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Dance Scottish At Home - 28th May 2021
This week’s “What’s Behind the Name?” is taking you to the top of Scotland for not one but six dance connections; the “At Home Podcast” hosts a discussion on the use of music in Scottish country dance classes; and “A Year of RSCDS Books” reaches Books 8 and 45 – have you a favourite dance from either of these books?
At Home Podcast
Luke is joined by Andrew Nolan. As a dancer, teacher, musician and candidate tutor, Andrew has plenty of experience to bring to a chat discussing the use of music in Scottish country dance classes. Luke and Andrew compare notes and opinions on what to play for Scottish country dance steps with music provided by Jim Lindsay, Bobby Crowe, Neil Barron and Muriel Johnstone as well as Andrew himself.
What's behind the name?
Johnny Groat's House, The Reel of Mey and The Castle of Mey: Three dances for this week’s ‘What’s Behind the Name’ all of which have a connection with the far north of Scotland - plus a bonus of three sea-based dances!
We may still have to wait a little while until we can enjoy a great ceilidh evening again - with driving tunes, easy, engaging dances (and partners 😊) and lots of fun. In the meantime, why not think up a dance to try out when we can?
The Virtual Spring Fling's 'devise a ceilidh dance' workshop picked up on this idea. Gary Coull introduced the session giving dancers and musicians three basic 'what to think of' ideas: make it easy, make it work with the music, make it fun.
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.
Why not have a listen to the music from the Ceilidh Dance Devising Session on streaming sites, or buy them from the RSCDS Shop?
Guide to Scottish Country Dance Volume 1 by Colin Dewar and his Scottish Dance Band: The Boston Two-Step; Eva Three-Step; Gay Gordons; Highland Scottische; Pride of Erin Waltz; Dunnet Head; Canadian Barn Dance
RSCDS CD Book 39 by Kenny Thomson and the Wardlaw Scottish Dance Band: The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
Thirty Popular Dances Volume 2 Part 2 by Colin Dewar and his Scottish Dance Band: Postie’s Jig
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Welcome to our April editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.
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.