Christmas Wishes

As you’ve got a whole TWO DAYS before you’re off on your next trip Heather, some of the Bootleggers line dance club wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas.


“When I first tried this didn’t know what to expect! But O M G!! It’s been amazing and such great laughs. I’m totally hooked and it’s all because of your enthusiasm and brilliant teaching and running out of words now other than thanks sooo much!! Love you to bits”

Julie A. class of 2019
Heather teaching her choreography

” Who would have thought when I joined line dancing in 1999 that I would meet my husband and have our wee Blaire Bear.

You introduced me to Gregor in 2009 and the rest is history. Can’t believe how far you’ve come since then from your choreography to your world wide jet setting.

Not only am I proud to call myself a Bootlegger but your daughter in law.

So excited to see what the future holds for you . Love DIL”

Kayleigh C. class of 2000
Kayleigh and Heather
Kayleigh and Heather

“I joined Heather’s absolute beginners line dance group in February, mainly to get exercise and get out the house and into some company. Didn’t really hold out much hope of enjoying it as a previous experience of line dance wasn’t very good.

The minute I walked into Heather’s class I felt included by her and everyone else. The vibe was definitely good! And I’m still there! Lol. Heather takes time to explain steps and makes the class fun. At socials even if we forget the steps, it doesn’t matter. It’s all fun!”

Tracy C. class of 2019
Tracy and Heather

“First of all I wanna say I am soooooo glad to be back at the dancing!! I joined all those years ago as a teenager, loved it then and love it even more now. Can’t wait for my little boy to learn too; your littlest bootlegger in the making.

You’re amazing at what you do cus and with everything you have gone through over the years you have come out even stronger!! Proud to call you my big cousin.Hope you and Steve have a wonderful Christmas and an amazing new year in your new home.”

Donna L. class of her own!
The littlest Bootlegger!

“I have to say a massive thank you – u have brought Amanda out of her shell and have the patience of a saint as I canny dance and struggle with the instructions. Not only Heather, but also the bootleggers family have been always welcoming and supportive so thank you.

What started as a ‘just try’ is now a huge hobby of mine. Thank you and Merry Christmas x x x x x”

Marie and Amanda C. class of 2018
Steve and Amanda
Special delivery
Heather at Bootleggers mini festival

“Hi honey I’m a woman of little words as you know. But I would just like to say I have known you for 25 years plus as my Teacher and Friend . Love your choreography – you work so hard . Keep up the good work . And here’s to the next 25 years xcx love Nancy xcxc”

Nancy D. class act!
Heather, Nancy and friends on the dancefloor

“I’ve known Heather for a long time in her ‘day job’ and enjoyed hearing about her escapades with her line-dance friends and colleagues. I happened to see a poster for an Absolute Beginners class last year and thought I’d give it a go.

Let’s just say I’m not a natural-born dancer and leave it at that! I keep going to class and trying to get better though because of two things.

Heather is so encouraging and inspiring – her classes are always fun and I seldom come home without having had a good laugh as well as having learnt something new.

The people that go to Heather’s classes are as incredible as she is herself – they are genuine, caring, inclusive and generous. They pick you up and dust you down when you’ve had a rough time and share in your happiness when things are going well.”

Susie O. class of 2019
Bootleggers on tour

I have gone to your class for many years and have had the best time. We have great weekends away – so much fun. Thank you H, you are the best.

Christine F. class above!
Bootleggers celebrating AB Graduation 2019

“OK well as every one knows you are my Niece; 1 of many I have , and I am extremely proud of them all , however I am extremely super proud of you, every thing you do. I have known you all your life and have come to know that you have always had the aim in life to go out and get what you want ,

Not an easy thing to do but with the good hard work ethic that you have you have achieved it all. I was always very proud of you as the talented hairdressing business owner that you are but your line dancing for me has taken you to a whole new level.

I remember the days when you started it all – I wish I had stuck in then because through this you have changed my life.

The learning, the socialising, the fun and, for me, the exercise; you got me off my lazy fat butt and have helped me towards the slimmer, healthier woman I am today, so thank you so very, very much. I know we all love you very much, I know I certainly do xxx”

Helen L. class lass!
Michelle, Steve, Heather, Helen

“I have known you all my life and couldn’t ask for a better sissy/ bestie or teacher. What you have achieved personally and socially is amazing – well done you. But more so the last few years with your dancing what a gal lol!

I’m beyond proud of you… The Real Deal Heather Barton  xx”

Elaine N. High Class!
Heather and Elaine

“Well where do we start to write about H a very talented courageous woman who is not only our dance teacher but one of our very dear true friends and has been for a very long number of years. We have been through the highs and lows in life together on many occasions.

H you have been a great inspiration and definitely have converted my two left feet at last after being one of your non dancing boots for a very long time.

So here’s to many more Bootleggers and friendship years with you.

Have a great Xmas and an amazing 2020

Big Hugs, Margo and Ian XXX”

Margo and Ian F. Top of the Class!
Ian and Margo

“Aunt H where do I start… I have known you all my life and been your little shadow since day one. You are the most caring, genuine, honest person I have ever met. You always put 110% into everything you do, not only in the dancing scene but personal. You don’t realise how many people’s lives you have changed for the better because of your welcoming, loving nature. 20+ years in the linedancing and still going strong. There have been ups and downs through it all but you always put your boots first. That’s why you’re a true inspiration and I’m so proud to say you’re not only my teacher but you’re my auntie xxxx”

Rachel S. Different Class!
Heather and Rachel

“When I started line dancing it was something that was needed; didn’t know what to expect when walking through those doors but OMG how life is so different now to back then. You def have the patience of a saint, from what I’ve learned is you work so hard in all aspects of your life, always travelling far and wide and yet still have time for your bootleggers. You always seem to put everyone else first and no matter where you are in life you support everyone and anyone no matter if they are part of the bootlegger family or not.

You have helped Kayle come out of her shell as well as many others in and out of class. You have def created a perfect place for people to interact get to know each other and build lasting friendships, I’m happy to be a part of this like I can bet so many others are as well.

It’s been great being able to walk, or should I say dance this journey of ur next steps in life. Next year will def be a great year for u all, ty for everything u do, Merry Christmas xx

Michelle P. class of 2018
Kendall, Heather, Michelle
Bootleggers Hallowe’en social 2019
S’funny, Heather and Steve look a lot taller in person…

“Well boss we have been through a lot in the last 25+ years.  You didnt just teach me to dance, you taught me my job!! You have believed in me when I never believed in myself. You have been such an inspiration to me all my life & I can never thank you enough.

You deserve everything that comes your way…..love you long time xx”

Louise R. Business Class!
Louise and Heather
Louise and Heather too
Heather and Louise

and we leave you with this from our youngest dancer who sums up what we all feel…


“Heather you are truly such an amazing person, teacher and choreographer. You are so strong, kind and funny and I want to say thank you. So thank you for everything you do and for just being you! x”

Kendall B. class of 2018
Kendall and Heather

Merry Christmas and all our best wishes to you and Steve for 2020.

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