Over the last week I've taught 3 very different classes, and all of them have been fun in their different ways. The 'Advanced' Sunday class brought our friend Pat over from the t'other side to join us - as always it was a great pleasure to see her and she very kindly brought me a gift from the RSCDS (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) Summer School of Book 52 and the accompanying CD. Every year the RSCDS publish the instructions for a dozen or so dances, originally all of historic origin, more recently they include newly devised dances. This year after extensive (anonymous) testing by nearly 2000 dancers from over 90 branches and affiliated groups, spread over 6 continents (I am quoting from the forward here) they selected 12 dances from the 148 submitted. These are published in Book 52 - with music, arranged by Ian Muir - who just happens to be the musician playing at our St Andrew's Ball at the beginning of November! I can't wait to try some of them out... but it will have to wait until after the ball because becoming familiar with the programme we already have has to be the priority for now.
The Monday 'Beginners' Class was as well attended as the Advanced Class although a great deal hotter. The hoped for cooler weather has yet to arrive, but taking it easy we did manage a useful session, though step practice will definitely wait until the temperature drops. And then our brilliant Tuesday class followed them all, although several regulars were missing, the numbers were made up by returnees - and consequently the noise level noticeably raised a notch, but since the reason is entirely because people are delighted to see each other and mix so well I am not really complaining - I'll just bring out the megaphone next week ;-) - I know most people went home on a 'high' and that's the point of the evening, long may it continue. 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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