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May Dance with Nadine Somers, Friday 10th May 2024


There is always an air of excitement when Nadine Somers comes to perform at Dixie Belles, and this night was no exception. Although Nadine had a bit of nightmare of a journey, which can be a bit of a thing on a Friday night, and being stuck on the Queen Elizabeth Bridge for longer than she had hoped didn't help, but she managed to make it in the nick of time. And with a bit of help from the dancers who helped her in with her equipment she was soon set up and ready to go.

Her choice of songs made sure the beginners as well as the more experienced dancers got the chance to show of their skills on the dance floor. From Cowboy Charleston, Lucky Lips and County Line Cha Cha, to the more advanced dances of, 3 Tequila Floor, and Around the Fire, sung to Old Country Barn, which I thought was her best song of the evening.

I like the way Nadine is not afraid to change song titles for the dances, as with "Why Haven't I Heard From You", a Reba McEntire song, for Champagne Promise and "Redneck Woman", which was made popular by Gretchen Wilson, for Lamtarra Rhumba. I had tried the latter out on my beginners so they could get used to the upbeat tempo, and finally rounding off the evening with two encores, Memories and Seven Nights to Rock.

This was also a special evening as our raffle was being donated to a very special little girl, Phoebe who at the tender age of two has brain damage, and has spent many months in Southampton Hospital undergoing various surgery. Her mum Juliet is one of our dances, but obviously at the moment she and her husband are having to spend most of their time with Phoebe. I was absolutely amazed at the generosity of our dancers, not only donating all the raffle prizes but also buying so many raffle tickets, for which we were able to raise £300 pounds. So a very big thank you to everyone who donated.

I also have to say a special thank you to Lol for all his hard work at putting up the lights etc, as he's the only one willing to go up the ladder, with a little help from Sue, and to everyone else who helped thank you very much, I couldn't do it without you all pitching in and helping.

And just to round off this magical evening if you were lucky to catch them, we had a fantastic surprise of the Northern Lights in this very southern region.

Aurora Borealis May 2024

So this is me, Jenny, signing off and hope to see you all at the next event on Fri 28th June, with Steve Lovett, this will be a red, white and blue party dance.


Valentines Dance with Rob Childs, February 2024


If you are a line dancer and could have been anywhere two nights ago, then you couldn't have made a better choice than going to Barnham Community Centre for the Dixie Belles Valentine Dance featuring Rob Childs. Jenny Bembridge went through the complete gamut of emotions prior to the dance, which until late on could have been cancelled as Jenny did everything possible so the attendance made the dance worthwhile. Thankfully it was a sell-out and a fantastic night to boot.

If a week is said to be a long time in politics, then 5 months is a very long time in line dancing terms. When Rob Childs appeared at Dixie Belles last September, I reported an excellent night but I was also critical of the number of dancers who left before the event finished. Happily that was all forgotten last night as a rejuvenated Rob Childs took the collective Dixie Belles dancers under his spell at 7.30 pm with Missing and didn't relax his grip, with just about everybody still there, until the second encore of High Class Lady just before 10.45 pm. Between those times we enjoyed a sensational night with Rob fully in command and at the height of his powers musically, establishing an immediate rapport with the audience, some of whom were new enough dancers not to have seen him before.

On this occasion Rob's programme was topical reflecting new dances such as Three Tequila Floor, Five Leaf Clover, Memory Lane and Save It For A Sunny Day among others. Rob also drew on his vast repertoire of recordings to remind us of the danceability of I Saw The Light and Two Of A Kind Workin On A Full House for County Line Cha-Cha and Barn Dance respectively. Rob paid homage to Country music superstar Toby Keith, sadly lost recently, with You Can't Read My Mind (Telepathy) and A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action (danced here to Got To Be Funky/Black Coffee). Dedicating Wrapped Around to his fiance Izzy (also in attendance) while also upping the tempo on Honky Tonk Highway and Seven Nights To Rock we had the chance to marvel yet again at his supreme musicianship. The big surprise was the introduction of The Night Has A Thousand Eyes for Ribbon Of Highway, which some readers might recall Bobby Vee taking this into the UK singles 60 years ago almost to the week. Not only did this work Rob received the accolade of a standing at the culmination of the numbered! Add in Last Living Cowboy (for Cowboy Charleston) and One Step Forward (for the elders, including me) we enjoyed the complete dance package.

It seemed too early when Rob ended things at 10.30 pm, but reflecting the heady party atmosphere, Jenny brought him back for two encores with things ending on High Class Lady. Rob Childs is once again at the pinnacle of his dance powers and on this evidence is crying out to be seen again!

Before I close, a mention here for the stunning backdrop on the stage behind Rob that was devised and installed by Lol Slater (step stool held by Sue Weston).

