Event Directors: Vern & Lois Black
Rockin' Pneumonia Good Time ...nevermind the
weather forecast ...the seaside town of Pismo
Beach was overcast & breezy for most of
our dance weekend ...but it didn't matter.
San Francisco Bay Area was well represented
at this 3 day event, the Friday afternoon
classes I attended were full ...Michael Barr
and Michele Burton were teachin' couples a
pattern cha cha dance along with their
"secrets of dance" ...
Khinoo taught the intermediate/advanced
Sunset Stampede (Ian StLeon) and then her
newest intermediate dance Saturday Matinee to
a full dance floor.
Skeeters was here to teach a line dance
judging clinic in the morning then her newest
dance Fill My Life in the afternoon.
Friday afternoon new line choregraphy on the
patio at Whaler's had 'no show' instructors
...some dance teaches were 10 minutes ahead
of schedule ...I thought that mattered &
said so ...but obviously it didn't, cause it
happened again on Saturday. I was on the
patio for some of Listen (Michael Barr) and
That's All She Wrote (Michele Burton).
of the World's standard line dances were
introduced here on the patio at Pismo. Sal
Gonzalez first taught his OOO! AAH! here in
competition in 1996. It won 3rd place that
year. In the 1998 competition Evelyn Khinoo's
That's My Hat won 4th place. The 1999 winners
are listed by rank at the top of this page.
was on the patio for Saturday's choreography
competition for the following teaches: Boogie
Woogie Blues (Trish Boesel) and Bar Bright
(The Boesels), Saturday Matinee (Evelyn
Khinoo),The Darlene (Ernie Hutchinson), C'est
La Vie (Carmel Hutchinson), Havana
(Gonzalez/Wasnicks), Bartender Pour The Wine
(Gene Morill), and Phone-A-Phobia (Simon
Ward). I know that all the choreographers
greatly appreciated that Mike Sliter stepped
up to the audio equipment during the
competition and helped them out with their
music while they were concentrating on giving
us a great teach.
Skeeters was asked to compete her new dance
Fill My Life in a 'no show instructor' slot
and she did. And then she wanted to know if
we all wanted to do her dance to some Turbo
music ...and many of us enjoyed the workout
...dancin' to the Groovegrass Boyz singin'
about the Wabash Cannonball!
Friday & Saturday evening request dances
were DJ'd by Chris Kumre and John Burton.
...among the standards played were Peace
Train (Julie Molkner), Hot Tamales (Neil
Hale), OOO! AAH! (Sal Gonzalez), Silk &
Satin (Evelyn Khinoo), Hey Bruce (Michael
Barr), Fat Sally Lee (Arthur Smith), and
Zydeco Lady (Chris Hookie).
newer waltzes to fill the floor were: Open
Arms (Gonzalez, Ward, & Snyder), I See It
Now (Michele Burton) and Husbands & Wives
(The Hutchinsons). It was really cool to see
Simon and Sal side by side doin' their
waltzing and of course seeing Carmel and
Hutch in their sweetheart position doin'
their waltzing ...AND ...I'm positive Michele
Burton was very happy doin' her waltzin' next
to MB ...he knows the steps to I See It Now
waltz that we did see and didn't know it till
the end of the dance music ...Sweet
Temptation (Terry Hogan). M & MB were
dancin' it together ...Simon left the Fat
Sally Lee dance and joined in ...who would
have known that the Rednex singin' Fat Sally
Lee would have inspired such a duo that
quickly turned into such a trio!
newer dances on the request lists throughout
the weekend were: Cajun Girls & Gumbo and
Heartbreat Radio (Mike Sliter) ...Whole Lotta
Peppas (Neil Hale), Gimme Back My Bullets
(Neil Hale), Dizzy (Jo Thompson), Cuban Heels
(Terry Hogan), 747 Chicago Shuffle (John
Robinson), Voilą (Charlotte Skeeters), If My
Friends Could See Me Know and That's My Hat
(Evelyn Khinoo), What's Your Name (Michael
Barr), I See It Now (Michele Burton),
Husbands and Wives (The Hutchinsons),
Remember When (Sydney Dancers), Sometimes
When (Jackie Snyder), Backstreet Attitude
(Jamie Davis) Titantic (Simon Ward) and Count
Me In (Chris Kumre).
Bay Area's Rob Ingenthron brought the World
Hit Mambo #5 to Pismo. This
intermediate/advanced dance choreographed by
Pedro Machado and Anthony Lee has been seen
in dance halls throughout the US this Summer.
The music is 'Mambo No.5' by Lou Bega (192
bpm) and the dance sequence is XXXY, XXz1,
XXz2. The sheet looks scary, even
frightening! ...but Evelyn Khinoo picked it
up off the patio floor on Sunday and swears
that it will be easy for us to learn. She
will be teaching it in Redwood City to us on
Thursday night ....Charlotte Skeeters will
have this dance on the schedule to be taught
in a workshop at the Golden Gate Classic,