Beginners classes are starting soon, commencing 3 February 2020, 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.
It was a shame that so many of our “regulars” were not able to make it due to other commitments but we had 2 sets with our visitors. The programme was made up of requests – favourites of some and not necessarily others!
As I said, Ann and I have really enjoyed out tutoring this year and particularly impressed of how well our new dancers have done. Thanks to all our Club members who made our new people feel so welcome and the help they have given.
For the record the dances we did on Monday were:
• Maxwell’s Rant
• The Compleat Gardener
• City of Belfast
• Shiftin” Bobbins
• The Hunting Horn
• Triple Happiness
• Capering Scarecriws
• Pelorus Jack
• Linden Diamond
• The Reel of the 51st Division
Have a great break and enjoy the summer. See you all in February for the beginners’ classes.
You will be pleased to have a break from the New Dancer’s Celebration dances this week. I was really pleased to hear how much everyone had enjoyed the dance and that you felt well prepared. I was sorry to miss it as it is my favourite dance for the year.
The Auld Grey Cat – an easy warm up dance written by Wellington tutor Iain Boyd
Yan, Tan, Tethera (1,2,3 in Gaelic) – Corner chain. This is one of my favoutie formations. A good dance for lots of eye contact as you change your corners in and turn your partner.
Wisp of Thistle – This dance was written for the Queen Mother who after watching a Scottish Country Dancing display in Canada commented that the dancers looked like wisps of thistle. Good practice for petronella turns and half reels of 4
Capering Scarecrow. This is a new dance written by the Carterton tutor. It was quite tricky but you all did really well with it despite the tutor with the foggy brain.. Thanks to Graeme for easily working out why the corners were still on opposite sides when we finished the dance!!
The Moudiewort (Jvilles final night programme) As discussed a Moudiewort is a mole. Lots of jokes about mole like activity.
Thanks for the requests for our final night. I will put together a programe that incorporates most of these.
See you all for our final night of dancing for 2019.
After all the excitement of the AGM the previous week I completely forgot to send Dan my update…and he was too polite to ask me where it was!! Anyway we have been focusing on the New Dancers’ Celebration programme over the last couple of weeks. You are all well prepared and remember that all the dances are going to be walked once through so go forth with confidence.
The Highland Reel R (A Round the Room Dance where the man was in a the middle of two women, trio facing trio)
Granville Market J
Mary Erskine R (Modified double triangles). Supporting couples set for the full eight bars and adjust their position in or just in front of the sidelines to ensure that the dancing couple are back to back in the middle of the set. We decided that we would do this again the following week to perfect the dance.
Lady Catherine Bruce’s Reel J
Mary Erskine R – This was danced much better this week.
The Shores of Solway – 3 couple knot and an easy corner movement (that I tried to complicate first off).
The Laird of Milton’s Daughter J ( Corner chain. The dancing couple need to resist the temptation to dance on bars 3 and 4 when they must be standing still in their corners place while they turn each other once round on 3 and 4. It is important to be standing on the corner position rather than lurking in from the side lines as it makes it very easy to turn the incorrect person)
The De’il Amang the Tailors R (set, right hands across 1/2 way and set and left hand…touch and away)
The Paisely Weavers S. 2nd couple start on the opposite side, curtsey on the 1st bow chord and cross the set on the 2nd chord. Grand chain and a ladies’ chain
The Old Man of Storr
Crom Allt (A similar turning movement to Mary Erskine).
Think about any dances you would like to do on our final night and add them to the Request List. It is a good idea to choose dances that we have done during the year so they are familiar to all.