Global Youth Week
Global Youth Week (GYW) ran from 20th – 30th January 2017 and we would like to thank all those Branches and Affiliated Groups that participated; this year was our biggest yet and we hope to continue growing in 2018!
We are very happy to announce that the winner of our Facebook Competition was a video sent in by the German Young Dancers Team preparing for the Newcastle Festival! This video garnered the most amount of impressions (likes & loves) over Global Youth Week and a short article will appear in the upcoming edition of the Scottish Country Dancer, hitting door mats in April.
There were 18 official entries on our Global Youth Week Facebook Events Page from all over the globe. From Jamaica to Russia, and Houston to Oslo, we were thrilled at all the smiling faces and dancing that took part over the course of those ten days. Well done to everybody!
The RSCDS plans on continuing Global Youth Week in 2018 and we aspire to make it bigger and better, so if you have any feedback, comments, concerns, anything you would like to tell us please get in touch with Michael Greenwood.
To see all of the individual entries please visit the Events Page.
Branch Youth Development Grants
We are delighted to announce the award of three Branch Youth Development Grants to assist with projects aimed at developing the engagement of and capacity of young people in the RSCDS.
The three recipients are:
- Central Germany Branch
- Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles Branch
- Glasgow Branch
As a follow on from Spring Fling in Bonn this year, the Central Germany Branch will develop an annual young dancers event - a weekend school and an evening dance hosted each year by different group in Germany. The award committee of Helen Russell, Chairman, Andrew Kellett, Chairman Elect and Anne McArthur, Youth Services Convenor saw this project as one which will build on the RSCDS investment in Spring Fling and one which promises to be sustainable.
The Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles project will build capacity in local schools. Using RSCDS materials and its accreditation scheme, this project will increase the involvement of children in Scottish schools and also work in partnership with teachers and parent councils to make Scottish country dancing part of the curriculum.
The third award goes to Glasgow Branch. The Branch is working with the university and other young dancer clubs with the aim of linking them into the RSCDS. The project will help fund Units 2 and 3 of the RSCDS teacher training programme for young people, all in their twenties and mostly students on limited funds, so they can complete part 1 of their Teachers’ Certificate. On completion, the young people will be involved in teaching the Glasgow classes on a shared basis and will be given opportunities to teach in Glasgow schools preparing for the annual Glasgow City Primary Schools Festival.
This varied choice of projects will all help to contribute to sustainable engagement of young people as outlined in the RSCDS Business Plan. Those who were unsuccessful, we thank you for taking the time to submit your application. We had a difficult task making the selection and we wish you all the best with your work.
Spring Fling: The Movie
From April 15th to the 17th 2016 Spring Fling touched down in Edinburgh and the RSCDS was on hand to film the festivities. Happening each year during the third or fourth weekend of April, Spring Fling is one of three premier events the RSCDS holds over the course of the year.
Last year Spring Fling was held in London, and in 2017 it will be heading to Bonn, Germany and with planning underway we are looking forward to welcoming you all for another fantastic weekend of dancing.