meeting my Danish Great NEPHEWS !

A lovely evening at my sister Janet’s with my brother Richard and wife Hanne one of their sons

the eldest Daniel my nephew his wife Mette and 3 boys and my niece Claire Emily and Mick, Janet and ME !

oh and Doris!!!

So great to see my brother and the love for his family, and what a smashing family they are ….

THE LITTLE ONE IS SO CUTE … Anton and loves food … must be in the genes …..

and lovely to meet Daniels wife Mette …. MUST TRY with brother Paul and Janet to go to Denmark for a weekend !

retro Dougie

This photo was sent of Dougie on the front cover of a Dutch TV Guide

on a programme called WOW that he used to appear in…

Phil Winston's Theatreworks

Costumes look good lol

The college just performed at the event CYD in Liverpool and then at the Carl Allan Awards

in Blackpool… every success to them !

SNOW WHITE at London Palladium

Great costumes for Julian Clary created by the very talented Jayne Baines of Stagefunk costumes! it looks amazing … and Dawn French in Panto what a treat… won’t be missing this one …

GINGER ROGERS STOLE!

Came across these photos, just saying …. I have the fur stole from Ginger Rogers stole l in these photos and an amazing coat and dress both from the production of MAME ! just saying…

Stevie Bor at ZEDEL


Stevie Bor and his band live at Zedel ! A real pleasure seeing Stevie Live! He has a unique style, a talented singer songwriter . He knows how to command his audience ... his warmth and personality had everyone in palm of his hand! It gave him A platform to perform his retro style of classic Rock en Roll and his new material from his latest Ep. Notably The Juggler was dedicated to his father , very special .. loved the lyrics ... a song he wrote for his mum and dad ! also it was great to see another member of the Bor family tread the boards. With brother William on drums ! Continued success Stevie !
Every one get booking him perfect for any event, party, private function !





FEATHERS ! GLAMOUR !

It makes me so proud when I see photographs of our costumes looking fabulous !

The talented David Wood Choreographer and Wilkes Academy making it look a million Dollars !

GYPSY

A PHOTO turned up today that i have never seen before, and brought memories flooding back

I started to write then as i got to about page 10 I deleted it by mistake … I went back to how it all started . So will have to do it all over again, actually it was lovely to write it all with the fun and fond memories I have of that very special time ..

but here is the photo that sparked of day of memories

GYPSY starring ANGELA LANSBURY AS MOMA ROSE

Bonnie Langford as Baby JUNE and me behind 1973 Piccadilly Theatre

MY CRAZY WEEK !

The past 8 days or whatever has been crazy ! it started after a busy week any rate but then last Friday drove up to Blackpool long overdue as miss my friends up there…and the best 2 Beagles in the world !

Arrived Then to Jamie’s tapas restaurant for great fun meal with my second family,! followed by me playing pool ( I was utter dreadful) moving on to a mad house of the world of Jeannie with karaoke!!! so a late night….

Saturday lovely Play with the beagles Molly and Bailey then a trip to Manchester to the Young Sing before being a judge at Barbara Sharples Choreographic Award with the lovely Rosemarie Ford ( a very quick catch up! ) and seeing president of the ITDA PHIL WINSTON AND CHRIS FARKAS was a very quick hello…

Drove back to Blackpool after the comptetion which by the way was very entertaining some nice work ….and worthy winners ..

Chill day Sunday with a lovely walk on the prom with Molly and Bailey then a drive through old haunts and fab lunch at the Bay Horse Inn near Lancaster

Really the best Sunday Roast! Headed back in time for the BODYGUARD ! With a quick dash to the prom to capture the sunset … could the day of got any better !

Roll on Monday .. meeting with Scott over designs …then a Check Events catch up before heading down on M6!

Dinner at the fabulous Judy Green she cooked up a storm with old friends and the moon was just amazing … then we were staying in a hotel dougie had arranged … it was monastery! how hysterical !!! in the middle of London…..

Tuesday taught all day at Italia Conti’s in the London studios , Very nice students and it was fun hope they enjoyed it … then drive back to the cottage …. Wednesday again teaching at Italia Conti’s Guildford studios which just as much fun… drive back naff traffic to the cottage ….

