Numbers were back up to normal for the weeks before the ball - and the noise level demonstrated how well everyone in the class get on, which is brilliant, but definitely creates a challenge when teaching! However when a bit of 'ush was achieved everyone concentrated wonderfully and we managed a busy but successful class. Unusually, but usefully, we had two sets worth of people arrive even before the class was officially ready to go ... so, anticipating that we might not complete the programme we danced Mairi's Wedding early, with more time to teach than we would have at the end of the evening. A challenging dance for beginners but deserving of it's reputation as one of the most popular dances ever - and it's amazing what people can do when they give it a try.
The rest of the evening passed in something of a blur - with so many sets up at one time it was tough to give everyone equal attention - just as well many of the sets were capable of looking after themselves. It was super to welcome back potential dancers - and impressive that they look like returning for more of such organised chaos! A couple of the Strathspey's caused serious head scratching but this close to the ball the class programme is really concentrating on the more difficult dances, the people who struggled have to remember that there are plenty of easier dances on the ball programme too, we just don't need to practice those ones! On the whole the dances that were giving us the most problems at earlier sessions were danced well i.e. Goat Fell Gallop, and Christmas at the Heath and with one more week to go, quite a few people are coming to the Monday afternoon session at the UKCA as well as the Tuesday night class to get a bit of extra practice in, so we will all alright on the night! See you 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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