25/05 :  Biography

   I think I started dancing almost as soon as I started walking and haven't stopped since! All my life I have loved to dance; Ballet, Disco, Ballroom, Latin and now, of course, Line. I began line dancing back in the mid 70's although it wasn't called line dancing then but Fever dancing. Just like today, we would dance in lines using familiar steps such as jazz boxes, kick ball changes and vines but to the music of that era. I had always loved country music so when country line dancing became popular a few years later I was in my element.

In 1998, my husband Mick (himself a dancer and DJ), and myself formed our own club G-Force LDC. I later became fully qualified to Level 3 with BWDA and currently run several classes per week. Every class is very different, not only in level but in their tastes, approach, age groups etc and that's what makes it so enjoyable for me. From absolute beginner through to advanced - I enjoy every one and our club motto Grin and Share it is evident in each and every class!
Choreography is something I enjoy immensely and it has led to me being invited to teach in many places both in the UK and overseas. I love to travel and am very fortunate to be able to teach and work alongside some wonderful people including choreographers, dancers and artists. I feel especially honoured to have won three separate awards for my dances Oklahoma Wind and Voulez Vous Danser in the Beat Awards held in Timaru, New Zealand in 2009 and 2013 respectively. The three precious trophies now have pride of place in my living room and my greatest achievement was being able to meet, teach and dance with the New Zealand dancers in that beautiful country in 2013. Another of my most memorable experiences was touring Tennessee several years ago and in particular, visiting Nashville where I shared the stage at the Grand Ole Opry with some of Country's finest stars and had the great honour of interviewing Porter Wagoner and also Ray Walker, (Elvis's Bass Man) proud moments I shall never forget.

My association with Up Country Magazine goes back to about 1996. For many years I was a journalist and then in 2004 was appointed Dance Editor/Advisor, which involves choosing, checking, editing and typing the 9 line and 2 partner dances for publication in each issue. Readers contact me regularly with questions and queries on dances, music, floor splits and even suggestions for games for their parties!! I am always on hand to oblige wherever possible! My monthly column is a lively, fun, and often thought provoking insight into the trials, tribulations and delights of line dancing!!

G-Force LDC offers the warmest of welcomes to anyone of any age or ability who wishes to learn to dance or to attend our regular socials. We feature a split floor policy at our socials, as we believe that everyone should have equal access to the floor regardless of their abilities and tastes. It generates unity, promotes friendship and encourages fun. In addition, our Beginners and Improvers also have their own socials which take place from time to time on Friday evenings. Please take a look around my website for weekend events, socials, classes, new dances or anything of interest and if I can help further do get in touch.
Happy Dancing!
Gaye

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