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 - 7th August 2020
Welcome back to Dance Scottish At Home – with lots of the regular features, a new “At Home Podcast”, dancing and music gems, puzzles, Scottish facts and of course – the Jigsaw League.
A Summer Celebration
Last week’s “Dance Scottish – A Summer Celebration” created a lot of buzz amongst readers, members and musicians: “A great week of music and dancing!” “A brilliant week.” “An ideal event for winter evenings in Cape Town – we danced every evening.” “Just wonderful.” As well as lots of “Chat” amongst attendees who connected with friends far and wide.
Many thanks to everyone who signed in across the week and especially to the teachers, musicians and international schools who did so much – everyone played their part in making this virtual event a success.
The Summer Celebration may be over, but you can still purchase a limited edition t-shirt or souvenir bag! You can also buy Dance Scottish At Home t-shirts and Nessie totes!
At Home Podcast
This week’s “At Home Podcast” brings recordings from Frank Thomson, the story of “Scott Meikle”, Jim Lindsay tells us about band leader Rob Gordon and we hear the complete DSAH theme tune. There are also two new musical quizzes this week – one is a story while the other is full of literary connections.
What behind the name?
The Montgomeries' Rant - Possibly one of the most popular and iconic dances published by the RSCDS – one of the dances that define us? It was published with two tunes but over the years the second of these tunes, Lady Montgomerie, has become ‘the tune’ associated with the dance.
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!*