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Dance Scottish At Home - 18th June 2021
This week we’re off to visit a castle in “What’s Behind the Name?” as well as delving into the mysterious word of Scottish crime fiction, while “This Week in Scots History” investigates a bridge rebuilding and the founder of a global broadcaster.
At Home Podcast
Luke brings a Summer themed “At Home Podcast” with a quiz featuring music and dances to bring back memories of Summer Schools past and those to come including the 2021 virtual Summer School. Enjoy Neil Copland and his Scottish Dance Band with their RSCDS recording of Summer Assembly before testing your Summer dance musical knowledge.
What's behind the name?
Located on a knoll, with a commanding position overlooking the River Tweed, Neidpath Castle can be found about a mile east of the market town and royal burgh of Peebles.
- How do you put Scottish dancing in a nutshell for people who haven't had contact with this best of all pastimes yet?
- How do you bring across the joy you experience?
- What do you say about music and instruments, what about dance styles, formations, steps?
- Which events do you talk about?
- What would you say about clothes, and which parts of the history of Scottish dancing and the RSCDS would you focus on?
At the Youth Services Committee, we are currently making up our minds about this question. We want to present Scottish dancing in a nutshell to children around the world: dancing friends-to-be, so to speak.
This task is lovely because we're considering the 'how' as much as the 'what', leaving room to get creative and come up with crafts activities, riddles and small challenges around the topic of Scottish dancing. And since it's such fun, we'll leave you this question as food for thought - if you come up with some good ones, feel free to send them in to DSAH and we’ll include them in the next issue. 😊
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.
Lots of RSCDS books and recordings have been mentioned throughout this issue of Dance Scottish At Home – Neidpath Castle in RSCDS Book 22; Book 9 and Book 44 in the Year of RSCDS Books; Book 8 and Book 45 in the Crossword Solutions; and the RSCDS Children’s Book and Collins Little Green Book in the RSCDS Online Class. Click on the links, find the products in the shop and find the perfect present for a Scottish country dancer!
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Welcome to our June editions of Dance Scottish At Home – with dance, music and historical gems to entertain at this time.
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.