Wildkatz in Bournemouth

The wrong kind of snow stops the railway, too much snow halts the buses but nothing including a blizzard on the M3 managed to stop the intrepid line dancers on their way to Wendys Wildkatz ‘Go Wild in Bournemouth Weekend‘.  Organisers Adrian & Wendy Knight travelled down from Watford on the Thursday evening to get a early start on preparations in the ballroom for the weekends activities. They woke on Friday morning to reports of heavy snow falling in the home counties that threatened to prevent those that had booked from getting to Bournemouth. Wildkatz weekends are legendary and the brave dancers battled the elements relating tales of hazardous driving conditions, blizzards and traffic jams on their arrival. By around 6pm everyone had arrived including Stubby who was booked to play the live sets on Friday evening having travelled the furthest from Norfolk.


To get the weekend off to a relaxed start Friday's theme was a pyjama party with everyone entering into the spirit, Stubby played two superb sets which where complimented by the Wildkatz Disco playing well into the early hours. Wendy said " The beauty of fully booking a hotel such as The Bournemouth International is that there are no other guests here and we can play music as late as we like without fear of disturbing anyone so we finally hit the hay about 4am".


Waking to bright sunshine on Saturday morning ensured the day got off to a great start following a leisurely breakfast. The sunshine poured through the south facing windows of the Ballroom which looks out over the sea as dancers gathered for the morning workshop. The Saturday morning workshop was programmed to teach a selection of both new and old dances. The dances taught by Wendy Knight, Johnny2Step, Leslie Michel and Stuart Wilson were We Live, Loosing My Mind, Moonlight Kiss, It Hurts, Tumbling Rush, White Rose, Kentucky Flat Rock Stomp and Feet Don't Fail Me Now.


Saturday evening saw the arrival of Hayden who had been a particular hit at last years Bournemouth weekend. On his arrival he had been warned that the evening's theme was a Tramps Ball and that he was playing to line dancers not the local Down and Outs winter shelter. The effort put into the costumes and some of the lateral thinking applied to the word ‘tramp' was amazing, Adrian & Wendy were both overwhelmed by the turn out and the standard of the outfits. Johnny2Step who was there as a guest of the Wildkatz made a particularly convincing bag lady. Hayden played two superb sets accompanied by the Wildkatz Disco which played well into Sunday morning with the last of the Wildkatz going to bed going at around 6am to catch what could only be a couple of hours sleep before breakfast and the journey home.

Before leaving Adrian & Wendy rebooked the whole hotel for 2010, Wendy said " at our first class night following our return we started taking reservations for next year and were completely sold out within 15 minutes".