Summer School




Thank you all those who attended Summer School 2017! It was a fantastic year of dancing and we couldn't have asked for a better group of dancers. 


The RSCDS would like to thank all the volunteers who made this a very successful year; the teachers; musicians; dancers; and of course, last but not least, Jim Stott, Mervyn Short and Rachel Shankland for helping to put it all together. Until next year, happy dancing!

Residences

The town has much to offer the visitor and, with the University residences nearby, it is an ideal place to indulge your passion for Scottish country dancing. There are country dance classes every morning for all dancers and voluntary dance-related activities in the afternoons. There is social dancing, or other activities, every evening, with a ceilidh on Fridays. It is hoped that you will also find time to explore the town and the surrounding area - perhaps to visit “St Andrews Gardens” or “Fife Ness”.


Summer School is based in University Hall, Kennedy Gardens. This is an historic building in its own attractive grounds near the University playing fields. The rooms are study bedrooms, either single or twin, many have wash-hand basins, but all other bathroom facilities are shared. 


The RSCDS office, RSCDS shop, shoe shops, dress shop and masseuse and most social functions are in University Hall.


There is a wonderful sense of camaraderie in University Hall. All meals are taken together (on a self-service basis). We provide a full Scottish breakfast and there is an excellent choice, including a salad bar, at both lunch and dinner.  Most evening social dancing and other events take place in University Hall. There is also a party room and a games room available for informal gatherings.


Accommodation can also be booked in Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). All bedrooms have an en-suite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin. Most of the bedrooms have one double bed and can be occupied by one or two dancers. These rooms are compact when used for double occupancy and couples may prefer to have a room each. All rooms have a television. Agnes Blackadder Hall has a bar, spacious foyer and dining room, where breakfast is served. PLEASE NOTE that Agnes Blackadder Hall offers only B&B, all other meals will be eaten at University Hall.


Dancers who decide to reside in accommodation other than University Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall will be considered to be NON-RESIDENT.


(A room at Agnes Blackadder)

 

Other University accommodation can be booked directly through St Andrews University and there are a number of hotels, B&B and caravans available in or near the town.   


All university bedrooms have telephones, are serviced daily, are provided with towels and have complimentary toiletries. Coffee/tea-making facilities are available in nearby well equipped kitchens. Laundry facilities are also available in each residence operated by means of a card system. Free Wifi access is available, although you will need to bring your own laptop/tablet.


Dietary Requirements

If you have special dietary requirements, please ensure you complete the appropiate section on the application form and confirm on arrival.

Classes

Classes for all levels of Scottish country dancing are held during the mornings of Monday to Saturday at various venues throughout St Andrews. All are within 20 minutes walking distance of University Hall. Please see the application form and class selector for the list of classes available and the qualifications for entry. This is a course of practical dancing and everyone is expected to actively participate in both morning classes for all six days.  During the afternoons additional voluntary activities are offered.  The examination courses will involve morning and afternoon classes. In 2017 the Dancing Achievement Award morning class was offered in Weeks 2 -4. There are no classes on Sunday. 


The 2017 Summer School was outlined as follows:

Introductory: Week 2

Advanced: Week 3

Very Advanced: Week 4


Please note that all classes are taught in English. If you have difficulty in understanding English you may prefer to choose a lower level class.   


A Musicians' Course was held during Week 1 and Week 3. The course is designed to give accomplished musicians the skills to play for Scottish country dance CLASSES. Fees are the same as for dancers. Musicians participating in the course are welcome to attend all other events. 



Volunteers

The smooth running of Summer School depends on the hard work put in by members of the office staff, the teachers and the musicians, and also the time and effort generously given by dancers.  If you wish to help by, for example, assisting at registration, serving in the shop or selling raffle tickets, please tick the appropriate box on the application form when it is available.


It would be very much appreciated if EVERY dancer could give at least one hour to help make up the classes required for the practical teaching part of the examinations.  Some classes will be expected to do this as part of their morning tuition.   

Fees

Fees and discounts are shown on the application form and must be paid in GBP and you are responsible for any bank charges.  We regret that we cannot accept cheques which are not in GBP. All prices shown are per person per week.


Resident charges include seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all tuition and most social functions.


All payments will be acknowledged.


Fees may be paid by cheque (made payable to RSCDS) or credit card. Cards accepted are Visa, Access, Eurocard, Delta, and Mastercard and can be paid on-line.


Insurance

Dancers are strongly advised to have suitable insurance to cover any loss of fees in the event of illness, injury or other unavoidable circumstance.

Getting There

If you plan to travel by road please consult the AA, RAC or equivalent on the best route and road conditions. 


If you plan to travel by air, Edinburgh Airport is nearest although onward travel by train and/or bus is available from Glasgow and Prestwick.


The nearest train station is Leuchars, where buses or taxis are available for onward travel.


Stagecoach and Strathtay Buses come to St Andrews bus station. 




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