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 - 13th November 2020
Last weekend saw the RSCDS hold its first Virtual AGM, welcoming Lorna Ogilvie as the new RSCDS Chairman, with William Williamson as Chairman Elect. For those of you who missed the AGM and weren’t able to join in with the event live, then you can watch the recorded version below.
At Home Podcast
This week’s “At Home Podcast” features an interview with our new Chairman, Lorna Ogilvie as Luke talks to her about her life, the places she’s lived and the music and dances that hold special memories.
What's behind the name?
Mentioned by our new chairman Lorna Ogilvie in this week’s podcast, Schiehallion is a popular dance that has donated the formation Schiehallion Reels to the Scottish Country Dance world. Whilst it is a challenging dance it appeared regularly on programmes in the 1970s, in the days when dances were not recapped – 128 bars of dancing you just had to know! But where is Schiehallion and why is it famous?
Virtual Festival 2020
Congratulations to the winner of the Virtual Festival Mixed Ages category. Lyon Branch won with a popular vote - and deserve their trophy for a heart-warming and fun celebration of Scottish dance and friendship under the current circumstances.
The Under-16s category was won by the team from Moscow Branch - Deer O'Dale. Their beautiful video shows pretty dancing - well done on that! – as well as cool props and costumes. They bring us a story of Scots and Vikings, fortunately with a happy ending!
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.
Throughout November, the RSCDS shop is offering a range of fantastic offers on books, music recordings and other products in our ‘Reel Deals’. We are also excited to announce new products including hoodies and sweatshirts on the RSCDS Teemill site… there might be some early Christmas presents you can snap up!
Find the full Dance Scottish At Home newsletter here >
Welcome to our October 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.