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Dance Scottish At Home - 26th March 2021
Welcome to a very special issue of Dance Scottish At Home as we mark one year since the first edition was distributed. Nobody knew how the year would progress and when we started, the team definitely had no idea that it would still be creating and delivering content one year on.
At Home Podcast
Luke has put together something a little bit different to mark World Poetry Day which this year took place on Sunday 21st March. Listen in to hear RSCDS Chairman Elect, William Williamson, reading excerpts from Tam o’ Shanter by Robert Burns with helpful explanations from Luke.
There’s poetry and songs from Liz Lochhead - past Scottish Makar (Scotland’s National Poet), Michael Marra - the Dundee Bard and Norman MacCaig - 20th century Scottish poet, all woven together with music from Muriel Johnstone and Keith Smith, the Craigowl Scottish Dance Band, as well as Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band.
What's behind the name?
A dance that was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem Lady of the Lake, which he published in 1810 - but who was the lady and where is the lake? The lady was Ellen Douglas, daughter of the fugitive James Douglas, her home was on Ellen’s isle in the middle of Loch Katrine in the Trossachs. Although not based on historical events, Scott’s poem draws on elements that did occur in Scottish history.
A year of RSCDS books
Reaching RSCDS Book 6, we complete the dances in the first combined volume available in print and as an e-book – Books 1 to 6.
Book 6 was published in 1930, the original publication had a deep red cover and music arranged by Herbert Wiseman. Why mention the colour of the cover? Well, for many years, the colours were how books were recognised. The earliest source noted is that for the strathspey “Lennox Love to Blantyre” from the early 18th century, and the book also contains the popular dance for children, the 16 bar, round the room, jig “Prince of Orange” and the ever popular reel “Mrs MacLeod”.
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.
Please note that the RSCDS office will be closed over the Easter period on Friday 2 April and Monday 5 April.
The 'Dances to Song Tunes' by Hugh Foss album is no longer available as a CD, however we are delighted to announce that you can now enjoy this album via Amazon, YouTube Music and MusicApple. Visit here to find out more.
The accompanying 'Dances to Song Tunes' book is also available through the RSCDS shop, so visit now to grab your copy for only £8.50 with your RSCDS member discount.
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.