Hi, my name is Tim Gauci, I am 44 years of age and have been line dancing for about 28 years, I started off as a student in 1992/3 learning my first dance Bootscootin Boogie, how things have changed!!
Just prior to starting dancing, I absolutely hated country music, couldn't stand it at all, my niece Tina was attending line dancing lessons at that stage and tried to encourage me to come to classes with her, she would put on some country music and show me the steps, I just walked away. My sister, as a present, gave us tickets to see Garth Brooks in Adelaide, with great uncertainty I went, and it was amazing, I loved it, and ended up with a few GB CD's in my music collection. After the concert, we went back to the Motel, put some music on and Tina led me in my first go at line dancing, it wasn't a pretty sight!!
Back in Broken Hill, I went to my first beginners lesson, it was fun, though the instructors seemed to be talking in another language, vine, slap, rock, kick ball change, what the?? After the first few weeks I appeared to be getting it and advanced to the next level and in a few months found myself in the advanced class. It wasn't long until I was doing demos at functions and parties, and collecting step sheets, CD's and videos I couldn't get enough, I was definately hooked.
It was about 1995 when I got my first experience at instructing, it didn't take long for me to feel comfortable in this role, I enjoyed teaching and the satisfaction you get when someone learns something that you have taught them, and see the smiles on faces, a real buzz.
I remember my first time visiting Tamworth, I felt like a very small fish, in a very big ocean, I felt I was definitely out of my league, however, seeing everyone having a great time and being so welcoming and friendly, boosted my confidence. We line dancers are a great bunch!!
Line dancing in Broken Hill, we have three small clubs and get together a few times throughout the year for socials, our club, the Silver City Line Dancers holds both day and night classes and get between 15-25 regular dancers to classes, our classes range from Beginners to Intermediate and an Old Favourites class so as not to forget those good old dances!!
Broken Hill is located in remote NSW, we are 300ks to Mildura VIC, 500ks to Adelaide SA and 1000ks to Sydney NSW, so as you can imagine, to attend a social in these areas requires a long drive and a couple of nights accommodation, and we really need to plan our trips!! It's bloody cold in winter, bloody hot in summer, windy and dusty and dry in between, but we absolutely love it here, and encourage you to visit. Find out more about Broken Hill here.
I choreographed my first dance Good Old Boys in the late 1990s to Tim McGraw/ Tracy Lawrence and friends, Just Good Ole Boys, an easy intermediate dance choreographed for a competition in Whyalla SA, it came second, I was wrapped!! From there, I started to put dances together as they came to me, I have tried to choreograph to specific songs with no luck, the steps come when they want to and at really weird times, like at work, in bed, at the computer, at class. I'll hear a piece of music and the steps will come, they need some tweaking but the idea is there.
My dance I Gotta Brand New Girlfriend came to me at work after hearing the song from Steve Holy, I quickly wrote the dance on a post it note, no changes made, my classes loved it, how freaky is that?
Music is definitely my motivator with choreography; it's good for the soul. I don't have a fav genre/ artist, and though I had a rocky start with country music, I really enjoy its diversity and dance-ability.
Just to finish up, line dancing has been a very important part of my life, I have really enjoyed the people, the music, and of course the dancing, and to think that my dances have been enjoyed by so many people around the world is amazing to say the least. Bye for now and see you on the dance floor sometime/somewhere!!
2006 - Australian Line Dance Awards - Australian Beginner/Improver Dance for I Gotta Brand New Girlfriend
2006 - Nominated for The Beat Magazine (New Zealand) International Line Dance of the Year for I Gotta Brand New Girlfriend
2007 - Australian Line Dance Awards - Australian Choreographer of the Year
2007 - Australian Line Dance Awards - Runner Up Australian Intermediate/Advanced Dance for Someone 2 Love and Cowboy Up
2007 - Nominated for The Beat Magazine (New Zealand) International Instructor of the Year, Internationally Choreographed Dance of the Year for Gentleman's Waltz, Someone 2 Love and Stronger and Country Music Line Dance of the Year for Gentleman's Waltz and Stronger.
2008 - Australian Line Dance Awards - Runner up Australian Choreographer of the Year, Runner Up Australian Intermediate/Advanced Dance for God Must Be Busy
2008 - Nominated for The Beat Magazine (New Zealand) International Choreographed Dance of the Year for Fall to Pieces and God Must Be Busy and Country Music Line Dance of the Year for Fall To Pieces.
2009 - Nominated for The Beat Magazine (New Zealand) International Choreographed Dance of the Year for Home 2 Louisiana and Mad About Mambo and Country Music Line Dance of the Year for Home 2 Louisiana.
2010 - Nominated for The Beat Magazine (New Zealand) International Workshop Instructor of the Year, Internationally Choreographed Dance of the Year for Walkin' In The Rain and Choreographer of the Year.
2011 - Nominated for The Beat Magazine (New Zealand) International Choreographed Dance of the Year for Fire and Gasoline
2013 - Oz In Line - 2012-2013 Easy Intermediate Dance - Baby Don't Rush
2013 - Oz In Line - 2012-2013 Australian choreographer
2013 - Australian Line Dance Awards - Runner Up Australian Beginner Improver Dance for Baby Don't Rush and Boogie Shoes and Runner Up Australian Choreographer
2014 - Nominated for The Beat Magazine (New Zealand) International Choreographed Dance of the Year for Baby Don't Rush
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