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Dance Scottish At Home - 26th February 2021
Welcome to Dance Scottish At Home and a slightly shorter edition as we head towards “Dance Scottish – A Winter Evening” on Saturday 27th February.
At Home Podcast
In this week’s At Home Podcast, RSCDS Music Director, Luke Brady, shares the second episode of “Fiddle February” content celebrating the sound of the scots fiddle.
This time Luke is joined by fiddler and Niel Gow expert, Pete Clark. Listen in to hear Niel Gow’s own fiddle, dating from the late 18th century, and music from Blair Castle – all from Pete. Alongside tales of fiddlers and fiddle tunes, there’s music from Bobby Crowe and David Cunningham to keep you entertained through the winter nights. Pete was instrumental in the building of a Neil Gow statue – find out more in the “At Home Podcast”.
A Winter Evening
On Saturday 27th February join the RSCDS for a brand, new virtual event – it may not be possible for dancers to join together in Pitlochry for the 2021 RSCDS Winter School, but hopefully you will enjoy connecting through “Dance Scottish - A Winter Evening”.
Sign in from 20:00 GMT and chat with the global dance community. Then at 20:15 GMT join for “Dance Scottish - A Winter Evening”:
Hosted by William Williamson, Chairman Elect and Winter School Co-Ordinator there will be a playlist of popular dances to RSCDS recorded music accompanied by videos of dancing from RSCDS events with photos and background dance information. Each video will be introduced by the 2022 Winter School Teachers and the evening will include musical moments from the 2022 Winter School Musicians.
Enjoy from a cosy sofa or dance around the living room! As usual, the Chat will be open throughout for the worldwide dance community to connect with each other. We look forward to joining you virtually on Saturday 27th February for “Dance Scottish - A Winter Evening”.
A year of RSCDS books
RSCDS Book 4 was published in 1927 and again contains a mixture of tempos and lengths of dances. It includes the popular jig Light and Airy and the poussette makes a return as a favourite formation. This time there are only two strathspeys but neither are 32 bars long – 24 bars for The 92nd or Marquis of Huntley’s Highlanders and only 16 bars for The Haughs of Cromdale. The wording of the 4 bar poussette in the latter dance’s original instructions may not be how it would be taught now - first man to men’s side pushing with left hand. So, would that have helped you to understand how to dance the formation?
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.
Issue 33 of Dance Scottish At Home will feature your feedback – the stories, information and memories that you have been sending to the DSAH mailbox and more.
Please send your Winter School tales and photos especially if you have any of the first event in 2000 – it would also be great to share photos of you enjoying the virtual event from home, wearing your limited edition t-shirts!
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.