Thursday costume hire for Wilkes Academy so had to get that all together before driving it to Swindon and return., sorted out costume for Iain Gordon at the Pavilion Glasgow and costumes for Phil Winston’s Theatre Works Been quite a week !!! Friday was driving Dougie around . so by the afternoon was well done in… so had a sleep and now its 4.30 am and can’t sleep….. and i have help with the garden in a couple of hours …. is it true what they say NO REST FOR THE WICKED

I LOVE LONDON

Still love London… although the traffic is a nightmare!!!

Enjoyed my visit today…… apart from the traffic……

One of my all time favs Joe Allans such with Una Stubbs , Lovely to see her and Dougie Friendship after all these years …. very special…

then I had a meeting at the Ivy with Adam Sternberg one of the nicest men on the planet !

followed by dear seeing the fab Judy at her apartment with truly amazing views .. and a fun evening as ever ….

GENERATION DANCE

WHATS IT ABOUT!!

This all began with a Young Genera3on /Second Genera3on Reunion Dance Class .

Dancers who had worked for Dougie Squires Young Genera3on & Second Genera3on came together from all over the UK to the Dance AEc London for a reunion in the form of a class.

From a small Face Book group it spread to over 100 people arriving...dancers were calling to be invited even though they hadn't been in the Young and Second Genera3on.

We didn't know what to expect on Sunday, 27 February 2016 but the atmosphere was exci3ng... such energy and enthusiasm. When the music came on the genera3ons of dancers just went back into wan3ng to dance again... performing and being young again... When speaking to them all it was obvious that the respect and discipline of being a dancer had such an impact on all their lives...

Everybody had a brilliant 3me....there was magic in the air.... The age range started from mid-thir3es to dancers over seventy!

The Dance cri3c from the Guardian newspaper Jeffery Taylor came and couldn’t believe the energy and passion that seems so lacking in today’s dancers...

This event sparked off ideas!! There is something special here...

This now has lead onto coming up to its 3rd year we meet every month at Dance AEc

In 2017 Dougie was direc3ng the Dame Vera Lynn 100th Birthday celebra3on at the London Palladium , we asked if any of the dancers would be interested as they used to perform in Dame Vera’s BBC entertainment shows, thinking about 20 would want to perform .. but the response was over 90 ! and all of them did ...it was a very special event and to all the dancers and was a truly amazing experience

one which they haven’t come down from . Hence the plan for 2019 is another charity show we are puEng together!

The class is full of characters and hearing the life stories has been fascina3ng ...

Its full of different Genera3ons of dancers that have become a one genera3on of dance family

the age range is now from 16 to 80 !!!

Many well known people’s careers started working with Dougie and developed their individual styles and professionalism and with dancers that have chosen different paths in their careers.

Dougie’s autobiography was published last year “Dancing through the Genera3ons’

with all the stories and experiences of the of entertainment through the decades and the many stars and dancers he was fortunate to work with .

THE MAYFLY

Sometimes I really love our area ... driving around  came across flowers on a table being sold rd side they are beautiful always a passion for flowers , then  having a fb lunch at the MAYFLY  which is 2 mins away from us .. amazing setting  and fab food ( its been taken over ) so another one to add to the list ! hooray !

LOVELY TO SEE DIANE SIMMONS

ON  Friday were invited to lovely Debbie Goodman's house for dinner and the special treat seeing Diane Simmon's  who I used to dance with last century lol and not seen for 28 years we think..

it was like we saw each other yesterday !  It was a fabulous dinner with Diane and her husband Adam, Lesley and Max and then joined by Lucy and John  A FUN FABULOUS EVENING X

GENERATION CLASS

A great class on sunday ! great turn out with lovely people !! 

although my feet are killing me ! next class Oct 7th !

Walk around Houghton Gardens

 Driving through the  local villages came across Houghton Garden, Stopped off and a had a lovely walk around the gardens ....

FIRST PICK OF APPLES!

Felt like the wicked Queen in Snow White with picking the apples into the basket !

Its a big crop this year ! due to the stunning weather( which I am missing)

 

Second week of Church flowers

Week 2 of doing the flowers for the local church ... I must I have enjoyed going into the church each day ... Although I am not religious I have found it a very spiritual experience ...

The peace and quiet from the outside world  has felt like a meditation ..