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 - 24th July 2020
Welcome to this week’s Dance Scottish At Home – with a new “At Home Podcast”, more dancing gems and puzzles alongside Scottish facts and stats to intrigue you at this time. “Dance Scottish – A Summer Celebration” starts on Monday 27th July and, in this week’s DSAH, we have more information on the week. Keep reading to find out more.
A Summer Celebration
Monday 27th to Friday 31st July plus a bonus Saturday evening event!
Recently the RSCDS hosted its first virtual Summer Event and each evening there were online sessions with – dance, music, information and the opportunity to connect with dancers everywhere over 5 nights.
LET'S DANCE & CONNECT
“A Summer Celebration” aimed to provide something for everyone, from beginners to advanced dancers, for those who want to dance at home to those who would like to enjoy the sessions from the comfort of their sofa.
You can join our Dance Scottish Summer Celebration community right now and purchase a special limited edition t-shirt or tote bag! These are available in various sizes and colours - to browse the design options, visit our official RSCDS Teemill site. All of the 100% organic cotton items are printed on demand and shipped direct from Teemill. As it’s Plastic Free July, we can happily report that all Teemill products are manufactured in the UK using renewable energy and shipped using plastic-free packaging.
At Home Podcast
This week’s “At Home Podcast” brings recordings from Neil Galloway and his band, Doris Young tells us about the inspiration behind “Airyhall Delight, Jim Lindsay interviews drummer Malcolm Ross about his dad, band leader Lindsay Ross and there’s a new quiz – this time from Judith Muir with more alphabetical dances.
The Thursday Challenge
You may just have read about it: next week, it's time for “Dance Scottish - A Summer Celebration”, the first virtual RSCDS dance week ever! And on social media, we'll present you with a small daily challenge for the whole family before you join the 'evening' class on zoom. Then - because it fits, doesn't it - please tell us about your favourite dance school memory for this week's Thursday Challenge. We look forward to sharing your memories in our next DSAH on the 5th August.
What behind the name?
Inverary - One of the most attractive towns and castles in the southern Highlands, Inveraray castle is the seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of clan Campbell – a clan with roots back to the 13th century.
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. *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.
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.
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. *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!*