My next Lockdown journey

Hey everyone, if you are reading this thank you so much, it means you are in my web having a wee look..

So my journey during lock down hasn’t been to bad, I have managed to keep myself busy with doing as most of you know on line classes, I do 2 classes per week on a Monday & Thursday on ELD and they seem to be popular, I also teach weekly on Streamline.. I have loved being able to keep going as I know there is a lot that have struggled … Now as you know I now live in a log cabin at THE WOODS we moved in last year and wow it is stunning, BUT I needed room to dance for classes SOOOOOOO what did Heather do I sold the dinning room table and chairs hahaha I just got fed up moving them every day lol as remember I also do on line videos for teaching (you can see these on my youtube chanel) anyway Steve convinced me to buy another for santa coming lol… my other hobby I have taken up is BSL (British Sign Language) I have passes at the moment 6 modules still 5 to go, Im not saying its easy but I do love it, still wee bit slow but getting there, something I have always wanted to do if honest as i have a lovely clients that comes to me and I surprised her the last time I was open with it awww her face was so surprised (in a good way lol) what hobby do you all have ?

This recent lockdown has hit me a bit more than the very first one BUT not all is doom & Gloom, Steve ( my wee hubby) and I had our 5th granddaughter awww she is so gorgeous LYLA JANE CLARK born 25th November a wee sister to LILY.. we are very blessed to have the most beautiful grandkids ever lol and in December as you would probably have read I was nominated for 10 CBA .. wow how did that happen lol

We had a lovely christmas but it started on Christmas eve, both my boys are fire fighters and they were both working christmas day, what a great time we had with Santa coming a day early to Steather Lodge..

Unfortunately my salon had to also close on Xmas eve and as it stands just now Ive no idea when it will reopen.. 2021 a new start to the year interesting to find out what we will be doing ..

keep in touch guys let me know how you are all doing, remember its ok not to be ok and I am always here if you need an ear… be safe and strong we never ever know what is round that corner live your life as you can take care & speak soon Hxxx

A little early with my Spring cleaning

Just to let you know that I’ve updated my website hosting location so if you notice there are photos missing, or dead links my apologies and please bear with me while I get it polished and gleaming.

Meantime why not push back the furniture, get on your feet, and learn my latest dance? It’s called Makes Me Wonder and it’s an Intermediate, 48 Count, 4 Wall to a wonderful song called One of Them Girls, by Lee Brice.

You can find all my walkthroughs and demos on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe if you enjoy them, and click the bell to be notified when I upload new content.

The Biggest Thank You!

While Heather is composing herself and trying to come to terms with what she’s achieved in the past year, we thought you’d like to know a couple of updates – and she’ll be back with her usual heartfelt blether soon!

You amazing people who bought a bauble in Heather and David’s contribution to the Line Dance Foundation’s Secret Santa appeal have helped to raise a staggering £77,350.

This will go to those in the line dance community who were struggling and facing a very bleak month without your support – so that’s the first big Thank You!

The second big Thank You is for everyone who nominated Heather and her work in the 25th Crystal Boot Awards. She received nominations in an incredible 7 categories!

Dedicated DJ
Female Personality
UK Instructor
UK Choreographer

Improver Dance – Heart on the Run, with Dee Musk
Improver Dance – Luke’s Lovin’, with Andrew Hayes
Improver Dance – Shovel, with Gudrun Schneider

Intermediate Dance – Home to Donegal, with Niels Poulsen

Advanced Dance – Live Without You, with José Miguel Belloque Vane
Advanced Dance – Rolling with Love. with Simon Ward

Of course the third, and biggest Thank You is to everyone who’s supported Heather and her work throughout this very difficult year, whether by watching her YouTube videos to learn new dances or refresh older ones, by enjoying the blether on her videos, her Facebook page or group, and on her entertaining Linedancer Radio shows.

While 2020 has been a challenging year for so many across the world, you – the always generous line dance community – have made it a wonderful year for Heather. Without you and your support she would be a wee woman sat in a lodge talking to the trees during lockdown…

Instead she is the teacher, mentor, media superstar, and friend we know her to be – living her best life thanks to line dance.

Wishing you and your families the very best of life in 2021, from all of us here at Heather’s Bootleggers – hope to see you soon!

Heather’s Secret Santa 2020

I’ve got together with my good friend David Thomas to run a Secret Santa to raise funds for the Line Dance Foundation. The work that they do to support the line dance community in times of need is amazing.

With prizes from Santa!

If you can help or would like to learn more, please visit Heather, David, and Santa at:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/507674983525328/

Stay at Home with Heather

Hello everyone

Well, like millions of other people Steve and I are spending a lot more time at home at the minute while the world fights the threat of COVID-19. All my line dance classes are cancelled, as are all the events that we normally attend.

To help both my own students and anyone else looking for a bit of fun and exercise I’m doing some videos from home. I’m taking requests for which dances I cover so please get in touch if there’s something you’d like to see me teach.

Now is your chance – if you’ve always wanted to come to one of my classes, but live too far away, push back the furniture, turn the volume up and learn with me here online!

I hope that the videos help you relax a little in these troubling times. I’ve set up a wee Facebook group so you can chat with me and fellow learners, ask any questions and generally just have a blether with people who love line dancing. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/261852208164807/?fref=mentions

Steve and I send you and your families all our love and best wishes and our hopes that we will all be together again soon.

Heather xxx

Linedancer’s Home to Donegal video available

If you’d like to have a go at learning my latest Intermediate level dance that I wrote with the wonderful Niels Poulsen, it’s now available on YouTube.

Please note in the video you will see both of us doing the last 6 counts as Cross rock side then weave but on the script it is Cross side rock then weave.


Everyone is following the script which is great as this is correct! When dancing it you tend to do cross twinkle.

The video is at this link

thank you all for your support on the dance script is also on linedancer web

I hope you enjoy the dance, it’s a lovely Viennese Waltz.

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.

Heather wins her first Crystal Boot!

We know that Heather will write a piece about her experiences in Blackpool this weekend as soon as she calms down – could take a while!

Meantime in case you didn’t hear her shouting from the rooftops, Heather collaborated with the amazing Simon Ward to write Rolling With Love for World Dance Masters 2019 and it won big style tonight – scooping the Crystal Boot in the Advanced level dance category.

Heather’s Crystal Boot Awards nominations for 2019

Hot off the press! The announcements have just been made and here are the nominations that Heather and her choreography have received this year in the 24th Crystal Boot Awards.

  1. Advanced Level Dance category for Rolling With Love – written with Simon Ward, with whom Heather had a lot of fun teaching this dance at World Dance Masters in August 2019
  2. Dedicated Dance DJ category – here’s a link to Heather’s bio on Linedancer Radio. Why not listen to Heather’s Blether live on Mondays and Thursdays?
  3. Female Dance Personality of the Year
  4. Improver Level Dance category for The Bull – written with Hayley Wheatley. Here’s a little demo.
  5. UK Choreographer of the Year
  6. Beginner Level Dance category for Sugarbird – written with Jef Camps. Here’s a little demo.
  7. UK Instructor of the Year
Heather with Simon Ward at World Dance Masters 2019
Heather with Hayley Wheatley
Heather with Jef Camps

Congratulations!

Many congratulations to Heather from all her Bootleggers – some of whom will be in Blackpool cheering her on in January. The rest of us will be watching online.

Voting opens soon – don’t miss out

Don’t forget to vote for your favourites – voting is open from 1 to 11 January 2020 on the CBA website and the awards ceremony takes place on the weekend of 30 January 2020 to 2 February 2020 in Blackpool, England.