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Dance Scottish At Home - 15th January 2021
2021 – a New Year and a new edition of Dance Scottish At Home! We hope you all had a good Festive Season despite the strange time we find ourselves in. As we head into 2021, the DSAH team are looking forward to new editions packed full of music and dance facts, stats and puzzles to keep you entertained and connected with the RSCDS while it’s not possible to dance together.
At Home Podcast
In this edition, RSCDS Music Director, Luke Brady, chats to Peter Wood, the man behind “Tunes in the Hoose”. They link up with the dance in this issue’s “What’s Behind the Name?”, share a “Dashing White Sergeant” from an 18 piece band, discuss the annual Shetland Festival “Up Helly Aa” and much more.
What's behind the name?
The Foula Reel is not often danced today by Scottish country dancers but has roots going back into the mists of time. A weaving dance with figures that are common to the Hebridean Weaving Lilt and the Swedish dance the Vava Vadma, The Foula Reel was danced widely throughout Shetland in the 19th century. As with many traditional dances there is more than one interpretation of The Foula Reel. Whilst the RSCDS version is a 40 bar dance, many Shetland folk dancers dance a 32 bar version. The exact origin of the dance is not known – is it from the island of Foula or is it a Shetland dance? To add to the mystery the alternative name for the tune is Da Shaalds of Foula, a fishing bank that lies between Foula and the Shetland mainland: Da Shaalds meaning shallow water. Does the dance have connections with fishermen?
The latest online class
Join a different RSCDS Teacher each week for a mixture of basic movements, warm ups, technique and steps to keep you active. Live every Wednesday at 19:00 UK time, the class will give you the chance to dance with RSCDS members around the world at the same time. *Please note that not all recorded classes begin immediately - skip ahead on the recording to find the start time, or just let it run and enjoy the music!*
Do you enjoy solving puzzles? This week we have provided 2 challenges to entertain, perplex and intrigue you.
Special offer half year memberships are now available for new members to join the Society from January - June 2021. FREE for under 25yrs and at a reduced rate for 25yrs and over.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 considerations, the Unit 1 exams which were scheduled for February 2021 have now been postponed. It is hoped they will be rescheduled for the middle of 2021 and further updates will follow in February.
Due to the updated COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland, physical shop orders will be suspended from 15th January until further notice. However, the good news is that digital books and music are still available to purchase online as usual.
Calling all Branches and Affiliated Groups! In preparation for our first magazine of 2021 we are looking for submissions from you.
Finally, E&T are currently seeking any fully qualified teachers who are willing to participate in a short online 'train the trainer' course to assist the development of the Core Training for Instructors project. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Find the full Dance Scottish At Home newsletter here >
Welcome to our January editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.
This month, editions of Dance Scottish At Home include the latest "At Home Podcasts", stories behind your favourite dances, and of course some new SCD puzzles to get stuck into!
Highlights of these issues include our regular podcasts, the latest Thursday Challenges, a newly devised dance The Toilet Roll Reel, the story behind some of your favourite dances, our online classes and some brand new dance-themed puzzles.