from a Maggie Gallagher Workshop in the town
of Lillestrøm, Norway
My name is Christine …… . I’m
16 years old and I love to line dance. I had
the privilege of interviewing Maggie during
has been involved in many forms of dance throughout
her career including tap, ballet and modern.
She began to Line Dance for over seven years
ago in Coventry and, true to form, Maggie has
been very successful in this field and has become
one of the top line dance instructors in England.
Maggie has seen a large number of her own choreographed
line dances hit the "Line Dance Charts",
with for example dances like "Just a Memory",
"Hot Love" and “Na Mara",
all huge hits which are still filling the floor
at most socials in the UK and abroad. Her dance
"Mony Mony" was the first ever line
dance to enter the charts at No 1.
were visited by Maggie Gallagher the 3. and
4. of September. The workshop was organized
by Cato Larsen of Western Entertainment here
in Norway. We had a great workshop that weekend.
Maggie was (as she always is, I've been told)
a happy, joyful lady who did everything to make
us “average” dancers relax. She
ran around like crazy, laughed and sung (she
actually couldn't keep herself from singing
when she danced on the stage).
I asked Maggie Gallagher what she thought about
us Norwegian dancers, she was quick to say that
we were really great, and that we learned fast.
I thought she was kidding me, but she looked
at me and said “ But it is really true!”
And suddenly I understood why Maggie is such
a great teacher. She encourages, approves and
makes the dancers feel that they actually are
have seen so many people that like to show what
they can do, but does that really gives me something?
Does a World Championship winner necessarily
give me the ability to get the best out of myself,
make myself a better dancer? I don’t think
so. I think that, with Maggie’s great
ability to hearten and encourage us dancers,
she does a lot more for me and hopefully for
travels the world extensively hosting workshops.
She taught in Texas at the World Line Dancing
Championships a couple of years ago and at the
Tarheel Festival in USA in September 2000. Maggie
has also arranged and performed an Irish Dance
Display at the Country and Western Chicagoland
event through the organisation of Scott Blevins
and Carol Waite. Subsequent trips across Europe
and to Japan, Singapore and Australia have confirmed
Maggie's firm foothold in Linedance across the
seen Maggie dance the “Irish way”
and I must say I was impressed. The way she
just loves to dance (as she said all the time
she was with us in Norway) is expressed so well
that you can see the light shining from her.
I was curious to know what made her so fascinated
by dancing but she couldn't give me an answer.
She had always danced, she said, and was never
sick of it. I have, myself, sometimes got tired
of always learning new dances, but Maggie and
people like her are little miracles.