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About 140 dancers and musicians enjoyed the Branch Day School on October 15. There were classes in the morning and afternoon for all levels of dancer, while Ian Muir (Craigellachie) led a workshop for the musicians. After tea there was a choice of optional class – a Highland, Ladies Step and a Book 50 class – for dancers to attend before the evening dance. Ian Muir, accompanied by Judith Muir and the Musicians attending the Workshop, played superbly for a country dance programme which was interspersed with songs, a piano duet and a highland demonstration. Margaret Shaw and her team of helpers ensured everyone had enough to eat and drink, and we were very fortunate to once again have use of the superb facilities at Paddington Academy. Thank you to all the teachers, musicians, our band for the evening dance and all those who worked so hard to ensure the success of the day.
Some of the comments we received from the dancers and musician course participants:
– Just a quick thank you for another enjoyable day school at the weekend. Please pass on my thanks to the organising committee; it is always so well run and I appreciate the lunch and tea provided.
– I thought the quality of the teaching was very high and I really enjoyed being in both Angela’s and David’s class. Excellent!
– Thanks to you and all your helpers for a lovely day school yesterday. I really enjoyed it. I hope the evening went well too.
– I enjoyed my class – Alice is an excellent teacher – and lunch was delicious. Just a shame I couldn’t stay for the afternoon session.
The Spring term dates for the Mixed Ability class are:
Wednesday 11 January – Wednesday 5 April 2017 with half term on Wednesday 22 February.
Issue 297 of The Reel is now available for members in either paper and electronic form. To subscribe please click here.
Reel 296 is also available online.
Dates for your diary for the Beginners and Improvers, Intermediate and Technique classes 2017:
Spring term – 11 Jan – 29 March (Half Term 15 Feb)
Summer Term – 26 April – 24 May
The class dates for the Children’s class are:
17 September, 2016 – Venue is St Columba’s Church, Pont St
1 October 2016 (Andrew Nolan teaching) – Venue is St Columba’s Church, Pont St
8 October 2016 – Venue is St Columba’s Church, Pont St
5 November 2016 – Venue is St Columba’s Church, Pont St
19 November 2016 – Family Day and Dance – Venue is St Columba’s Church, Pont St
3 December 2016 – Venue is Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR, 10.45 am-12.00 pm
We are starting a new class for Beginners in Stanmore. The class is taught by Rose Kreloff and takes place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.
Click here for more details and term dates.
Classes start on Wednesday 21 September 2016 at St Thomas’s Primary School, Appleford Road, London W10 5EF. Term dates 21 September – 7 December with half term on 26 October from 7 – 9 pm.
Mixed Ability class – term dates Wednesday 21 Sept – 14 December with half term 2 November from 2.30 – 4.30 p.m.
Richmond Beginners class – Wednesday 21 September – 7 December with half term 26 October from 8 – 10 p.m.
Stanmore Beginners class – Tuesday 20 September – 6 December with half term 25 October from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.
We have added 2 new videos to our Branch YouTube page. One is from the Street Party for the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the other is from the recent Dem Team trip to the Leeds Festival.
The Branch AGM took place on Saturday evening following the Street Party celebrating the 90th birthday of HM The Queen.
At the AGM Wilson Nicol, a Vice President of London Branch, was awarded a Branch Award for his exceptional service to the Branch.
The AGM was followed by an End of Season dance where those attending danced to the music of Barbara Manning and Callum Mitchell.