******* Happy Christmas – see you on 7th January! ********
10th: Our last evening before Christmas. Everyone is invited to an informal bring and share and a programme of easy and fun dances.
29th: We celebrated St Andrew’s Day (a day early) with residents and visitors at Sunrise Beaconsfield who all seemed to enjoy it. There was much clapping of hands and tapping of walkers. Here is Ian espousing the virtues of the kilt and the team on Timber Ridge!
29th: AGM will be held in the tea interval, but there will still be plenty of dancing so all members and visitors welcome.
22nd: New Dance of the Month is Sands of Morar. See What we danced.
15th: Just to note, rather belatedly our Dance of the Month was Tribute to the Borders. See What we Danced. Thank you to those who have already volunteered for the demo at Sunrise Beaconsfield on Friday afternoon 29th November . I still need a few more so please email me if you are free and would be happy to join in.
1st: A dreadfully wet evening but all was good in the Colston Hall with 3 visitors and 3 newcomers. Well done everyone for joining in with such good spirit. Sorry so many couldn’t get there but hope to see you next week.
17th : Another great evening. Many thanks to Ann for taking the class in Rose’s absence. A warm welcome to last night’s new dancers, however fleeting!
10th: It was great to start the new term with 5 new dancers – welcome. As well as introducing the basics we fitted in 7 dances, well-chosen by Rose so that everyone could join in from the beginning . The evening also included 4 dances from the upcoming January tea-dance. We will be practising all the tea-dance dances and the formations from them in the weeks ahead.
9th: A great turn-out for our lovely last evening of term – favourite dances and scrummy titbits to eat. Have a lovely Summer and see you on September 10th
6th: Tea dance Puzzle solutions are now on the Tea Dance page.
Our last evening of term is Tuesday 9th. All welcome.
30th: Perfect weather for our first Summer tea-dance and we were able to enjoy a strawberry cream tea in the garden. The young dancers from the New Strathspey Highland groups gave a magnificent and memorable performance. As Scottish country dancers we enjoyed a selection of old and newer dances, ably marshalled by Rose and accompanied by the band Quicksilver. Thank you to everyone for supporting this event. We hope to see you again next year!
6th: Our June Dance of the Month is Glens of Angus, featuring the spurtle.
Working up to our Summer tea-dance on 30th June. This is a catered event so please get your tickets soon.
7th: Our May Dance of the Month is the Countess of Dunmore’s Reel, featuring the chaperoned promenade.
18th: We did it again. Bon Viveur is our April Dance of the Month
11th: What an amazing first evening back! Rose christened the new microphone headset which was approved by all (well done Roger!). As a class we focussed on Chains of various sorts and then tackled Shiehallion reels for the first time in several years. We surprised ourselves ( and Rose) by cracking them and performed 2 sets of Bon Viveur faultlessly. And we did it twice just to prove it wasn’t a fluke!
9th: Back to dancing. Apologies for the slightly odd term dates! Will try to do better next year.
26th We were at Hedgerley Beavers to introduce them to a traditional dance. Unfortunately Rose couldn’t make it but it was a bonding experience for the rest of us. Thank you and well done everyone for being so flexible! We followed up with a lovely end-of-term evening. Special thanks to Ann for stepping into the breach.
28th We had a jolly afternoon yesterday at Buckingham House Care Home in GX and the residents seemed to enjoy our dancing demos and the opportunity to chat. One or two even joined in with our specially prepared dance!
5th Good to be back dancing again after 2 weeks of cancellation for snow. Thank you to Rose for a delightful new selection of dances.
22nd A lovely afternoon at Swarthmore Care Home. Thank you to Ian for organising it and to all the dancers. Pity about the weather!
21st Thank you to everyone for making yesterday’s tea dance such a happy afternoon. Our next Event is on Sunday 30th June!
19th Looking forward to seeing everyone at the tea dance tomorrow. Starts 2 pm. We’ve had confirmation that there will be NO car park charge.
12th A super rehearsal for the tea dance – thank you, Rose.
Happy New Year everyone!
Hope to see you dancing next Tuesday, 8th. Please remember to bring raffle prizes if you haven’t already
Next Tuesday, 11th is our last evening before Christmas. Please join us for an evening of favourite dances and bring-and-share nibbles. Where has the time gone?
29th – A team from GXSDC joined Eton Wick First School to celebrate St Andrew’s Day a day early. The Fisherman’s Reel drew gasps of surprise from the children as we whizzed round that first circle. Then they were mesmerised by Chris’ talk on all things kilt-related. St Andrew’s Fair followed, and the whole school was soon clapping along to Staircase in Styria.
Rose then marshalled the Year 4 children to join us in Cumberland Reel, Flying Scotsman and Circassian Circle. Everyone participated and seemed to have a very jolly time. The afternoon ended with tea and home -made shortbread for the dancers. The teacher said the whole event had far surpassed her expectations! Lets hope we’ve sowed the seeds for the dancers of the future. Thank you, everyone.
Another reminder: no dancing on 23rd.
AGM on 30th.
Just a reminder: no dancing on 25th because of the Jumble Sale . See you on 2nd October for the Open Evening.
Here we are in September with just a week to go before we restart dancing. Looking forward to catching up with you all on Tuesday 11th!
- A recap of all last seasons dances can be found below.
The Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary is a useful resource for learning dances and for cribs for social dancing.
January/ February 2018
A very successful Tea Dance was enjoyed by our members and dancers from other clubs – 21/1/18.