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Monday, July 24, 2017
New Beginners Course starts 12 August 2017

New Beginners Course starts 12 August 2017

The new beginners course (no previous knowledge or experience required) begins Saturday 12 August 2017 and runs for 12 consecutive Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

A WARM WELCOME awaits all individuals and families who would like to join: —please feel free to come and sit in at the Saturday classes, and see for yourself — even if only to enjoy the splendid music!

All sessions are held at the Malak Community Centre, Malak Crescent, Darwin

Please download the application form here: application form.pdf

For more information please contact us
Monday, January 2, 2017
Scottish Country Dancing in 2017

Scottish Country Dancing in 2017

On Saturday 4 February at 2pm we will be meeting at the Malak Community Centre, Malak Crescent for all people interested in enjoying the fun of learning how to dance the reels and jigs of Scottish Country Dancing; the social form of Scotland’s National Dance.

We are taking suggestions for the most convenient times and days for all to attend regular weekly sessions; explain the basics, and for those  who have not experienced it before this is an opportunity to come and try Scottish Country Dancing for free on this day.  You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy it!

Bring along friends, family and anyone else who may be interested.  All ages from eleven upwards, and beginners are most welcome.

For more information:
Phone: 8927 9203
Web: http://www.scottishcountrydance.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishCountryDance/
Monday, September 28, 2015


Scottish Country Dance Classes
at the Malak Community Centre
Our next 12 week BEGINNERS COURSE for adults and teenagers is coming up!

Courses are run at the Malak Community Centre on Malak Crescent.


Protect your HEART — excellent aerobic activity.

Delay or prevent OSTEOPOROSIS — regular weightbearing activity for the bones.

Keep ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE at bay — the brain is kept constantly challenged.

Prolong a HAPPY LIFE — regular social interaction with good company.

The  Scottish  Country  Dance Society  Inc  will  be  commencing  Darwin's  next  Beginners  Course  at  the MALAK COMMUNITY CENTRE in Malak Crescent on Saturday 13 February  2016
for 12 weekly sessions each Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

These courses assume NO prior knowledge, experience or ability whatsoever (ancestry is immaterial!), and are structured so that participants completing the course are then able to continue dancing with skill and pleasure at the Society's weekly sessions in the Malak Centre on Saturday afternoons, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
They are also able to join in with the thousands of other groups world-wide when travelling interstate or overseas.

You can enrol by yourself, with a friend, as a couple or in a group; there is no requirement to bring a partner to join.

  • 12 intensive lessons, starting completely from scratch, covering ALL the basics and more with internationally qualified teachers.
  • Graded exercise to develop fitness and skills as required.
  • Printed details of instructions for all techniques and dances covered.
  • Specific instruction and practice in a graded set of 21 dances.
  • Good fun, good company and good exercise. 

Regular attendance, punctuality and effort.   The course is sequential and quite intensive; partial attendance is not likely to lead to either success or maintained interest.   Obviously if you lose interest you are free to drop out, but we don't think you will.

Lightweight very casual clothing, e.g T-shirt and shorts.

To start, very light supple shoes or dancing pumps (no high heels).   Heavy or clumsy footwear is not suitable.   Correct Scottish Country Dance shoes can be purchased in Darwin (from Dance World, Darwin, 6 Charlton Place, Woolner; phone 8981 9398) as soon as you decide to continue.

It is necessary to charge participants a nominal fee of $50 for the course to cover basic costs, but the maximum total fee for family enrolments is limited to $100 to encourage families to dance together, and for groups of 4 or more like-minded friends, half price!
Early applications accompanied by a $10 non-returnable registration component of the fee will guarantee a place on the course, with the balance payable by or on the commencement of the course.

phone Angus Henry on 8927 9203, or contact us.
Monday, December 29, 2014
The Copthorne Steamie

The Copthorne Steamie

The Copthorne Steamie
A 40-bar jig for 4½ couples in a longwise set
(the ½ stands at the top of the set as the “Umbrella” with a small part-filled
laundry basket )

1 – 4 1st with 2nd couple and 3rd with 4th couple advance and retire diagonally, touching
right hands with a pushing or punching motion in the middle.

5 – 8 1st and 4th couples advance and retire to partners twice, touching right hands in a
similar manner to previously, while 2nd and 3rd couples dance four hands once round
to the left.

9 – 12 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples dance half reels of four on the sides; instead of completing
the left shoulder pass at the end, 3rd with 2nd men and 3rd with 2nd women finish
when side by side giving left hands, 2nd couple facing down and 3rd couple up, in a line
across the dance.

13 – 16 4th and 1st couples turn partner once round with the right hand, while 3rd with 2nd
men, and 3rd with 2nd women, turn three quarters round with the left hand. Finish in
order 4,2,3,1 with 2nd man facing up.

17 – 24 all stand chatting to all and sundry, while 4th and 2nd men change places with both
hands and two pas de basque on bars 17–18, then 3rd and 1st women on bars 19–20,
3rd and 1st men on bars 21–22 and 4th and 2nd women on bars 23–24. Order is now

25 – 32 2nd and 3rd couples chase clockwise right round the outside of the set while 4th and 1st
couples turn right about on the spot with two pas de basque then chase anticlockwise
once round inside the set in six bars. On the last bar, as he arrives at the top, 2nd man
is given the laundry basket by the “Umbrella”.

33 – 40 The laundry basket is passed, one bar for each pass, from 2nd man to 4th man, to 1st
man, to 3rd man, to 3rd woman, then to 1st woman, to 4th woman, to 2nd woman, then
back to the “Umbrella”.

Repeat from new positions.
At the end of the fourth time through the “Umbrella”, carrying a raised umbrella,
dances round the inside of the set sheltering the laundry basket as it is moved round,
then dances off followed by the top woman who retains the basket then the other women
and the men in clockwise order round the set.

Devised by Angus Henry at very short notice as a ceilidh item, to represent a technically trying but
socially stimulating New Year’s Day working in the residents’ laundry at a NZ Summer School, and
inspired by people coming and going, looking for a chance to use the single washing machine and
dryer, wrestling with attempts to get the coin/token slots to work and to interpret their
dysfunctional warning lights, joking about sharing washing, and suggesting this dance to
commemorate the occasion, before getting their washing safely home in the rain. 1 January 2012.
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