Beginners classes are starting soon, commencing 4 February 2019, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. They are especially for people who have never danced before, or who danced a long time ago and need a refresher. You don’t need to be Scottish to enjoy Scottish Country Dancing!
The cost for the four lessons is just $25.
As dancing gets you moving, you will warm up quickly, so wear cool clothing. To start with you can wear soft soled shoes – the thinner the better.
A regular dance partner is not required for Scottish Country Dancing as it is customary to dance with a different partner for each dance, making it a very social form of dancing. Dances are usually danced in a set of eight people – 4 men and 4 women arranged either in two lines (men facing women) or in a square, and they work together to dance a sequence of formations.
There are several basic steps and about a dozen figures which will get you through quite a number of dances. There is also more emphasis on “steps” than in, say, ceilidh dancing, but the basic technique can be learned through a couple of months’ worth of practice evenings once a week at Club nights.
Club nights, schools, balls and social dances are held in places all over New Zealand and the world. Once you know the basics, you can join in anywhere in New Zealand or around the world.
We did a number of dances from the Carterton programme. A number of us are going and some of the dances are not that familiar. We looked at a new formation – a 3 couple bourrel. It is one of those formations that is becoming more common. Here is a link to a video of the dance we did – Miss Eleanor.
• The Royal Deeside Railway
• The Kelloholm Jig
• Triple Happiness – knot and corners pass and turn. We had done this previously
• Mairi’s Wedding – this is on our final night programme
• It’s Nae Bother
• Miss Eleanor
• Bill Clement MBE – this has modified Montgomeries’ Rant type setting
We only have one more teaching night and then our Final Night and the chance to enjoy dances with some of the many formations we have learnt over the year.
Enjoy your long weekend and remember there is no dancing on the 22nd (Labour Day).
It was the last night at club before the New Dancer’s Celebration so we did the final few dances we had not done from that program. They were:
Kelburn’s Reel, an easy round the room dance, 2 couples facing each other; and
Tulloch Gorm, a strathspey with cross over reels where the first man crosses across at the top of the set to give right shoulder to the 2nd woman and the 1st woman crosses through 2nd place and gives left shoulder to the third man. The 1st couple cross back to their original place on bar 8 and then dance another right shoulder reel on their own side. Writing all that seems very complicated but you managed it well on Monday and there is a video linked to help you remember before Saturday night.
Tulloch is a Gaelic word meaning hill and Wikipedia says Tullochgorm is an old township parish which lies one mile south of Minard in the county of Argyll and Bute in Western Scotland and today comprises only six inhabited cottages.
From the New Dancers Celebration programme, we also danced Sean Truibhas Willichan- an easier 2 couple strathspey.
We also repeated a few dances from the program. They were: The Highland Fair, A Capital Jig, The Hunting Horn and The Reel of the Royal Scots.
And as I did not think we were having enough excitement we danced Spice it Up, another dance from the collection I was given in Nova Scotia.
Numbers were back up to 2 three couple sets last night although daylight saving did seem to be effecting some.
We continued to focus on dances from the New Dancer’s Celebration Program
We repeated several dances we had done earlier in September to make sure that we hadn’t forgotten them. These were The Hollin Buss (Jig) , Pluto’s Head (Reel) , Autumn Tidings (Jig) and Fire Hose Reel (Reel). We also did two strathspeys from the NDC program for the first time. These were The Bryon Strathspey and Monymusk.
For those of you that were not at club you can see these dances on youtube at:
The Byron Strathspey (Sorry there is not a really good video of this one)
Unfortunately we won’t have a chance to repeat those dances next week as we have another couple of strathspeys from the program to look at yet.
Since we had three couple sets and danced most of the dances only 6x through we had done 6 dances by 9pm so I decided to try something a little more challenging. We therefore danced City Lights from book 52 a jig with a variation of the corner pass and turn which involves the corners coming in and dancing an Allemande turn. A video can be found at https://youtu.be/HRGEFvuS7e8.
Even after having walked everyone through as 1st couple people were a bit concerned about dancing this one but it went really well. !! It shows how well everyone has come on over the year that we can do such an advanced dance at club. Well done all!