XVII Costa Brava Line Dance Festival

11-14 Maig/May, 2017. Palafrugell (Costa Brava, Spain)

2017 FESTIVAL GUESTS

ADRIAN CHURM (UK)

Adrian started dancing at the age of 6 in ballroom and latin. He started to compete when he was 7. Member of the ten dance british team. Won many international and national competitions in ballroom and latin. Also competed on the original British television program Come Dancing in the early 90s. He started teaching line dance in 1992. After a knee injury forced me to cut my competitive ballroom and latin career short. He was also a dancer and dance advisor for the British tv drama The Forsyth Saga. He worked as dance editor and advisor for UpCountry. He is a regular of our festival since 2012.

 

CHRIS HODGSON (UK)

Chris has danced all her life. In 1984 she opened her own Dance Aerobics business 'til 2007. She started teaching Linedancing in 1996. She was Linedancer Magazine UK Choreographer of the Year in 1999, winner of Improver Dance of the Year in 2008 for Galway Girls, and in 2014 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame, that was such an unexpected honour.
Over the years she has choreographed many dances, and some have become huge hits. She came for the first time to our festival in 2011.

 

DEBBIE ELLIS (UK)

Debbie Ellis is our lovely girl from Torrevieja (Torrevella) in Alicante (Spain). She's originally from UK but she's been living and teaching there for lots of years with her husband Paul, who is also one of our guests every year.

Debbie is the instructor that's been with us since nearly the beginning, starting coming to our events in 2003.

 

ANDREW & SHEILA PALMER (UK)

From an early age Andrew and Sheila have enjoyed and been involved in Music and Dance. For many years Andrew played both saxophone and clarinet in a UK dance band, recreating the music of Glenn Miller.
With over 21 years experience in line, and western partner dancing they feel very lucky to have been able to share our passion for dance, in many parts of the world. Andrew & Sheila came to our festival last year for the first time but we all fell in love with them and asked them to come back this year immediately. They said yes and we are so looking forward to welcome them again.

 

JEFFKE CAMPS (BELGIUM)

Jeffke is a 22 year old Belgian dancer, instructor, choreographer and event-manager. He started line dancing in 2008 and started teaching in 2009 after some national and international instructor/teacher training programs. At the end of 2009 he started his own dance association, where he teaches all levels in line, partner & couples. He also got technique trainings from several international stars in line dance, and so started dance championships at WCDF & UCWDC. He won multiple awards in classics and couples, but most of them he won in choreography division. Jeffke finished competing and started to focus more on the fun aspect, social dancing and teaching instructor- and danceworkshops for several dance associations in Belgium and its neighbour countries.

 

MIQUEL MENÉNDEZ (CATALONIA)

Miquel Menéndez started Linedance when he was 15 years old. Competing since he was 17, he achieved the top division in the WCDF which is the MegaStar division. He started teaching when he was 20 and he coaches several dancers around Europe. He is currently dancing with students from Austria, Latvia, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, etc. He is an active International Judge for the WCDF and he received knowledge by some of the great names in the Linedance world such Roy Verdonk, Roy Hadisubroto, Barry Durand, and more. One of his biggest achievements as choreographer when he was invited by the KoLDA (Korean Line Dance Association) for their annual festival in 2010 together with the world recognised Jo Thompson.

 

WILLIE BROWN (SCOTLAND)

Willie,  from Scotland, has been line dancing since 1989 - almost 30 years! Having competed during his teenage years, winning several Scottish and British titles in UCWDC and Masters In Line, he began teaching in 2001. Now teaching full time 4 days a week he also organises monthly socials, workshops and weekend event through the UK, writes a column for a Country music & dance magazine in Scotland (CWDS) and has recently become the Scottish representative for United Kingdom Dance Council (UKDC) organising instructor training and exams.

There has also been success in choreography too - his crowning moment being when "Heart Of An Angel" was voted the "2007 Improver Level Dance Of The Year" at that years Crystal Boot Awards. Choreographing for all levels of dancers some recent dances include Cecilia (a CBA-nominated dance), The Real Deal, My Middle Name, I Am Me and Falling Deeper.

Willie says: "Thank you to Rafel and Ariadna for this amazing opportunity. I'm really looking forward to my first visit to the Costa Brava Line Dance Festival and can't wait to make new friends and to have some FUN!"

 

LIVE MUSIC WITH: TIM NASH

Tim Nash started singing and playing keyboard when he was very young. At the age of 14 he often played keyboard in his father's dance band. 

He has performed with several bands in Belgium and abroad and he was the regular keyboard artist for "Alana Dante" and the "Guy Swinnen Band". This young man is very much into rock music, but he also juices up parties with swinging disco, classics, Dutch "sing-alongs" and current hits. Since 2011 Tim has added Country & Line Dance Music to his repertoire. That's why you can find him at Country & Line Dance evenings.

As always Tim sings and plays "live" and he puts his own twist on the songs. No doubt he will rock the joint. No midlife or karaoke stuff, but 200% live!