We have never experienced a time like this. To help support the worldwide community of Scottish country dancers, we are issuing a series of newsletters to our members and subscribers - Dance Scottish At Home. This will develop and improve as time goes on, and we will be responding to what you would like to see and read. Our aim is to include articles, music, games, podcasts and online classes that will entertain and connect us with our dancing friends across the globe.
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Dance Scottish At Home - 2nd October 2020
Welcome to a new edition of Dance Scottish At Home – back with dance puzzles to keep your brain ticking, podcast music to keep your toes tapping and information to keep dancers connecting with the RSCDS.
At Home Podcast
This week’s “At Home Podcast” features two new recordings from the team that brought dancers “A Summer Celebration”, Maureen Rutherford tells us about the band leader John Huband, Ian tells you all about Marches and of course, there’s a new musical quiz to stretch your dance and original tune knowledge.
What's behind the name?
Balquidder Strathspey is a dance with roots back in the 18th century, being taken from David Rutherford’s 3rd volume where it appears under the title the Braes of Balquheder. The name change was possibly to avoid confusion with the Braes of Balquhidder, published in the MacNab collections.
Virtual Festival 2020
We love the entries we have already received for the Virtual Festival. So far it is quite an international cast, with videos from Russia, the USA, Australia, Ireland, Germany and France. The entries are proof that Scottish dancers really are a wonderfully creative and entertaining lot that can - if needs be - work with just 2 or 3 dancers and still come up with beautiful choreographies. We are also impressed by the stories you have invented and the fun ideas you have had. We have decided to extend the deadline for submissions until 8 October 2020, 5 pm BST, so there’s still time for you to be part of the fun. Come on, give it a go and join the Virtual Festival 2020! It's not about perfection, it's about fun and community.
GET STARTED ON YOUR ENTRY
You can look forward to seeing the videos on the RSCDS YouTube channel from 10 October onwards. Then during Global Youth Week (10 - 17 October) you'll be able to vote for your favourite entry. We can already guarantee that this won't be easy! Global Youth Week will also feature new activities on the Young Dancers website - to make up (a tiny little bit) for all the youth workshops and dances that won't take place this year. Also: watch out for a surprise on Young Dancers social media.
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!*
Scroll down to catch up on previous classes.
Do you enjoy solving puzzles? This week we have provided 2 challenges to entertain, perplex and intrigue you.
Find the full Dance Scottish At Home newsletter here >
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.
Each week a different RSCDS Teacher will be there to guide you through a mixture of basic movements, warm ups, technique, steps and dances, giving variety across the classes.
Live every Wednesday (currently at 19:00 BST), the class will give you the chance to dance with RSCDS members around the world at the same time.
Hosted on Zoom, the classes will give you live video and instruction, with the opportunity to post written Q&As throughout the session, which can be answered at the end of class. You can also post messages on the ‘Chat’ area of the Webinar to other dancers.
It may take a few minutes for everyone to access Zoom, especially for the first time, so please join at 7 and class will start after approximately 5 minutes.
The classes will be kept to within a half hour slot, as learning remotely will be a different experience for everyone.
From now on, you will need to enter the passcode 249430 to join the class.
Missed a class and need to catch up? View all the past sessions below. *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!*