 



Red, White & Blue Party Night with Tony Rouse, July 2013

Tony Rouse at Dixie Belles
Tony Rouse with Dixie Belles  

New Year's Eve Party with Cheyenne 2012

New Year's Eve Party with Cheyenne 2012

Xmas Party with Alan Gregory 2012

Xmas Party with Alan Gregory 2012


Red, White & Blue Party night with Tony Rouse July 2012

Red, White & Blue Party night with Tony Rouse July 2012
 

New Year's Eve Party 2011

Alan Gregory with the Rock and Roll Guys & Girls - New Year 2011Alan Gregory with the Rock and Roll Guys & Girls
Alan Gregory presenting Sandy with best prize for fancy dress costume - New Year 2011Alan Gregory presenting Sandy with best prize for fancy dress costume Alan Gregory - New Year 2011Alan Gregory

Xmas 2011

Dave, Jenny & Dot - Xmas 2011Dave, Jenny & Dot Muddy Boots with Dixie Belles - Xmas 2011Muddy Boots with Dixie Belles Muddy Boots with more Dixie Belles - Xmas 2011Muddy Boots with more Dixie Belles


Red, White & Blue Party Night with Bobby D Sawyer 2011

Red, White & Blue Party Night with Bobby D Sawyer 2011 Red, White & Blue Party Night with Bobby D Sawyer 2011

Xmas 2010

Jenny, Dot & Wendy - Xmas 2010Jenny, Dot & Wendy Texas Tornados with Dixie Belles - Xmas 2010Texas Tornados with Dixie Belles Dixie Girls - Xmas 2010Dixie Girls

Halloween 2010

The Assembly Hall - Halloween 2010The Assembly Hall - Halloween 2010 Jenny & Wendy - Halloween 2010Jenny & Wendy - Halloween 2010

Red, White & Blue Party Night with Bobby D Sawyer July 2010

Dixie Belles with Bobby D Sawyer July 2010 Dixie Belles with Bobby D Sawyer

Grand Charity Line Dance June 2009

Muddy Boots Muddy Boots The Village Idiots The Village Idiots Jenny & Lesley Anne Jenny & Lesley Anne

Halloween Party 2007

Dave, Dot, Gill, Bill, Jenny & Kath Dave, Dot, Gill, Bill, Jenny & Kath Carol Carol Kath & Gill Kath & Gill Dot, Jenny, Dave, Gill, Bill, Pauline & Kath Dot, Jenny, Dave, Gill, Bill, Pauline & Kath

Independence Day Party 6th July 2007 with John Permenter

Dixie Belles with John Permenter Dixie Belles with John Permenter

Hi Jenny,
Thank you for hosting such a terrific evening last Friday. John was so good and that fiddle!! Just love that music! There is always such a good "family" atmosphere at your dances and that is to your credit. Look forward to seeing the digi photo of us all that evening - perhaps you could kindly e-mail it through. Thank you again for such a welcoming friendly club atmosphere.
Love Marion


Grand Charity Dance 23rd February 2007

Gill checking her raffle tickets Gill checking her raffle tickets Lisa getting Mick ready Lisa getting Mick ready How dare you! No way to treat a lady? How dare you! No way to treat a lady? Carol, John & Judy Carol, John & Judy
Is this how it is done? Is this how it is done? Or this way perhaps! Or this way perhaps! Bit cheeky! Bit cheeky! Got it right at last Got it right at last

Halloween 2006

Carol, Helen, Jenny, Roger, Judy, Gill, Dave Carol, Helen, Jenny, Roger, Judy, Gill, Dave M T Allan? M T Allan? Mick, Liz, Jill, Norman, Sheila Mick, Liz, Jill, Norman, Sheila Sandie & Chris Sandie & Chris
Just washed my hair Just washed my hair Colin, Linda, Natalie, Gill Colin, Linda, Natalie, Gill Who let her out? Who let her out? Dave, Gill & Dot Dave, Gill & Dot
Dracula front Dracula front Dracula back Dracula back Little Devil Val Little Devil Val Natalie Natalie

4th July 2006, Red, White and Blue Party Night with Bobby D Sawyer

Bobby Bobby Sandie, Bobby and Chris Sandie, Bobby and Chris
Some of the gang at Dixie Belles with Bobby Some of the gang at Dixie Belles with Bobby
John & Carol John & Carol Lisa and Mick Lisa and Mick Sian Sian Bobby, Dave and Dot Bobby, Dave and Dot
Dot, Dave, Kathy, Faye, and Hazel Dot, Dave, Kathy, Faye, and Hazel Jenny's corner Jenny's corner Bobby & Jenny Bobby & Jenny Group photo Group photo

Grand Charity Night in aid of The British Heart Foundation and Leukaemia Research, held at The Assembly Hall, Bognor Regis Campus of the University of Chichester
19th May 2006

John Permenter & Little Rock with Gill, Tracy, Mandy, Jenny & Sian John Permenter & Little Rock with Gill, Tracy, Mandy, Jenny & Sian Dixie Belles, Marlene, Faye, Gill and Jenny singing "I Can't Be Bothered" Dixie Belles, Marlene, Faye, Gill and Jenny singing "I Can't Be Bothered"

Keith Urban
19th April 2005

Jenny pictured here with Keith Urban Jenny pictured here with Keith Urban

Heather Myles Night
25/11/03

Heather Myles Night Heather Myles Night Heather Myles Night