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NEXT DANCE – OPEN AIR DANCING IN KENSINGTON GARDENS
Margaret Catchick, chairing the meeting, thanked those present for attending. She summarised the Branch Report for 2016-2017 which had been sent out with Reel 300, after which Simon Wales presented the accounts.
As there were no motions, the meeting proceeded smoothly.
The meeting was followed by the Branch End of Season dance. Ian Robertson provided superb music to dance to and although numbers were not high, a great atmosphere prevailed and for once women were in short supply! Tasty refreshments were provided by Ireen, Lena, George and Thelma and our MC’s for the evening, Rachel Wilton and Andrew Kellett, guided us seamlessly through the dances.
Our next Summer General class will be taught by Alice Stainer from Oxford. Alice has previously taught at the Branch Day School and also has been a teacher for some of our previous Ladies’ Step classes.
Do come along and enjoy a super class taught by an excellent teacher on Wednesday 21st June!
Nearly 80 dancers enjoyed the Summer Wednesday dance to the superb music of Chris Oxtoby on 31 May 2017. Jane Rose was our excellent MC for the evening and tasty refreshments were again provided by our team of Margaret, Lena, and George. Thanks go to everyone who helped in ensuring the success of the evening and to all those who attended.
Dance Programme: Jig to the Music, The Grassmarket Reel, Fair Donald, The Rutland Reel, Light and Airy, Midsummer Common, The Sailor, Round Reel of Eight, The Haar on Skye, Domino Five, John Cass, City of Belfast, The Wild Geese, The Duke of Perth.
Extra: Catch the Wind.
The application forms for this year’s Branch Day School are now available for download.
A great lineup of teachers and musicians make this an event you won’t want to miss! For more information see the Day School page.
Day School (Dancers)
Our popular open air dancing sessions continue this year on 5, 12 and 19th August.
Dancers who attended the Branch Spring Dance on 18th March were treated to some lively music from a five piece Craigevar Band who were on top form. Margaret Shaw and her team once again provided delicious refreshments, whilst Gaynor Curtis and Peter Knight guided us through an excellent programme of dances. It was a great evening enjoyed by all those who attended.
Programme: St. Andrew’s Fair, The Royal Yacht Britannia, The Silver Tassie, Bill Clement MBE, The Ladies of Dunse, Autumn in Appin, The Starry Eyed Lassie, Argyll Strathspey, The Earl of Mansfield, Inchmickery, College Hornpipe, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Ladies’ Fancy, None so Pretty (London Pride), The Dream Catcher, The Kelloholm Jig, The Minister on the Loch, The Montgomeries’ Rant.
More than 70 dancers enjoyed the Winter Wednesday dance on 15th February 2017 to the superb music of Sandra Smith and Christina Hood. The event took place in the Upper Hall and foyer as the main hall been double booked. This, however, did not put the dancers off from enjoying themselves. Jan Rose was our excellent MC for the evening and tasty refreshments were again provided by out team of Margaret, Lena, Thelma and George. Thanks go to everyone who helped in ensuring the success of the evening and to all those who attended.
Programme: Granville Market, The Dunedin Festival Dance, Karin’s Strathspey, Inchmickery, Jessie’s Hornpipe, Friendships, Catch the Wind, The Frisky, The College Hornpipe, Indian River Strathspey, The Piper and the Penguin, The Wild Geese, The Byron Strathspey, The Reel of the 51st Division.
Extra: Good Hearted Glasgow
The 120 dancers who attended the Branch Christmas Dance were treated to a superb buffet provided by Margaret Shaw and her team of helpers as well as some wonderful festive music from Nicol McLaren and the Glencraig Band. Our MCs for the evening, Danielle Reinstein and Iain Farrell, guided us through the programme with ease and a great atmosphere prevailed on and off the dance floor.
Programme: Maxwell’s Rant, EH3 7AF, The Duchess Tree, John of Bon Accord, It’s Just for Fun, The Gentleman, The Black Mountain Reel, Best Set in the Hall, Glasgow Country Dance, The Dream Catcher, Joie de Vivre, Mr Iain Stuart Robertson, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, The Dancing Master, Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich, The Minister on the Loch, The Immigrant Lass, The Montgomeries’ Rant.
Photos supplied by Margaret Catchick, Elaine Davies and Jerry Reinstein.
During the Family Dance on Saturday 19th November we danced The Pudsey Bear dance as part of the RSCDS support for Children in Need.
View the video.
The Society AGM took place the weekend of November 4th – 6th 2016.
At the AGM Helen Russell was appointed Chairman of the Society, and Andrew Kellett, recent past Chairman of London Branch, was voted Chairman Elect. In addition Jean Martin was appointed as President of the Society.
We extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Andrew on his achievement and to Helen Russell and Jean Martin on their respective appointments. Read more »