After 23 months of planning, thousands ofemails, and countless phone calls, Spring Fling 2015 finally arrived in London on the sunny Friday afternoon of 17 April. Spring Fling is anRSCDS event for 12-35 year olds organised by a local team in a different city each year – this in London, or more specifically, Hounslow.
The first event of the action-packed two days was a joint dance, co-hosted with Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club to music from The Borderline Band.
The dancing continued on the Saturday morning withclasses for Beginners & Improvers, Advanced and Very Advanced dancers on the Spring Fling course. Angela Berry, Heather Cowan, Andrew Nolan and Rachel Shankland were the teachers, with Angela and Andrew also working as musicians, alongside Graham Berry and Martainn Skene, to make up a suitably youthful set of teachers and musicians.
So as to be as inclusive as possible, as a new initiative, a ’Spring Fringe’ workshop was held in parallel for those over 35, with Mervyn Short and Barbara Manning putting some 20 dancers through their paces. On the Saturday afternoon, for those who didn’t take the opportunity to see the sights in London, Spring Fling offered a choice of three optional afternoon classes: in addition to highland and ladies’ step classes, a dedicated birling class was offered, in order to provide some tuition in an activity that is regularly seen on the dance floor, but is rarely taught in classes.
Later that evening when over 180 dancers gathered at Pont Street for the joint dance to the musicians co-hosted by RSCDS London Branch. Jim Lindsay and the musicians from the Branch musicians’ workshop formed the 17-piece band which sounded excellent.
On the Sunday, 7 new dances were judged to decide on the winner of the Spring Fling Reel dance which was won by Samantha Burton.