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Dancers blast EastEnders
25 January 2008
Masters in Line Linedancing teamThe publisher of Britain’s biggest selling dance magazine has blasted EastEnders for making Linedancing look uncool.

Furious writer and dance instructor Betty Drummond said that recent storylines involving the characters Garry and Minty are damaging a past-time that is gaining  popularity after throwing off its cowboy image.

Readers of Betty’s "Linedancer Magazine" have been calling the magazine’s Southport offices and the BBC demanding that scriptwriters portray Line dancing in a “realistic light” after watching the characters dress up in cowboy fancy dress and dance to “Achy Breaky Heart” a Country music track by Billy Ray Cirus that is now considered taboo among Line dancing enthusiasts.

Betty is also challenging people of all ages  to try  out the  new style of Line dance – which is based on hot pop and world music – for themselves at a special event taking place in Blackpool in February.

She has designed a basic introduction course specifically  for those who believe they have two left feet and is inviting the stars of Eastenders and anyone else to give it a try.

“I’m determined to prove that anyone can learn to Line dance,” said Betty. “Modern line dancing is a million miles away from the Cowboy and Country image depicted by the two idiots from Eastenders, who embarrassed real line dancers with their cringe-making version of Breaky Heart on EastEnders.

“Don't be mislead by it,” says Betty. ”Line dancing has moved on and offers a huge variety of music, tempos and rhythms.”

Betty was already on a mission to help people who have always wanted to dance but never had the courage to try.

“Seeing Garry and Minty strutting their stuff at the Queen Vic has only made me more determined to prove that learning to Line dance.

Betty Drummond and Steve Healy“It not only helps to keep you young, but it will certainly help to get you fit and ,above all, it  guarantees  a wonderful new social life, too.  There's no better place to make lasting friendships than in lines.

 “What attracts people to  modern line dancing is that it is so easy to learn, it's a lot of fun and you don’t need a partner to dance. Also there’s styles to suit everyone at all levels from novice to expert.”

To prove her point, Betty is offering dancing classes to absolute beginners at the Crystal Boot Awards weekend, which takes place at Blackpool’s Norbreck Hotel from February 8-10.

The two-day course for absolute beginners starts with a fast-track introduction to dance on Friday night before moving up to a real live line dance social and more dancing at the next level on Saturday  morning. 

Betty added:  “So many people watch other people dancing and think to themselves ‘I’d like to do that’ but never do anything about it.

“Linedancing offers people the chance to pick up the basics of all dancing but go at their own pace and comfort level. Everyone starting out is in the same boat, there’s no embarrassment or having to keep up with a partner.

“The only warning I’d give is that once you start dancing, it’s hard to stop. I’ve seen many people who have changed their lives by becoming dancers.”

For more details about Betty’s course, or the Crystal Boot Awards, call 01704 392 3000. Further information also available at


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