u3a

Burnham on Crouch

Line Dancing

Status:Active, full but can join waiting list
Leader:
Sandra Mills Tel: 07388 153930
When: Weekly on Tuesday evenings
Venue: Village Hall

Our meetings are very light-hearted, so whether you are a complete beginner or have danced before you will enjoy it; we do have members available to teach the steps. The cost is £1.50 and we would welcome some new members.

March 2024

The Line Dancing group has continued it’s success with a number of new members joining over the last couple of years. Although we cater for new or inexperienced line dancers, the class generally, has progressed to dances of a much higher level.  With such a large group, Tuesday evenings are also very much a social event with everyone enjoying the friendly and lively environment.

This year should see the return of our visits to Nursing Homes and other social groups in the area where we provide an entertainment program with dancing and singalong sessions for the residents or those attending on a daily basis. Covid put a stop to our regular visits and we are only just getting requests to start visiting again. With an average of twelve or more members volunteering for each visit we have a thoroughly good time ourselves and know that we have brightened up the day for most, if not all, of our “audiences”

We also have a sizeable group who attend  Country and Western clubs around the county where we can line dance and enjoy live country music.  These clubs provide great entertainment and the closest one to us is “Latchingdon Corral” which meets on the second Saturday of the month.

Line Dancing is an enjoyable way to keep active and fit, and at the same time enjoy a great genre of music in good company. Long may the section last.

-Ivan Rickett

4th April 2018

Last year the Burnham U3A Line Dancing group were asked if we would go to a local Nursing Home to entertain the residents. This we did with an hour of Line dancing interspersed with a sing song to a recording of Max Bygraves (song sheets were provided for those who didn’t know the words). These events proved to be so popular and well received by residents that more bookings came flooding in.
Ivan, Ann and Sandra (our Leaders) arranged for special red Line Dancing Tee Shirts with our Logo on the back, for anyone in the group to purchase. The Twin River Coasters had arrived!
This year we have already visited Squeaks in Southminster, Mansion House in Althorne and Lodge View in Maldon. With visits to Firstlings, Heybridge and Southminster Nursing home to follow. The entertainment group varies from six to ten people, depending on availability. Its excellent fun and we all really enjoy it. Sometimes the Nursing Homes are very hot so that when dancing we sometimes end up as red as our tee shirts. The Lounge or area for us to dance in can be quite small and becomes a challenge to fit our steps in without crashing into each other. It’s a bonus when the Nursing Home staff want to join in with the dancing, as the residents think it’s very funny.
So, to sum up our visits to nursing homes, with Line Dancing song titles in bold.
When we arrive at a nursing home we can be a little nervous so we feel “Down on Your Uppers” but as we sort ourselves into lines we make sure not to be the “First Fool in Line”. When we get into the swing of things and are “Rolling along” to the “Ribbon of Highway” and we “Live, Laugh Love”, until, threequarters of the way through we realise that we are” Old and Grey”. With the heat of the room we wish we were sitting under a “Lemon Tree”, but then with a soft drink and a sing-song we recover and look forward to “The Long Way Home”. The Care Manager says “will you come again?” and Ivan says yes, I will put you in my” Little Red Book”.
So, “Come Dance with Me” on Tuesdays at the Village Hall, 5pm till 7pm.
-DavidG