I am Diana 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. My two remaining classes are held at Langlee Community Centre in Galashiels. A beginners class on Tuesday evenings (started in September 2021 after the Covid Pandemic) and now are mving towards improver level (2023). Wednesday evening is for improver to experienced level. (see Classes & Events pages)
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 and CMDS Magazines. 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 and dancers 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 (2009-2016). The summer of 2018 heralded my 21st Anniversary of teaching Line Dance and our classes, and we're still going strong!
And now, on 1 September 2019 Rob Fowler & Legends paid a massive tribute....
For over 21 years of teaching line dance, for amazing memories,
new friendships, fun and tears.
Congratulation to you and all at
Silver Stars Western Dancers and Country Disco
I am now officially "A Legend" - thank you Rob Fowler
In August 2018 I was nominated 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.
My dance OUTSIDE IN has been nominated three times for a CRYSTAL BOOT AWARD in the Absolute Beginner Dance section (Crystal Boot Awards 2019, 2020 & 2021), simply being nominated has been a big thrill for me. A massive thank you and my sincere appreciation to everyone who has taught, danced and voted for it over the past three years putting it high in the "Absolute Beginner" charts for many months
At the end of July 2023 I was again one of the five finalist nominations for a "CROSS COUNTRY NAM AWARD" in the "Instructor of the Year" category and, although I didn't win this time either, it was an honour to have been nominated into the final short list.
I have now stepped back from teaching at Weekend Workshops, festivals and such(2021) however, I am happy to do an impromptu teach of my latest dance(s), if asked, at any event I am attending socially.
My classes in Galashiels continue as normal (see Classes page)
The Coronavirus pandemic gave us all an unexpected break having to cancel all classes, social and events from March 2020. Everything was on hold until we got the all clear to restart all our line dance activities in September 2021, some eighteen months later. Classes are now back in full swing at Langlee Community Centre
In Memory of my Husband, Eric, who passed away 3rd September 2021
SILVER STARS COUNTRY DISCOEric provided all the music for our classes, regular Saturday Socials, Line Dance weekend events and festivals over the many years.
He was the Borders FAVOURITE
Country & Line Dance DJ, .
SILVER STARS COUNTRY DISCO
He became quite knowledgeable on the music to play for all those new line dances and the golden oldies too....!
His programme for our social nights was carefully planned to include the latest favourites along with established classics for all levels of dancers, along with the dancers requests.
Eric retired as DJ due to ill health in March 2020