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Monday, January 2, 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
Monday, September 28, 2015
|Scottish Country Dance Classes |
at the Malak Community Centre
Courses are run at the Malak Community Centre on Malak Crescent.
STAY YOUNG, FIT and SOCIABLE — TAKE UP S.C.D.
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.
WHAT YOU GET
- 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.
WHAT IS NEEDED FROM YOU
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.
WHAT TO BRING
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
|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.
|A 32 bar jig for 3 couples in a 3‑couple set|
1 – 8 1st and 2nd couples dance set and rotate.
9 – 12 1st and 3rd couples dance right hands across once round; keep facing
13 – 16 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples chase clockwise half way round, to finish in
order 3, 1, 2, all on opposite sides.
17 – 18 3rd woman (in 1st man’s place) and 2nd man (in 3rd woman’s place)
change places giving right hands.
19 – 20 3rd man (in 1st woman’s place) and 2nd woman (in 3rd man’s place)
change places giving left hands.
21 – 22 1st couple turn halfway round giving right hands while moving down
one place to own sides; 3rd couple step up.
23 – 24 2nd, 3rd and 1st couples, joining near hands on the sides, set.
25 – 32 2nd, 3rd and 1st couples dance six hands round and back. Finish in
order 2, 3, 1.
Repeat with a new top couple.
N.B. The dance can be adapted for four couples by 2nd, 3rd, 1st and 4th
couples all joining near hands and setting on bars 23–24, then dancing
eight hands round and back on bars 25–32. 4th couple then step up on
bars 1–2 as the new top couple are starting.
Dance devised by Angus Henry, Darwin, in February 2010
Music: “My Dungannon Sweetheart” (G Townsend); (lead tune for “Upper Tarr”
(8x32)J on the Ian Muir Sound CD “Second Kirkbrae Collection”).
Commissioned by Lynette Westwood for the commemoration of 10 years of Scottish
Country Dancing in Kununurra, Western Australia and dedicated to the memory of
Courtney Jane Kuiper, a beautiful dancer and friend of six years. The dance captures
her lively and happy nature.