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2018-2019 Classes

Details Beginner Intermediate Advanced Social
Teacher Catherine Shaw Doug Clarke Marie McLennan Helen Bell
Day/Time Wednesday 7:00 Friday 7:30
Location Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre
656 Elizabeth Street
London Ontario N5Y 6L3
Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church
111 Elmwood Ave. E. London Ontario N6C 1J4
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Start Date September 12, 2018 September 14, 2018
End Date May 8, 2019 May 10, 2019
Cost $145.00/Sept. to May $145.00/Sept. to May $145.00/Sept. to May $0.25/night (Tea and cookies)
$7.00 non members
Aim The primary aim of the Basic Class is to introduce the fundamentals of Scottish Country Dancing. Basic steps and formations will be introduced in the context of suitable dances. The aim of the Intermediate Class is to develop good dancers who know the full range of formations and movements as well as the standard repertoire of dances frequently selected for Branch programs. Therefore, such dances will be included as part of the regular teaching content of this class. Dances taught are primarily those that appear on the monthly social dance and ball programs. Also taught are annual featured and booklet dances published by RSCDS headquarters. Formations, phrasing and technique will be reviewed in the teaching of these dances. As an addition to the Basic, Intermediate and Experienced Classes, the Social Class provides social dancing for the various levels. It will include old familiar dances, new favourites, some unfamiliar and ceilidh dances. Preparation for social programs will be included. The emphasis of this class is simply to dance joyously, in the spirit of Scottish Country Dancing.

Dancers participating in the Social Class must have a minimum of one year of Basic Class or equivalent dancing experience and a basic knowledge of steps and formations. Not all dances in the Social Class are appropriate for less experienced dancers.
  • 1. Skip change of step
  • 2. Pas de basque
  • 3. Slip step
  • 4. Strathspey travelling step
  • 5. Strathspey setting step
  • 1. Highland Schottische
  • 2. Glasgow Highlander
  • 1. Advance and Retire
  • 2. Allemande
  • 3. Back to Back
  • 4. Balance in Line
  • 5. Casting
  • 6. Corner Formation:Set to and turn corners
  • 7. Corner Formation: Turn corners and partners
  • 8. Corner Formation: set to corners
  • 9. Corner Formation:Set to corners and partners
  • 10. Corner Formation:Set to and turn corners
  • 11. Grand Chain
  • 12. Hands Across
  • 13. Hands Round
  • 14. Ladies’ Chain
  • 15. Poussette - Reel and Jig
  • 16. Turn: Four Bar
  • 17. Turn: Two Bar
  • 18. Turn: Two Hand
  • 19. Promenade
  • 20. Reels of 3 and 4
  • 21. Rights and Lefts
  • 22. Rondel
  • 23. Set and cross over
  • 24. Set to corners and partner
  • 25. Set to corners
  • 26. Double Triangles
  • 27. Stepping up and down
  • 28. Down the middle and up
  • 29. Figure of Eight:Four bar
  • 30. Figure of Eight:Two bar
  • 31. Figure of Eight:Two hand
  • 1. Formations included in the Basic Level will be reviewed and polished.
  • 2. Rights and Lefts:
  • 3. Corner Chain Diagonal
  • 4. Crown TrianglesFor 3 couples
  • 5. The Knot
  • 6. Set and Link for 2 and 3 couples
  • 7. Mens’ Chain Strathspey Poussette
  • 8. Reels of 3 and 4- Variations
  • 9. Full (diamond)/Half poussette
Typical Dance (click Full Screen)
All Classes At all levels dancers will be encouraged to develop and to demonstrate good dancing skills. These will include: Covering, Phrasing, Teamwork and Spirit of the Dance.

Formations that occur occasionally will be taught or reviewed as necessary. These include:
En Rond
The Spoke
Highland Schottische
The Spurtle
The Targe
Set and Rotate
The Tournee

There are also a few formations that appear in only one dance and these will be taught as the need arises.
Movement between class levels Should take place only after discussion with the present teacher, an assessment of dancing knowledge and skills and the approval of the present teacher. The teacher may suggest areas for remediation prior to advancement to another class level. In the case of disagreement, the Teachers’ Council will meet to review the situation.

Should a class level be found to be inappropriate for the class member, s/he may be asked to join the class deemed more appropriate to the dancing skill and knowledge level of the individual.
N.B. All formations may not be taught in one year.

Additional Class Information

What to wear? Scottish Country Dancing can be energetic although you can put in as much or as little as you like. We recommend that you wear layers of clothes - possibly light trousers or a full skirt, a T shirt and something on top for warming up or the slower dances.

What shoes do I wear? Scottish Country Dancing shoes come in many guises from ballet type shoes (with a full width sole unlike proper ballet shoes) to laced soft shoes and to those with a T bar. All proper Scottish Country Dancing shoes are very soft and comfortable, and can be bought from most dancing outlets and shops like McCullochs on Dundas Street. Before you buy shoes, you might prefer to come along to the class in soft soled flat shoes (trainers are ideal) and see what your teacher suggests or what others are wearing.

Is there live music? Christmas and Year End Ball-yes else No, we are using digital music.