins)
Gene Morrill - Right On The Money (Gene Morrill)
Evelyn Khinoo - Switchblade USA (John H. Robinson)
Cari Cushman - Latin Groove (Scott Blevins)
Michele Burton - I See It Now (Michele Burton)
Lou Ann Schemmel - Titanic (Simon Ward)

The workshop ended at 5:15 pm with Michael Barr presenting his newest choreography - Give It Up.

Doug Miranda (Event Director for Bonanza Bash) was the DJ for this event...on "duty" from 9 til early evening...then he was rushed to LAX to catch the plane to OZ for his next gig!

Many instructor/choreographers were here for this event. We got to do these dances with:
Michael Barr (Hey Bruce, All-Right-A and Give It Up)
Noel Castle (Back Seat Boogie)
Carmel and Ernie Hutchinson (Pony Shuffle, Hesitation Waltz and Every Step I Take)
Evelyn Khinoo (Silk and Satin, how sweet it is, Picture Perfect, and That's My Hat)
Gene Morrill (Right On The Money)
Mike Sliter (Roll Of The Dice, San Antone Rose, Shouldn't Be Doin' This, and Cajun Girls & Gumbo)
Jackie Snyder (There's your Trouble)

Lou Ann Schemmel and Mike Sliter took over as DJ's when Doug left...and they re-introduced each workshop instructor to us ...each instructor then walked us through their teach before the "real" music was played this evening...this was a good thing!

Michael Barr and Michele Burton entertained us with their duo performance...much to the delight of MB's fan club ladies! Grace, style, and a touch of comedy...a perfect routine!

It takes a lot of volunteers and a talent for organization to please 200+ line dancers...Lou Ann Schemmel and her OCDC dancers provided us with a charismatic DJ, talented instructors, a huge 3,500 wooden dance floor, food and decorated tables on site, and even shopping! Line Dance Heaven for me!




 


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Doris Volz, San Francisco Bay Area


   
1999 dances
Cajun Girls & Gumbo

 

1998 dances
Alane

All-Right-A

Angie

Back Seat Boogie

Blue Train

Brown-Eyed Girl

Byrd Country

Cuban Heels

Dangerous

Don't Be Stupid

Down Home

Every Step You Take

Funky Farmer

Get Over It

Give It Up

Got To Be Funky

Hillbilly Hip Hop

Honky Tonk

How Does It Start?

Huey Lewie

I See It Now

Jambalaya

Madly Off In All Directions

Mama's Lil' Baby

Mamboria

Me Too

Out Of The Blue

Peace Train

Picture Perfect

Pony Shuffle

Reaching Out

Red Hot Salsa

Razor Sharp

Road House Inn

Rum & Coca Cola

San Antone Rose

Second Thoughts

Senorita Sway

Shouldn't Be Doin' This

Southern Streamline

Strait Cha Cha

Sweet Temptation

Switchblade USA

Tequila Time

Titanic

That's My Hat

Too Much Fun

1997 dances
Alligator Shoes

Along For The Ride

Black Coffee

Chevy

Desert Sands Cha Cha

Fat Sally Lee

Hesitation Waltz

how sweet it is

Hurricane (T&G)

Lazy 8 Waltz

Looking Glass

Lonesome Blues

No Thanks, I'll Walk

Off To The Races

Pencil Thin Mustache

....Rollerblade

Roll Of The Dice

Ribbon Of Highway

Running Bear

Shipwrecked

Take A Look

Vanilla TwirL

Whatcha' Gonna Do

What's The Hurry

1996 dances
A Waltz In Time

Attitude

Cherokee Boogie

Dancin' With You

Diamonds Are Forever

Love Letters

OOH! AAH!

One Cherokee Boogie

Prairie Strut

TTS Boogie

Whiskey Brush

Bay Area classics
Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Backroads

Bar Room Romeo

Black Dresses

Cha Cha Lengua

Claxton Stomp & Go

Cowboy (The)

Cowgirls' Twist

Cruisin'

Fly Like A Bird

Hot Tamales

Linda Lu

Maverick Waltz

Mustang Sally

Norma Jean

Ophelia

Prancing Pony

Silk & Satin

Smokey Places

Swing Time Boogie

Younger Men