Terry and Caroline French of “WESTCOUNTRY KICKERS” have been actively involved in country western dance since 1991.
They first started teaching line and partner dancing for the Dorset District Association of the Camping and Caravanning Club at their annual country western weekends at Sixpenny Handley during the early 90’s.
They started their line dance class (WESTCOUNTRY KICKERS), by request, in Sidmouth during 1996.
Terry trained and qualified as a line and partner dance teacher with the “D&G School for Western Dance Instructors”, and is a member of the “Guild of Professional Teachers of Dance”.
Since 2000 they have been regular teachers of both line and partner dances at annual festivals, for several organisations throughout the country stretching from Cornwall and along the south coast to as far north as Yorkshire, and together, have choreographed many partner dances that have been very well received on the festival circuits both at home and overseas, some of which have been published in international dance magazines and appear on many internet websites. They have received favourable comments, through emails, from instructors as far afield as USA, Canada, Hawaii, Spain, and Holland. (The internet makes this a small world).
Terry has been M.C. and played the interim music at the Exe Ranch club since it was started by Ron and Maureen Turner together with Barry and Joan Smith. Prior to that, he was the membership secretary for the Stockmans CMWDC and was actively involved with the Longhorn CWDC. He is also the M.C. and D.J. at the newly formed Coastliners club in Sidmouth.
Terry & Caroline French of
June Gardener & Pauline Richards of
June Gardener and Pauline Richards of Blue Roses Music & Dance Club, both started line dancing in the 1990’s, and first met at a local line dance class in Exeter.
Enjoying country music as well as line dancing, they decided in 2006, following the closure of Stockmans CMWDC, and with encouragement from friends, to form their own monthly social music and dance club. This resulted in the Blue Roses Music and Dance Club opening its doors for the first time in January 2007.
Following on from the success of the Club, Pauline and June expanded their talents. Pauline is now a competent DJ and June is a fully qualified line, partner and western dance teacher, passing the National Dance Teacher’s examination and is a member of the Country & Western Dance Council. Together they now also hold Blue Roses Dance & Teach Discos. They have so far choreographed two line dances and hope to continue to do more in the future (when time permits!).
You will always recognise June and Pauline at functions – as their identical “dress” is their trademark and known widely on the country music scene.
Bea has been helping out around many of the local clubs for many years She helped out at Yellow Rose when it was held at Forde Hall in Newton Abbot on Tuesday nights and continues to do so now it is held on a Saturday at the British Legion in Alphington. She helps April at her Sunday night discos and can be seen offering help at every event she attends.
Bina Muir (known as Bea)
Chris & Marika
Chris and Marika are both lifelong Country music fans and like to listen to a broad range of artists both traditional and new. Some of their favourite artists are: Joni Harms, Waylon Jennings, Chris LeDoux, Mark Chesnutt & Johnny Cash and their favourite British singers are Jonny Williams and Lynnette Marie.
They first got hooked on Western dance while they were on holiday in Banff, British Columbia, Canada at a bar called “Wild Bills”.
They used to run a Line Dance class and have taught in Germany, California and at a festival in Hawaii.
Chris and Marika were involved with Stockmans CMC where Chris was Secretary and Membership Secretary and they also attend several other local Country music clubs. Chris and Marika are regular guests on Dougie Parish’s radio shows at Hospital Radio (Exeter) and Bay FM Exmouth.
They first attended Exe Ranch many years ago at the fourth club night and the artist that night was “Stringband” who were a really good local band but are sadly no longer performing.
Chris has been writing the magazine reports for Exe Ranch since April 2003 as well as for two other local Country music clubs.
Sue & Mike are our hosts at St Thomas Cricket Club who keep us fed and watered throughout each evening. They are ably assisted by Steve and Becky.
Sue & Mike