We have been working on the dances since we started back at class in September, I've made posters, flyers, programmes, table names, table mats, seating plans and raffle vouchers, the new coasters were designed, printed & made up - the committee negotiated, organized & negotiated some more with the venue, sponsors and prize donors; we decorated the place, dressed to impress, crossed our fingers, ate & drank & danced till we dropped... and now it's over, but the Ball was great. See HERE for pictures from event.
I am now concentrating on a little Christmas celebration - planned for the final dance class on Dec 23rd. It is also wonderful to ring the changes for the Tuesday dance programme - I hope everyone will enjoy going back to some old favourites.
It was an up and down class last week - numbers still incredibly high despite so many of our usual dancers being away or not well. It was lovely to see friends from the North - driving all the way over to join us for 2 hours & then driving back - it puts the rest of us to shame! We are already missing friends who have had to head back to the UK or but it's lovely to see, however briefly, familiar faces who are again joining us while they holiday here. The different mix of people meant that some dances - that are normally considered 'easy' were unknown to the more experienced dancers - a degree of confusion was the occasional result (I'm just so polite!) though the prize went to the supremely hilarious rendition of 'The Bees' - if we could have filmed it - it would have gone viral for sure! Well done to everyone for having a go.... the correct version wasn't even half as good - at least for those of us who were watching!! Lots of things are going on in the next couple of days - 'Beginners Class' on Friday - hopefully there'll be lots there, filming on Saturday.. hopefully the sun will shine & we'll have a good turn out there too - at some point we have to go & check the audio system at 5th floor, and I have lots and lots of printing to do - such fun!
We've topped 40.. in fact we had 42 in the class despite several regulars being away. I wasn't sure but I've checked all my records and I think this is the biggest class we've ever had. Of course quantity doesn't necessarily mean quality! In our case though we can be fairly sure if the quality wasn't there the quantity just wouldn't turn up! So well done to the whole class because without everyone joining in, making everyone welcome, keeping the atmosphere light and the whole evening fun this just wouldn't happen! Amongst all the milling about some may have noticed the appearance of a small Scottish library complete with dedicated librarian - from now on this select collection of Scottish's literature will be available to peruse every week. Any additions to the collection are welcome as long as they are Scottish in content or character.
3 more classes to go and the excitement is mounting. 64 tickets have been sold so far for the ball and it feels like everyone is coming on Tuesdays - though in fact we haven't quite reached 40 so far and it's probably just as well since we are running out of room - the atmosphere is great, the dancing is coming on really well and even beginners, getting up for brand new dances are doing well though they may not think so since it is a steep learning curve for them! It is hard work to teach such large classes but great fun - keep coming everyone and we are going to have not only a marvelous ball but lots of good dancers at the end of all this too
Combining a dance class with a meal out is a great idea - especially such a marvelous meal - it gives you the excuse to take maximum advantage of the buffet! However the intention to come straight home and write something while the high from class is still current is foiled by the inevitable desire for post postprandial sleep.... And then time passes, but I couldn't not mention what a brilliant time we had. Well done to everyone who came - some from as far as Kyrenia! It was a strenuous class, inevitable when the focus is initially on pas-de-basque but I hope you all enjoyed the dances we did - Cadgers in the Canongate; The Pines of Pitlochry; Neidpath Castle and Sands of Morar (with the new formation The Tourbillon). I look forward to seeing most of you tonight hopefully you'll have a bit more chance to sit down if you need to.
Originated in Manchester, England: Worked almost 20 yrs in the Emirates: Lives in Cyprus, Teaches Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS qualified 2015) -just the average life. Also loves Photography & Photoshop, Gardening, Music, Sewing, Design, Reading, Sudoku, God, my husband & my cats (not necessarily in that order). Hates - cooking, housework, TV, politicians, cruelty and greed of any kind.
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