It's difficult to cope with how fast time is passing and that it is now almost a week since the Tattoo Night. The evening was a simple one of good food and watching a video but everyone seemed to enjoy it immensely and it gave us the chance to catch up with members who don't regularly dance. For the people who do come to the dance classes it was an opportunity to actually talk for more than a few minutes rather than just whizz past each other - in hopefully the correct direction - however enjoyable that is, (and the number of people now regularly attending the classes shows that it really is very enjoyable) it's not the way you really get to know each other. Once the meal was over (as usual at the UKCA Debbie's food was excellent and the helpings, HUGE) we settled down to watch the video. Although it hardly competes with actually being there, seeing it on a big screen is very impressive and it certainly kept everyone's attention despite being over an hour and a half long. It was possibly just a tad warmer than sitting outside in Edinburgh for a couple of hours too (not to mention a good deal cheaper, getting a good view of everything that was going on and being a bit closer to the loos!).
Following the Tattoo night we had another brilliant Tuesday night - more returnee's swelled the ranks as well as some very welcome visitors and although we couldn't quite get through the whole programme we did indeed get the predicted 4 sets onto the floor; we might have managed to fit in that extra dance too, if everyone hadn't chatted so much during the break (Okay, so I was as guilty of that as everyone else). Everyone definitely left on a high, including us - though I was pretty exhausted it was for the best reasons. Ball tickets are already going well, not everyone who is coming intends to dance, quite a few want to just experience an evening of good Scottish music and excellent food, but it's really nice that we will have so many dancers there this year too. Since the Tuesday dance programmes are now exclusively made up of the dances on the Ball programme it certainly bodes well that they are enjoyed so much on Tuesdays - please note that the Dance programme is on the back of all the Ball Tickets and - if you decide you want to use it as a 'dance card' - includes a small space next to the dance description in which you can note the initials of your partner for that dance, it's worth keeping at least one or two dances free until the night however, because there are often people at the ball who can't necessarily make it to all the previous classes who you might like to partner on the night.
Advice over ... See you next week I hope Jx
Originated in Manchester, England: Worked almost 20 yrs in the United Arab Emirates: Lives in Cyprus. Teaches Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS qualified 2015) -just the average life! Also loves Photography & Photoshop, Gardening, Music, Sewing, Design, Reading, computers, God, my husband & my cat (not necessarily in that order). Hates - crowds, hypocrisy, 'Reality' TV, corrupt politicians, cruelty and greed of any kind.
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