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
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.
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!
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.
MORE RECENT EVENTS....
In August 2018 I also had the honour of being NOMINATED for for a "CROSS COUNTRY NAM AWARD"in the "Line Dance Instructor of the Year" category and, although I didn't win, it was an honour to have been nominated into the final short list.
At the end of December 2018 I was notified that my dance OUTSIDE IN was nominated for a
And now to introduce the Borders FAVOURITE
Country & Line Dance DJ, my husband.....
DJ extraordinaire. SILVER STARS COUNTRY DISCO
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.
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.