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ABOUT US (dianadawson.uk)
updated 20 May 2017
ABOUT US
We are Diana and Eric Dawson. Here's the story of how it all started.....
I first started Line Dancing way back in 1990 at a local Country Music CLub - those were the days when we only knew a handfull of dances.... remember ZIGGY, CALIFORNIA FREEZE...???
Within a few years classes began to appear and I was already avidly collecting new dance sheets.I keenly attended the various festival workshops and was now looking for more challenging routines.

In the Spring of 1997 I took the plunge and enrolled with BWDA to become an Instructor. I trained and qualified in April 1997 under the expert guidance of John Sandam
That Summer, Eric and I set up our first classes - me teaching and Eric as "DJ". We must have made a good job of working together as we later got married in October 1999

Our classes were established in June 1997 and continued to flourish in the Scottish Borders, teaching at all levels with classes in various Border towns over the years. We also hosted our own Line Dance Saturday Socials at Lindean. Our two remaining classes are held at Langlee Community Centre in Galashiels on a Wednesday evening, Beginners early session followed by an experienced dancers class. We hold occasional Socials at Lindean (see Classes & Events page)

My choreography began in the year 2000 during a trip to the USA. During the long flight home I put together a beginner dance to a song I had heard and it was later published in Linedancer Magazine. Since then I have choreographed many more dances, mainly to country music, and most of them have been published in various national (UK) line dance and country music magazines. See Di's Dances page
With the popularity of YouTube, many of my dances have been video recorded not only by our own club, but also by numerous other Line Dance clubs throughout the world.

In 2006 I was asked to choreograph two dances especially for the “Sons & Daughters of Texas” annual festival in Belgium, and for the Woodside Country Dancers festival in 2007 and again in 2009. I had the pleasure of teaching my dances in Belgium at these festivals. We also made a few trips to Holland to teach at workshops for AngelStars and for Dutch country band "Change Of Key" at the launch of their Album in 2012 when I choreographed two line dances and a partner dance for them!
Since then I have had a number of requests to choreograph dances for specific songs or from the albums of some UK "Country" bands, some of which have become quite successful with many bands including them in their repertoire!
I was especially pleased to dedicate my dance "Going Dutch" to the "South African Sunflower" fundraiser (a bone marrow donor charity) in 2014 at the request of Shirley De Jong.

Over the years I have taught at many weekend events, large and small, for Kingshill Holidays, IOW Tours,and various C/W festivals and, particularly, the Millport CW Festival on the Isle of Cumbrae for eight years since 2009. Eric and I continue to be available for Weekend and workshop events

SILVER STARS COUNTRY DISCO
And now to introduce the Borders FAVOURITE
Country & Line Dance DJ, my husband.....
ERIC DAWSON
DJ extraordinaire. SILVER STARS COUNTRY DISCO
providing all the music for our classes, regular Saturday Socials, locally and further afield for Country Music and Line Dance events and weekends.
Eric has become quite knowledgeable on the music to play for all those new line dances and the golden oldies too....! His programme for social nights is carefully planned to include the latest favourites along with established classics for all levels of dancers, along with the dancers requests.

PPL - licenced to play original recordings Eric maintains an extensive collection of Country and Line Dance music ensuring he can keep up with all the latest "requests" on our "away" events.

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