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Dance Scottish At Home - 18th September 2020
Welcome to Dance Scottish At Home – a new edition packed with regular features, dancing and music jewels, Scottish facts, puzzles, the Jigsaw League and of course a new “At Home Podcast”.
At Home Podcast
This week’s “At Home Podcast” features an “Album of the Week” from David Queen with an album recorded in Canada last October and released this summer – any guesses on David’s choice? The regular features continue as Jim Lindsay tells us about the popular band leader from the early 20th century, Tim Wright; Lindsey and Tom Ibbotson share the story behind “Midsummer Common” and of course there’s a brand new music quiz.
What's behind the name?
One of the best known of all Scottish Dances and a regular at many balls, but where is Hamilton House? William Campbell did not leave any clues so we will just have to speculate. Emmerson in his book ‘Scotland through her dances’ suggests that Hamilton House is the, now demolished, ancestral home of the Dukes of Hamilton, Hamilton Palace - however it was very much a Palace! There is an actual Hamilton House located in Prestonpans so let’s presume it is The Hamilton House. There will be opportunities to explore Hamilton Palace and the connections of the Dukes of Hamilton in a later DSAH article.
Virtual Festival 2020
2020's Virtual Festival, held during Global Youth Week from 10 to 17 October, is “A Scottish Celebration”. We know this year is very different and physical distancing is key, which means we are even more curious about the videos that you will produce. Maybe your group will all dance separately at home and you will edit a video together? Maybe you'll meet outside and redefine the size of a Scottish dance set? Maybe you will invite your plush toys to join, involve pen and paper, or use stop motion?
This year we'll judge entries in 2 categories - one for under-16s and one for mixed aged dancers. We'll also have special awards including one for the 'best physical distancing effort'. Everyone will be able to vote on their favourite video during Global Youth Week, when we'll show all of the videos on the RSCDS YouTube channel and share on RSCDS social media.
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!*
Scroll down to catch up on previous classes.
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.
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!*