After announcing that we were dancing again I was confronted with a selection of replies, of which the main theme was regret. For all sorts of understandable reasons regular attendees were postponing coming back to the class. I was therefore prepared for the evening to be a rather quiet one, expecting to struggle to make up even one set... but as so often is the case, I was wrong. Although in total our numbers were down on previous sessions, everyone who did come was keen to dance as much as possible, and we had no problems getting a set together, and at one point managed two... fair enough, in that case we only needed 5 people for each set, but with the limited number of experienced dancers available it was impressive that people were even willing to try - and even more impressive that they did so well. We welcomed yet another new dancer to the class, he experienced the equivalent of being picked up and dropped, with a loud splash, in the deep end, but he certainly didn't drown, in fact he showed an impressive grasp of the formations from the very start. Hopefully he enjoyed the class as much as everyone else. One of the high points of the evening was teaching and dancing 'Johnnie Walker'. As a 'medley' i.e. the first time through it's a Strathspey, and then it's repeated as a Jig, it's slightly unusual but it has always been a favourite of the class in the past. Most of last night's attendees hadn't done it before however, so it was impressive that they got through the whole thing, with minimal panic and with the usual lot of laughter at the end! Roll on next week. Jx
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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