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.
See 2021 / 22 gig guide on this site.
2022 will be our 15th 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.
The last 18 months has seen a hiatus to our enjoyment of music and dance brought about by COVID 19. The shutters literally came down in the 2nd week of March 2020 and weren't lifted until July 19th 2021. It was a very nervous restart for all of us with the virus still prevalent in all parts of the country though somewhat negated by the vaccination programme. We are still trying to take all sensible precautions.
Covid enforced a change of artist for our 1st linedance back in Aug 2021 with Cliff Weston standing in for Bob Keeley who was forced to self isolate. Socials for the rest of the year are as per programme. We are also looking forward now to the rest of the year, especially working with The White Buffalo organisation at their 2 Skegness weekends and their music festival at The Camp, Ramsey.
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 reaching the dance floor. We made a conscious decision to include some of these in our interval disco and have a good response from yourselves. These are social nights for all to enjoy.
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.
All the dates for 2022 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