Caroline began dancing at the age of seven focusing primarily on ballet, in which she is professionally trained. In 1976, Caroline commenced teaching and founded the Caroline Ridd School of Ballet, in her home town of Swansea. The School was extremely successful and continued until she moved in 1982 to her adopted town of Newbury and latterly Thatcham. She has been a Member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) for nearly 40 years.
Through-out her life, Caroline has enjoyed learning and dancing other forms of dance and came to line dancing in 1997. She quickly became “hooked” and opened her own club, CD’s Corral, in 1999, while simultaneously qualifying as a line dance instructor and examiner. Such was her dedication to this new dance form, she qualified with distinction. Since then, CD’s Corral has gone from strength to strength and Caroline, successfully runs one of the largest clubs in the area.
As a keen supporter of charities, Caroline and her dancers have raised funds for many local and national charities such as Mencap Newbury, Naomi House, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
About Line Dancing
Line dancing is an individual form of dance, which does not require a partner. Line dancing as the name implies, involves dancers, moving to the same fixed sequence of steps or movements in lines with other dancers. The steps (or patterns) have been influenced or borrowed from many alternative styles of dance, including ballroom, ballet, latin and even Irish, to name just a few, and normally choreographed to a specific piece of music.
Line Dancing originated in the USA, but has been transformed over the last 5 to 10 years and today is danced to a wide variety of music and not, as is often portrayed, just Country music. Dances to Country, Swing, Jazz, Rock, Classical all the way to the current chart toppers; there is something to suit everyone! It is also a brilliant place to meet and make many new friends.
Line Dance Activities
Classes are held at the Thatcham Memorial throughout the week (see Classes page). Each class is focussed a specific level of dancer; from Beginner, through to Improver and onto the Intermediate/Advanced level dancer. Every class features a new, “up to date” dance, with a revision of dances previously learnt and some “oldies” revisited. Step by step instruction is given for each dance, with calling, where required during the dance.
In addition to classes, there are also monthly dance socials to practice what you have learnt, while spending an enjoyable time with dancing friends from Newbury, Thatcham, Reading, Basingstoke, Oxford and farther afield. The "open" social is on the last Friday of every month. CD’s Corral, and CD's Corral Disco, host a Line Dance social open to all dancers. The playlist is selected from dancer requests and carefully mixed to ensure everyone enjoys their time on the floor. In addition to the "open" social, we also hold regular Saturday afternoon socials for Beginner, Improver and Easy Intermediate.
All socials are held at the Thatcham Memorial Hall. Please see the schedule for the date, time and theme (if applicable)!
For those that wish, there are also opportunities to take examinations to record their achievements. Under the umbrella of the BWDA2000 organisation, medals in Line Dancing ranging from Bronze to Gold Bar III can be obtained. Many of Caroline's dancers have chosen to work towards the varying levels of awards over the last 14 years and she has the distinction of maintaining a 100% pass rate.
From time to time, internationally renowned choreographers, are invited to host specialist workshops to teach new dances.