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 - 22nd May 2020
Welcome to a new edition of Dance Scottish At Home continuing to bring Scottish music and dance nuggets to entertain you at this time.
At Home Podcast
In this week’s “At Home Podcast” Scott Band and his Scottish Dance Band share two tracks, while John Brenchley from Australia takes us behind the dance. Susan MacFadyen tells us about her “Guest Album of the Week” and this time there’s a musical quiz inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show which should have taken place this week.
The Thursday Challenge
For this week's Thursday Challenge, we ask you to share musical memories - say a humble thank you to the musicians who keep our toes tapping and our (currently often solo) selves dancing Scottish.
What's behind the name?
Many of you will remember the Lea Rig as taught by Dave Hall in one of the first RSCDS Online Classes. Now we go behind the name and the music.
RSCDS 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.
Do you enjoy solving puzzles? This week we have provided 2 challenges to entertain, perplex and intrigue you.
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This first newsletter contains rich information and fun facts on how to continue enjoying Scottish country dance and music online during these challenging times.
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.
Missed a class and need to catch up? View all the past sessions below: