Welcome to Saddletramp
I saw my 1st line dancing at a Country Connection social at the Fleet courtesy of my neighbours good fortune in winning 4 free tickets for the event. 2 weeks later we attended our 1st class with the Red Bandana CMC and in just 4 months attended our 1st line dance social as dancers.
I first started teaching at the Red Bandana as a holiday stand-in and then took over an established class at the Falcon Hotel in 2001. I eventually started a 2nd class for beginners / improvers in Coates Village Hall and in July 2005 I took over a further class at the Hotpoint Recreation Club which we subsequently had to move to the home of linedancing in Peterborough; The Fleet.
I have been fortunate and privileged to have been invited for several years to teach at the Country at the Manor country music festival meeting many new Friends of Country music.
More recently we have worked at corporate event nights providing a full service of m.c. dj and dance teacher. Great fun and looking forward to doing more.
I have also choreographed many line dances, several of which have been published and which can be seen here. The 1st of these was a dance called Saddletramp, a name I have adopted as my own for classes and discos.
My preference has always been for linedancing to country music, though not exclusively, and for dances up to an intermediate level. I enjoy taking the dances from the class to the social dance floor and try to make sure the dances we teach are those the bands will be playing.
Dances for both beginner and intermediate are catered for at my classes.
Having now joined the ranks of the recently retired we have filled some of our spare time with a NEW dance class in Whittlesey. Class is held on Monday mornings, 11.00 - 12.30 at St Andrew's Hall and is mainly for absolute beginners / returners looking for a low key social dance class. Many of the class are first time linedancers and showed off their new skillls at the annual St Andrews Open Day. Must have gone down well as we've now been asked back. It's always great to introduce new people to our hobby.
Late 2014 the committee of The Parkway Club decided to continue the promotion of Linedance events on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Their faith was justified and with increased attendances and some shrewd budgeting socials have now been booked through 2016. We thank Black Cat Promotions for their efforts in supplying acts for this venue. We recognise that a number of you support the club almost every month and, with that continued support plus, we hope, attracting one or two more customers these events will continue into the forseeable future.
See 2016 gig guides on this site for both The Fleet and The Parkway.
2016 is our 9th year of organising social line-dances to live music at The Fleet in Fletton, Peterborough. We know from your very kind messages that you enjoy your evenings with us and we hope you will continue so to do. We have been able to book several of the artists you have requested and also made a couple of other changes we thought appropriate from your suggestions.
We finished 2015 with our good friends FOOLS GOLD who gave us an early kick towards the Xmas festivities with with a very stylish performance. It was a great way to end an eventful year.
We start 2016 in February with regular visitors to The Fleet, LASS VEGAS.
This being our 9th year at The FLEET is a bit special as we will be hosting our 100th social on APRIL 1st when STREAMLINE will be providing the entertainment. We hope you can join us.
One of the really pleasing aspects of putting on socials is the opportunity to meet and greet friends both old and new, and from both sides of the footlights. Particularly pleasing also is to see the dances that are being taught at the Fleet and our classes in Whittlesey and Coates reaching the dance floor. We made a concious decision to include some of these in our interval disco and have a good response from yourselves. We also decided not to include any music brought in to the dance as we found these were becoming almost demo dances and that's not what we wanted. These are social nights for all to enjoy.
We have again been invited to host the linedance events held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at The Parkway Club, here in Peterborough. A very friendly venue I'm sure you'll all agree run on traditional social club lines and old values. A gig list is available on this site or from the Parkway or from myself on any dance night you bump in to us or drop us a line and we'll email you details.
We're also priviledged to provide the interval disco for Janet & Les at the linedance events they host at Emneth near Wisbech on the 2nd Friday every month. A great crowd and a very warm welcome guaranteed.
For our regulars who join us for disco nights at Coates Public Hall we have 4 dates in the diary for 2016 including NewYear's Eve. These events are open to all and are for when there are no live linedance acts in the diary locally so we hope you can join us. The evenings are open to all and have now almost become a "linedance family" affair with an open door policy. If you would like to come along you can help us by giving us a call or dropping us a line so we can make sure there's a table for you.
All the dates for 2016 are now on the site. Hope you agree the programme is one to look forward to with several old friends returning by popular request.
Cheers, see you on the dance floor.
John & Lynne