What is Line Dancing?
Any form of dance, not just the "yee ha" dances so often associated with American Line Dancing (although we do some of those as well), performed in a line. We Rhumba, Salsa, Waltz, Stomp and Cha Cha Cha - to name but a few. A great way to dance if you don't have a partner to dance with, meet new friends and simply have loads of fun dancing to fantastic music! So come along and escape the pressures of everyday life, even if just for an hour, as a "Side Kick".
Who is Sarah?
A local "girl", now living in Caerwent, Sarah has enjoyed line dancing since 1995, and is very proud to be able to share her love of it (and ever expanding knowledge) with the people who come to these classes. Sarah passed her dancing medals in 2002, started Sarah's Side Kicks in November of 2007, and in 2008 was thrilled to became fully qualified (under the wings of the UKA) as a competent Western Line Dance Teacher.
Will it suit me?
Normally whatever your previous experience of Line Dancing may have be, there was a class suitable for you. Unfortunately at the moment, post Covid ,the classes are very low key. Due to the limited numbers allowed in the hall, the new health and safety measures that we need to adhere to, and also Sarah's pending knee operation (meaning no teaching/new dances at all - sorry!) classes are only suitable for current Side Kicks members. Check out the timetable to see how the the new classes are evolving as we test the waters....
Our aim is to return to normal as soon as possible to our previous format. "First Steps" (which restart in January, May and September every year) are instructed in all the basic steps incorporated into each dance, and "A Step Further" work at a faster rate, learning longer and more difficult routines. "The Next Step" fall in between the 2.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. All classes are very laid back - we have FUN!
Where do we meet?
Originating in Caerwent Village Hall and following a short spell in Undy Memorial Hall, a number of years in the Labour Club in Caldicot and until the end of 2017 "The Good Measure" in Caldicot.
The Side Kicks have danced in Portskewett Church Hall for some years now. Following Covid we are very excited to be re-starting a low key Monday evening class in July, and hopefully also Friday mornings once Sarah's health improves and Covid restrictions reduce. We have a proper wooden floor and have the use of a large car park within the school. We look forward to the re-use of the full kitchen facilities - very handy for our coffee mornings and social nights.
What else do we do?
The Side Kicks have participated in many displays within the local community which is always voluntary and always well supported (which Sarah is very appreciative of) and all donations we receive go towards the costs of various live singers at the annual Christmas party. Sarah enjoys hosting private parties for themed party nights, and organising Western Nights. We are an award winning group, with members achieving success at various levels of medal tests We have frequent lunch/supper dates in various local pubs and charity coffee mornings. 2012 saw our first Carnival float (a fantastic day!) AND many hugely successful weekends away in beautiful hotels in Torquay, Paignton and Bournemouth - venturing "abroad" to The Isle Of Wight in 2018! All in all - a busy bunch!