24th Crystal Boot Awards weekend

Where do I start .. what do I say that’s not already been said?

Each year CBA just gets better and we always arrive wondering what Betty, Steve and the team have up their sleeve for us.

WOW WOW WOW it was simply the best from start to finish … thank you all for your hard work. The room looked beautiful and the atmosphere was electric.

Friday night with the launch of LDF mental health awareness I thought was fantastic, the passion and help that I know will go into this is beyond words it’s just amazing. Once again Helen O’Malley has set out to make sure everyone is aware of it all and that the Line Dance Foundation is there to help. This will be launched soon so watch out for it all. Well done to Helen on her Crystal Boot award; it was so well deserved, she is a remarkable lady.

The tribute to Lizzie Clarke and Robbie McGowan Hickie was beautiful. Jo Thompson Szymanski was fantastic delivering it to everyone and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the hall. The solo piper was so good – everything about it was just so touching. Liz and Robbie will be so missed.

I also wanted to thank Linedancer for asking me to teach with Niels Poulsen – he is so great to work with and extremely funny. I love this guy to bits and I’m so glad I was paired with him.

I was so nervous for various reasons but he kept me calm and BOOM,
HOME TO DONEGAL was taught. Aww the response to it was just fantastic and it was danced 3 times at the workshop. Thank you to everyone that took the workshop.

The script is now on linedancer web.

All the workshops this year were so well attended with each one really busy and what a great selection of dances taught. After our workshop I was so emotional, haha big baby that I am! I so loved working with Niels and am looking forward to doing it again in the future.

I personally LOVED the host for the awards, Ben Langley. He was so funny, a great comedian, and he got the dancers excited about what was comin next. I loved all the acts, ESPECIALLY the Robbie Williams Tribute – eeekkkk my favourite!

I am totally blown away with winning TWO Crystal Boot Awards. Oh my goodness I still can’t believe it.

Linedancer Radio you guys rock. To be voted number 1 in The People’s Choice category is simply fabulous.

I just love my LDR family and our listeners; we know this would not have all happened if you didn’t tune in each day. THANK YOU all for the support.

The radio rocked the conservatory at the Norbreck Castle this year again and was i so pleased to be working beside Jeni Bradshaw and Sobrielo Philip Gene Michael on my spots.

The other Crystal Boot award was for ROLLING WITH LOVE at Advanced Dance level. Co-written with the funniest, caring, loveable, talented guy, Simon Ward who, may I add, is a pure gentleman. Thank you for doing this dance with me.

I had no speech prepared at all – we were in a category of amazing dances and I feel so overwhelmed that the votes went to us for this great sing along dance. I don’t think it has all sunk in yet.

Rolling with love was released last year at World Dance Masters and it just grew more and more on the floor and climbed the charts.

Thank you to everyone that supported us with this and for all the fabulous comments we have received. We are completely grateful for the support.

I LOVED doing the nominees’ show dance. It felt so good and looked amazing. It was created by two of the best: Maddison Glover and Simon Ward. What a fantastic job you both did and my goodness you both worked us hard! I was so proud to be part of it – I love you guys.

My feet are so sore and that was down to the fabulous DJs. You all did an amazing job over the weekend with some of you playing till the wee hours of the morning. Thank you for all your hard work.

A big thank you to all my family and friends for all your support, and to my amazing mum for getting me into line dancing to start with, but most of all to my wee hubby Steve. I know I couldn’t have got where I am today without him – I love him loads.

Thank you everyone. I will never forget this year’s CBA. I feel very honoured and proud.

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