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12. ANGEL STAR WALTZ - NEWS, VIDEO AND REVIEWS
Page Updated 28 February 2016
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12. ANGEL STAR WALTZ 2003 [C]
4-wall Waltz Line Dance Beginner/Improver Level
Choreographed by Diana Dawson (October 2003)
Music Suggestion: “Play Me The Waltz of The Angels” by the Derailers, (98bpm) CD: Full Western Dress
“On The Wings of a Honky Tonk Angel” by Brad Martin,
“Dance” by Anne Kirkpatrick (128bpm) (class favourite)
“The Real World” by D-Side CD “stronger Together2 or single (79bpm)
Or any medium tempo waltz of your choice


Published in the magazines pictured below
Best Western Dance Academy
Members Magazine
December 2003


MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES

It's really good to know that other clubs and classes are doing my dances, and especially when it appears in a club's top 10 dances as printed in various magazines, reviewed on-line, or included in a teaching survey.
This page will mention YOUR name or club as and when I hear about it...
Thank you for your votes, reviews and teaching my dances
- it really means a lot to me.

dancewithnorm - USA - video of ANGEL STAR WALTZ danced at Fox Lake 2011 now on YouTube

Donna Barnett of Cullman, Alabama, USA, taught Angel Star Waltz during the 6 week summer class for the Decatur Alabama School system - She said:-" Angel Star Waltz c. by Diana Dawson. Diana has a good waltz here. We danced it to the two recommended songs Play Me the Waltz of the Angels by the Derailers and On the Wings of a Honky Tonk Angel by Brad Martin. Class liked Mexican Wind by Jane McDonald". - ILCW e-mail group July 2007

World Line Dance Instruction Survey for February 2007 - Angel Star Waltz was taught (somewhere) in Scotland - survey issued 27 March 2007

Anita of Hollywood, Florida USA has taught ANGEL STAR WALTZ at three of her classes and recommended it on ILCW e-mail group

Angel Star Waltz- Reviewed by Tony from England on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - Linedancer.com
One of the most satisfying waltzes to dance. A great dance with just the right level of variation to make it stand out from the rest. Looks good and feels good. - 5 boots

>Angel Star Waltz- Reviewed by The Centre Liners:Stranraer from Scotland on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - Linedancer.com
Great litle waltz that the improver class love, floor split with The Real World, well done. - 5 boots


Was My Dance Copied?
Peter Blaskowski,webmaster/editor of kickit.com, made me aware of a dance called "Angels & Fools" back in July 2006. He had spotted the "new" dance as it was submitted to www.kickit.com and (I don't know how, but he has to be commended) recognised that it appeared step for step almost " identical" to my dance - Angel Star Waltz"- which was already on Kickit site. He added a note to the step sheet saying "this dance was virtually identical to Angel Star Waltz".

He did not say that the "choreographer" had copied my dance, just that they were virtually identical, which cannot be disputed. The numbers, the words and even the punctuation were identical, not to mention the use of the word ANGEL in the title. The odds of that happening by mere happenstance seem amazingly long, but maybe the stars have aligned!!!

Peter told me that a few days later he received a correction from the choreographer (until then the Headers of the 4 sections matched EXACTLY) - to change "BACK" and "BACK" to "FORWARD" and "FORWARD" (the last steps in sections 3 & 4). So if he did not copy my dance, it seems odd that his original choreography had headers that matched MY dance and not HIS OWN dance!

Both Peter and myself received e-mails from the choreographer, seemingly taking exception to the comment and assuring us he did not copy my dance.

Peter has left the note on the step sheet and added that MY dance was choreographed in October 2003.

It is inevitable that "good steps" will be "re-used" in other dances or even a whole "section", but a "whole dance" is just not the done thing!

Meanwhile - if you read this note - perhaps you will consider teaching/learning and recommending MY dance Angel Star Waltz".
It was originally choreographed to "Play Me The Waltz of the Angels" by the Derailers, quite a slow tune, ideal for beginners/improvers to learn basic waltz steps. The dance works well to many other waltz tracks of gentle to mid tempo, and does not need to be tied down to any one particular piece of music. However, a favourite of ours is the Jim Reeves Waltz Medley by The Deans.

Cheers
Diana

Footnote: Many thanks to Peter Blaskowski of www.kickit.com for first spotting the "similarity" of the dances and recording the fact on the step sheet in question. Also to Cathleen Bossaller of San Diego, California for also spotting the similarity, her e-mails expressing her strong feelings on "copying" and support by teaching MY dance, recommending it to others and voting for it on Kickit

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