Situated on the South Coast, in West Sussex between the towns of Littlehampton and Bognor Regis is where you will find Dixie Belles Line Dance Club. Run by Jenny Bembridge, who is a member of the BWDA2000, you will find a warm welcome awaits for all.
All levels of line dancing are catered for, absolute beginners, beginners, improvers, intermediate and western partner dancing. These take place at St Mary's Church Hall, Clymping, and at Yapton & Ford Village Hall. Our main dance instructor is Gill Manson who is also a member of the BWDA2000.
Our social nights are mainly held at St Catherine's, in Littlehampton on Fridays with occasionally a Saturday night. The evening starts at 7.30 - 8pm and continues until 11pm. We usually start with a disco to warm you up then three sets of live entertainment, plus a raffle. We also have themed party nights which take place throughout the year. See What's On Page for details.
So why not come along and join us at the friendliest club on the South Coast. Whether you like to dance or just listen to the music everyone is welcome.
Check below for full details of all lessons.
After our success at Yapton and Ford Village Hall with the new day time class, we are starting a brand new BEGINNERS CLASS on Thurs 23rd May 7-8pm.
I was recently asked by 'Stig' Rob Thompsett if we would be interested in demonstrating a dance which he had recently recorded to the song of 'I Wonder In Whose Arms' at the Country Music Taster Day at Lakeside Country Club on 22nd April.
We all had a thoroughly enjoyable day dancing to a whole range of mostly new country artistes, the most impressive being from a 13 years old girl, Caity Bear. If she keeps going at this rate I am sure she will have a fantastic career in the country music scene. I would like to say a very big thank you to Sylvia McMaster for putting on the showcase.
The photo shows some of the Dixie Belles who took part in the demo.
In September 2008 I was approached by Take A Break magazine who wanted to run an article about dance and exercise. They wanted two volunteers from our beginners lesson to take part in a six week session. Two ladies were chosen, and where contacted throughout the weeks and asked various questions about how they were progressing, and if they had any funny stories to tell. At the end they were then taken to a photo shoot and the end result was shown in the New Year editon of the magazine. Linedancer Magazine then featured the article in their March issue, so if you are a member you can check out their website at www.linedancermagazine.com.
I consider myself to have been very privileged and lucky to have been able to meet Keith Urban on his visit to London. Some fans came as far as Scotland and one lady had even travelled from France. We all met in a pub beforehand to get to know one another, alone with Madeline who had organised this wonderful event for us. We are then taken to the hotel to meet Keith. He came across as a very kind and considerate man, probably more nervous at meeting us then we were meeting him. He signed autographs for us and we all had out picture taken with him.
I mentioned that I had seen him in Nashville a couple of years ago and told him about Dixie Belles. He very kindly signed a photo to 'All the gang at Dixie Belles'. Afterwards came the showcase, which took place in a nearby club. This was mainly for the music industry and although it was an attempt to dull down his country image, it did not deter us from having a great time. I am not sure how it was really received but we were all on cloud nine. Then it was off to the pub again with our goodie bags to exchange views and photos. He certainly made 12 ladies very happy women for a couple of hours. He is supporting Bryan Adams on the 13th May at Earls Court, and is also appearing at the Scala in London on the 16th May.
I was also very lucky to have seen Gretchen Wilson on Monday at the Carling Academy Islington in London. What a great show this was, and how nice it was to see in the audience some of the British Country Artistes there, Billy Bubba King, Gemma Fairweather and Rob Childs from Vegas. Although I didn't manage a photo I was lucky enough to get her autograph.