ANZAC Day 25 April 2022 – yes we will be dancing with a normal club night.
Good to see everyone. Great to have 10 dancers given the number of people who are away at the moment.
I continued to teach dances that are on our Movie Night which is coming up on the 9th May. Think about what movie star you will come as!
We went over hands across making sure that you take shake hand grip with the person opposite and looking across to maintain eye contact. We also looked at a 2 couple allemande where 1st couple finish facing their first corner. Ones do not retire to the sidelines but use small steps to pass left shoulder on 7 and 8 to face their first corners. As well as this formation, we looked at turning corners with both hands, and passing right shoulders. To finish the revision of formations we went over double triangles in preparation for the Hunting Horn
Dances we covered were:
The Old Man of Storr
A seemingly simple dance but you do need to count to make sure you do not get to your destination too early or too late. Particularly for 1st couple from 3rd place – setting, dancing towards each other on 3 and then 3 bars to the top and two to cast.
Another dance with a ladies chain. These are starting to look good especially with some of our new dancers dancing as men.
A very old dance from Book 2 with wonderful music. Remember to make sure you maintain 3rd position in the strathspey step. There were a lot of passing feet. This is easy if you make sure your feet are turned out rather than straight ahead.
Mr Michael Bear’s Reel
Another simple dance incorporating hands across
The Hunting Horn
Reels of 4 and double triangles
The De’il Amang the Tailors
Set, hands across half way focusing on set, touch and away
We have decided to cancel beginner classes for 2022 due to the uncertainties around the COVID situation.
However, we are still planning to start usual club nights as planned from 7 March 2022.
Under the red traffic light setting, everyone will need to scan in and show their vaccine pass.
As always, follow the usual hygiene measures and stay home if you are unwell.
Beginners classes are starting soon, commencing 1 February 2021, 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 or have a kilt to enjoy Scottish Country Dancing!
The cost for the four lessons is just $25. Vaccine passes are required. To register for classes, email as at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come along a bit earlier on the night.
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.